Monday, 27 February 2017

FW: 3rd International Enhancement in Higher Education Conference - final week of early bird registration

Only one week left to catch the early bird rates for the 3rd International Enhancement in Higher Education Conference! 

Inspiring excellence - transforming the student experience 

You have until 6 March to get your hands on early bird tickets for our 3rd International Enhancement in Higher Education Conference.

Radisson Blu Hotel, Glasgow
6-8 June 2017

About the conference

Scotland is recognised for its enlightened approach to quality enhancement and we look forward to welcoming colleagues from around the world to the UK's largest learning and teaching conference.

The three-day programme offers lots of opportunity to exchange views and share experience around 
six interrelated tracks.

Programme and speakers

Hear Professor Peter Felten, Ellon University, USA, talk about what matters most in delivering an excellent student experience. And for data enthusiasts, Professor Dragan Gasevic, University of Edinburgh, will explore using data and learning analytics to enhance the student experience.

Professor Liz Thomas, Edge Hill University and TEF Panel member will deliver a session on a whole institution approach to improving student retention and success through excellent learning and teaching.

On our internationalisation track, 
Professor Elspeth Jones, Leeds Metropolitan University and International Education Consultant, will share the outcomes of her work on internationalising the student experience, while Professor Mushtak Al-Atabi, Heriot-Watt University (Malaysia campus) and formerly Taylor’s University, Malaysia, will discuss delivering a UK degree in an international setting. 

The Scottish policy landscape will be addressed by Sally-Anne Somerville, Scottish Minister for Higher Education, Further Education and Science; Professor Sally Mapstone, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of St Andrews; and Vonnie Sandlan, NUS Scotland President. Professor Sir Peter Scott, Commissioner for Fair Access, will ask 'Is widening access a zero sum game?'

A full list of our speakers and other activities is available in the outline


The conference programme is designed to attract delegates from across the UK and internationally. We look forward to welcoming policy makers, learning and teaching practitioners, students and staff who work in the professional support services.

Our 2nd international conference, held in 2015, attracted 600 delegates from 14 countries. We look forward to welcoming you in 2017.

Register now for the UK's largest learning and teaching conference!


FW: Sheffield Hallam University Learning and Teaching Conference 2017 - Call for Contributions Now Open!





Dear SEDA colleagues,


We are pleased to announce that the call for contributions to Sheffield Hallam’s 2017 Learning and Teaching Conference are now open!  Full details about this year’s theme are available on our conference webpage: 


The Quality Paradox: Creativity and Compliance in a TEF World.


The conference will open with a keynote by Prof Chris Husbands, Chair of the TEF Panel. This will be followed with a busy programme of papers, debates, flipped workshops, online seminars and poster sessions.


As in previous years, we are keen to extend the call for contributions to colleagues working across the sector.  The deadline for submissions is 4pm on Thursday 30th March.  Full details about the themes/formats and instructions for submission are provided on the conference webpage.


If you have any questions about the conference call please get in touch with the conference team at:

Registration for the conference will open in March – follow us on Twitter at @SHU_AcDev for the latest updates!

Best wishes,


Dr Natasha Taylor SFHEA

Senior Lecturer in Academic Professional Development | Learning Enhancement and Academic Development | Sheffield Hallam University | Building Oneleven | City Campus | Howard Street | Sheffield S1 1WB | Tel: 0114 225 6662 | email: | @taylor_dr


Visit our webpages:



FW: Reconnecting through Engaged Learning and Scholarship, Conference, University of Sheffield. 6-7 July 2017



Engaged Learning Conference 

University of Sheffield 

6-7 July 2017  


Reconnecting through Engaged Learning and Scholarship: Impact, Frameworks, and Practice.

Conference, 6-7 July 2017

"…our great universities simply cannot afford to remain islands of affluence, self-importance, and horticultural beauty in seas of squalor, violence, and despair. With the schools of medicine, law and education and their public policy programs, universities surely can help out our cities and perhaps - perhaps - even our nation back together."

-          Ira Harkavy

Engaged learning and teaching can be understood as combining (inter)disciplinary knowledge with opportunities for students to learn with and from external partners, 'real-world' challenges, and experiences outside universities. At a time of political and societal change, what is the role of engaged learning and its related forms of educational practice, including service learning, authentic learning, and civic engagement in connecting with communities?

