Thursday, 14 November 2019

Fwd: REMINDER - Call for Proposals and Earlybird Registration Open for FIE’s 2020 Student Global Leadership Conference, London

Dear Colleagues,

We are still accepting proposals for the 2020 FIE Student Global Leadership Conference until December 6, 2019 and we would love for you to be a part of it! Earlybird registration runs until January 31, 2020, so be sure to get in before the price goes up!

You can read more about the theme, audience, and guidelines, as well as submit your proposal, online at:
Register now at:

The 2020 FIE Student Global Leadership Conference (SGLC) is an educational event and destination for undergraduate and postgraduate student leaders. This weekend-long conference offers delegates engaging keynote and breakout sessions with hands-on, interactive topics featuring unique stories and experiences. The sessions focus on giving participants practical examples and take-away tools for real-world implementation.

We are seeking a broad range of presenters who can provide rich exploration of the conference's theme around Leadership. Sessions should be hands-on, interactive, passionate, and engaging and we would especially welcome the opportunity to hear unique stories and experiences, as well as original research. Student presenters are welcomed and encouraged!

In relation to our SGLC 2020 theme of Leadership for Change in an Uncertain World, topics may include but are not limited to:
•       Leadership for change
•       Leadership strategies in an uncertain future
•       What history taught us about leadership in uncertain times 
•       Leadership skills needed to guide in turbulent times
•       Converting frustration into action
•       Bringing about positive change
•       How to balance Ethics, Profit, and Community
•       Breaking the Mold – New Leadership Styles for a New World View
•       Political Leadership
•       Compassion and Pragmatism
•       Current challenges that are bringing about change in an uncertain present and future (ex. The polarization of political ideologies and wealth distribution, mass bio-extinction, refugee crisis, hardening of borders, social media and the erosion of personal privacy, greater isolation, and an increase in mental ill-health)

Proposals will be accepted on a rolling basis. We aim to confirm all presenters by the end of January 2020.


Students: £60 Earlybird / £80
Saturday Only (student & non-students): £40
Non-Students (advisors, professional staff): £80 Earlybird / £95

Full Weekend Conference Fee includes: all conference sessions, keynote addresses, panel discussion, refreshments breaks, welcome reception (Friday), lunch (Saturday), and breakfast (Sunday)
Saturday Only Conference Fee includes: Saturday only conference sessions, keynote address, panel discussion, refreshments breaks and lunch


April 3 – 5, 2020
The Royal Geographical Society (Friday)
Baden-Powell House (Saturday & Sunday)
South Kensington, London, UK


In a time of instability, it is impossible to predict what the future holds. Indeterminate times demand strong leadership that can shore up an uncharted future. Throughout history, great leaders have brought about positive and enduring change in periods of doubt.  But how can today's leaders steer us on a path towards positive change when we don't know what new surprises tomorrow will bring?

FIE's fifth Student Global Leadership Conference will challenge and empower leaders to scope the challenge ahead, to guide in turbulent times, to channel frustration into action, to ensure greater social cohesion and to seek a better, fairer future for the benefit of us all.


Dr. Michael Genovese:
President, World Policy Institute at Loyola Marymount University

Prof. Joe Smith, Phd:
Director of the Royal Geographical Society

Judy Ling Wong, CBE OBE:
Honorary President of the Black Environment Network

Main Conference Website:
Confirmed Keynote Speakers:
Videos & Photos from Previous SGLCs:

Kind regards,
Student Global Leadership Conference Team

Tuesday, 29 October 2019

Fwd: Do you like the idea of playful practice in HE? Have you heard about our upcoming webinars? Book now!

Our webinars are run by OneHE members and are open to everyone. Find out about our next two online events below and book your place.

The first is about play in HE and the second explores teaching and learning routes to becoming a professor.

Please share the details with your colleagues and networks!  

Playful practice in higher education with Andrew Walsh - 7 November 2019, 16.00-17.00 GMT

OneHE Foundation winner, Andrew Walsh, is the @playbrarian – on a mission to bring play into teaching. Join Andrew as he takes us through the concept of play, its relevance to the science of learning and into new ways to incorporate play into our everyday practice. Register ahead of the webinar to receive resources before the session and come prepared to roll up your sleeves and get involved. 

Andrew will discuss why playful learning approaches are a good idea in HE settings and give webinar participants a chance to discuss their own feelings and experiences about using playful learning. We'll cover briefly what we mean by play and playful learning, some of the key benefits of taking a playful approach, and some practical examples of what a playful approach looks like. Participants will be encouraged to share their own experiences, concerns, and anticipations around playful learning, as well as reflecting upon how they might use playful learning approaches in their own practice.

Find out more and book

Becoming a professor in teaching and learning - 26 November 2019, 14.00-15.00 GMT

Becoming a professor is not easy but for some reason becoming a professor in teaching and learning appears to be harder than most. Part of this is because there is no consensus about what a pedagogic professor looks like, and part of this is linked to uncertainty about appropriate selection criteria, and the type of evidence required to demonstrate professorial behaviours and activities.

In this webinar you'll learn how to:

  • Undertake an audit of your professorial journey to date, and identify interventions to fill any gaps
  • Engage with networks to develop your practice and profile
  • Access support and mentoring from established teaching and learning professors
  • Identify the evidence you need which is both impactful and sustainable
  • Approach writing your submission documentation
Find out more and book
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Friday, 4 October 2019

Fwd: Last few places available for REDS | 18 October 2019







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

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


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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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.