Thursday, 22 August 2019

Fwd: 20 September Assessment Event

An exciting one day assessment event to share the findings of an Office for Students' funded project on the potential of an integrated self-regulatory approach to assessment to tackle the issue of student differential learning outcomes and the key learning points and opportunities arising from this research. Free places are limited so if you are interested, please do register interest asap as we will be allocating and confirming places shortly.

Eventbrite - Professor Carol Evans presents Maximising Student Success through the Development of Self-Regulation - Friday, 20 September 2019 at Edgbaston Park Hotel, Birmingham, England. Find event and ticket information.


Tuesday, 13 August 2019

Contemplative pedagogy in higher education: building confidence and community

September 9, 2019 14:00 - September 12, 2019 13:00 UTC
Contemplative pedagogy in higher education: building confidence and community
Emerson College, Forest Row, UK
Posted by
Caroline Barratt
Contemplative pedagogy in higher education: building confidence and community
A four-day symposium for educators
Teaching and supporting students in higher education within the current environment of political and financial uncertainty, is difficult. Increasing workloads and expectations, and growing anxiety and poor mental health amongst staff and students, reflect the challenging nature of both working and studying in modern day universities. Contemplative pedagogy, with its active embrace of the subjectivities of learners and educators, combined with its call for slowing down, feeling and connecting goes against the prevailing trends in higher education today. Growing research points to the value of contemplative approaches in teaching and learning, to deepen understanding, build community and improve the wellbeing of students and those teaching and supporting them.
The theme of this contemplative pedagogy symposium is building confidence and community and it is relevant for anyone with an interest in contemplative ways of teaching and learning, no matter their level of experience or formal role. The event will include workshops run by participants who will demonstrate how they use contemplative practices in teaching, learning and the support students. There will be time to engage in contemplative practices together and actively build our community. Through the use of Open Space Technology, there will be deep exploration of your own questions and the gentle fostering of confidence and community.
At this point we envisage three key areas for exploration:
  • How do we slow and deepen learning both for ourselves and our students?
  • How do we build community both within our institutions and outside, so that difficult social challenges such as social justice and inequality can be explored meaningfully and tackled effectively?
  • How can contemplative pedagogy contribute to culture change so that we might create a more just and sustainable future in and through higher education?
We invite you to come with an inquisitive mind and a willingness to actively participate and explore your own experience. The event will create space for reflection and meaning making, allowing you to develop greater confidence in your role as an educator and the potential for change that this embodies. This will, again, be a truly unique event on your conference timetable.
Early Bird Employer funded: £510 (available until 31.05.19)
Early Bird Self Funded: £410 (available until 31.05.19)
Employer funded: £590
Self-funded: £490
The symposium fees include tuition, all meals (from Monday lunchtime until Thursday lunchtime) and accommodation in single rooms with shared bathroom facilities onsite at Emerson College.
For more information and to book your place click here.

Friday, 2 August 2019

Fwd: Full Programme For REDS2019 now available - REGISTER NOW!



Identity, Agency, and Choice – personal approaches to researcher development

09:30 – 16:30 | 18th October 2019 | King's College London


National guidance suggests that early career researchers can expect to use 15–20% of their research time for professional development. This is a generous offer, and so it is important that every researcher can find value and relevance in the professional development activities that institutions offer. Yet, what 'valuable professional development' means for each researcher will be different. Identities at work, and at home, previous learning and work experiences, different national contexts, systemic inequalities, and future intended career trajectories, will all create different support and development needs for each individual.


If we start from the position of helping researchers to appreciate that learning is everywhere, not just in the training room, we can raise their awareness of the development that takes place through, for example, their peer-groups, committees, relationships and disciplinary networks. In tandem, we must also help researchers to navigate the huge amount of internet-based advice and guidance available to them in the form of blogs, webinars, podcasts, video series, online courses and social networks. Creating in-house development provision that resonates with each researchers' needs and preferences, aligns with the expectations of the funders, and satisfies strategic drivers, layers complexity on complexity for best practice in researcher development.


With so much on offer, how can we ensure personalised learning for each researcher? This conference seeks to present and discuss themes that are related to the policies and practices of researcher development including but not limited to: identity, agency, choice, the hidden curriculum, adult learning, coaching, mentoring and self-reflection.


The fifth annual REDS conference will provide an opportunity to explore pedagogical, theoretical and conceptual approaches. The conference leaders also particularly wish to explore the wider role of researcher developers in influencing policy and strategy development in institutions.


Our full programme can be found here:!/file/REDS2019FULLProgramme.pdf


Who should attend? Researcher development colleagues, careers consultants, staff developers, academic researchers in higher education disciplines, and HE policy makers.


Register here:


Best Wishes,

Amy (on behalf of the REDS2019 organising committee)


Dr. Amy Birch

Research Staff Development Consultant | Centre for Research Staff Development

King's College London

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Tuesday, 30 July 2019

Fwd: Forthcoming Advance HE Symposium: 'On your marks: Re-evaluating feedback and marking practices'

On Thursday 24 October 2019, Advance HE will be hosting a one day  Assessment Symposium in York, entitled 'On your marks: Re-evaluating feedback and marking practices'. We are delighted to announce that the keynote speaker will be Dr Berry O'Donovan (Oxford Brookes University) who will be presenting on 'What makes good feedback good? Enhancing student learning from, and satisfaction with, assessment feedback'. 

The symposium will be facilitated by Dr Erica Morris (Higher Education Consultant and Associate of Advance HE) and myself, and will address the following themes:
  • Embedding feedback and feedforward to reflect a dialogic process;
  • Developing assessment literacy and student understanding of standards within subject, discipline or professional areas;
  • Innovative approaches to peer review and peer assessment;
  • Building approaches for marking and moderation processes.
Full details of this Symposium, including the call for submissions (presentations or workshops) are available at the following link (the link for submissions is towards the bottom of the page):

You might also like to note that there's an early bird price offer for booking before 15 September 2019. 

We hope to see plenty of you there for what should be a stimulating day.

Best wishes,

Patrick Baughan. Senior Learning Adviser, Advance HE.

Monday, 29 July 2019

Fwd: Programme and Registration: Towards Meaningful Partnerships: Student-Staff Collaborations to Enhance Learning and Teaching across the Disciplines


Dear All,


We are happy to announce that the preliminary programme for the above symposium taking place at the University of Surrey on Monday 16th September is now available on our website:


Confirmed plenary speakers:

Professor Alison Cook-Sather, Bryn Mawr College, USA [virtual keynote]

Professor Mick Healey, HE Consultant and Researcher, Emeritus Professor at the University of Gloucestershire, UK

Dr Ruth Healey, Associate Professor in Higher Education at the University of Chester, UK


You can register by following this link (places are limited):


Please email if you have any queries.


Kind regards,




Dr Nadya Yakovchuk

Learning Development Adviser, Academic Skills and Development, LLSS

Teaching Fellow in Higher Education, Department of Higher Education

University of Surrey


Tel: 01483686926