Thursday, 22 March 2018

FW: Follow "Ableism in Academia"


The “Ableism in Academia” event is taking place tomorrow, 23rd March 2018 at UCL Institute of Education.


This interactive symposium provides a forum to discuss the pressures and challenges faced by disabled, chronically ill, and neurodiverse staff in HE and FE. 

We aim to create a policy-facing manifesto that will challenge academia’s existing notions of able-bodied perfection and provide impetus for change. 


We look forward to welcoming colleagues from institutions up and down the country and across The Channel. But for those who did not get a ticket, please, note that there are three break-out events at Birkbeck, University of London for the Bloomsbury Learning Environment,  at University of Kent and at University of Manchester.


Or you can follow the debate via our livestream: and join the debate via twitter @AcademicAbleism #AIA2018 and our dedicated moodle space, for which the joining instructions are here:


With kind regards





Please, note that I am working part-time and my working days are Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.


Mag. Nicole Brown MTeach, DipTrans, SFHEA

Lecturer in Education

Academic Head of Learning and Teaching

Department of Culture, Communication and Media


UCL Institute of Education

20 Bedford Way

London, WC1H 0AL


Office: Room 605

Phone: +44 207 612 6032

Mobile: +44 78 113 128 38

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FW: PedRIO conference - Registration now OPEN!


7th Annual PedRIO Conference, University of Plymouth, 20th April 2018


Aimed at bringing together leading academics from across the UK and beyond, the conference will present high quality papers, workshops and posters, and will be themed around the following areas:

  • enhancing the student experience
  • public engagement and pedagogic research,
  • students as core: compassion, politics and support in the academy
  • gaming and simulation
  • the sustainable student
  • interdisciplinary learning.

Keynote speakers 

  • Jane McNeil is the Director of Academic Development at Nottingham Trent University.  We’re gonna need a bigger boat: achieving widespread educational change.  This keynote will consider successful strategies for widespread pedagogic development through the lens of the SCALE-UP project at Nottingham Trent University.
  • Paul Manners is Associate Professor in Public Engagement at UWE and founding director of the UK’s National Coordinating Centre for Public Engagement (NCCPE).  Public engagement, pedagogy and impact: joining the dots and realising common purpose. 

Please note that there is no cost to attend this one day conference. Lunch and refreshments will be provided throughout the day.


Register to attend this conference at:


View the programme for the day here

For any queries about the conference, please email

Follow us on twitter: @PU_PedRIO



Debby Cotton

Professor of Higher Education Pedagogy & Head of Educational Development Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (PFHEA) and National Teaching Fellow (NTF).

Room 107, 3 Endsleigh Place,

University of Plymouth, Devon PL4 8AA

Tel: 01752 587614

Follow me on Twitter: @profdcotton


Read my latest papers :- on Pedagogic research and REF ‘The Cinderella of Academia’ in Studies in Higher Education – free ePrints here:

- and Using an Immersive Induction  Module to enhance transition to HE, Teaching in Higher Education – free ePrints here:

- plus ‘Is students’ energy literacy related to their university’s position in a sustainability ranking?’ Environmental Education Research Free ePrints here:

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Wednesday, 21 March 2018

FW: An invitation to the Brunel University London Annual Learning and Teaching Symposium - 18th April 2018


For the first time ever, we are opening up our annual University Learning and Teaching Symposium to colleagues from outside Brunel and I would like to invite you come along.  Bookings are live now and you can view the schedule for the day here.   The booking link will take you through to our EventBrite page.  It is FREE to attend so please do sign up and come along to Uxbridge in west London for the.


The focus for the event is on Inclusion and Engagement and our keynote speakers will be talking about how to design student wellbeing into the curriculum.  There is also an extensive variety of workshops to choose from and ample opportunities for networking.  The event promises to be a very good use of your time so please do come along day and pass this information along to interested colleagues.


I look forward to seeing you there.



Kind regards



Dr Fiona Denney BA (Hons), PGCHPE, MA, PhD

Principal Fellow, HEA

Fellow, RSA
Director - Brunel Educational Excellence Centre
T +44(0)1895 267548 / 07782274005 | E 


Brunel University London
Brunel Educational Excellence Centre

Uxbridge, UB8 3PH, United Kingdom
T +44(0)1895 274000


Just published!  

- See my chapter in: 53 ways to enhance researcher development

- See my chapter in: Inclusive Leadership in Higher Education


FW: Transforming Assessment Webinars - nuance in written and audio feedback 4 Apr 2018 [JISCmail]

Next session: Shades of meaning: nuance in written and audio feedback 4 Apr 2018.

Presenters: Elena (Ellie) Woodacre and Sandy Stockwell (University of Winchester, UK)

This session will explore findings from research into the intriguing differences between student and tutor perceptions of feedback comments, particularly tutor intention as opposed to student interpretation. We will highlight responses from student interviews and provide 'takeaway' suggestions on how we might enhance best practice on giving feedback to students.

Further information and registration:

Further information:
The Transforming Assessment webinars are part of a series of free events covering a range of assessment and e-assessment topics.
Sessions are hosted by Professor Geoffrey Crisp, PVC Education, University of New South Wales and Dr Mathew Hillier, Monash Education Academy, Monash University, Australia.
Further information on this and future events, recordings of past sessions, links to resources and participation/technical help on using the virtual seminar system can be found on our website at

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Dr Mathew Hillier
Honorary Academic/Snr Lecturer
The Institute for Teaching and Learning Innovation
(was 'Teaching and Educational Development Institute'),
The University of Queensland, Australia
Substantive post:
Academic/Snr Lecturer
Monash Education Academy,
Monash University, Clayton Campus (Melbourne), Australia
Transforming Assessment

Monday, 5 March 2018

FW: Student Experience Conference: Final call for contributions - 14 March 2018




Student Experience Conference 2018: Final call for contributions


How can Higher Education providers ensure we are offering students a ‘value for money’ experience?


This is a reminder for the final call for contributions for the Student Experience Conference, to be held on the 3 May 2018 at the University of Derby.


The conference will be centred around the theme of ‘value for money’. The HEA’s Student Academic Experience Survey (Neves and Hillman, 2016) shows that student perception of receiving a value for money experience has decreased year-on-year since the tuition fee increase in 2012. This conference invites delegates to share best practice and experiences in understanding and providing a ‘value for money’ student experience.


There’ll be two keynote sessions in the day – one to be delivered by Professor Liz Thomas, of Liz Thomas Associates, and the other to be delivered by students from the University of Derby.


We welcome submissions based on the following themes:


  • Student Voice – how can providers understand from students what constitutes a ‘value for money’ experience?
  • Employability – research (NUS, 2008) indicates that the top reason students choose to study at university is to get a job or gain employability skills; what employability initiatives have been introduced by providers and how have these impacted on the student experience? 
  • Student Engagement – there is a lot of activity in the sector on engaging students in their university experience, working in partnership with students to move away from the idea of students as passive consumers. What has been done so far, what has the impact been, and what next?

This conference has been developed with students and to continue the ethos of students as partners we ask that all presentations are co-delivered (or exclusively delivered) by students. 


Submissions need to be sent to by 14 March 2018. We welcome submissions from students or staff in Higher Education, as well as partnership organisations. Your proposal should indicate whether your session will be a presentation or workshop; please find the submission template attached to this email. We will confirm accepted proposals by 23 March 2018. If your proposal is accepted, you must register as a conference delegate (cost of £50 per delegate) – registration details will be circulated in the coming weeks.


For any queries, please contact us by emailing



Student Experience Team

University of Derby,
Kedleston Road,
DE22 1GB





University of Derby





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