Tuesday, 23 June 2015

LondonMet conference 2015

Don't forget to book your place for a great day of
sharing best practice learning and teaching at London Met
  • Where
    London Metropolitan Tower Block
    Holloway Road, London, United Kingdom
  • When
    Tuesday, July 7, 20159:30 AM — 6:00 PM BST
  • Get in Touch
    d.warren@londonmet.ac.uk, (020) 7133 2119

Monday, 22 June 2015

Evidencing the Ref


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Research Impact: Evidencing the REF
14th July 2015, King's House Conference Centre, Manchester



Over 205 delegates registered to our upcoming event and the programme is now fully confirmed. Research Impact: Evidencing the REF conference which will explore case studies and testimonials to help universities effectively measure impact and offer practical guidance on delivering high quality submissions across disciplines and projects.

The Research Excellence Framework (REF) is the new system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. Last year the research of one hundred and fifty four UK universities was assessed with thirty percent of submissions judged to be world-leading. The four UK higher education funding bodies allocate over 2 billion ponds per year of research funding to universities, in 2015-16 and beyond. REF exercise will be informing the distribution of funds on the basis of quality and impact of research in all disciplines.

Don't miss out, you can secure your place today - Click here to register

Dr Steven Hill, Head of Policy Research, HEFCE

Dr Catriona Manville, Senior Analyst, RAND Europe

Professor Luke Georghiou, Vice-President for Research and Innovation, University of Manchester

Aaron Porter, Director of External Affairs at the National Centre for Universities and Business (NCUB); Associate Director (Governance) for the Leadership Foundation

Panel Debate: 'Reflections on the types of impact'

Professor Brian Foster, Professor of Experimental Physics, Professorial Fellow of Balliol College, University of Oxford; Member REF panel B

Simon Tanner, Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London

Benefit from an in-depth look at the plans for future REF exercises.

Practical guidance, advice and solutions to assist universities in improving the quality of REF submissions.

The impact of the Research Excellence Framework and how the assessment process will inform future submissions and assessment.

Learn how to best evidence impact, excellence and diversity across a variety of disciplines.

Examples of good practice and improvements for future REF exercises.

Insight into the intended and unintended consequences of the REF exercise.

If you would like to know more about this event, please click
here for more details and to register your place - alternatively, reply to this email and we will come back to you as soon as possible.



Evi Petkuna
Marketing Executive

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Friday, 12 June 2015

FW: RAISE Conference Early Bird booking




Dear colleagues,

We are pleased to announce that registration is now open for RAISE 2015 "Inspiring Innovation". Hosted this year at the Nottingham Conference Centre on 10th and 11th of September. 



RAISE has always been, and intends to remain, at the leading edge of student engagement (SE) in Higher Education. For our main theme in 2015 we want to showcase creative and innovative practices, policies, and ideas.

We will hear about novel and radical approaches – the sort of ideas that inspire students and staff, and refresh our thinking. 

Our sub-themes for this year's conference are:

Inspiring new practice

  • Radical approaches in the classroom designed to inspire and engage students
  • Extracurricular innovations that draw in students not normally attracted (or perhaps in some way excluded) to such opportunities

Mainstreaming and embedding

  • Innovations in developing communities of staff and students
  • Scaling-up creative practices to departmental or institutional level

Changing thinking

  • Proposing novel conceptual frameworks or adapting older theories and ideas to further our understanding of SE and related issues
  • Innovative ways to persuading staff colleagues to adopt SE or partnership practices


Please see our website for details and links to electronic and paper booking. Early Bird rates are available for a short time until 5th July. (REGISTRATION)

We look forward to welcoming you to Nottingham in September.

Best wishes,

RAISE Committee

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FW: eLearning 2.0 Conference 2nd Call

Brunel University London, UK
July 29, 2015

"The Paradigm Shift: Refocusing on the Student"

eLearning 2.0 is a lively international conference exploring technology-enhanced learning and social media technologies. The conference is a collaborative space for educators, students, researchers, entrepreneurs, and policy makers to share their eLearning classroom successes, as well as new developments in their research and workplace. The main theme of this year's conference is "The Paradigm Shift: Refocusing on the Student". This educational paradigm shift is fuelled by the unprecedented access that students now have to information coupled with a view of learning as a constructive process consisting of selecting, organising and integrating information.

The theme broadens the discussion from last year's theme of "Flipping the Classroom." It seeks to showcase any use of technology to enhance learning which requires us to "think differently." The conference seeks contributions on evolving pedagogical approaches, as well as to raise the profile of research in technology-enhanced learning; spread good practice in the use of technology to enhance learning; and facilitate collaboration between practitioners, researchers, and policy makers.

