Thursday, 28 June 2018

FW: Winter School: International Perspectives on Education Policy (IPEP) - Verona, 11-16 Nov 2018


Dear colleagues,


Could I draw your attention to the University of Verona’s 2nd Winter School on International Perspectives on Education Policy?  Designed for PhD students, postdoctoral fellows and researchers in all areas of education, and also suitable for advanced master students, this will considers theories and methods relevant across the entire field of educational policy research. There is a particular focus on higher and adult education policy, but the specific content of activities will be developed in the light of the participants’ interests. Full details are available at


Please pass on details to anyone who may be interested.


IPEP is a co-operation between the University of Verona (Department of Human Sciences), Aalborg University (Department of Learning and Philosophy), the University of Nottingham (School of Education), the Institute of Research on Population and Social Policies of the National Research Council of Italy (CNR-IRPPS), and the International Research Centre for Global and Comparative Policy Studies on the Education and Learning of Adults (IRC-GloCoPoS).


Many thanks,


John Holford.


Professor John Holford

Robert Peers Chair in Adult Education, University of Nottingham

Joint Editor, International Journal of Lifelong Education

Co-ordinator, ENLIVEN research project (Horizon 2020)

President, International Society for Comparative Adult Education

New book: The Palgrave International Handbook on Adult and Lifelong Education and Learning

Recent Open Access articles, The misuses of sustainability: Adult education, citizenship and the dead hand of neoliberalism; Local & Global in the Formation of a Learning Theorist: Peter Jarvis and adult education

Open Access book: Adult Education Policy and the European Union




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Wednesday, 27 June 2018

FW: Posting re Conference - Internationalising the Curriculum 21st September 2018


NTU will again be hosting a free to attend Internationalising the Curriculum Conference – the 3rd TILT/NTU Global IoC Conference – on Friday 21st September.  The theme for the conference is students as co-producers, and attached is a call for contributions.  We welcome both full presentations, and short Pecha Kucha presentations plus posters.  The deadline for submissions is July 27th.  Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.


IoC Conference team





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Deputy Dean

School of Science & Technology

Nottingham Trent University

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Tuesday, 26 June 2018

FW: TELFest 2018 Livestream



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Subject: TELFest 2018 Livestream


Dear Colleagues (Apologies for any cross posting)


TELFest 2018 Livestream


TELFest, the annual Technology Enhanced Learning Festival from the University of Sheffield is going live this year, and you're all invited! 


Starting at 10:30 BST on Tuesday 26th June, you can participate remotely via our livestream at With over twenty sessions being streamed, covering a broad spectrum of topics, we hope the programme will appeal to colleagues working in a variety of disciplines.  


To have a look at the programme for the three day event, please visit the agenda. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions via the livestream, and we would encourage you to join the conversation on Twitter at #telfest. 


We hope you will be able to join us. 


Many thanks,


The University of Sheffield's Technology Enhanced Learning Team


Farzana Latif
Technology Enhanced Learning Manager

Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) Team
Academic Programmes and Student Engagement
The University of Sheffield
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Friday, 22 June 2018

FW: Registration (Closing Soon): Enhancing Student Learning Through Innovative Scholarship 2018 Conference, University of Bristol 11-12 July 2018



Enhancing Student Learning Through Innovative Scholarship:

Exploring Transitions in Higher Education for Students and Staff

11th and 12th July 2018*, University of Bristol,


In this fourth conference in the Enhancing Student Learning Through Innovative Scholarship series the focus is on exploring the transitions and mechanisms by which students and staff are supported and support each other in succeeding in enhancing their academic practice.

Transitions in, through and out of Higher Education impact on both students and staff in today's University.  Staff and students grapple with an increasingly complex HE environment with changes to the job market and challenges of uncertainty over their future they pass through a number of complex transitions into, within and out of higher education.

At the same time, the marketization of Higher Education and the impact of increasing student numbers, workloads and uncertainties over the impact of the TEF alongside REF are amongst a range of factors that both encounter.

Against this complex background, the interface between teaching and learning that both parties work within provides a challenging, engaging and supportive environment to work through many of these issues. The conference will address the following themes:

  • Enhancing employability through curriculum design
  • Confidence & resilience as key skills for transitions
  • Balancing student satisfaction with engaged learning
  • Enhancing learning through inclusive teaching spaces

 in over 70 talks, workshops and presentations. In a new move for 2018, we are including a range of short 5 minutes talk each a "Snapshot" talk. Snapshots will be combined along themes into groups of 4-6. We'll then have a snapshot session where groups of snapshots are presented together followed by 20-30 mins for discussion at tables of how these ideas could be explored by delegates in their own contexts.





