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A national one-day conference to examine innovative teaching and learning practice, and what we really mean by 'teaching excellence'. Produced in partnership with the Higher Education Academy, this conference will bring together experts, policy influencers and innovators to examine how universities can shape their learning and teaching strategies to deliver excellent and innovative teaching and learning.
As we emerge from TEF 2 and consider learnings to take forward into TEF 3 and beyond, this conference will be an opportunity for all those involved in shaping teaching and learning strategy to take a step back and consider what excellence and innovation looks like at their own institution.
Supporting academic staff to take risks, training to bring staff up to speed with the latest technology and methods, and a coherent overarching teaching and learning strategy are vital to producing excellent teaching and learning. This conference will bring together innovators, policy experts and thought leaders to help you adapt your strategy, in the context of the current policy landscape.
"A thought provoking and engaging conference with a rich range of speakers."
"A full packed agenda with short and snappy presentations."
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"A useful experience to gain insight into institutional barriers to grass roots changes. Lots of advice received."
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Professor Paul Layzell, Principal of Royal Holloway, University of London
Professor Bob Cryan, Vice Chancellor, University of Huddersfield (winner of the Global Teaching Excellence Award 2017)
Chris Hale, Director of Policy, Universities UK (UUK)
Pauline Hanesworth, Academic Lead, Equality and Diversity / TEF, Higher Education Academy (HEA)
Dr Nicola Byrom, Lecturer and Researcher Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neurosciences at Kings College London, and Founder, Student Minds
Rosie Tressler, Chief Executive Officer, Student Minds
This workshop will look at Student Minds recent report on ‘The role of academics’. In this session you will discuss, what is the role of an
academic in relation to student mental health.
Helen Beetham, Consultant, JISC Curriculum Design programme
For the last three years this conference has heard about the growing significance of students' digital experience. This covers both the curriculum and students' engagement with the university as a provider of services and a place of belonging. Digital technology also offers new ways of engaging students in dialogue and partnership. For two years, Jisc has been running a digital engagement service based around a student survey. This year 94 UK and around 20 non-UK universities are taking part. With surveys meeting resistance across HE, why does the digital tracker continue to be popular, and how is it helping universities to understand and respond to contemporary students' needs? This workshop explores some innovative features of the tracker project, and encourages HEIs to take control of the process of student research and engagement, using digital tools on a local scale as well as an international one.
John Donovan, Managing Director for EMEA and Asia-Pacific, and Jeni Evans, Head of Business Development, UK and South Africa, VitalSource
This workshop will look at the evolving nature of digital course materials and best practice related to the use of digital resources in teaching, and how it is benefiting universities though better levels of student engagement. In particular, we will look at how learning analytics can be used effectively, whether to identify and support students who may be at risk of underachieving, or to support greater levels of engagement through the creation of assignments that focus student reading and study time.
Ian Dunn, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Student Experience), Coventry University
Professor Veronica Bamber, Director, Centre for Academic Practice, Queen Margaret University
Diko Blackings, President, Oxford Brookes Union and NUS NEC member
Hear presentations from five of the 67 projects HEFCE is supporting to develop experimental innovations in learning and teaching for either undergraduate or postgraduate taught provision. Five speakers will have five minutes to share the benefits of engaging students in designing, delivering and evaluating innovation. Introduced by Linda Allebon, Policy Adviser, HEFCE. Followed by opportunity for questions from the audience
Dr Duncan Cross, Senior Lecturer (Education and Initial Teacher Education), University of Bolton
Julie Prescott, Lecturer in Psychology, University of Bolton
Paul Warwick, Associate Professor (Senior Lecturer) Teaching & Learning Support, University of Plymouth
Sarah Hayes, Academic Director for TEL & Programme Director for PGDip and M.Ed, Aston University
Traversing digital-creative perspectives
Richard Mather, Reader in Geomatics & Education, Buckinghamshire New University
Dr Helena Chance, Reader in the History and Theory of Design, Buckinghamshire New University
Sally Dixon, Director of Higher Education, Participation & Skills, City of Sunderland College
Professor Susan Rigby, Vice-Chancellor, Bath Spa University
Professor Bob Cryan CBE was appointed to his first Professorial Chair at the age of 30 and at the time he was the youngest Professor of Engineering in the UK. He then went on to become the youngest Vice-Chancellor in the UK when he took up his post at his hometown University, the University of Huddersfield, in January 2007, a University that now has over 22,000 students from over 120 countries. Bob holds two first class honours degrees (Engineering, Mathematics), an MBA and two doctorates (PhD, DSc). He is a Chartered Engineer, a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering Technology and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Bob is a Deputy Lieutenant for West Yorkshire and in 2013 he was awarded The Guardian Inspiring Leader Award. In 2014 he was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the Queen's Birthday Honours and made a Companion of the Chartered Management Institute. In 2015 he received The Daily Telegraph Educate North Inspiring Leader Award and was included in the group of 50 World leading Engineers appointed as Fellows of the Royal Academy of Engineering. Bob believes that teaching should be underpinned by research and he is an active researcher who has co-authored over 200 publications.