Chris Evans, Brunel University London, UK & Jennifer Killham, University of Cincinnati, USA

Ellen Jameson, Visiting Research Associate, Indiana University, USA Gabriel Recchia, Researcher, Centre for Digital Knowledge Cambridge, UK Mark Childs, Senior Research Fellow, Coventry University, UK Sue Beckingham, Educational Developer, Sheffield Hallam University, UK

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to: flipping the classroom, use of social media for teaching, constructivist and connectivist theories of learning, games and gamification, the maker movement, security, privacy, social networking, podcasting, wikis, blogging, video sharing, screencasting, folksonomies, MOOCs, eLearning 2.0 and people with disabilities, the potential impact of eLearning 2.0 on the Third World, creativity and Web 2.0, human-computer interaction, and business.

eLearning 2.0 will comprise invited keynote speakers and individual presentations. Presentations will be in one of three formats:

• Traditional 20 minute presentations in PowerPoint or Prezi
• Shorter 5 minute 20 slide (Ignite) presentations in PowerPoint
• Poster presentations

Powerpoint/Prezi presentations will be recorded and published online as a series of screencasts. There are no full papers published or required.

All welcome! Whether you are conducting educational research, responsible for policies for technology enhanced learning, or just experimenting or planning to experiment with technology enhanced learning, you are very welcome to participate. Presenters must submit a 500 word ABSTRACT and TITLE for BLIND REVIEW. Doctoral students are particularly encouraged to apply. Submission indicates consent for your presentation to be screen recorded.

w: www.elearning2.org t: @elearning2 #elearning2
fb: www.facebook.com/groups/elearning2.0/

Brunel Business School (Eastern Gateway building), Brunel University London, West London, UK. Brunel University is in Uxbridge on the western edge of London. Uxbridge is in a prime location for reaching the transport network that embraces London and South-east England. It is a short drive from the M4, M40 and M25 and has the added benefit of being on the edge of the London Underground network. It is a 25-minute drive from London's Heathrow airport.

chris.evans@brunel.ac.uk with "eLearning2.0" in the subject line.

Submission of title and abstract DEADLINE: June 19, 2015

Sunday, 7 June 2015

FW: Public lecture - a few days left to secure your free booking


Mobile technologies for learning in developing countries

Date: 18 June 2015 Time: 16.30 - 19.00

Venue: Lecture Theatre 3 - Management School, Lancaster University

Professor Mpine Makoe, University of South Africa and Professor Mikko Ruohonen, University of Tampere, Finland (Visiting Academics). In this public lecture Professors Mpine Makoe and Mikko Ruohonen will present findings from their fundamental research about how mobile technologies are being developed and used to support learning in developing countries. The research will consider the ways in which this has been achieved, challenges faced, outcomes arising, and prospects for the future. The academics will offer fascinating insights into practices that already exist within remote and rural areas of Africa and India.

This will be followed by a question & answer session and a drinks reception.

This event will be live streamed - http://www.lancaster.ac.uk/fass/edres/event/5285/

Further information about Mpine Makoe

Further information  about Mikko Ruohonen

Please email Alice Jesmont to reserve a place.

Contact: A.Jesmont@Lancaster.ac.uk

Who can attend: Anyone interested in this educational field

Organising departments and research centres: Centre for Technology Enhanced Learning, Educational Research



Alice Jesmont

Educational Research Department

D57/59 – County South

Lancaster University

Lancaster. LA1 4YD



+44 (0) 1524 592893


Doctoral Programme PhD in E-Research and Technology Enhanced Learning

This innovative four year structured PhD will give you training in research methodologies and
practice, as well as providing you with a period of intensive, individual research that is
supervised by an expert in the field.


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Friday, 5 June 2015

The Higher Education Conference 2016 - Amsterdam






Partnering EARLI-Sig 4 & ECER Network 22


July 13-15 2016 Amsterdam



Given the multi-level nature of the issues at stake within higher education, representatives of major EU and US networks of higher education researchers decided to combine their expertise and organize this joint conference in the Summer of 2016 at the Dutch capital of Amsterdam. Also a number of national higher education associations are actively involved. Particular purpose of this conference is to unite the macro, meso and micro levels of higher education research, therefore covering the scholarship of learning, teaching and organizing.


For colleagues from abroad it could be interesting to combine attending The Higher Education Conference 2016 with attending the HECU conference, which will take place at Lancaster University, UK July 18-20 2016, just a one hour flight from Amsterdam. For more information on HECU contact Paul Ashwin (paul.ashwin@lancaster.ac.uk).



