Tuesday, 27 November 2018

Fwd: 30 January 2019 Power dynamics in student staff partnerships

The next RAISE Special Interest Group for Partnership is meeting in London at the University of Westminster on Wednesday 30th January, 1-5:30pm. 

The theme of the meeting will be 'Power dynamics in student staff partnerships'.  The event will include a talk by Lucy Mercer-Mapstone (Endeavour Research Fellow, University of Edinburgh) on 'Disrupting power hierarchies to build student-staff partnerships'.  There will also be a roundtable discussion on the day's theme involving staff and students from a variety of UK institutions.

We invite students and staff to submit posters that showcase examples of any aspect of working in partnership to be displayed throughout the afternoon with opportunities for discussion.  Poster abstracts should be submitted to studentpartnership@westminster.ac.uk by 5pm on Friday 14th December.  Acceptance of posters will be notified by Friday 21st December.

The event will take place at our campus at 35 Marylebone Road (across from Baker Street station). The building is fully wheelchair accessible. There are accessible and single-stall all gender toilets near the workshop rooms. If you face any access barriers or require detailed accessibility information, please let us know so we can support your full participation. Please contact Moonisah Usman or Jennifer Fraser at studentpartnership@westminster.ac.uk if you have any questions.

Registration for the event is free and open to all.  Please register by Wednesday January 16th via https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/power-dynamics-in-student-staff-partnerships-tickets-53049715126 

Thursday, 1 November 2018

Fwd: PedRIO conference 29th November 2018

Hi all,

The programme is now available online for our November conference, which remains free to external participants. Please register using the link below if you are interested in attending, and do forward to colleagues who might be interested. With a keynote from Louis Coiffait, Associate Editor at WonkHE, and a wide range of contributed papers and workshops, it should be a good day.

Best wishes,


PedRIO Conference: 'What is Institutional and Subject Excellence?'

University of Plymouth, 29th November 2018


An increasing focus on Institutional Excellence in Higher Education has led to a proliferation of 'excellence' agendas (REF, TEF and, most recently, KEF). Pedagogic research crosses the boundaries between research and teaching and has strong implications for the knowledge exchange agenda and thus is perfectly situated to support (and critique) the excellence agendas. In this context, the Pedagogic Research Institute and Observatory (PedRIO) is delighted to announce an upcoming conference entitled 'What is Institutional and Subject Excellence?'.

Aimed at bringing together leading academics from across the UK and beyond, the conference themes include:

         Demonstrating institutional and subject excellence

         Impact and evaluation – linking teaching and research

         Institutional excellence and policy development

         Public Engagement and Pedagogic Research for impact

         Widening participation and institutional excellence

Conference registration is available here                                                                                                                                                                 


Louis Coiffait, Associate Editor at WonkHE.  Keynote title: 'High Seas: the shipping forecast for UK HE policy'.

The conference will take place on Thursday 29th November 2018 at the University of Plymouth, UK. For any queries, please email pedrio@plymouth.ac.uk  

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Debby Cotton

Professor of Higher Education Pedagogy & Head of Educational Development (TLS)

Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (PFHEA) and National Teaching Fellow (NTF).

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University of Plymouth, Devon PL4 8AA

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Read my latest papers :- on Pedagogic research and REF 'The Cinderella of Academia' in Studies in Higher Education – free ePrints here: http://www.tandfonline.com/eprint/YQQPWYHBzjHFN68xGxxI/full

- and Using an Immersive Induction  Module to enhance transition to HE, Teaching in Higher Education – free ePrints here: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/13562517.2017.1301906

- plus 'Is students' energy literacy related to their university's position in a sustainability ranking?' Environmental Education Research Free ePrints here: http://www.tandfonline.com/eprint/IbbPACD6uNBJgpFId6hh/full


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