As Director of Policy, Chris Hale is responsible for the development and management of Universities UK's policy work, produced by a largely in-house team of programme managers, economists and analysts.
Before being appointed Director in 2015, Chris was Assistant Director of Policy at Universities UK and led on a number of areas of work including efficiency and effectiveness and the regulation of higher education. Chris has significant expertise in research policy, working as a policy adviser on this issue for Universities UK for a number of years.
Prior to working at Universities UK, Chris worked at the General Medical Council and holds a degree from the University of Sussex and MSc from University College London.
Dr Pauline Hanesworth is the Academic Lead for Equality and Diversity and the Teaching Excellence Framework at the Higher Education Academy. She has particular experience in teaching excellence, curriculum development and equality and diversity and particular interest in values-based approaches to departmental and institutional change. At the HEA, Pauline has supported a variety of institutions, faculties, schools and individual academics to vision, implement and evaluate evidence-informed change through coaching, strategic enhancement programmes, masterclasses and workshops; she has led consultancy masterclasses and teaching excellence programmes; she has acted as critical friend and / or contributor to wider sector initiatives; and she has led on a variety of research projects such as the recent HEA trends analysis of the TEF2 provider submissions.
Dr Byrom is lecturer and researcher at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neurosciences at Kings College London. Dr Byrom has a developing research portfolio in the area of Student Mental health, with a particular interest in peer support and the student voice. Following her own personal experiences with mental health difficulties, Dr Byrom founded Student Minds in 2009 with the aspiration to change the way we talk about mental health in higher education. The ambition at Student Minds is for all students to feel confident talking about mental health. After running Student Minds for 6 years, Nicola stepped back from the day to day operations in 2015. She now supports the charity as the chair of the board of trustees. Her work with Student Minds was recognised by the Queen, when she was one of the first people in the UK to be awarded the Queen's Young Leader Award.
Rosie joined Student Minds, the UK's student mental health charity, in 2013 after working in a range of student facing organisations. Rosie heads up the team at Student Minds, working closely with the trustees on strategy, managing key partnerships and working on funding and business development.
Ellie is the Student Engagement & Partnership Manager for The Student Engagement Partnership (TSEP), which supports, develops and promotes student engagement knowledge and practice in the higher education sector in England. Ellie joined NUS in 2011 after graduating from the University of Leeds with a degree in Politics and Parliamentary Studies. During her studies Ellie completed placements in MP’s offices in Westminster and the Canadian Parliament and was a trustee of Leeds University Union from 2007- 2011. Prior to starting university, she held the elected position of Vice President (Further Education) of NUS from 2005- 2007.