Didi Griffioen, Ph.D.
Research Project Leader 'Excellence in Higher Professional Education|Knowledge Center Education and Teaching|
Senior Policy Advisor Research & Education| Staff Department Education and Research|
Hogeschool van Amsterdam| Spui 25 (entrance at Handboogstraat 2), room 1.19, 1012 WX Amsterdam| T: +31 (0)62112 57 947 | E:

The Higher Education Conference; The Scholarship of Learning, Teaching & Organizing
Amsterdam, July 13-15 2016, partnering EARLI & ECER -

Recent publications:
Griffioen, D.M.E. & De Jong, U. (2014). Implementing Research in Higher Professional Education: Factors that Influence Lecturers' Perceptions. Educational Management Adminstration and Leadership. See:

Griffioen, D.M.E., De Jong, U. & Jak, S. (2013). Research Self-Efficacy of Lecturers in Non-University Higher Education: A Staff Perspective. Innovation in Education and Teaching International, 50(1), 25-37. See:www.tandfonline.com/eprint/DNdNZJE5gPjY52mqKikp/full

Griffioen, D.M.E. & De Jong, U. (2013). Academic Drift in Non-University Higher Education Evaluated: A Staff perspective. Higher Education Policy 26, 173-191. See:

FW: Conference on Postgraduate Taught education: funding, choice and student experience - keynote from HEFCE: Westminster Higher Education Forum, Morning, Thursday, 22nd October 2015

Westminster Higher Education Forum Keynote Seminar
The future for Postgraduate Taught education: funding, choice and student experience

Dr Pam Macpherson Barrett, Higher Education Policy Advisor, HEFCE
Stephen Lee, Chief Executive, CentreForum; Jason Leman, Surveys Officer, Higher Education Academy and Jayne Rowley, Director of Business Services, Graduate Prospects
Juan Guerra, StudentFunder and Adam Wright, NUS

This event is CPD certified

Morning, Thursday, 22nd October 2015
Central London

Dear Mr Andrew

I am writing to invite you to attend the above seminar. Please note there is a charge for most delegates, although concessionary and complimentary places are available (subject to terms and conditions - see below).

Delegates at this seminar will examine changes to postgraduate taught (PGT) education - focusing on funding, choices, competition and the student experience, as well as the impact of the HE sector.

This conference comes as the HE sector prepares for the introduction of student loans for taught postgraduate students in 2016, and as those in receipt of HEFCE’s interim bursaries begin their programmes.

The discussion is also timed to consider HEFCE’s forthcoming PGT Choices tool - due to be launched later this year; and will examine competition and choice in PGT provision, along with the potential of the PGT Choices tool to address this.


We are delighted to be able to include in this seminar keynote addresses from: Dr Pam Macpherson Barrett, Higher Education Policy Advisor, HEFCE; Stephen Lee, Chief Executive, CentreForum; Jason Leman, Surveys Officer, Higher Education Academy and Jayne Rowley, Director of Business Services, Graduate Prospects.

At this early stage, further confirmed speakers include: Juan Guerra, Chief Executive Officer and Founder, StudentFunder and Adam Wright, Research and Policy Officer, NUS.

Additional senior participants are being approached.


This seminar will present an opportunity to engage with key policymakers and other interested parties, and is CPD certified (more details). Places have been reserved by officials from HMRC. Also due to attend are representatives from Bath Spa University; Birkbeck, University of London; Sheffield Hallam University; UEA; Univeristy of Essex; University of Essex; University of Hertfordshire; University of Oxford; University of Reading; University of Sheffield; University of Southampton and University of Sussex.

Overall, we expect speakers and attendees to be a senior and informed group numbering around 120, including Members of both Houses of Parliament and officials from BIS and other Government departments and agencies, university and college leaders; academics and other higher education professionals; representatives from students’ unions; businesses and their advisors; interest groups and the voluntary sector; along with commentators and reporters from the national and trade press.

Output and About Us

A key output of the seminar will be a transcript of the proceedings, sent out around 10 working days after the event to all attendees and a wider group of Ministers and officials at BIS and other government departments; officials at HEFCE and other agencies affected by the issues; and Parliamentarians with a special interest in these areas. It will also be made available more widely. This document will include transcripts of all speeches and questions and answers sessions from the day, along with access to PowerPoint presentations, speakers’ biographies, an attendee list, an agenda, sponsor information, as well as any subsequent press coverage of the day and any articles or comment pieces submitted by delegates. It is made available subject to strict restrictions on public use, similar to those for Select Committee Uncorrected Evidence, and is intended to provide timely information for interested parties who are unable to attend on the day.

All delegates will receive complimentary PDF copies and are invited to contribute to the content.

The Westminster Higher Education Forum is strictly impartial and cross-party, and draws on the considerable support it receives from within Parliament and Government, and amongst the wider stakeholder community. The Forum has no policy agenda of its own. Forum events are frequently the platform for major policy statements from senior Ministers, regulators and other officials, opposition speakers and senior opinion-formers in industry and interest groups. Events regularly receive prominent coverage in the national and trade press.

