Thursday, 25 March 2021

Fwd: New Bookings Open: An Ambitious Vision – Digital Transformation driving Strategic Ambition


An Ambitious Vision – Digital Transformation driving Strategic Ambition

Date: Thursday 15th April 2021

Time: 13:00 - 14:00


The University of Portsmouth has bold plans for the future. By 2030, the University aims to be the top modern university in the UK and one of the top 100 young universities in the world. To do great things, of course, it takes more than good intentions. To that end, the University has also committed to radically transforming its digital technology and systems. This session is an opportunity to learn directly from the team that has led and delivered a portfolio of transformational projects that underpin this ambitious vision. The team will showcase how they are transforming the University's Recruitment and Outreach, Marketing and Campaigns, alumni relations and advancement, B2B, Research & Innovation and Events Management activities which will, in turn, help support world-class research, education, and student opportunities

Register here and join ucisa Trustee and the Associate Pro Vice-Chancellor and Chief Information Officer at University of West London, Adrian Ellison, chairing this webinar which will be hosted by SThree PLC / Real Public Sector. SThree Managed Services partnered with the Portsmouth team and Salesforce to deliver these projects.

Contact team ucisa:



Monday, 22 March 2021

Fwd: International Visual Methods Conference Seven, Cape Town Dec 2021

The new deadline for first stage contributions to the seventh International Visual Methods Conference hosted by the Department of Applied Design, Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT), is now the 9th April 2021.      The conference is scheduled to take place from 13/14 December 2021.

CPUT would like to build on the success of the conference series with a dynamic, inclusive event in the heart of Cape Town: World Design Capital 2014 and home to some of the foremost creative industries in South Africa.

The theme of this year's event is 'Decolonising Design' - a pressing concern for the creative arts in the global South in general and for post-apartheid South Africa in particular. Discourses of decolonisation have gained traction in recent years, in the domain of higher education and not least in the arts and humanities. At a conceptual level, decolonisation implies a 'dismantling' of the dominant epistemological assumptions that have historically shaped the arts and humanities. These assumptions are often rooted in Western ideas (and ideals) of knowledge. They typically neglect perspectives and contributions from the historically disenfranchised - the Other, the colonised - and minimise the influence of scholars, designers, and artists in the Global South.

In the visual and applied arts, including design, we seek to problematise, explore, and embrace the social and cultural perspectives of those at the peripheries of Western knowledge. We therefore invite contributions that discuss or explore, in a critical manner, the following aspects:
- Ideological and ethical underpinnings of modern visual methods
- The portrayal and interpretation of cultural knowledge through visual and narrative
- Collaborative and participatory methods that go beyond traditional design disciplines
(e.g., participatory video, digital storytelling, photo elicitation)
- Underrepresented, marginalised or resurgent visual methods
- Design thinking as a decolonising practice
- Depicting 'small/mundane stories' in the Global South
- The role of visual methods in communicating disruption and complexity
- Construction of non-Western representational systems
- Exploring indigenous methodologies and concepts, e.g. land as pedagogy; practices of refusal
We invite contributions from various disciplines, including media theory and practice, applied arts and design (fashion, graphic, industrial, etc.), visual anthropology, architecture, communication studies, urban planning, computing and the social sciences. Contributions can be in the form of extended abstracts, panel proposals, workshop proposals, and/or proposals for visual exhibitions or physical activities. We particularly encourage creative, interactive ways of engaging online, such as digital exhibitions, online workshops, live but virtual tours, virtual public art, digital guided walks - photo safaris, digital drawing-based activities, cultural tours, and treasure hunts.
We encourage multi- and transdisciplinary contributions.

Full details -

Fwd: Final bookings reminder: Enabling Hybrid Learning for Higher Education: Practical Solutions


Enabling Hybrid Learning for Higher Education: Practical Solutions

Date: Wednesday 24th March 2021

Time: 11:00 - 11:45


It's a constant challenge for teachers to ensure students are engaged in the learning community regardless of their mode of participation. Which is why the communication and collaboration elements of the hybrid learning classroom are so critical.

This webinar will discuss how to drive and create Immersive, Collaborative, Connected environments where both the teacher and students benefit in-person and remote. It will also discuss how a fully operational blended presence-distance learning scenario was created for a leading European University resulting in same learning opportunities for present and remote students.


Register here to join Roma Tre University, Lenovo and Microsoft to discuss this topic.

Contact team ucisa:





Fwd: Call for Papers reminder: HE for the Common Good: Learning from COVID19

A reminder that the call for papers for the University of Hull's Teaching Excellence Academy 2021 Teaching and Learning Conference (Tuesday 13th and Wednesday 14th July, 2021) is open until Friday March 26th 2021.

During the past 12 months we have seen teaching and learning come to the fore of university life, we have seen staff and students working harder than ever before in their commitment to higher learning, and we have seen radical, fast paced change (often for the better) when needs absolutely must.  

