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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

COVID-19 update

In light of the current global COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak the delivery date and format of this conference may be affected. The conference is still open for bookings and we will provide details of any changes as soon as we are able. See our COVID-19 updates page for the latest information on our services.

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.

Read about the highlights from the Annual Teaching and Learning Conference 2019 here.

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Dates: 7 - 9 July 2020
Venue: Wyboston Lakes Conference Centre, Bedfordshire
Who: All higher education professionals

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Conference themes

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 including the role of leadership and governance in enhancing the student experience and increasing student success and creative curriculum design and teaching practice to:

  • aid transition and retention.
  • support employability.
  • enhance assessment and feedback strategies.
  • improve well-being and mental health.
  • enhance equality, diversity and inclusion for all.
  • ensure an increasing focus on sustainability in HE.

Why you should be there

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.

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.
  • 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.

Conference programme

T&L conference - Day 1
Conference programme

Day 1 - Arts and Humanitites & Health and Social Care

T&L conference - Day 2
Conference programme

Day 2 - Sector Priorities

T&L conference - Day 3
Conference programme

Day 3 - Social Sciences & STEM


Keynote speaker: Day 1

Professor Bugewa Apampa

Professor Bugewa Apampa is one of 25 Black (African/Caribbean, 2019) British female professors working in UK Universities. Her strong belief in the power of education to change lives for the better saw her take on her current role at Birmingham City University, as the Professor of Access and Participation working with staff and students across faculties on projects designed to ensure that disadvantaged students, many of whom are Black and Minority Ethnic, realise the transformational power of Higher Education. 

Previously, Professor Apampa was Director of Teaching and Learning, Director of Pharmacy and Professor of Pharmacy Education in the School of Life Sciences at the University of Sussex. With a vision that the transformative power of education can be unleashed through a systematic and evidence-based design of teaching, learning and assessments, she led teams of academics and a range of stakeholders in the collaborative design and development of outcomes-focused, integrated core curriculum for Pharmacy first at the University of Kent then at Sussex. 

At the University of Sussex, she adopted a contemporary approach to curriculum design based on Pareto’s principle of ‘focusing on the vital few, and ignoring the trivial many’, in an attempt to avoid fundamental problems that limit student engagement with meaningful learning. These include too much content and insufficient opportunities for the development of critical analytical skills, cultural competency and a joy for learning in students. The resultant integrated curriculum enabled the creation of dynamic communities of learning in which staff and students worked together to attain deep, relevant and meaningful learning. Additionally a reduction in the breadth of content facilitated students’ creativity since it provided space for their engagement with authentic metacognitive learning activities within diverse teams thus inspiring their passion for learning. 

Her work has been recognised with awards such as the University of Kent Faculty of Science Teaching Prize (2013), the University of Sussex Vice Chancellor’s Teaching Excellence Award for outstanding and innovative undergraduate teaching (2017) and Fellowship of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society for distinction in the Profession of Pharmacy (2017).

Professor Bugewa Apampa

Keynote speakers: Day 2

Paul Miller

Paul Miller, PhD, is Head of the School of Education, University of Greenwich and Professor of Educational Leadership & Social Justice. He is the first black  person to be appointed a professor of educational leadership at a UK university, and he is currently the only black Head of School of Education in the country. He has been a secondary school teacher in Jamaica and in London, and he has written extensively on race discrimination among overseas trained teachers and teachers of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) heritage in England.

His research on teacher progression/ discrimination have been listed in UNESCO’s Etico database, and in 2017, the UK Cabinet Office acknowledged that it was using his work in [anti-racist]  policy development. Paul is an invited member of the Department for Education's (DfE) Diversity in Teaching Roundtable, and President of the Commonwealth Council for Educational Administration & Management (CCEAM). He is Fellow of the Chartered College of Teaching; Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences; and Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. 

Paul Miller

Sir Anthony Seldon

Sir Anthony Seldon, Vice-Chancellor of The University of Buckingham since 2015, is one of Britain’s leading contemporary historians, educationalists, commentators and political authors. He is author or editor of over 40 books on contemporary history, including the inside books on the last five Prime Ministers, Chair of the National Archives Trust, was the co-founder and first director of the Institute for Contemporary British History, is co-founder of Action for Happiness, honorary historical adviser to 10 Downing Street, a member of the Government’s First World War Culture Committee, was Chair of the Comment Awards, is a Director of the Royal Shakespeare Company, the President of IPEN, (International Positive Education Network), is patron or on the board of several charities, founder of the Via Sacra Western Front Walk, and was executive producer of the film Journey’s End.  He was a transformative Head for 20 years, first of Brighton College and then Wellington College. He appeared on the Desert Island Discs in 2016.  For the last fifteen years he has given all his money from writing and lecturing to charity. 


Sir Anthony Seldon

Conference structure

  • 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.

"It was a fantastic opportunity to both share and learn about best practice and innovative ways of learning and teaching from a global perspective. It is also a fantastic networking opportunity" 

- T&L Conference 2018 delegate