And what next? What are the potential benefits for ECS?
My report will be acted on. I will continue a dialogue with colleagues on assessment as part of knowledge sharing and the development of international collaboration. The Vice Rector has also invited me to co-supervise PhD students as an external and to contribute to the Faculty Journal Pedagogika.
In a second link, I spent time working with Dr Hasan Selcuk and Dr Hana Vonkova, senior lecturer and researcher of re-known in the Faculty. In October, she was granted 7,000,000 Czech korunas (£230,000) for a three-year project to investigate the motivation of secondary school learners of English as a foreign language (EFL). This starts in January 2020. My role as an external expert will be to help with the creation of research tools, field work, data interpretation and writing.
I also had a meeting with Dr Miroslava Cernochova, Vice Dean and Head of International Relations. She had met several colleagues from King’s over the years and was very keen to strengthen links between us and Charles University. Colleagues from King’s are assured of a warm welcome in Prague. Both Miroslava and Vice Rector Wildová said that whatever happens with Brexit, that collaboration and friendships are about people not politics and will continue to thrive.
As a final word, I would like to emphasise how much their collaborative and collegial culture was much in evidence. I found our Czech colleagues to be very generous, enthusiastic and also modest. They write together all the time, always collaboratively and no colleague is left out. They are very inclusive in all they do, bidding for project funds, sharing, supporting and celebrating as a team.
It was a lovely atmosphere, in beautiful old buildings in a great city. For five days, I was honoured to be part of it and pleased to know this will continue.