Our free international online conference 'Higher Education for the Common Good: Learning from COVID 19' will explore how we can harness learning through adversity to inspire the next generation of global citizens. Submissions are welcomed on the themes of:

1.     Hybrid Pedagogies: for example, remote or flipped - blended teaching and learning; addressing the digital divide, physically distant, safe proximate pedagogies, embedding wellbeing in blended teaching;

2.     Sustainability: for example, economic and environmental sustainability in programme design, development and delivery; establishing sustainable HE in the context of the pandemic;

3.     Decolonising Curricula: for example, students and staff working together to decolonise curricula content and teaching practices, diversify reading lists or the creation of opportunities for staff and students to think critically about decolonisation in the context of the pandemic;

4.     Competence-Based HE: for example, embedding knowledge exchange in programme design; entrepreneurial education; co-development of curricula with students, PSRBs, regional business or third sector partners; teaching reflection and self-regulation in a time of crisis.

Submit your proposal by completing this online form by 26 March 2021. We look forward to innovative contributions from across the sector – staff, students and stakeholders.

Further information can be found on our blog:

Kind regards

Catherine Lillie



Catherine Lillie SFHEA [she/her]| Teaching Enhancement Advisor
Teaching Excellence Academy

University of Hull

Hull, HU6 7RX, UK | +44 (0)1482 46 5806 | @CatherineLil20

  @UoHAcademy     /UniversityOfHull      UniversityOfHull



Fwd: #IIH2021 - Innovations in Internationalisation at Home (Free) Conference - 23 April - 14.00-16.00




#IIH2021 Conference – Asynchronous video case studies (from 12 April) and a Live Event 14.00-16.00 (UK Time) on 23 April


Part 1(Asynchronous)  is a series of Video Case Studies from around the world, which you can watch on YouTube from 12 April. The link to this YouTube Channel is here, but the  content won't appear until 12 April. Many of these case studies were first identified through the UUKi project which took place in 2020 and will also be discussed on 23 April.



Video case studies:


  • UTS, Sydney Australia
  • Juniata College, Pennsylvania, US
  • University of Nairobi, Kenya
  • Florida State University, US
  • Bayreuth University, Germany
  • Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong
  • University of Bristol, UK



Part 2 (Live via Zoom) is the live 2-hour conference on 23 April from 14.00-16.00 which will contain the following elements:



Live event agenda:


  • Opening and Review of UUKI's IaH Case Study Project (Dr Celia Partridge, UUKi)
  • Plenary Session - Case Studies in Action: Taking IaH beyond the Pandemic (Dr Anthony Manning)
  • Case Study video montage and panel discussion with panellists from the video case studies
  • Delegate breakout discussions
  • Student Panel - with UKCISA's #WeAreInternational Ambassadors
  • Closing Remarks - (Dr Celia Partridge)



Please share the details of the conference across your networks. We'd love to welcome as many people as possible.


More details on the conferencewebsite:






Sunday, 21 March 2021

Critical pedagogy symposium

Hi everyone,

In light of the uncertainty the COVID epidemic has caused this year, we have chosen to hold The VII Critical Psychology Symposium online rather than postpone it further, as it was originally planned to be held in 2020 by TODAP.  This year’s theme is “Liberation”, and it will be held 22-24 October 2021.

Last year, the fundamental concepts in determining the symposium’s theme were those of “essence” and “free”, which are the root and stem of the word “liberation” (in Turkish, öz and özgür, respectively). Since these concepts connote notions such as free, freedom, emancipation, liberation, subjectivity, self-defence, and autonomy, we felt they could be a source of fruitful discussion. We determined that a theme of “Liberation” would allow us to think about “freedom” as an ideal, goal, possibility, or reality that encompasses every area of our lives. On the alternate end of the spectrum, it also evokes discussion of struggles along the path to liberation, including oppression, violence, occupation, censorship, discrimination, ignorance, exploitation and colonization, which are the policies of those who hold power in our educational institutions, workplaces, academies, hospitals, prisons, and now in our homes.

During this global struggle, we have seen how significant the effects of the pandemic have been on both a societal and individual level. In the global struggle to defeat the virus, we have witnessed, first-hand, that disadvantaged groups and communities are more vulnerable to the pandemic than others, as is the case with so many struggles. While women have had to take on more care services, workers and labourers have been increasingly exploited, the poor have grown more hunger, minorities and other subordinates are more vulnerable to acquiring and dying from the pandemic; liberation once more has continued to be “postponed”. With this in mind, we invite you to rethink the meaning of liberation altogether and to examine the relationship between individual and societal liberation during this extraordinary period, when to leave or not being forced to leave our homes has become interrelated to freedom.