Booking arrangements

To book places, please use our online booking form.

FW: CRA Webinar: an introduction to the NUS Academic Support Benchmarking Tool, 12.30-13.30 10 July 2015


An introduction to the NUS Academic Support Benchmarking Tool

Led by Kate Little, Senior Project Officer, NUS

Friday 10th July 2015

12.30 – 13.30p.m.


The fourth in NUS's series of learning and teaching benchmarking tools, this new resource aims to present key principles of good academic support from a student perspective. Each of the ten principles has five levels of suggested practice, from "first steps" to "outstanding", allowing institutions to benchmark their practice and get ideas for enhancement. The tool is designed to start conversations between students and staff and lead to tangible improvement in the provision of academic support for students.


The webinar will introduce you to the finalised resource (some of you may have had the opportunity to feed back on the draft principles at an earlier CRA event), as well as giving you the chance to consider how you could use the tool with students at different levels of your institution. The webinar is also an opportunity to feed back to, and ask questions of, the tool's creator Kate Little, Senior Project Officer, NUS .


CRA members are entitled to attend this webinar at no cost; there is a small charge for others.  You can book online at http://tinyurl.com/qb4umyx



All good wishes




Rob Ward


The Centre for Recording Achievement

104-108 Wallgate,  Wigan WN3 4AB, UK


Tel: 01942 826761    Fax: 01942 323337




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A national network organisation, registered educational charity and Associate Partner of the Higher Education Academy.


Supporting the Implementation of the Higher Education Achievement Report


Forthcoming Webinars:

''Recording for Achievement - Organising for the HEAR'' Webinar.  Led by Mark Atlay, University of Bedfordshire Wednesday 17th June 2015  13.00- 14.00pm.

Book online at http://tinyurl.com/oyd3mcj .


An introduction to the NUS Academic Support Benchmarking Tool Led by Kate Little, Senior Project Officer, NUS, Friday 10th July 2015, 12.30 – 13.30pm.

Book online at http://tinyurl.com/qb4umyx




Europortfolio: the European Network of Eportfolio Experts and Practitioners





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FW: next TLC webinar on the 30th of June, blogging to learn with Sandra Sinfield



Teaching and Learning Conversations (TLC)


Dear colleagues,

Sandra Sinfield, Senior Lecturer in Education and Learning Development from London Metropolitan University, will lead a TLC webinar on Tuesday the 30th of June, 12-1pm UK time during which we will discuss Blogging to learn.


We hope you will be able to join us.


How to join the webinar

To attend and take part in the webinar access the TLC webinar room here: https://mmu.adobeconnect.com/tlc/
To login: Enter as a guest and add your name, institution and country.

We highly recommend that you access the webinar room about 30 mins in advance to test the technology. For further help with this, please check http://www.celt.mmu.ac.uk/flex/tlc.php

Webinars enable active participation using audio, video, text and the whiteboard. A headset is required to fully participate. If you are not planning to speak you will just need headphones to listen to the discussion. When you have entered the webinar room, start the Audio Setup Wizard under Meeting at the top left to check your headset.

Please note

A recording of the webinar will be made available at the same URL under a creative commons licence.


About Teaching & Learning Conversations

TLC is an exciting cross-institutional collaboration to provide open CPD opportunities for everybody teaching and/or supporting learning in Higher Education. TLC  brings together colleagues from different disciplines, institutions and countries. TLCs are also open to students in HE and we are very interested in including students’ contributions to the programme.

Together, we discuss and debate a variety of current teaching and learning topics in a series of webinars which provide a great opportunity to reflect on and share good practice and to find out what is happening beyond your own institution the more global HE landscape.

All webinars are open to the wider community to join.

Please feel free to share the link to the TLC programme and individual webinars with others who might also be interested. Further information and recordings from previous webinars can be found at http://www.celt.mmu.ac.uk/flex/tlc.php

If you have engaged in any way with the TLCs so far, as a participant, facilitator or watched any of the recordings, please consider completing this short survey at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1TAoGtLxKBpBZUBIs-aHqqbXreFBStPg6X9Pqkg0APq0/viewform Through this form, you will also to claim your TLC badge. Thank you very much.

We hope you will be able to join us for this TLC webinar.


The TLC team


Participating institutions and contacts

Manchester Metropolitan University, contact Chrissi Nerantzi & Dr Rod Cullen

University Campus Suffolk, contact Dr Chris Smith

University of Surrey, contact Dr Simon Lygo-Baker

Sheffield Hallam University, contact Andrew Middleton

University of Northampton, contact Prof. Ale Armellini

London Metropolitan University, contact Sandra Sinfield


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