Les was very pleased to visit Dr Nicola King and Associate Professor Julie Roberts at the University of New England (UNE) on the 19th August, 2013. Les’ visit was supported by UNE funding that Nicola and Julie secured to progress the development and integration of inquiry-oriented activities in the School of Science and Technology at UNE. Nicola has developed a lab-based inquiry-oriented activity ‘Coordination of Gastric Muscle Activity’ in which students investigate how the enteric and autonomic nervous systems control smooth muscle in the small intestine. As part of the evaluation of the new activity, Les administered a survey to students carrying out the activity. The purpose of the survey was to explore student reaction to the opportunity to design and carry out their own experiments. It was clear from Les’ discussions with students in the lab that their engagement with the activity was strong. Nicola and Julie intend to write a paper based on this work in 2013/2014 for a peer-reviewed journal. While at UNE Les was delighted to speak about inquiry-oriented learning to Professor Jennie Shaw (Pro Vice Chancellor and Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at UNE), Associate Professor Jennifer Clark (Academic Director of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences) and Professor Aron Murphy (Head of School of Science and Technology). One of the matters discussed was the possibility that UNE would apply for an Extension Grant from the Office for Learning and Teaching to further develop inquiry-oriented learning at UNE by promoting and developing some of the ideas that emerged from Les’ National Fellowship. The photograph above shows students in Nicola’s class working together on the inquiry-oriented activity she has developed.