We believe that psychology has not yet properly addressed the issue of liberation from a critical perspective. In particular, mainstream psychology, which does not consider a human being as a subject with individual social and historical experiences, has had difficulties being part of the defence and resistance against the forces that limit and seek to subdue people, has had challenges interpreting the transformative effects of such defences and resistances as well as their manifestations in human subjectivity, the self and emotions. They instead prioritize adaptation to the system, which is a further challenge in light of pandemic conditions. In this symposium, we hope there will be an opportunity to ask and try to answer questions such as, “What are the critical perspectives of liberation? How can they be developed? How can such perspectives impact the psychology and the world that psychology interprets?” 

The VII Critical Psychology Symposium aims to bring together critical researchers, practitioners, students in psychology and related disciplines. Therefore, the symposium welcomes studies relevant to the liberation theme and any other submissions that fit the framework of critical research on psychology and other social sciences. Papers from other countries and languages are all welcome to be submitted to the symposium.

For further information and application:

Saturday, 13 March 2021

Fwd: ICED 2022 Conference - save the date



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Invitation to the

ICED 2022 Conference

May 31 - June 3, 2022




 Sustainable Educational Development

ICED22 hybrid conference will address the role and responsibility of educational developers in coping with the UN's 17 Global Goals of sustainability.  

Apart from being one of the goals in its own right, education plays a pivotal role if the global goals for a sustainable future shall be achieved. Educational developers in higher education have a particular responsibility for educating the researchers, professionals, experts etc. to increase our understanding of challenges and propose solutions to move the goals forward.

We look forward to meeting you and to inspiring each other.




Watch our video about ICED22 and Aarhus




Important dates in 2021

June 15
Call for papers ICED22 

September 1
ICED22 open for registration
Meet the keynotes
Program version 1 available

October 1
Deadline submissions





Meet the team

Please save the date! We can't wait to meet you - onsite and online!




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Tuesday, 2 March 2021

Fwd: Invitation: Join us at the Festival of Education – 8-12 March

 Dear Colleagues


The Queen Mary Academy invites you to take part in a week of fantastic online discussions and workshops exploring the themes of online and blended learning, assessment and feedback, the student voice, teaching excellence, and collaboration and inclusivity. You are encouraged to take part, and can decide to book onto as many or as few sessions as you would like across the programme. There is a wide choice of sessions being delivered by staff and students from across the University. Check out the programme and book your sessions.


We are pleased to announce this year's exciting keynote speakers:

                Professor Gilly Salmon, Education Alchemists Ltd – 'Now and next: concepts to practice for the pivot'. See Gilly at 1.30pm on Monday 8 March.

                Professor Geoff Crisp, Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic), University of Canberra - 'Time to change assessment in universities'. See Geoff at 10am on Tuesday 9 March.

                Professor Helen Higson, Provost and Deputy Vice Chancellor, Aston University – 'The value of teaching recognition in building a culture of educational excellence'. See Helen at 12pm on Thursday 11 March.

                Nona McDuff, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Students and Teaching), Solent University - 'Approaches to inclusivity in blended learning'. See Nona at 12pm on Friday 12 March.


Best wishes



Dr Maxwell Addo

Teaching Recognition Programme Manager

Queen Mary Academy

Queen Mary University of London
327 Mile End Road
London, E1 4NS

Tel: 020-7882-2799


Skype: skybemax1


Monday, 1 March 2021

Fwd: Deadline March 5th – Online Teaching and Learning

See news on this virtual conference in collaboration with Routledge and several universities internationally. The deadline is March 5th.



Ball State University, USA; University of Pretoria, South Africa; Beaconhouse University, Pakistan;
Kassel University, Germany


Place: Virtual
Dates: 21-23 April, 2021
Abstracts: 05 March, 2021



Recent events across the world of academia have brought online education and research into full light. As universities, schools and colleges closed across the world in 2020, researchers, teachers and students scrambled to adapt to a new reality. This conference seeks to explore how we are responding, what we've learnt, and how we are developing new teaching methods.



This conference welcomes presentations from researchers and teachers on how they operate in the 'online classroom, studio or lab' and how they function 'in the field' using the new technologies available to them. It welcomes papers on:

-emergency remote responses to the 'online switch' produced by the Coronavirus;
-techniques for teaching traditionally 'physical' activities like prototyping online;
-technologies that facilitate real-time discussion on designed objects, buildings and places;
-the potential shifts in student demographics initiated by online education;
-how internationalization in the Higher Education sector will be affected by 'place free' universities;
-how place-focused disciplines such as geography and urban planning can respond to the 'impossibility' of place bound study;
-how do study tours get replaced by virtual tours in disciplines like art history…. and more.


PUBLISHERS: Routledge | UCL Press


FORMATS: Pre-recorded presentations, Lightening Talks, Zoom, written papers

Previous pre-recorded presentations:


This event is a collaboration between Routledge and several universities internationally. It is coordinated by Amps.

Submit an abstract: