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NET2020 Conference

NET is the leading, international conference for networking in healthcare education. Over the years, NET’s networking opportunities have spawned both national and international collaborations in research and education developments.


In light of the current situation regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, Advance HE has taken the decision to defer this year’s conference to September 2021. The format of the conference will remain the same: a mix of keynotes, symposia, theme sessions and posters, spread across three days.

The venue and dates will be as follows:

DATE:             1 – 3 September 2021

VENUE:          University of Bath

NET provides a unique opportunity for delegates to engage with the latest worldwide research evidence, developments and thinking with educators, practitioners and students. Papers are arranged in themed sessions where delegates participate in in-depth discussion and debate on a topic, facilitated by skilled convenors.

We look forward to welcoming you to the conference and your contribution to this stimulating and vibrant event in the beautiful city of Bath, UK.

Join the conversation at #NETConf20

Date: 1-3 September 2021
Venue: University of Bath
Who: Healthcare education professionals

Bookings are currently not open

Conference themes

NET2020 addresses all areas of healthcare education across all healthcare professions. This year the conference will focus on the following themes:

Educational enhancement

Including the sub-themes of Humanising healthcare education; Assessing the impact of pre- and post-registration learning on clinical practice; and Partnership working.

With continual change in both education and healthcare practice, we’re all expected to innovate and generate new ideas. This theme provides an excellent opportunity to share initiatives with colleagues that have been designed to enhance any aspect of healthcare education practice, and which have subsequently been implemented and evaluated. Learning from each other in this way is a brilliant way of exploring and promoting best practice.

We will also look to promote and enhance safe and effective clinical practice. This includes covering initiatives involving clinical staff, University based staff working with both students and clinical staff and student focused activities which support learning and education.

Learning, teaching and assessment strategies

Including the sub-themes of Evidence-based learning, teaching and assessment; Interprofessional learning and working; Education in clinical practice and practice development; and technology enhanced learning.

Rapid changes in technology are transforming every aspect of the way we live and work. How are you using technology to enhance students’ learning? What do we know about its effectiveness in education and service development, and its impact on the student experience?

This broad theme covers aspects of learning and teaching within a curriculum life cycle including initiatives around curriculum design, new approaches in learning and teaching methods or tools, feedback on existing or new approaches to assessment and feedback and evaluation methods. The latest ideas and practices will be shared and discussed, including any obstacles and challenges encountered and how these barriers have been tackled.

Key challenges in healthcare education

Including the sub-themes of Global challenges in healthcare education; Developing the future healthcare education workforce; and Social, economic and policy drivers in healthcare education.

The current Coronavirus outbreak is a global challenge that demonstrates that healthcare provision is not bound by international borders. This theme provides will be an opportunity to share how to internationalise your curriculum, how to ensure global knowledge exchange occurs and give examples of innovative programmes developed for non-domicile students. You will have the opportunity to learn from each other in a supportive environment, to highlight any pitfalls an share your successes.

Student experience, engagement and achievement

Including the sub-themes of Inclusivity in healthcare education; Widening participation; Student support and wellbeing; and Retention and success in healthcare education.

The scope for this theme is wide-ranging. We will endevour to discuss student retention, co-production, joint working between educational and student communities, new and interesting approahes to engaging with the student community to enrich and value the student experience, and much more.

Why you should be there

Networking is at the heart of this well-established conference, providing a supportive environment for all delegates, and particularly for students, those from overseas, and new presenters.

In the words of recent delegates, NET is ‘such an inclusive, collegial and welcoming conference’; ‘there was an air of positivity and joy’; ‘a celebration of the work people are doing across the country and internationally’; ‘remaining in the same theme session was helpful to building dialogue and understanding’; and ‘it’s a vibrant event with a good buzz about it’.

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Keynote speaker

Laura Serrant

Laura Serrant is Head of Nursing and Professor of Community and Public Health Nursing in the Faculty of Health, Psychology and Social Care at Manchester Metropolitan University, UK. She has frequently found herself as the sole voice representing nurses and minority communities – a position which she’s striven to challenge throughout her career by empowering others to come forward to join her, in a unique call to 'lift as you climb'. Laura has an extensive experience in national and international health policy development with particular specialist input on racial and ethnic inequalities and cultural safety. It was her work in this area which led to her being awarded an OBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours list 2018 for services to health policy.  

She is one of the 2017 BBC Expert women, Chair of the Chief Nursing Officer for England's BME Strategic Advisory group and a 2017 Florence Nightingale Scholar. She is an ambassador of the Mary Seacole Memorial Statue and the Equality Challenge Unit Race Equality Charter for Higher Education. Her work has been recognised with numbers awards and prizes, including Queens Nurse status and Fellowship of the Queens Nursing Institute to those who have shown leadership in community nursing. In 2014, she was named as one of the top 50 leaders in the UK by The Health Services Journal in three separate categories: Inspirational Women in Healthcare, BME Pioneers and Clinical Leader awards. In October 2017 she was listed as the 8th most influential Black person in the UK by the Powerlist 2018. 

Laura Serrant

NET2020 Bookings 

Ahead of the NET2020 Conference bookings opening in March, we are delighted to share some discount offers that will be available.

  • All students will be entitled to 50% off conference attendance
  • All presenters will be entitled to 10% off conference attendance*
  • All attendees from OCED Low and middle income countries will be entitled to 33% off conference attendance

All offers can be used in conjunction with each other and are subject to availability and change. *Presenter discount only applies if bought within the time-limited present discount period of 23 March 2020–15 May 2020.

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