This event aims to share frameworks, projects and experiences through which engaged learning can be approached, practised, and theorised. Selected papers from this event will be published in an edited and peer-reviewed volume. Papers and attendees are welcome from both inside and outside the academy.

Areas of interest include, but are not limited to:

        The role, purpose and obligations of universities, and their relationship with communities and organisations

        Broadening notions of 'impact' through engaged learning

        Practicalities, ethos, and the challenges of doing engaged learning well

        Critical approaches to 'co-production'

        Universities and citizenship

        New definitions of 'scholarship'

        Engagement through students' critical sensibilities towards HE

        Boundaries between research, teaching, scholarship, and activism

        Case studies

Proposals for presentations of 20 minutes, workshops of 40 minutes, and posters are invited. Please submit proposals by 07/04/17 via the conference

Notifications of successful contributions will be made by mid-April. 


Dr Kimberley Marwood

0114 222 1351

The University of Sheffield

Project Officer, Projects and Development | Academic and Learning Services (Monday, Wednesday PM, Thursday)

Lead Co-ordinator - Public Value | Corporate Communications (Tuesday, Wednesday AM, Friday)

FW: Conference Registration - UKAT 2017

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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


The theme of this year's conference is 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. The conference aims to explore current trends and approaches for encouraging student attainment, and to promote the sharing of experiences and innovative practice.


Conference information, including the full schedule, is now available on the UKAT website


Registration is available via Eventbrite


UKAT (United Kingdom Advising and Tutoring) is a professional body of practitioners and researchers interested in all aspects of advising and personal tutoring in FE and HE in the UK. UKAT recognises that effective personal tutoring and academic advising is at the core of student success, and aspires to lead the development and dissemination of innovative theory, research, and practice of student advising and tutoring in the UK and beyond.


We look forward to seeing you in April,



Best Wishes,


Emily Foster



Emily Foster
Student Engagement Officer (SEO), Engagement and Transition Team
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



FW: 15th e-Assessment Question ‘e-Assessment: commissioning, implementing and delivering’

15th e-Assessment Question 'e-Assessment: commissioning, implementing and delivering'
America Square Conference Centre, City of London 22nd and 23rd March 2017 in association with the e-Assessment Association 1st e-Assessment Awards Gala Dinner

The Programme for the 2017 e-Assessment Question Conference and Exhibition is announced

Day One, 22nd March 2017 - focus on designing, selecting and implementing e-Assessment from the classroom to the workplace (all sessions in Ludgate Room unless otherwise stated, exhibition, lunch and refreshments in Cornhill)

0930 The landscape for e–Assessment; policies, strategies and initiatives
Chair Denis Saunders, CEO and Founder, Calibrand
KEYNOTE - Bob Gomersall, Chairman, BTL
John Winkley/Gavin Busuttil-Reynaud, Alphaplus
Geoff Chapman, ecom scotland and Antony Quin, CEO, Well Control Forum (IWCF)
1050 Coffee break and opportunity to browse exhibition and network

1105 Showcasing the systems, services and latest developments breakout sessions
Calibrand (In Ludgate) "Trailblazer technology - the apprentice, you're hired"
Cirrus Assessment (in Walbrook) – details to be announced
Digital Assessment (in Aldgate/Bishopsgate)
'How to add value to formative assessment by using innovative developments in summative assessment'
Arcadia (in Fleet) – details to be announced

1235 Lunch

1340 The e-Assessment Association session on key issues in e-Assessment

1500 Tea break and opportunity to browse exhibition and network

1515 e-Assessment and learning: recording achievement Chair: Bob Gomersall
Rob Arnstsen, myknowledgemap and Dr. Robin Johnson, Manchester Met University 'Assessment using the new model of Degree Apprenticeships'
Susanna Lawson, Director, ONEFILE
Chris Kirk, MD, DigitalMe a part of the City & Guilds group plus guest co-presenter to be announced

1630 Closing remarks from chair

Evening - e-Assessment Awards Gala Dinner, at DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, Tower of London

