Friday, 31 March 2017

Contemplative education conference

"Now accepting presentation proposals 
submission deadline:  May 15, 2017

Organized around the themes of teaching and learning, student affairs, and leadership, the conference will celebrate, and take stock of, the work of CMind over the last two decades, while presenting cutting edge ways contemplative approaches to inquiry and learning can further justice and compassion on college and university campuses and beyond. Through keynote presentations, interactive sessions, and contemplative workshops, participants will explore how diverse contemplative pedagogies and practices can support transformations on multiple levels – self, classroom, organization, community – and invite creative, unconventional approaches to how we imagine and seek to address the many challenges
of the 21st century.

Save the Date!
Registration Opening Soon 
The 9th Annual ACMHE Conference
October 27 – 29, 2017
at 1440 Multiversity, Scotts Valley, CA
Learn more at the conference website:"

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Conference hosted by Canterbury Christ Church University

23rd to 25th November 2017



Following the successes of our previous events, this conference will develop further conversations about the relationships and tensions between psychoanalysis and education. We are keen to invite submissions to participate that involve both psychoanalytic theory and accounts of psychoanalytic practice (where applicable), and we define education in its widest context. We hope to welcome academic staff, teaching staff in other areas of practice, and of course colleagues working primarily in clinical settings.


The themes of this conference are Creativity, Psychoanalysis and Lifelong Learning. We encourage interested parties to consider these themes and to interpret them in ways that lend themselves to original and provocative ways of thinking. Queries are welcomed in the first instance, and when you are ready to submit, you will be asked to do so in one of a variety of formats. We will welcome traditional presentations and workshops (and please indicate which you are proposing). However, we are also keen to encourage less traditional formats of collaboration. As one of the conference themes is creativity, expressions of interest that propose a creative space in the conferences are warmly welcomed. For example, colleagues might consider a performance, something musical, a piece of artwork, film or fictional writing.


Although the following list is not exhaustive, areas that might be explored include:


Emotional unease
Healing Trauma
Affect in practice

Biography and autobiography
Unconscious fantasies and writing
Literature, Art and Daydreaming
The Role of Obsession
Soul murder

Grief and loss
Life positioning
Old age

Death and dying

Sexuality and gender
Race and ethnicity
The body
Mysticism and religious experience
Social structure

Deadline for submissions: Friday 19th May 2017.

Please send your proposals to: – please write ‘Psychoanalysis and Education Conference 2017 submission’ in the subject box.

Submissions (WORD format) should have no more than 500 words, Times New Roman, 12 points. The title of the submission should be clear and could you please indicate what the style of your submission will be (i.e. paper, performance, film discussion etc.).

Your name, the submission title, institutional affiliation, phone and email should NOT be included in the submission, but be on a separate page.

Proposals will be blind reviewed; acceptance will be announced by early July 2017.

Final papers, if appropriate, should be submitted by early autumn 2017

It is anticipated that selected papers will form the basis of a special issue of European Journal of Psychotherapy

Our Scientific Committee

Alan Bainbridge, Jacki Cartlidge, Denise Cormack, Anna Playle, Danna Valkanova and Linden West (Canterbury Christ Church University)

Anastasios Gaitanidis (University of Roehampton)

David Mathew (University of Bedfordshire)

Jean-Marie Weber (University of Luxemburg)

Maria Grazia Riva (University of Milano Bicocca)

Arnaud Dubois (Université de Cergy Pontoise)

Patrick Geffard (Université Paris 8)

Detailed guidelines for paper, symposium, roundtable and workshop submissions, as well as the programme of the Conference will be made available later on the conference website.


