SEDA Spring Teaching Learning and Assessment Conference 2018

Understanding and improving the student experience: making a real difference in the new age of metrics

10 May 2018 - 11 May 2018

Location: Doubletree Hotel by Hilton, Leeds


SEDA is inviting proposals for panel presentations, discussion papers and workshops which address the conference themes. The emphasis should be on reflection, exploration, scholarship and evaluation rather than merely a description of activities. SEDA conferences include sessions which involve delegates in active participation, discussion and development. This is a requirement of all discussion papers and workshop proposals. Activities should go beyond discussion of topics, and should involve critique, analysis, development and action planning by and with participants.

Session formats

Panel Presentations: In the past, a few workshops at SEDA conferences have felt more like presentations tortured into a workshop format, more or less successfully. So we are also inviting presentations for chaired panel sessions. Sets of three 10-minute presentations on related themes will be followed by 15 minutes of panel / Q&A discussion.

Discussion papers: (up to 25 minutes presentation plus at least 20 minutes of questions and discussion / exploration), giving an account of research, evaluation, policy or practice, with the emphasis on drawing out lessons for and with others and involving participants in engaging with your findings. Sessions which integrate presentation and discussion, rather than presentation followed by Q&A, will generally be preferred.

Workshops: (45 or 90 minutes) with the emphasis on a more detailed exploration of a research-informed issue or resource and including high levels of creativity, innovative thinking, critique, practical participation and action planning.

Criteria for acceptance of proposals

Each proposal will be reviewed for acceptance at the conference against the following criteria:
  • Active and productive engagement of participants
  • Relevance to the conference title and themes
  • Clarity and coherence of the proposal, including title
  • Contribution to scholarship and evaluation of educational development in further and higher education, reflecting on and informing the future of educational development
  • Appropriateness of session structure and specified timings in relation to session type
  • Likely value of session aims and outcomes to the participants
  • Consistency with the SEDA Values

Deadline and process

Proposals should be submitted electronically to SEDA at, using the proposal form


SEDA invites proposals from students In UK HE or FE to deliver short papers (15 minutes) to this conference. Papers should relate to the general conference themes.

Support from SEDA

SEDA has agreed to provide financial support for three student papers from three different UK institutions under the following conditions:

  • Each student presenter will have all conference fees waived and be provided with subsistence/accommodation for the whole conference.
  • Each student’s home institution must agree to cover the student’s travel costs.
  • Each student’s home institution must agree to fund at least one full conference delegate to support the student presenter and act as ‘sponsor’. The staff delegate will be expected to advise and support the student in preparing his/her presentations but will not have any role in delivery at the conference.

Deadline and Process

Proposals should be submitted electronically to SEDA at, using the proposal form
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