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Teaching and Learning Conference 2020: Teaching in the spotlight: Creative thinking to enhance the student experience: From curriculum design to student success

County / Region
United Kingdom
Position on the Pathway
Excellence in practice
Fellowship Category
All Fellowship Categories
Event Type
Face to Face Conferences
Start Date
End Date
1 day
Institution Type
Higher Education and Further Education
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Conference platform access

Registered delegates can access the Advance HE Digital Conference platform here.

Now a fully virtual experience

In light of the current global COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s Teaching and Learning Conference has been re-designed into a fully virtual conference, using a sophisticated delivery platform supplied by the experienced company iVent.

The conference will now take place on one day only, the 7 July 2020, and will offer delegates the following features:

  • a full day of live-streamed sessions of keynotes and panel discussions addressing current issues facing the sector today;
  • around 200 on-demand downloadable presentations from T&L practitioners from UK and international institutions;
  • a virtual exhibition space, where you can engage with sponsors and Advance HE staff about current projects;
  • a virtual poster exhibition;
  • a virtual networking space for delegates to interact;
  • full online support from the iVent team and Advance HE staff throughout the day; and
  • access to all content from the conference for a full 30 days.

For more information, visit our full conference page.


Across higher education the focus on enhancing all aspects of teaching and learning remains a critical issue for those seeking to provide an outstanding student experience at all levels of taught provision. At the heart of excellent teaching is curriculum design – to achieve great curriculum design requires excellent staff and the result of great curriculum design is an improved student experience and increased student success.

Advance HE’s Teaching and Learning Conference 2020 will continue to position the spotlight firmly on teaching in a global context, in particular this year the conference will explore creative thinking for enhancing the student experience and improving educational outcomes and experience. The conference will focus on all aspects of teaching and learning from initial curriculum design, through improving assessment and feedback, creative initiatives to retain students, and work that results in improved attainment. All these elements along with other aspects of teaching and learning result in increased student success and satisfaction.

Chris Skidmore, Minister of State for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation has said that - ‘it is now more important than ever that our higher education system delivers for students. This means providing a first-rate student experience to ensure that all students, of all backgrounds and circumstances, receive a top-quality education and a fulfilling university experience that will enrich their lives and future careers’. For most of the sector, the pursuit, recognition and reward of excellent teaching and a constantly improving student experience is a recurring motif and for many individuals it is one of the main reasons that they care so passionately about their work. The direct and immediate difference all those supporting teaching and learning in HE can make to the student learning experience drives continuous sector enhancement.

Excellent subject knowledge and excellent teaching are not an either/or phenomena; they are intertwined, mutually validating and complexly expressed through an individual’s teaching practice. This is why the Professional Standards Framework (PSF) prioritises and values an academic’s knowledge of their “subject material” and discipline-specific pedagogies alongside their general understanding of “how students learn”. Authenticity as a teacher comes in part from a passion for their subject – we all instinctively know when we are in the presence of a teacher who loves their subject. The conference will allow individuals to share their experiences, creative developments in teaching pedagogies and learn from those of others who share the same commitment to teaching excellence for student success.

Conference outcomes

The conference will:

  • create space for delegates to engage with creative thinking around teaching and learning issues to enhance the student experience;
  • increase knowledge and confidence of delegates to enhance their teaching practice and have a positive impact on the success of their students; and
  • engage with leaders and influencers from across the HE sector who share a passion for continuous improvement and enhancement of teaching and learning in HE.

Advance HE has acted as a nexus for thought leadership and research into learning and teaching policy and practice in HE. The underpinning evidence base has been built up by and for the sector and is used to inform the work of policymakers and practitioners. With an ever-growing global community of member institutions, a portfolio of thematic and subject-based communities with global membership and a global network of experts and teaching-focused activities, this conference seeks to promote learning between global individuals with a passion for transforming teaching and growing excellence.

For more information, visit our full conference page.

Thematic areas

The theme Teaching in the spotlight: Creative thinking for enhancing the student experience: From curriculum design to student success will cover the following areas and themes:

  • Creative curriculum design and teaching practice that aids transition and retention.
  • Creative curriculum design and teaching practice to support employability.
  • Creative curriculum design and teaching practice to enhance assessment and feedback strategies.
  • Creative curriculum design and teaching practice to improve well-being and mental health.     
  • Creative curriculum design and teaching practice to enhance equality, diversity and inclusion for all.
  • Creative curriculum design and teaching practice to ensure an increasing focus on sustainability in HE.
  • The role of leadership and governance in enhancing the student experience and increasing student success.

Conference structure and strands

The conference will focus on the following five strands:

  • Arts and Humanities;
  • Health and Social Care;
  • Sector Priorities;
  • Social Sciences;
  • STEM.

A programme for the full day of live-stream events, and details of all on-demand sessions is available at our full conference page.

Price list
Conference Rates Standard Member Rate Standard Non-Member Rate
Virtual Conference attendance £200 £270
Presenter attendance £180 £243