Wednesday, 18 May 2016

FW: Changing Education? Researching Diversity and Participation - One day symposium at Lancaster University 28.6.16


Good afternoon


We would like to invite you to attend an event we are having in June:-

Changing Education? Researching Diversity and Participation

One Day Symposium: Tuesday 28th June 2016: 10.00am – 4.30pm (to be followed by a drinks reception)

This symposium will examine the changing nature of education and the ways in which this has impacted on diversity and participation in education both in the UK and internationally. As a whole the three keynote presentations will examine school and higher education, formal and informal, as well as online and face-to-face, educational settings. This will allow a consideration of the relations between educational change, diversity and participation in a broad range of educational contexts.

Amanda Keddie (Deakin University) will explore the ways in which the academies reform movement in England has presented particular opportunities and challenges for different schools/school types with a specific focus on matters of social justice. Ole Smørdal  (University of Oslo) will examine how students’ participation in digital and informal learning contexts can change their engagement with science education in school. Jeroen Huisman (Ghent University) will examine the relations between the characteristics of higher education systems and the diversity of student participation. Nicola Ingram (Lancaster University) will act as a discussant at the end of the day.

The symposium website is available at:


For information: We are planning to live-stream the event so if you are interested in the content, but are unable to attend, please e-mail me and I will forward a link so you can watch it on-line.  There will also be a limited number of “slots” available for students to attend remotely – please let me know asap if you would like to do this.


Thank you


Kathryn Doherty
Departmental Officer

Programme Co-ordinator: PhD in Higher Education: Research, Evaluation and Enhancement

Dept of Educational Research, D48, County South College, Lancaster University, Lancaster, LA1 4YL
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Thursday, 12 May 2016

FW: Abertay TLE conference announcement, 19th October 2016

“Seeing Learning Differently”

Abertay University’s Teaching and Learning Enhancement Conference

Wednesday 19th October 2016

Abertay University, Dundee


Call for contributions

Following on from the success of our first Abertay Teaching and Learning Enhancement conference in October 2014, we are pleased to announce our second such event will take place on 19th October 2016 and is entitled “Seeing Learning Differently”. Our external keynote speaker for the day will be Kerr Gardiner Head of Learning Technology & Media Production at the University of Glasgow who will talk about "Moving Centuries – the challenges and opportunities of creating a truly blended learning landscape".


There will also be a number of case studies arising from Abertay’s Teaching and Learning Enhancement Fund (ATLEF), which is additionally supported by the Enhancement Themes

We are, however, aiming to showcase a range of good practice from across the sector and are looking for external contributions. If you are interested in presenting a “Powered by Pecha Kucha”[1], interactive workshop or short talk, please complete the attached application form and submit to by 12 noon on Monday 20th June.


Registration fees

Registration for the conference will open on 28th June, once the programme is finalised. The cost for attending the conference will be as follows:

Abertay staff and students- £0.

Presenters- £35

External delegates- £50 (registration by August 31st)

External delegates- £75 (registration after September 1st)

External students- £0.


Keep informed

If you do not intend to submit a contribution but would like to be reminded when registration opens please just email You can also follow us on Twitter @AbertayNetTLE, #AbertayTLE16. Here is what a couple of attendees said about our last conference:

“Super conference! There was a real buzz about the University.”

“Great to see Abertay and impressed by the good work going on there. Thanks for organising this event and look forward to more!”


Be sure to cement this date in your diaries for a stimulating day!


Dr Alastair Robertson

Director of Teaching and Learning Enhancement



Dr. Alastair D. Robertson, PFHEA
Director of Teaching & Learning Enhancement

Abertay University

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Wednesday, 11 May 2016

FW: 2016 SOLSTICE and CLT Conference (EHU) 9+10 June - contributions from 16 keynotes


The 2016 SOLSTICE and CLT Conference is taking place at Edge Hill University on Thursday 9th and Friday 10th June:


Don’t miss this opportunity to see so many high-profile speakers in one place: Prof Alejandro Armellini, Sue Beckingham, Prof. Sally Brown, Dr. Mark Childs, Becka Colley, Prof. Peter Hartley, Dr, Mark Kerrigan, Prof. Allison Littlejohn, Lawrie Phipps, Prof. Phil Race, Dr. George Roberts, Prof. Mark Schofield, Prof. Rhona Sharpe, Simon Thomson, Simon Walker and Steve Wheeler.


A celebration of teaching and learning:


·         10 year celebration of the SOLSTICE conference

·         Contributions from many keynotes

·         Choose from 47 SOLSTICE/CLT parallel sessions over two days (presentations and workshops)

·         Poster presentations

·         Delegates can choose to attend 1 day only (£170 including VAT) or both days (£340 including VAT)

·         Conference fees include lunch, refreshments and conference pack.


Further information can be found on the conference website, including the programme, keynote abstracts and breakout session abstracts.


Please click here to book your place.



We hope you can join us next month for this special 10-year celebration conference!  Please get in touch if you need any further information.



