SEDA@20 Celebrations

Posted on: Friday 14 December 2012

The Editorial of the New Academic Magazine in June 1993 written by the then Editor, Danny Saunders, ran the headline statement:

On May 19th 1993 the Staff and Educational Development Association (SEDA) rose like the phoenix from the ashes of the Standing Conference on Educational Development (SCED) and the Staff Development Group of the Society for Research in Higher Education (SRHE/SDG). The two organisations originated in the old Polytechnic and University sectors, so their merger is good sense now that one of the many binary lines in education has been rubbed out.

2013 is therefore a landmark year in which SEDA will celebrate its 20th birthday as an Association. As with all birthday celebrations it provides an opportunity for us to express appreciation and celebrate the past and everything that we have achieved. Whilst some individuals will vividly remember the struggle to make an impact, sometimes against all the odds, it is fitting to take time to reflect on the step changes SEDA has made over time. At the forefront of this are examples of how the SEDA principles and values are now embedded within learning and teaching in higher education through our lobbying and advocacy over the years. Many in higher education will not know that this legacy originates within the Association.

The birthday celebration also provides a timely opportunity to explore how the strengths and attributes of SEDA as a community can shape new agendas and meet challenges in contemporary higher education.

We look forward to offering a range of activities and events throughout the year to celebrate the impact of what SEDA has achieved during the last 20 years. We aim to raise sector-wide understanding of what SEDA is and the role it takes in UK and international HE. We will acknowledge and thank SEDA members for their contribution and develop further cooperation with other development communities and organisations.

In 1993 Danny Saunders identified ‘several audiences who might relate to the aspirations and work of SEDA:
  • lecturers, staff and educational developers who encourage and support change;
  • senior managers involved in critical decision making about allocating resources for the support of learning and teaching in Higher Education.
Twenty years on we are at a crossroads where role definitions are becoming increasingly complex and distorted, with very few now able to distance themselves from the responsibility of enhancing the student learning experience. The role SEDA has to play is fundamentally unchanged, but how we fulfill that task, moving into the next 20 years, is our greatest challenge.

Join us in celebration of how we met that challenge 20 years ago and in determining how we meet the challenge of journeying into the next 20 years!

Below are links to the year's events and activities:

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