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Teaching and Learning Conference 2024: Future-Focused Education: Innovation, Inclusion, and Impact

Our flagship conference attracting HE practitioners involved in all aspects of HE teaching and learning from the UK and overseas.

Overview

The higher education landscape continues to shift as new modes of learning, technological advances, student expectations, and evolving employer needs redefine the role of education institutions. 

In this rapidly changing environment, educators must be prepared to equip students with the attributes needed to thrive in the future. Join us for this transformative three-day conference highlighting innovation in learning technologies, policies, and practices, fostering inclusivity and support for students, and ultimately focusing on the outcomes of education, encompassing employability and sustainable citizenship.

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Dates: 2-4 July 2024
Venue: Nottingham Trent University City Campus

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As educators and employers grapple with rapid advances in technology and their impact on both how and what we learn as well as the future of work, it is clear that we need to prepare students for an uncertain future. Experiential learning, working in multidisciplinary teams on real-world, local, or global challenges and utilising cutting-edge technology can all be pivotal in cultivating the essential competencies key to student success in an AI-enabled workplace and fostering sustainable citizenship. The cost-of-living crisis is having a differential impact on student engagement. What strategies, policies or practices are being deployed to ensure that every student has the opportunity to be part of their learning community?

The complexity of the challenge and the recognition that no one model suits all means there is no better time to work together, share practice, and learn from our successes and failures to shape the future of teaching in higher education. Whether you are a Small and Specialist provider, a post-92 institution, an independent provider, a Russell Group university, a college-based higher education provider or any other institution offering tertiary education, there are common challenges and common learning and #TLConf24 is the place to support this.

Join the conversation #TLConf24.

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Conference aims

The conference will:

  • Create space for delegates to engage in creative thinking around teaching and learning towards continuous enhancement and innovation of the student experience.
  • 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.
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Conference themes

The theme Future-Focused Education: Innovation, Inclusion, and Impact will address the following areas and themes:

1. Future-focused education: Innovation, inclusion and impact
2. Modes of learning
3. Policies and practices for an AI-enabled higher education sector
4. Reducing the impact of the cost-of-living crisis on student engagement
5. You belong here: Strategies and practices to support all students in feeling they truly belong
6. Employability
7. Sustainable citizenship

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Who should attend?

Teaching practitioners including: Heads of departments, academic programme leaders and developers, lecturers, academic and support staff, and learning technologists.

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Programmes 

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Speakers

Day 1

Keynote from Professor Sarah Jones

Professor Sarah Jones

Professor of Education Innovation
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University of Gloucestershire
Professor Sarah Jones
Sarah is a Professor of Education Innovation, committed to the transformation of higher education through pedagogy, technology and future practice.Sarah is a strategic leader in the sector after nearly a decade in television news. Sarah holds a PhD in Immersive Storytelling and has published extensively on virtual and augmented reality, whilst continuing to make and create immersive experiences. She has advised the UK Government on Immersive Technologies and delivers keynotes and speaks at conferences across the world on imagining future technology. Sarah is committed to diversifying the media and technology industries and regularly champions initiatives to support this agenda.

In Conversation: Future-focused 'what's next?' - Speakers

Charles Knight

Assistant Director, Knowledge & Innovation
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Advance HE
Charles Knight
Charles is an academic leader with a proven track record of delivery in the areas of learning and teaching and enterprise. Prior to joining Advance HE, he was Associate Dean (Student Experience) at Salford Business School where he worked with colleagues to introduce a series of innovative practices including short technical qualifications, block teaching and an increased emphasis on the use of simulations and experimental learning. He was also involved in setting up a North-West Attainment Gap group bring together business schools.

Professor Edward Peck CBE DL FAcSS PhD

Vice-Chancellor and President
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Nottingham Trent University
Professor Edward Peck CBE DL FAcSS PhD
Professor Edward Peck joined Nottingham Trent University as Vice-Chancellor in August 2014. The university educates over 40,000 students from a wide range of backgrounds and employs circa 4,500 staff across six campuses. Previously, he worked at the University of Birmingham as Pro Vice- Chancellor and Head of the College of Social Sciences following his early career being spent in the NHS. His academic interests encompass public policy and organisational leadership; he is a Fellow of the UK Academy of Social Sciences.

