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Teaching and Learning Conference 2019

The Advance HE #TLConf19 follows on from the hugely successful 2018 conference which hosted over 300 sessions and welcomed over 650 delegates.


Advance HE’s Annual Teaching and Learning Conference 2019 will position the spotlight firmly on teaching in a global context, in particular this year the conference will explore innovation for teaching excellence focusing on innovative teaching practices and pedagogies and seeking to uncover new practice which demonstrates or contributes to teaching excellence and is improving the student experience.

Read about the highlights from the Annual Teaching and Learning Conference 2018 here.

Dates: 2-4 July 2019
Venue: Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne 
Who: All higher education professionals

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Keynote Speakers


Debbie McVitty

As Wonkhe’s editor, Debbie has oversight of Wonkhe’s daily insight, debate and analysis of higher education policy. Debbie has previously worked in policy and communications roles at Universities UK, the University of Bedfordshire, and the National Union of Students. She holds a DPhil in English literature from the University of Oxford and a Masters in research in higher education policy, evaluation and enhancement from Lancaster University. Debbie is interested in bringing to light new and less-represented perspectives to inform policy and practice in higher education.

Debbie McVitty

Diana Beech

A view from the top: Teaching Excellence and the national policy context - read the full abstract here. 

Diana Beech is Policy Adviser to Chris Skidmore MP, Minister of State for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation. She also served the previous Minister, Sam Gyimah, from August 2018. Prior to this, Diana was the first Director of Policy and Advocacy at the Higher Education Policy Institute (HEPI) – the UK’s only think tank exclusively devoted to HE – where she published reports on the TEF, demand for higher education to 2030, free speech in universities, and widening access and participation. Diana holds a PhD in German from the University of Cambridge and has held post-doctoral positions at universities in Canada, Germany and the UK. Diana has also been a governor at the University.

Diana Beech

Joshua Sanderson-Kirk

Excellence without inclusivity is not excellence - read the full abstract here

Joshua studied for his bachelors degree in Business at the University of Durham before joining the University of Law’s Manchester Campus in 2014 to study the Graduate Diploma in Law. Joshua went on to complete the Bar Professional Training Course at the University of Law’s Leeds Campus in 2016 before being appointed as Student Association President in 2017. His Presidency focused on student mental health and on building and strengthening the partnership between the university and the student association particularly around widening participation. Joshua was re-elected in 2018 in ULaw’s first contested presidential election. 

Joshua has also sat on the Teaching Excellence and Student Outcomes Framework (TEF) Panel as a student panellist and since 2018 have been chair of the GuildHE SU Network. He was appointed to the Office for Students Student Panel in 2019. 

Joshua Sanderson-Kirk

Conference Themes

This year's conference will focus on Teaching in the Spotlight: Innovation for Teaching Excellence and will cover the following six themes: 

  • Interdisciplinary or multi-disciplinary innovation in teaching and learning practice
  • Innovation in inclusive curricula
  • Innovation in blended and immersive teaching and learning practice
  • Innovative practice that aids transition and retention
  • Innovation practice to support employability
  • Innovative practice to enhance assessment and feedback

The deadline for submissions has now closed.

Notifications have been sent to all those who submitted proposals for sessions at the conference. If you have not received a notification from us, please contact us at

Annual Debate 2019

Following a highly entertaining debate at the 2018 conference, this year we will once again be holding an evening networking event that includes a drinks reception, a three-course meal and a parliamentary-style debate. The debate will take place on the evening of 3 July 2019, and we will hear from four panellists, all respected professionals within the sector, who will debate a motion voted on by you.

Since the success of last year’s lively debate, we have been thrilled with the response to the selection of this year’s topic and we can now announce that the winning motion for the 2019 Annual Debate is:

"This house believes that the metrification of higher education is ruining the student experience"

Conference Programme

You can download the draft programme for each day of the conference below. Please note the programme is a draft and is subject to change. 

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Conference Programme Day 1

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Conference Programme Day 2

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Conference Programme Day 3


Session Abstracts

You can download the draft session abstracts for each day of the conference below. Please note this is a draft and is subject to change. 

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Session Abstracts Day 1

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Session Abstracts Day 2

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Session Abstracts Day 3



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Conference Ignite Template

This template should be used for Ignite presentations delivered at Advance HE conferences.

Please replace images and text with your own material, but please do not add to or remove slides - ignite sessions are a standard format of 20 slides delivered over 5 minutes and are pre-set to automatically move from one slide to another.

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