Friday, 16 December 2016

FW: Conference event in Sheffield


The SpLD Society at the University of Sheffield would like to invite you to their first ever debate/conference on SpLDs. David Blunkett will be opening the event.

The conference will take the form of a debate, very similar to that of Question Time, with some controversial figures on the panel (for example, Professor Julian Elliot who wrote 'The Dyslexia Debate' and Professor Dennis Hayes).
Other panel members include Professor Rod Nicholson, Cathereine Wright (Dyslexia Action), author Margaret Rooke ('Creative, Successful, Dyslexic'), MP Emma Lewell-Buck and Peter Walsh (UK Social Policy PhD).

It's probably going to be a pretty lively event with all the changes that are going on with policy, funding and some of the debates about dyslexia at the moment. As such, there is an opportunity for all delegates to submit a question when booking onto the event. In the weeks leading up the event, questions will be selected and presented to the panel, so you may get an opportunity to get your question asked.

It's on February 9th, 6:30-9:30pm, and only costs £8 (£6 students).
Please feel free to pass this link onto any other interested parties. It's going to be quite a big event (nearly 400 places) and is likely to be covered by the press.
Here's the link for more details:


Monday, 12 December 2016

FW: UKAT Conference 2017 - Submission closing date approaching

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Making a Difference to Student Success – Inspiring Students Through Advising and Personal Tutoring

5-6 April 2017, Leeds Trinity University, Leeds

Dear All,

The closing date for submissions to the UKAT conference is quickly approaching.

Proposals are still welcome on the theme of Advising and Personal Tutoring for Success, Attainment and Retention, with a particular focus on the impact that personal tutoring and academic advising can have on the differential attainment of students from diverse backgrounds, and strategies for supporting students to achieve academic and future goals.

Submissions are welcomed for 20-minute individual presentations, 45-minute participatory workshops, or posters. Further details can be found at   


Closing date for UKAT submissions: 16 December 2016



Best Wishes,


Emily Foster



Emily Foster
Student Engagement Officer (SEO), Engagement and Transition Team
T: +44 (0)1482 46 4661

Student Services 
University of Hull
Hull, HU6 7RX, UK


Communications Coordinator and Executive Committee, UK Advising and Tutoring (UKAT)


Global Initiatives Committee, NACADA Global Community for Academic Advising



Friday, 2 December 2016

FW: REACT Conference Invitation - Tuesday, 2nd May 2017, The University of Winchester


Reacting to the 'Hard to Reach' Through Student Engagement Initiatives

Dear all,

The REACT project will be disseminating their work at the REACT Conference on Tuesday 2nd May 2017 at the University of Winchester and would be delighted to invite you and your colleagues to attend. The conference will include presentations from all 16 institutions involved in the REACT Collaborative Development Programme from across the UK focused on engaging 'hard-to-reach' students. This event aims to celebrate the work of all involved in REACT, disseminating best practice and research findings to students, academic staff and other stakeholders of the Higher Education community. The conference is open to delegates from all institutions across the Higher Education sector internationally with an interest in Student Engagement and/or engaging ‘hard-to-reach’ students. 

Registration is now open and free until Monday 16th January 2017. To register, sign up through the University of Winchester online store.


Contributions will include a plenary session from the REACT research project and individual papers from the below speakers and HEIs;

Paul Chapman & William Carey - The University of Manchester

Julie Irwin - Buckinghamshire New University

Simon Walker - The University of Greenwich

 Jane Benniston and Deborah Harris - Newman University

Fiona Harvey - The University of Southampton

Colin Bryson - Newcastle University

Stella Jones-Devitt - Sheffield Hallam University

Dr Jenny Marie - UCL

Samantha Welsh, Catherine McConnell and Wes Wells - The University of Brighton

 Phil Mooney - Canterbury Christ Church University

(More TBC)

We hope that you are able to attend, and please get in touch if you have any queries by emailing:

Yours Sincerely

The REACT Team

Realising Engagement through Active Culture Transformation (REACT)


MB42 - The University of Winchester, Sparkford Road, Winchester, SO22 4NR

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FW: Date for Diaries: Enhancing Student Learning Through Innovative Scholarship 2017

Enhancing Student Learning Through Innovative Scholarship 2017

Learning Through Collaboration

July 20-21st 2017, University of Sheffield


There is significant evidence to suggest that collaborative teaching enhances the student learning experience. Collaboration can of course take many forms and operate on many levels. From peer assisted learning approaches within (or external to) flipped classrooms, through innovation through partnership with students, to partnering with industry, to name but a few, higher education in the UK has many exemplars of excellent practice.


In this third Enhancing Student Learning Through Innovative Scholarship Conference, we welcome contributions from Teaching Focussed Academics to share their practice and experiences of collaborative teaching.


Alongside regular talks, we will also have a dedicated workshop parallel session, and welcome workshop proposals which share best practice and give participants a set of real world skills they can put into action in their own teaching. We will also have a dedicated workshop session on getting your paper published for those publishing with the area of practioner-led education for the first time.


Contributions are invited on the role of collaborative learning in the following


  • Peer to Peer Learning
  • Working with Students as Partners
  • Collaborating with internal partners to enhance learning
  • Learning through external engagement


We also welcome contributions to our standing session on the role and identity of teaching focussed academics in UK Universities.

Contributions may take the form of

  • Talks (20 mins (15 + 5 mins for questions))
  • Short Talks (5 mins)
  • Workshop (90 mins)


For further details and to submit abstract proposals see Call for papers closes 21st April 2017. Registration opens February 2017.




Dr. Sam Nolan SFHEA| Assistant Director, Centre for Academic, Researcher & Organisation Development &

Honorary Fellow in the School of Education |

Durham University| East/West Lodge | DURHAM| DH1 3LE|

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