Best wishes,

Lizy Reed


SOLSTICE and CLT Conference Team

Centre for Learning and Teaching

Edge Hill University


01695 650750


Twitter: @SolsticeCETL and @CLTatEHU


Monday, 9 May 2016

FW: Registration now open: LJMU Teaching and Learning Conference 2016





                            Registration Now Open


LJMU’s Annual Teaching and Learning Conference

Wednesday 15 and Thursday 16 June 2016

LJMU’s annual Teaching and Learning Conference provides an exciting forum to share and discuss innovative and effective teaching, learning and assessment practices, as well as explore findings from teaching-related research.  On the theme of ‘Supporting transition: exploring pathways for success’, this year’s two-day event will showcase the work of academic and professional service staff across a range of higher education teaching and learning topics.  These include the use of interactive teaching methods, learning technologies and creative approaches to teaching design.


Organised by the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Education), Professor Peter Byers, with LJMU’s Teaching and Learning Academy, the Conference will be hosted by the Faculty of Arts, Professional and Social Studies at the Mount Pleasant Campus (Redmonds Building).  Vice-Chancellor Professor Nigel Weatherill will open the Conference to our keynote presenter, Professor Sally Kift, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), James Cook University, Australia, who will provide a holistic perspective of successful student transitions. We conclude day one with a presentation on ‘learning gain’ by Professor Stuart Brand, Director of Learning Experience, Birmingham City University. Professor Ellen Hazelkorn, Policy Advisor to the Higher Education Authority (Ireland) and Director of the Higher Education Policy Research Unit (HEPRU), will open Day Two on the international debate about learning outcomes and metrics.


The Conference programme comprises 75 presentations, from Faculty, Professional Service, partner institution staff as well as sector colleagues. This year, we’ve created 14 additional demonstration or consultancy sessions, in order to provide further opportunities to discuss ideas or to examine solutions to apply in teaching.  Another new development is the scheduling of four lunchtime networking sessions aimed at sustaining debate around pedagogic research during and after the Conference.  In addition to academic poster sessions colleagues from our Professional Support Services will be on hand to offer further advice and guidance on supporting successful transition.


Finally, why not take part in our photographic competition and the chance to win £50 in Amazon vouchers? Entrants must be registered and present at the Conference, the prize will be awarded at the end of Day Two. Please see the attached document for more information.


The Conference is open to all LJMU staff, students and collaborative partner institutions.  Additionally we warmly invite all colleagues working in post-16 education to attend. The event is free, but places are limited and early registration is advisable.



To access the registration form please visit the Conference website


Registration will close on Friday 10 June 2015



If you have any other queries about the event, please contact:


LJMU Teaching and Learning Conference Team

Teaching and Learning Academy

Liverpool John Moores University

5th Floor, Kingsway House

Hatton Garden


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Tel: 0151 231 8678




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Thursday, 5 May 2016

FW: May Teaching and Learning Conversation: Free Webinar discussing Surveys and Metrics in Higher Education


Dear colleagues

The next in our series of monthly Teaching and Learning Conversations (TLCs) will take place on Tuesday 24th May 12:30-13:30 UK Time (60 minutes)

We are delighted that Prof Mark Langan (Manchester Metropolitan University) will be leading this month’s TLC titled “S & M in Higher Education: Surveys and Metrics

Mark is currently exploring data from the first ten years of the UK’s National Student Survey, researching student engagement and identifying predictors of student success.  This TLC is an opportunity to discuss metrics, particularly the outputs of the National Student Survey, and the challenge of interpreting them with appropriate context.

Full details of the event are available on the TLC website at:

Joining the conversation:

Simply follow this link at the designated time and enter as a guest by typing your name, institution and country into the name field and clicking on the “Join Meeting” button.

Whether or not you have previously participated in a webinar or online activity using Adobe Connect we advise that you make sure that you do some checking and preparation in advance. Check your set-up and connection here.

You may also find our Adobe Connect Webinar Participant Guide useful to print out in advance of the session. We really hope that you will be able to join for what should be a lively and highly interactive TLC.





Dr W. Rod Cullen

Senior Lecturer in Learning and Teaching Technologies

Learning and Research Information Services


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FW: Writing Development in Higher Education conference - registration now open




We are delighted to announce that The Writing Development in Higher Education international conference will be hosted by the Learning Development team at Plymouth University


We are currently in the process of putting together exciting and varied programme, including our unmissable keynotes:


Dr Ken Gale (Lecturer in Post-16 Education, Plymouth University) and Dr Jonathan Wyatt (Senior Lecturer and Director of Counselling and Psychotherapy, University of Edinburgh) who will present their ground-breaking work on collaborative writing practices


Dr Tina Pepler (Dramatist and Consultant Fellow of the Royal Literary Fund) who will talk about the challenges and successes she has encountered during her long and varied career as a professional writer and Royal Literary Fund fellow.


The conference will take place on Monday 27 – Wednesday 29 June 2016 and more details can be found on the website:



Please forward this email on to anyone you think may be interested.




Helen Bowstead FHEA, MA, PgCE, PgCTEAP, BA Hons

English Language Centre | International Centre

Academic Partnerships |Plymouth University

Plymouth | PL4 8AA | UK

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