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FW: Reminder: Critical performative pedagogies as part of London Conference in Critical Thought (LCCT) 2018

Registration (free) is now open for London Conference in Critical Thought (LCCT) 2018, 29th & 30th June 2018, University of Westminster which includes a stream that I have curated on innovative pedagogies umbrella-ed under the title 'Disruptions, Interventions and Liminalities: Critical Performative Pedagogies'.

Please see below for further details and do forward to any interested parties.

The conference schedule (with times comprising my set of panels) can be found here:

Best wishes, 



Stream Organiser: Dr Lee Campbell

In any pedagogical situation, you want the learners to feel safe. On the other hand, you must know that you may be faced with a group where there isn't a lot of dynamics, there's a lot of sleepiness and so on, and you [the teacher] want to somehow make them active, challenge them. Performative arts would have a lot of strategies (Manfred Schewe, 2016).

This stream asks: 'What happens when performative arts meet pedagogy?' and explores the possibilities of the emerging field of 'performative pedagogy' and its potential as useful and applicable to enabling learning across a range of artistic and possibly other disciplines. Papers comprising this panel from individuals and groups across all creative disciplines deploy pedagogic approaches with an emphasis on performativity to drive learning. They theorise, articulate and demonstrate some of the possibilities of using a critical performative pedagogy which may showcase good practice of making positive usage of performative teaching and learning.

Joe L. Kincheloe describes critical theorists as 'detectives of new theoretical insights, perpetually searching for new and interconnected ways of understanding power and oppression and the ways they shape everyday life and human experience'. (Kincheloe, Joe L., 2008. Critical Pedagogy. Peter Lang: New York). With a similar curiosity around power plays, a selection of these papers reflect upon how power may be understood in critical pedagogy in relation to 'the effects of power on shaping and misshaping the pedagogical act' as a means of (re)thinking how power relations may operate in teaching practice. Applying Michel Foucault's understanding of social power (1980), we envisage performance as a tool to make power relations visible (making performance as mirroring power plays that take place in all forms of daily human existence).

Raphael Hallett has suggested that students' work tends to be valued in terms of a very circumscribed, clean, clear presentation. Disruption, intervention, liminalities are forms of expression that do not necessarily correspond with conventional criteria that lean towards focus, precision, clarity, coherence and structure. Papers forming this stream deploy the strategies of performative pedagogy and relate in some way to 'disruption', 'intervention' and 'liminality'. Performance Art (and Art per se) is predicated on rule breaking, even on discomforting audiences, especially the elitist audiences of Live Art and Performance. As Dr Jane Munro recently pointed out at Tactics of Interruption, (Toynbee Studios, London, June 2016), interruption is about 'creating new forms – allowing interruption to shape the work – not hiding them'. A selection of these papers advocate the power of risk in teaching and learning, that explore disruption/interruption as a 'risky' pedagogic strategy to not only provoke students' participation but also to demonstrate how performative pedagogy can be effectively deployed to break implicit rules surrounding the exchange of power relation between student and teacher.

Panel 1 
1  Paul Antick-  On using 'foul' language in a university classroom
2  Claire Makhlouf Carter - Bitter Lucky Dip
3  Christabel Harley - The Matter of Art & Design Research 
4  Lee Campbell - We Interrupt This Broadcast: Tactics of Disruption as Provocative Pedagogy

Panel 2 
1 Jennifer Kitchen - The Power of Play: Ensemble pedagogy, playfulness and the creation of '3rd spaces' in education
2 Mark James Hamilton - Playing with Plurality 
3 Jaione Cerrato and Jon Halls - Creating space for informal education in a quantified world

Panel 3   
1 Paul Stewart - Art and Commitment: performing critical pedagogy as an art methodology
2 Monica Marroquín-Almanza - The artifacts of memory
3 Nese Ceren Tosun - What can embodied creativity training do for law and business students?

Panel 4 
1 Francesca Antonacci-  How Performing Arts Will Integrate Mind, Body And Soul
2 Birte Brudermann-  Idyll and Scandal
3 Ana Milovanović - Liminalities of Critical Performative Pedagogies in Capitalism

Panel 5 
1 Nigel Grimmer- Utilizing Performative Teaching within the Induction Unit as a Social Tool Capable of Aiding Participation and Retention
2 Lisa Peck-  Feminist Interventions and Performative Pedagogy in Acting
3 Gavin Baker - Using a performative approach to textual analysis


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Tuesday, 19 June 2018

FW: Workshops on Academic CVs & Academic Interviews, London: booking now open



Dear colleague

I'm pleased to invite you to the following UCU professional development workshops taking place in London on Thursday 28 June:

Academic CVs - Thursday 28 June 09:30-12:30
This workshop will guide you through how to compile an effective, scannable academic CV: what goes in, what it's best to leave out, how to organise your information for maximum relevance and impact.