For further information, please write to:,


Thursday, 30 March 2017

FW: QMUL Educational Research Seminar: Defining and demonstrating teaching quality and impact 


Defining and demonstrating teaching quality and impact

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QMUL Educational Research Seminars 2016-17


Defining and demonstrating teaching quality and impact – what we learned from the literature

Dr Julie Belanger, RAND Europe

Thursday 27 April 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
While the assessment of 'quality teaching' and its impact in higher education has historically been neglected by researchers, the context around higher education teaching is rapidly changing. Excellence in teaching has become more entrenched in higher education policy and in the educational strategies of academic institutions, and increasingly linked to the performance and assessment of these institutions. Despite this, debates remain and indeed have intensified in recent decades over what 'quality', 'excellence' and 'impact' in relation to teaching really mean. This seminar will focus on the key themes which emerged from a literature review on 'Defining and Demonstrating Quality Teaching and Impact in Higher Education.' This work was commissioned to RAND Europe by the Higher Education Academy and reviews research published since 2012 on how 'quality teaching' and its impact are currently being defined and demonstrated in institutions of higher education.

About the presenter
Dr Julie Bélanger is a Research Leader at RAND Europe in the fields of education and social policy. Her responsibilities include providing leadership for research projects ranging from early childhood education and care to higher education. Prior to joining RAND Europe, she worked as Analyst at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) where she was responsible for the development and implementation of the second cycle of the Teaching and Learning International Survey (TALIS), a large scale teacher and school leader survey which was implemented in 34 countries. She has over 15 years of experience in designing, managing and implementing rigourous research projects and of leading diverse teams of researchers in the field of education. Her main professional interests include education evaluation, research and policy in international and local contexts.  Julie holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in experimental developmental psychology from the University of British Columbia (Canada).


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.

FW: Digital literacies and employability free online course

A free, 3 week online course I am running on Digital Literacies and Employability.

This initiative is part of the UptakeICT project which aims to equip citizens with suitable digital literacies and skills to live, learn and work in the current society.

The course runs from May 2nd, 2017 - May 19th, 2017 and focuses on key aspects of online engagement:

Week 1 - Digital literacies: living, learning and working online Week 2 - Making connections: participating online Week 3 - Digital identity: looking after your digital footprint

You can register for it here:


Twitter #tag: #UptakeICT

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

best wishes,


Dr Cristina Costa
Lecturer in Technology Enhanced Learning Course Leader PgCert/PgDip in Educational Technology Co-editor of Social Theory Applied<> (Facebook<>)

University of Strathclyde
School of Education
Level 2, Room 204
Lord Hope Building
141 St James Road
G4 0LT

t: 0141 444 8061
t: @cristinacost

New Special Issue on Digital Scholarship now avaialble via the Journal of Applied Social Theory:

Costa, C., & Murphy, M. (2016). Bourdieu, Habitus and Social Research: The art of application. Palgrave Macmillan.
Murphy, M., & Costa, C. (2015). Theory as Method in Research: On Bourdieu, education and society. Routledge. Retrieved from

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

What works? Student retention and success change programme: Final conference | Higher Education Academy

What works? Student retention and success change programme: Final conference | Higher Education Academy: "Overview
The Higher Education Academy on behalf of the What works? Student retention and success change programme are pleased to invite you to its conference and launch of the Programme's final report, on 11 April. Book now to attend.

The What works? Student retention and success change programme is a Paul Hamlyn Foundation initiative working with the Higher Education Academy, Action on Access and 13 UK universities across 43 discipline areas. The programme examined what works in terms of retention and success and, crucially, developed understanding about how to implement change. Read a summary of key outcomes, findings and messages here.

 The conference will take place at 11 April 2017, Cavendish Conference Centre, 22 Duchess Mews, Marylebone, London W1G 9DT, 9:30 – 16:30. This is a one-day event to launch, share and discuss the findings and outcomes of the What works? Student retention and success change programme – Phase 2. The final conference will feature reports from the 13 institutions involved in the programme. Ticket pricing starts from £220."


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FW: Assessment Tomorrow - The 2017 e-Vocational Conference In association with the Federation of Awarding Bodies

Assessment Tomorrow - The 2017 e-Vocational Conference In association with FAB Hilton Leeds City, Thursday, 18th May 2017

The pace of change in vocational qualifications and assessment with the T-levels proposals and apprenticeship EPAs, provides both challenges and opportunities.