Day 2

Panel session

Inca Hide-Wright

University of Warwick
Inca Wright
Inca is a neurodivergent student, currently completing the MASc in Community, Engagement and Belonging at the University of Warwick.

Safiya Kheratkar

Master Student
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Lancaster University
Safiya
Safiya is currently a Master's student in Creative Writing at Lancaster University. She also works part-time in Widening Participation as part of the University's Outreach team and is passionate about representation in education and literature.

Cindy R Darbandi

Student
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The Open University
Cindy R Darbandi
Cindy is a design and innovation undergraduate studying a multidisciplinary degree in design thinking and innovation approaches to design practice alongside shaping strategic business opportunities at the Open University since 2020.

Day 3

Keynote from Professor Phil Newton

Professor Phil Newton

Neuroscientist
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Swansea University
Professor Phil Newton
Professor Phil Newton is a neuroscientist from the Swansea University Medical School. His research focuses on the evidence base for effective practice in learning, teaching and assessment in higher education, with a particular emphasis on academic integrity. He is on YouTube as ‘newtonsneurosci’.

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Jordan Kirkwood

Director of Programmes for the Common Mission Project
Jordan Kirkwood
Jordan Kirkwood is the Director of Programmes for the Common Mission Project, responsible for the leadership of the Education Programmes. He was previously an Associate Director (Education) at King’s College London, and before that, the Head of Operations at King’s Academy. He is working towards a Doctorate in Climate Change Education at the University of Sheffield. At Aston University, he attained an Executive MBA with specialisms in Advanced Strategy and Organisational Behaviour, and completed his BSc Undergraduate in Politics with International Relations. Jordan is a Chartered Manager, a Change Management Practitioner, ILM Qualified Coach, and a Fellow of the HEA.

Leonie Mathers

Deputy Director for Advocacy
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University of Nottingham
Leonie Mathers
Léonie is Deputy Director for Advocacy at the University of Nottingham, leading on external stakeholder engagement, civic activity, political affairs and corporate events in support of the University's strategic aims. Through her time at the university Léonie has focused on developing relationships between civic players across the city and region.
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Conference structure 

The conference will take place in person over three days, with delegates welcome to attend the entire three days or choose from individual days and evening events.

Day 1 Tuesday 2 July 2024 Day 2 Wednesday 3 July 2024 Day 3 Thursday 4 July 2024
Theme 1: Future-focused education: Innovation, inclusion, and impact Theme 1: Future-focused education: Innovation, inclusion, and impact Theme 1: Future-focused education: Innovation, inclusion, and impact
Theme 2: Modes of learning Theme 4: Reducing the impact of the cost-of-living crisis on student engagement Theme 6: Employability
Theme 3: Policies and practices for an AI-enabled higher education sector Theme 5: You belong here: Strategies and practices to support all students in feeling they truly belong Theme 7: Sustainable citizenship

Each day will feature a programme of keynote speakers and panel sessions, plus parallel workshops/interactive breakout sessions, oral presentations, roundtable sessions and a poster exhibition.

The conference will also feature two evening networking activities that can be purchased separately:

  • 2 July 2024, from 6 pm onwards – An informal networking meal and drinks reception.
  • 3 July 2024, from 6 pm onwards – The Advance HE Annual Dinner.

Keynotes, panel sessions and other sessions delivered in plenary to the full conference will be recorded and circulated to delegates after the event.

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Conference prices

Ticket type Member institutions Non-members
Standard rate 1 day £325 £435
Standard rate 2 days £610 £815
Standard rate 3 days £875 £1,170

*Presenters are eligible to a 10% discount on standard prices if booked before 26 April 2024.

Optional networking events Price
Networking meal/BBQ (2 July) £35 inc VAT
Dinner (3 July) £80 inc VAT
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