By the end of the workshop, you will know what you need to do in order to make your academic CV ready for the job market.

Academic Interviews - Thursday 28 June 13:30-16:30

There's a secret about academic interviews which hardly ever gets passed on: they are predictable. In fact, they are incredibly predictable. This workshop will explore why that is, and what, from an academic search committee's point of view, the psychology of academic interviewing really is. 

We will look in detail at common interview questions - how to anticipate them, how to prepare for them, and what a good answer sounds like - so that you have all the tools you need to perform well at your next interview.

You are welcome to apply for one or both of these courses and as ever our CPD events are free to all UCU members.

Best wishes

Glen Pickard
Campaigns Administrator
University and College Union (UCU)




FW: Research & Evaluation SIG event - 27 June

We warmly invite you to the third meeting of the RAISE Research & Evaluation Special Interest Group. This free event will be hosted by Coventry University on Wednesday 27th June 2018.

This meeting with focus on collaboration, including workshops relating to developing collaborative practices and space to develop shared research projects.

We will also have a talk from Christine Broughan, Professor of Higher Education, Coventry University entitled 'Having the idea, getting partners and winning the bid - a case study of a HEFCE collaboration testing out a framework to evidence change'. 

Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

To register, please click here-

Any question, please contact the SIG coordinators- Stuart Sims ( and Wilko Luebsen (


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Thursday, 14 June 2018

Fwd: Leadership in Education, London: places still available

Dear colleague

Places are still available at the following UCU professional development course taking place in London on 26 June 10:00-16:00.

This course is aimed at those hoping to progress to a leadership role, or those looking to consolidate their leadership or team management skills. It covers:

your way of working and how to become more effective different management and leadership styles in education what makes a good leader.

As ever our CPD events are free to all UCU members.

Best wishes

Glen Pickard

Campaigns Administrator

University and College Union (UCU)




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Thursday, 7 June 2018

FW: Fees, funding and the future of higher education - 3rd July 2018


A one day event on fees & funding in UK HE


What are the implications of the post-18 review of fees and funding? What role do graduate salaries and students' costs play in perceptions of value? How should universities communicate value?

While Sam Gyimah makes headlines on value for money in English HE, it's time to explore fees, funding and the future with the leading experts. Wonkhe's day conference will bring together the higher education community to discuss the key issues affecting higher education.

The conference is presented in partnership with the Higher Education Strategic Planners Association and the British Universities Finance Directors Group, and is sponsored by HSBC.



Confirmed speakers:

·         Philip Augar, Chair, post-18 funding review panel

·         Liz Bromley, CEO, University Alliance

·         Helen Carasso, co-author of "Everything for Sale? The Marketisation of UK Higher Education", University of Oxford

·         Gavan Conlon and Maike Halterbeck, London Economics

·         Linda Drew, Director and CEO, Ravensbourne

·         Charles Heymann, communications and reputation advisor

·         Alison Jones, Director of Planning, Legal and Governance, University of Bradford and Chair, HESPA

·         David Malcolm, Head of Policy and Campaigns, National Union of Students

·         Andrew McGettigan, HE funding expert and author of "The Great University Gamble: money, markets and the future of higher education"

·         Sally McGill, CFO, Durham University and Chair, BUFDG

·         Ian Robinson, Director, Public Sector and Education, HSBC

·         Julie Tam, Deputy Director of Policy, Universities UK

·         Anna Vignoles, Professor of Education, University of Cambridge




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FW: Next TLC Webinar - Tuesday 12th June 12.00-13.00 with Martin Hawksey

Our next Teaching and Learning Conversation (TLC) is on Tuesday 12th June at 12:00 – 13:00 (60 minutes) with Martin Hawksey, Chief Innovation, Community and Technology Officer, Association for Learning Technology.

This month's TLC is titled:

 'Twitter in Education: Interactively exploring the conversation with TAGS and TAGSExplorer'

This conversation will explore approaches to help learners and educators gain more insight and a feeling of place within hashtag communities. As part of this we will look at TAGS and TAGSExplorer tools ( which have been developed with educators and learners in mind to help support the collection, analysis and exploration of Twitter hashtag communities. These free tools provide a means to collect data from Twitter searches and analysis the results either in Google Sheets, where the data is collected, or visualized in the companion TAGSExplorer web interface. As part of this conversation we will touch upon the limitation of data collection from Twitter and issues around data protection and privacy. We will also provide some examples of where TAGS/TAGSExplorer has been used within an educational context.

Full details of this TLC are available on the TLC website

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 hereYou 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 thought provoking TLC.

Best wishes, The TLC Team



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