There is little doubt that one of the potential opportunities is to bringing technology even further into assessment delivery both to ensure it is as relevant as possible and to make seemingly complex processes as efficient as possible.

With keynote addresses from both Mark Dawe, Chief Executive at AELP and Stephen Wright, Chief Executive at the Federation of Awarding Bodies, this promises to be an exciting event.

Bookings can be made online at

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

Jeff Ross
Director, Assessment Tomorrow
+44 (0) 7785 920392
email : for more details We would like to thank our sponsors, partners and supporters FAB Calibrand Cirrus Assessment DigitalAssess eCom Scotland UK Skills

for their support of this event
Visit the e-vocational website,, to read more about the conference and for registration.

FW: Contemplative pedagogy: a counterforce in higher education?


Contemplative pedagogy: a counterforce in higher education?

You are warmly invited to participate in an Open Space Technology (OST) event around the theme of ‘Contemplative pedagogy: a counterforce in higher education?'. The event will take place on 10 & 11 April 2017 at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh. For more information and to register, please click to Please register before 31 March. Please forward to others who may have an interest.


Iddo Oberski MSc PhD SFHEA FRSA

Senior Lecturer in Learning and Teaching &

Joint Programme Leader MSc Professional and Higher Education

Centre for Academic Practice

Queen Margaret University

Edinburgh EH21 6UU

Phone: +44 131 474 0000



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Monday, 27 March 2017

Inaugural European Forum for Academic Peer Learning

The Academic Peer Learning Leadership Group are proud to announce the inaugural European Forum for Academic Peer Learning being hosted by Lund University, Sweden on 7th June 2017.

The European Forum for Academic Peer Learning is a personal/professional development opportunity for teachers/learning developers/academic/support staff and students to come together and share their practice, experience, challenges and innovations around peer-led activity. We invite proposals for this event addressing topics aligned to the 6 academic peer learning key themes:

• Evaluating the impact of academic peer learning (research or practice)
• Innovating and use of technologies in training and sessions
• Student-staff collaborations in peer learning
• Accrediting, developing and recognising pre and post graduation leaders
• Widening access/ participation (SI High Schools)
• The future of peer learning with the changing landscape of Higher Education
Further information and to register for this event see handbook at:

This event is conveniently scheduled to lead into EuroSoTL (8-9th June 2017) organised by the European Network for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning and also being held at Lund. Further information on this event is available at:

The fee for the European Forum for Peer Learning is £100, which includes lunch and coffee/tea in the morning and afternoon of the 7th of June. The deadline for proposals is 10 Apr 2017 see handbook for further information.

To discuss any aspect of the European Forum for Academic Peer Learning please contact: Leif Bryngfors at :leif.bryngfors@KANSLI.LTH.SE or Katie Scott

Thanks in advance and we are very excited for this event

Kind Regards

Academic Peer Learning Leadership Group

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

FW: CALL FOR PAPERS REMINDER - Strategic approaches to addressing disparities in student outcomes, (Nottingham Trent University, 20th June 2017)


Strategic approaches to addressing disparities in student outcomes
Success for All Conference




20th June 2017, Nottingham Conference Centre

Call for papers

Nottingham Trent University, in conjunction with the University Alliance, is hosting a conference on strategic approaches to addressing disparities in undergraduate students’ progression and attainment. The conference will provide a platform for discussion, debate and practice exchange on ways in which Higher Education Institutions can implement effective interventions at a University-wide level.


We are delighted to be welcoming the Rt Hon David Lammy MP as our keynote speaker. His role in raising issues around social mobility and education continues to be nationally and internationally influential.


Proposals are invited for papers that explore strategic approaches to addressing disparities in undergraduate students’ progression and attainment. Contributions are invited on, but not limited to, the following areas: use of data; institution-wide interventions; inclusive curricula and pedagogies; student engagement and retention.