Helen Beetham is a writer, researcher and adviser on e-learning issues and a regular keynote speaker. As a long-standing consultant to Jisc she has written influential reports on e-learning, digital literacy, open education and digital organisations. Helen was a member of the UK Government's Beyond Current Horizons programme on educational futures and has led futures thinking initiatives for a number of global universities and national bodies. Most recently she has been working on the expectations and experiences of today's 'digital students', speaking on the digital future of work, and designing a digital capabilities framework for use across education and healthcare. Helen's co-authored volume Rethinking Pedagogy for a Digital Age (Routledge: third edition forthcoming) is a standard text in digital education. Tweets @helenbeetham. Blogs (currently) at digitalstudent.jiscinvolve.org, digitalcapability.jiscinvolve.org and www.helenbeetham.com.
John is the Managing Director for EMEA and Asia-Pacific for VitalSource. He has extensive experience in publishing and technology, most recently serving as Director of Global Sales and Business Development for Epigeum, an online courseware provider with roots in Imperial College, London. Prior to this, John had a 14-year career with McGraw-Hill Education, where he held multiple leadership positions. In his last role as Managing Director of Europe and South Africa, he led the acceleration of McGraw-Hill's transition from a print publishing company to a provider of technology-enabled and data-driven solutions in the Higher Education, Medical, and K-12 markets.
John holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from University College Dublin and a Master of Arts in Social Psychology from the London School of Economics and Political Science.
Jeni Evans is Head of Business Development, UK and South Africa for VitalSource. Based in Wales, she has nearly 20 years’ experience in academic content creation and distribution. She began her career managing an academic bookshop whilst at university, and progressed to producing customised print and digital content for universities across Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. For the past five years, she has represented VitalSource at the forefront of the digital transition of Booksellers, Universities, and Publishers across the globe.
Roni is Director of the Centre for Academic Practice at Queen Margaret University, where her research focus has been on managing enhancement within universities, and how we can support staff to continuously improve the student experience. She was Chair of the recently completed Scottish Enhancement Theme, Student Transitions, and was previously Chair of the Learning from International Practice in the Taught Postgraduate Student Experience project. She has extensive experience of working internationally across Europe, the Middle East, India and Nepal, both in academic enhancement and staff development.
Diko Blackings is the current President of Brookes Union and former BME Officer for Brookes Union. She is a social justice advocate with a BA (Hons) in International Development and Peace studies graduate and is currently working towards completing her Masters in International Economic Law. She is an intersectional feminist and postgraduate rep for the NUS Women's Campaign.
Linda Allebon is a Higher Education Policy Adviser in HEFCE’s Learning and Teaching team and works on policy development to promote innovation in learning and teaching. Linda is the project manager for the ‘Catalyst Fund: Innovations in learning and teaching’ programme.
Previously at HEFCE Linda has led work programmes to support the growth of STEM and other strategically important provision, including modern foreign languages and quantitative social science.
Julie Prescott, PhD, MA, BSc, is Reader in Psychology and is the programme lead for the undergraduate Psychology, Psychotherapy and Counselling Programme at the University of Bolton. Julie is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, a Chartered Psychologist, Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society and holds APA membership. Julie’s current research area focuses on technology and health/mental health, with a particular interest in young people and online counselling as well as how people gain support and use online technologies for their health and mental health support. Julie is on the editorial board for JMIR Mental Health, a sister journal to the leading health and technology journal, JMIR.
Sue commenced her role as Vice-Chancellor of Bath Spa University on the 22nd January 2018. Previously she was Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Student Development at the University of Lincoln where she was responsible for the student journey from application to alumni activities, and had oversight of the Colleges of Science and Arts.Sue is a palaeontologist by background. After being an academic at Cambridge, Leicester and Edinburgh she moved into senior management, first as Assistant Principal and then Vice Principal at the University of Edinburgh. She is an HEA Principal Fellow.
She is Chair of the HEFCE Learning Gain project, is chairing work on the design of a PGT national survey and is Chair of the Natural Sciences TEF Pilot Panel. Internationally, she has contributed to the development of reward and recognition processes for staff in learning and teaching through the U21 network, and developed the first MOOC to be shared by students in the U21 Universities.