SEDA Spring Teaching Learning and Assessment Conference 2017

The quest for teaching excellence and learning gain: issues, resolutions and possibilities

11 May 2017 - 12 May 2017

Location: Marriott Victoria and Albert Hotel, Manchester

Dr Camille B. Kandiko Howson, Academic Head of Student Engagement, King’s College London @cbkandiko

In a cross-institutional capacity Camille works on student engagement and experience enhancement initiatives at KCL. She provides leadership in terms of engaging students and staff with areas of educational development policy and student engagement with educational enhancement.

She is involved in national higher education policy research on students and the student experience, currently working with HEFCE on evaluating Learning Gains research.

Professor Sue Rigby, Deputy Vice Chancellor (Student Development), University of Lincoln

Sue is Deputy Vice Chancellor for Student Development at the University of Lincoln.  She is responsible for the student journey from application to alumni activities, and has oversight of the Colleges of Science and Arts.


Sue is a palaeontologist by background.  After being an academic at the Cambridge, Leicester and Edinburgh she moved into senior management, first as Assistant Principal and then Vice Principal at the University of Edinburgh.  She is an HEA Principal Fellow.


She is Chair of the HEFCE Learning Gain project and a member of the Scottish Funding Council QA review group.  She is chairing work on the design of a PGT national survey and is a member of the TEF Panel.  Internationally, she has contributed to the development of reward and recognition processes for staff in learning and teaching through the U21 network, and developed the first MOOC to be shared by students in the U21 Universities.


Sue has set up a variety of large-scale and multi-University projects, including the THES prize-winning ‘Making the Most of Masters’. She is an honorary professor at the University of Edinburgh and works in their Institute of Academic Development.


Sue was elected co-convenor of the HEA PVC network in 2016.

Dr Helen King, Senior Higher Education Policy Adviser, Higher Education Funding Council for England

Dr Helen King joined HEFCE in October 2016 as a Senior Higher Education Policy Adviser working in the Learning & Teaching Policy team. Her work encompasses a range of activities including supporting the 67 small-scale ‘Catalyst’ innovation projects, providing an academic development perspective on various policy initiatives, and informing HEFCE’s ongoing strategy for learning & teaching development as it moves into the Office for Students. Her background is in the geosciences and from 1996 to 2007 she led national initiatives in discipline-specific academic development (the Earth Science Staff Development project and the Higher Education Academy [HEA] Subject Centre for Geography, Earth & Environmental Sciences). From 2007 to 2010, she worked as an independent consultant for learning & teaching projects in the UK, USA and Australia, and in 2010 had 10 months as Senior Adviser at the HEA before taking up the role of Head of Academic Staff Development at the University of Bath. She is a Visiting Fellow at the University of the West of England and her current research interest is focused around the characteristics of expertise in academic practice. She holds a Senior Fellowship of the Staff & Educational Development Association, a National Teaching Fellowship and has recently applied for Principal Fellow of the HEA.

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