Deadline for proposals: Friday 7TH April 2017 

Proposals of approximately 300 words should be submitted electronically to Nottingham Trent University at, using the attached proposal form. Further details can be found on the event page.


For more information, please contact:

Janette Thompson, Success for All

Tel: 0115 84 84749 E:



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Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Festival of Learning – Creating Communities

Are you doing innovative work to create communities that support and enhance learning? We would love to hear from you!

The Trent Institute of Learning and Teaching (TILT) and the Centre for Academic Development & Quality at NTU welcome contributions to the TILT Festival of Learning, from Tuesday 27 June to Thursday 29 June 2017.

Taking place across all four NTU sites, the event will showcase innovative work on the theme of Creating Communities, including but not limited to:
  • creating vibrant course communities and other learning communities
  • inclusive learning communities
  • learning in, with or from professional or disciplinary communities
  • relationships with local, national or global communities.
Tuesday 27 June will be our Annual Learning and Teaching Conference, including a range of workshops and presentations. We are delighted to be welcoming Liz Thomas, Professor of Higher Education at Edge Hill University, as our keynote speaker. She will share insights from her pioneering work on creating inclusive learning communities to improve student engagement and success.
Wednesday 28 and Thursday 29 June will see alternative formal and informal events across the Confetti, Clifton and Brackenhurst NTU sites. These can include a variety of practice-sharing formats such as hands-on activities, outdoor challenges, virtual reality experiences, story-telling, and performance. We invite proposals for innovative and inspiring contributions to all parts of the Festival.
Please complete the proposal form found here and email it to by 27 March.

If you have any questions about how you can get involved please contact Tim Suffield (, 0115 848 2304) orCatherine Gillam (, 0115 848 4375).

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

FW: Inclusive learning, teaching and assessment conference


Subject: Inclusive learning, teaching and assessment conference


I’m circulating details of a very reasonably priced conference being organised at York St John University.


Formulating excellence in inclusive learning, teaching and assessment practice: have we reached the tipping point in higher education?


Thursday 11 May 2017


Day Delegate Rate: £45.00


This conference presents an opportunity to discuss and learn about hands-on approaches to inclusive learning, teaching and assessment practices. Delegates will hear about cutting edge approaches to support and will have an opportunity to consider how they move ahead with implementation of inclusive principles in their own organisations.


For further details please follow this link to the conference webpage:


To book a place please go this the conference booking page:


Many thanks



Dr Mike Wray

Learning Support Team Manager

York St John University

Lord Mayor’s Walk


YO31 7EX

01904 876541




FW: #DeL17: Teaching Making/Making Teaching: Call for papers

DEL 2017: Teaching Making/Making Teaching

University of the Arts London,14 - 15 September 2017

The call for papers is now open for DEL 2017, which will be hosted at Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London, 14-15 September 2017. For more information and to submit, visit the DEL 2017 website. Deadline: 3rd April 2017.
DEL (Digitally Engaged Learning) is an international conference exploring and evolving digitally engaged teaching and learning in art and design Higher Education. We welcome submissions from individuals and groups across all creative disciplines, working in roles including instructors, lecturers, researchers, artists and designers, support staff, instructional designers and technicians.
Themed 'Teaching Making / Making Teaching', DEL 2017 seeks to explore digitally engaged practices and processes of teaching, making and researching within the creative disciplines.

By 'digitally engaged', we are referring to practices that are actively with, about or in digital tools and spaces. We take the creative disciplines to refer to a wide range of areas including (but not limited to) art, design, media, performing arts and music. We understand teaching, making and researching as uncertain 'crafts' that involve processes of self-discovery, experimentation, enquiry, reflexivity and development.

This year we have not defined conference tracks. We hope this encourages submissions that resonate with the overall conference theme, but that make sense in the context of the many disciplines and practices participants may be coming from.
There are a number of submission formats, designed to accommodate participants at different stages and places in their digitally engaged teaching and learning journeys. You can propose any of the following: 

  • Workshop
  • Presentation of scholarship (creative practice, teaching practice, research)
  • Panel discussion (2 presenters minimum)
  • Micro teach/micro make

For more information and to submit, please visit the DEL 2017 website.