Day Two, 23rd March 2017 - focus on the management and delivery of robust and reliable e-Assessment from formative assessment to high stakes, summative qualifications (all sessions in Ludgate Room unless otherwise stated, exhibition, lunch and refreshments in Cornhill)

0930 The Expectations of Stakeholders Chaired by Colin Deal
KEYNOTE - Denis Saunders, CEO and Founder, Calibrand
Lisa Grey, Programme Manager, JISC
Runa McNamara, National/International Business Development Manager, VTCT ITEC
Matthew Poyiadgi, Vice President of Pearson VUE EMEA

1100 Coffee break and opportunity to browse exhibition and network

1115 Working across boundaries and borders Chaired by Colin Deal
Daniel Haven, Proctorexam and Prof. Amanda Jefferies, University of Hertfordshire
Teresa Jacobs, Head of Examinations and Professional Standards, IOD and Siobhan Ogilvy, Marketing Director, TESTREACH
Alistair Fryer-Bovil, Director of Marketing, PSI

1245 Lunch

1345 Delivery of computer based testing and portfolios in the real world
Chaired by Colin Deal
Murray Silver /Bernhard Waglechner, biz:examiner and Tejwant Chhatwal, UK Skills, 'Developing International Assessments'
Dmitri Adov, Director, Arcadia
Emma Richards, Proposals and Business Development Manager, BTL
Paul Ellison, Inspera

1515 Tea break and opportunity to browse exhibition and network

1530 The crystal ball session – what the future might bring! Chaired by Denis Saunders
Jeremy Carter, Cirrus Assessment
Martyn Roads, Assessment Tomorrow
Chair's closing remarks

The speakers will look at at the issues confronting the world of e-Assessment and examine how we can deliver robust, reliable and cost effective e-Assessment in world of

• Public scepticism,
• accreditation, regulation and range of governmental initiatives and policies,
• International and cross border working,
• e-proctoring,
• apprenticeships and EPA's,
• open badges,
• social media, and the expectations of digital natives
• growth of e-portfolios,
• proliferation of question types
• the expectations of digital natives and rapid changes in technology.

Bookings may be made for either day or both days of the event, with a discount for Charities, Schools, Colleges, Universities and those in the public sector.

This year also marks the introduction by the e-Assessment Association of the first e-Assessment Awards which will be announced at a gala dinner to be held on the evening of the 22nd March 2017. Delegates to the conference can optionally book their place at the dinner when booking for the conference.

We trust you or one of your colleagues will be able to join us for what will certainly prove to be an invaluable and thought-provoking event .

Jeff Ross
Director, Assessment Tomorrow
+44 (0) 7785 920392
email : for more details We would like to thank our sponsors

Biz:examiner Calibrand Cirrus Assessment DigitalAssess eCom Scotland UK Skills

For their support of this event

Visit the e-Assessment Question 2017 web site: to read more about the conference and for registration.

Thursday, 23 February 2017

FW: Free Teaching and Learning Conversation Webinar: Monday 6th March 2016 at 12:30-13:30 : Capturing learning: beyond the acquisition metaphor


Dear Colleagues,

Apologies for cross-posting.

The next in our series of Teaching and Learning Conversations (TLC) on Monday 6th March 2016 at 12:30-13:30 (60 minutes), is with Paul Orsmond, Senior lecturer in the School of Life Sciences and Education at Staffordshire University and Rachel Forsyth, Associate Head of CELT, Manchester Metropolitan, University .

Paul and Rachel’s TLC is titled “Capturing learning: beyond the acquisition metaphor”.  It this interactive webinar they will examine current models of assessment in UK Higher Education and argue that these only assess a tiny portion of all that students learn at university. This conversation hopes to more fully explore the learning that occurs in university through student identity development.


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

Joining the conversation:

Simply follow this link 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.

Best wishes, The TLC Team




Dr W. Rod Cullen

Assistant Head of Learning and Research Technologies (Learning Innovation)


Tel: 0161 247 3356


Skype: wrod.cullen


Manchester Metropolitan University | Room E316 | All Saints Building | Oxford Road | Manchester | M15 6BH



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Wednesday, 22 February 2017

FW: Open Lecture Invitation

Dear Colleagues,

I would like to draw you attention to a Public Lecture at the University of Wolverhampton that might be of interest.

