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Teaching and Learning Symposia

Our symposia series focuses on thematic areas of interest within teaching and learning and are for anyone wishing to improve their knowledge of the latest teaching pedagogies and upskill their practice in key areas.

Our symposium events offer staff a useful forum to encourage the exchange and dissemination of different ways of thinking about key teaching and learning challenges and new approaches. Practitioners are invited to participate in each symposium through submitting an abstract on their work as a fifteen-minute stimulus presentation and case study to support the discussions.


Each symposium is facilitated by a Senior Advisor from Advance HE with specific expertise in the area being discussed. The day will feature a keynote presentation from a leading practitioner in each area, followed by themed sessions showcasing case studies from across the sector. Delegates will have the opportunity to learn from leading practitioners in the sector, debate priority issues and learn from cutting-edge initiatives.


The symposia provide teaching practitioners with access to an open and supportive environment and valuable peer network to share and discuss contemporary practice and initiatives. They enable participants to develop a principled, evidence-informed approach to devising subsequent support and guidance for change in enhancing student success in HE.

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

View the dates of the events below or in the calendar. 

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Save on selected Symposia bookings

Delegates can save 14% on the collective cost of the three following teaching and learning symposia when booked together:

Delegates from members institutions will be charged £450 and delegates from non-member institutions will be charged £600.

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Mental Wellbeing and Staff in HE Symposium

Date: 17 February 2021
Venue: Virtual

This symposium aims to understand the variation in staff wellbeing across the sector, to share examples of sustainable  improvement within HEIs,  to hear from colleagues  who have succeeded in introducing positive change, to understand when student and staff wellbeing is better addressed together, and when it is best supported separately, and to offer some opportunities for blue-sky thinking of a future beyond the here and now where higher education might look and feel like a better place to be.

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Sustainability Symposium: Facing Forward with Sustainability: Principles, Progress and Partnership

Date: 25 March 2021
Venue: Virtual

In an era of ‘climate emergency’, it is now more timely than ever for us to re-examine and reinforce the embedding of sustainability into higher education curricula. But with the outbreak of Covid-19, what does sustainability in the curriculum now mean and what lessons can be learned from the handling of the on-going pandemic? Are the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) still applicable, and how do we ensure that they remain foremost in our consciousness?

We are currently inviting abstracts for either a 20 minute presentation or for a 30 minute staff-student workshop.

The deadline for submissions is noon on 8 February 2021. Find out more by following the link below.

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Employability Symposium 2021: 3E's for Wicked Problems

Date: 22 April 2021
Venue: Virtual

It’s inescapable; employability is a prominent feature of contemporary higher education. Globally, a range of HE providers are examining the methods they use to enhance employability and increasingly there is a desire to strengthen and develop relevant activities due to a range of factors and influences such as graduate destination data, labour market detail, policy impact, and student expectations. 

This symposium aims to bring together cutting-edge examples of how sustainable and innovative pedagogies for employability can be delivered at school, faculty/college and/or institutional levels.

Colleagues are invited to submit a 500-word case study abstract for a presentation or workshop.

The deadline for submissions is midnight, 11 February 2021. Find out more by following the link below.

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Curriculum Symposium 2021: Post-pandemic curriculum

Date: 8 June 2021
Venue: Virtual

The outbreak of COVID-19 forced us to re-evaluate our curricula, particularly in terms of delivery methods, where online teaching and blended delivery have been the only channels available to us to teach our students. But what lessons have we learnt from this? What have been the benefits to students of full programmes taught online? What new models of teaching have emerged during the past year that allow us to expand and diversify the curriculum?

This symposium, by way of a keynote session, participant-led workshops and presentations, and a closing plenary, will offer reflections, insights and solutions to issues of curriculum design.

Colleagues are invited to submit an abstract for either a 20-minute presentation or for a 40-minute workshop.

The deadline for submissions is midnight, 11 March 2021. Find out more by following the link below.

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Ireland Symposium

Date: 23 June 2021
Venue: Virtual

This symposium, by way of a keynote session, participant-led workshops and presentations, and a closing plenary, will look to explore priority areas of higher education within Northern Ireland and Ireland and will offer insights and solutions to assist staff in addressing them. 

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