DEL 17 is an international partnership with 
Penn State UniversityTexas State UniversityThe New School and the University of the Arts London.
Enquiries: Claudia Roeschmann,
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Tuesday, 14 March 2017

FW: 15th Academic Practice and Technology (APT) conference CfP

Dear Colleagues, the call for contributions for the 15th Academic Practice and Technology (APT) conference closes on Friday 7th April 2017. "The future ain't what it used to be: inventing and re-imagining higher education practice", co-hosted by the University of Greenwich and London School of Economics (LSE), takes place on July 4th 2017 and will feature Dr George Siemens and Dr Ed De Quincey as keynotes. We invite contributions from colleagues who are imagining and making the futures of higher education – colleagues who are pushing boundaries; evolving teaching and learning practices; developing new curricula; creating new collaborations or markets; analysing big data. 

View information and download the call at:

Many thanks for your attention.

Simon Walker NTF, PFHEA
Head of Educational Development
University of Greenwich.

Monday, 13 March 2017

FW: QMUL Educational Research Seminar: Ipsative assessment


Ipsative assessment

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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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FW: Horizons in STEM Higher Education Conference 2017




Horizons in STEM Higher Education Conference 2017 

Making Connections, Innovating and Sharing Pedagogy

29 & 30 June 2017 at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, UK



Call for papers now open!


Proposal submission guidelines:


Following last year’s successful conference in Leicester, Horizons in STEM HE is back: Making Connections, Innovating and Sharing Pedagogy. The conference committee welcomes submissions that fall either within the following broad pedagogic/innovation themes or discipline areas. The intention is to provide opportunities for two different types of conversation, where teaching innovation and pedagogy might be shared with all STEM colleagues, or where more subject specific discussions might ensue.


In each case the conference is all about making connections. 


The deadline for submission of proposals is 31 March 2017Please see the guidance for presenters document for more details.


Conference Formats:


We invite you to submit abstracts for posters, oral presentations and workshops; we also invite expressions of interest to submit a full paper based on your presentation for publication in a journal special issue after the conference (see above link for detailed guidance).


We are particularly interested to receive student-led submissions.


Please complete the abstract submission form, identifying what type of presentation you are interested in delivering and whether your work fits in the pedagogic/innovation themes of the conference which may be of interest to all STEM colleagues or whether it is subject specific of interest to a discipline-based audience.

Abstract submission form 2017


Save your submission as a PDF and upload to Easychair by the deadline of 31st March 2017.

We are looking forward to reading your submissions.


Conference themes:


The themes should be interpreted broadly, as they are not intended to limit potential contributions. When submitting proposals, delegates will be asked to nominate the theme to which they feel their work best relates (themes in full).

Illustrative examples of areas of practice within the themes are provided for information only


Open Education

  • Using open data in teaching and student research projects
  • Using open education resources/Moocs in formal education
  • Open access publication

Enhancing the student experience

  • Employability and transitions into STEM work
  • Equality and diversity
  • Learning spaces
  • Global citizenship and sustainable development
  • Practical skills
  • Assessment and Feedback

Students as partners in teaching and research


Reward and Recognition

  • Developing pedagogic research practice
  • Creating impact
  • Pedagogic research communities



Discipline areas

  • Biological Sciences
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Earth Sciences
  • Engineering
  • Materials
  • Mathematics
  • Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • Physics
  • Psychology


Dr Sally Smith
Chair of the organising committee
Dean of the School of Computing
Edinburgh Napier University







Dr Neil Williams CCHEM, FRSC, SFHEA

Director of Undergraduate Studies

Faculty of Science, Engineering and Computing


Room SB3028

T +44 (0)208 417 7754 (internal 62575)

Penrhyn Road, Kingston upon Thames KT1 2EE

Kingston University London

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