The lecture is presented by Professor Andy Westwood and takes place on 15th March, 2017, commencing at 5pm in Chancellor's Hall on our Wolverhampton City Campus.

Entitled The Politics of Higher Education Reform in England, this lecture will describe the higher education reforms in England introduced in this Parliament, consider how they have evolved and the politics that surrounds them. Particular attention will be given to the White Paper: 'Success in a Knowledge Economy' and to the subsequent HE & Research Bill as it continues through both Houses of Parliament towards legislation. What will it mean for universities, students, graduates and research in England?

The Lecture is free, but booking is essential. Bookings can be made via

Directions to the University of Wolverhampton can be found here Chancellor's Hall is on Wulfruna Campus and is located in the Wulfruna Building (MA).

Best wishes,

Dr Debra Cureton| Research Development Manager |Research Policy Unit| University of Wolverhampton |The Research Hub| St Peter's Square |Wolverhampton|WV1 1RH |01902 321393 (Ext 1393)

FW: QMUL Educational Research Seminar: Ipsative assessment


Ipsative assessment

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QMUL Educational Research Seminars 2016-17



Ipsative assessment: motivating students through recording feedback and progress over time

Dr Gwyneth Hughes, UCL Institute of Education

Thursday 16 March 2017, 1-2pm, CAPD Seminar Room, Queen Mary University of London, Room 0.15 Scape East, 438-490 Mile End Road, London E1 4GG


About the seminar
Ipsative assessment is a powerful and under-used approach that provokes a radical rethink of the purposes and methods of assessment (Hughes, 2014). In higher education a strong focus on grades, marks and the implicit ranking of students in a competitive system means that it is not possible for the majority to excel and for many learners it is difficult to maintain self-esteem and the motivation to learn (Dweck, 1999; Sennett, 2003). By contrast, ipsative assessment means an assessor makes comparisons with a learner's previous work to record progress and this enables learners from all backgrounds to achieve an academic 'personal best'.  This seminar will report on the Assessment Careers project at the UCL Institute of Education which explored how technology could support feedback over a whole programme and not only at a module level.  

About the presenter
Gwyneth Hughes is Reader in Higher Education at the UCL Institute of Education, University College London where she leads and teachers on Masters programmes in higher education and supervises doctoral students. She led a three year JISC funded research project: Assessment Careers: learning pathways through assessment (  She is on the editorial board for the journal London Review of Education. She has published widely on learning and teaching in higher education and her latest book Ipsative Assessment: Motivation through marking progress was published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2014.


Find out more about the Educational Research Seminars series and book upcoming seminars on the CAPD website.

Please contact the Seminar Series co-ordinator: with any enquires.



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Monday, 20 February 2017

FW: CALL FOR PROPOSALS: 22nd SEDA Annual Conference


Developing Teaching Excellence: Supporting and Developing the Work of Groups and Teams


The Call for Proposals for the 22nd Annual SEDA Conference is now open. If you would like more details please go to the conference website where you will find the guidance and the proposal form.


Dates:      16 – 17 November 2017        


Venue:     The St David's Hotel, Cardiff


Proposals should be submitted electronically to SEDA at, using the proposal form, by Monday 15th May at 5pm.


Follow discussions about this and other SEDA conferences on Twitter using #sedaconf


Kind regards


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Events and Publications Officer
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Monday, 13 February 2017

FW: HEA Surveys Conference 2017: Call for papers and first key note


We are pleased to announce our first key note for the HEA Surveys Conference 2017: Understanding and enhancing the student experience. We will be joined in the morning by Nick Hillman. Nick will begin the day with a discussion on how surveys, insight and metrics can have a positive impact on the student experience within the higher education sector. The keynote will touch on the key themes of the day, exploring the value of surveys and insight for staff, students and institutions.



We would also like to remind you that the deadline for the call for papers is approaching on the 20 February 2017. The conference will explore how insight from student surveys, metrics and other research can be used to understand and enhance the student experience. The event will revolve around four themes exploring student, staff, and institutional perspectives. For more information on the conference, the call for papers and to book your place, please click here.


We look forward to welcoming you on the day

Best wishes


Dr Claire Slight
Project Officer- Surveys



T +44 (0)1904 717500  Ext. 367
Twitter: @HEAcademy

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