Advance HE’s Teaching and Learning Conference 2021 will continue to position the spotlight firmly on teaching in a global context. With particular reference to this year, the conference will explore where we go from here in terms of teaching and learning in HE, and how will we deliver the curricula of the future.
Teaching in higher education has never been under such scrutiny as during 2020 and this continues into the new academic year. Ongoing debates around teaching excellence, fees, value, the student experience, inclusion, equality impact and more have been further scrutinised and added to by the global pandemic.
Some of the consequences have been:
- A rapid move to fully virtual teaching in March 2020, meaning as a result everyone having a view on the ‘new’ student experience
- the value now for students compared to the ‘traditional’ HE model
- the impact on physical elements of courses such as field work or laboratory sessions
- the rapid change in assessment methods and engagement strategies
- how the curriculum supports equality, inclusion and diversity in a virtual world.
So what is the future for HE curricula? Has the urgency for digital learning caused a seismic shift in HE delivery that will change the future of the sector? Have inequalities in higher education been narrowed or have new ones emerged? Do we have a workforce with the skills required to deliver this new model of HE? Do the curricula we have deliver the skills and knowledge graduates need for the post-pandemic world? And where do we go from here as we move through the 2020-21 academic year and into 2021-22 and beyond?
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. Curricula are at the heart of excellent teaching and all aspects of this have changed as never before during 2020.
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‘Let’s face it - there have not been many upsides to the pandemic. But the resilience and innovation that you have shown has not only been impressive, but has also led to changes in the delivery and accessibility of higher education forever.’
Michelle Donelan MP, Minister of State for Universities, 10 September 2020
Institutions looking to book multiple places for the Teaching and Learning Conference 2021 can make significant savings. Institutions will receive:
- 10% discount when booking 5 places
- 15% discount when booking 10 places
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The Teaching and Learning Conference 2021: Teaching in the Spotlight: What is the Future for HE Curricula? will aim to:
- Create space for delegates to engage in creative thinking around teaching and learning towards continuous curriculum enhancement and innovation
- Increase knowledge and confidence of delegates to continue to develop and improve 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 the passion for teaching and learning for student success in HE
- Examine how curriculum design can positively advance inclusion and equality.
The overarching theme across all three days of the conference will be Teaching in the Spotlight: What is the Future for the HE Curricula? and it will address the following questions:
The future for HE curricula
Day 1 themes
The future for embedding race equality in curricula
The future for supporting retention strategies through curricula
Day 2 themes
The future for student engagement in curricula
The future practitioner
Day 3 themes
The future for inclusive assessment and feedback approaches
The future for enterprise and employability in the curricula
Keynote speaker: Day 1
Professor Janice Kay
Professor Janice Kay is the Provost and Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the University of Exeter.
She is a Professor of cognitive neuropsychology, first appointed to Exeter through a Wellcome Trust University Lectureship. Her research, which has received funding from the Economic and Social Research Council, Wellcome Trust and the Medical Research Council, is concerned with theoretical modelling, assessment and rehabilitation of disorders of perception, speech, language and memory.
Keynote speaker: Day 3
Professor Charles Egbu
Professor Egbu joined Leeds Trinity University as Vice-Chancellor on 1 November 2020. He leads the University on all strategic matters; ensuring financial sustainability to allow the delivery of the University's Strategic Plan, including the overall vision and values of the University. He represents the University externally at various groups including Universities UK (UUK), Million Plus and the Cathedral's Group. He works closely with industry and professional bodies, especially in the Built Environment sector, and with local communities.
Day 1: Why should we embed Race Equality in all curricula? Decolonising the curriculum
Melanie Smith - Panel Chair
Melanie joined Advance HE in December 2020 to lead the anti-racist curriculum project. With a background in widening participation, she has thirteen years' experience in leading transformative widening access and student support programmes led by a personal and professional conviction in social inclusion and the life-changing nature of educational opportunity. Having worked in both the College and University sector, Melanie brings extensive experience of the Scottish tertiary sector, stakeholder engagement, partnership working and co-creation.
Dr Kathy-Ann Fletcher
Kathy-Ann is a lecturer in Marketing at Abertay University, teaching in areas such as Digital Marketing and Customer Relationship Management. She is co-lead of the Lead Voices for Race and Religion at Abertay which addresses matters as it applies across curriculum and professional practice and a member of that institution’s Race Equality Charter Mark Committee. Kathy-Ann’s focus lies in expanding access to an equitable and anti-racist HE environment for people of BAME backgrounds.
Day 3: We can agree that sustainable and innovative approaches are needed to enhance employability and enterprise in the curriculum – what are the challenges and what are the solutions?
Stuart Norton - Panel Chair
Stuart is a Senior Adviser (learning and teaching) at Advance HE. Stuart joined the legacy agency, the Higher Education Academy, in April 2016 as the Academic Lead for Employability. Prior to this Stuart has worked in academia since 2003, writing and developing a series of criminology and policing programmes, including a direct entry pre-join route into Thames Valley Police.
Stuart’s role is diverse and transitions across the core thematic areas of student success, where he takes a keen role in supporting sector-wide learning and teaching policy.
Iwi is an Associate Professor (Accounting & Finance division), at Leeds University Business School. She has worked in higher education for over 20 years in range of professional services and academic roles. Her current research focuses on intersectionality issues relating to gender/race on the racialised experiences of students in the academy, with particular focus on student transition from higher education to the graduate labour market and closing degree awarding gaps.
Aranee is a committed advocate for equity, inclusion, and social mobility. She specialises in integrating employability through high impact pedagogical approaches and assessment methods to design more inclusive curricula that prepare all students with the knowledge, skills, and significant experiences to achieve their aspirations. A Senior Fellow of the HEA, Aranee has been appointed to a range of EDI advisory boards in the sector, including AGCAS and ISE. She is the forthcoming Head of Careers & Employability at Kings College London, starting in August 2021.
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