SEDA/SHED December Teaching Learning and Assessment Conference 2020

Rethinking the Remit of the University in Uncertain Times

15 December 2020 - 16 December 2020

Location: Radisson Blu Glasgow


Proposals for workshops and discussion papers are invited which address the conference topics and themes. Sessions should involve reflection, exploration, scholarship and evaluation rather than just describing activities undertaken. Proposals should also be grounded in relevant literature and research wherever possible.

All SEDA conference sessions involve active participation, discussion and development. Activities should go well beyond simply talking about topics or discussing ideas presented. Activities should involve critique, analysis, development and action planning by and with participants.

Session formats

Workshops: 45 or 90 minutes, which explore research- and practice-informed topics and include high levels of creativity, innovative thinking, critique, practical participation and action planning.

Discussion papers: 45 minutes, including no more than 20 minutes presentation with at least 25 minutes of questions and discussion / exploration, describing and exploring research, evaluation, policy and/or practice. The emphasis should be on drawing out lessons for and with others, and involving participants in engaging with your findings and ideas. Sessions that integrate presentation and discussion, rather than presentation followed by Q&A, will generally be preferred.

Criteria for acceptance of proposals

Each proposal will be reviewed for acceptance at the conference against the following criteria:

  • Contribution to the conference topic and themes;
  • Clarity and coherence of the proposal, including title;
  • Contribution to practice, scholarship and evaluation of educational development in further and higher education, reflecting on and informing the future of educational development;
  • Likely value of session aims and outcomes to participants;
  • Consistency with the SEDA Values;
  • Appropriateness of session structure and specified timings in relation to session type and outcomes; and
  • Active and productive engagement of participants.

Proposal Form

Proposals should be submitted electronically using this form to the SEDA office by Monday, 25th November 2019 at 5pm.


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 (only one student per institution will be funded) under the following conditions:

  • One student presenter per institution 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. The bursary cannot be awarded until the sponsor has registered for the conference.
Deadline and Process

Proposals should be submitted electronically to SEDA using the proposal form by Monday, 25th November 2019 at 5pm.

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