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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

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United Kingdom
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Excellence in practice
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All Fellowship Categories
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3 days
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Higher Education and Further Education
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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.

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.

Each strand will run on a particular day, as indicated below.

The conference will run across three days with delegates welcome to attend the full three days or choose from individual days and evening events.

  • Tuesday 7 July 10am-5.15pm: Day 1: With a particular focus on Arts and Humanities and Health and Social Care discipline areas.
  • Tuesday 7 July 6pm onwards: Drinks reception and networking BBQ.
  • Wednesday 8 July 10am-5.15pm: Day 2: Broad-focused day covering HE policy relevant to teaching and learning and overarching sector priorities, relevant to all disciplines as well as covering multi-disciplinary and interdisciplinary work.
  • Wednesday 8 July 6pm onwards: Drinks reception and evening dinner including the Advance HE annual debate.
  • Thursday 9 July 10am-5.15pm: Day 3: With a particular focus on Social Sciences and STEM discipline areas.

Call for papers

The call for papers is now open.

Deadline for submission is midnight, 17 January 2020.

Find out more and submit your abstract here.

Price list
Conference Rates Standard Member Rate Standard Non-Member Rate
One-day Conference Attendance £250 £335
Two-day Conference Attendance £460 £615
Three-day Conference Attendance £675 £900
BBQ/Networking Meal £25 (inc VAT) £25 (inc VAT)
Dinner/Debate £80 (inc VAT) £80 (inc VAT)
Full conference including BBQ/Networking Meal and Dinner/Debate £750 £1,000