Surviving and Thriving - Effective Innovation and Collaboration in the New Higher Education

03 November 2016 - 04 November 2016
Location: Hilton Hotel Metropole, Brighton

SEDA Annual Conference 2016 handbook SEDA Annual Conference 2016 Feedback FormIntroduction

“Not all problems, opportunities or possible sites for action in higher education fall tidily under the heading of teaching, learning, assessment, course design, educational development, staff/faculty development, student development, advice and guidance, personal tutoring, language development, numeracy development, learning technology, management, researcher development, research supervision development, administration, support for students with specific learning difficulties, international education, support for students from overseas, equality of opportunity, graduate careers education and advice, employability, community links, open and distance learning, learning resources, estate planning, designing and equipping teaching and learning spaces, learning analytics, organizational development, library and information services, etc..

“This suggests, if it were not already obvious, the great need for the various university development functions, including but not limited to those above, to cooperate.”

Baume, D., & Popovic, C. (Eds.). (2016).Advancing Practice in Academic Development. London: RoutledgeFamler

The two main themes of this conference – innovation and collaboration – are intimately connected. Higher education is becoming more complex, new students and both new and experienced staff bring new needs and expectations, and development functions – see above for a partial list – are growing in number and complexity.

But staff and students don’t want to face greater complexity of service. They want easy access to excellent and responsive support, to help them do what they want and need to do. Senior managers want similarly excellent advice and support on developing and implementing appropriate policy and strategy. And developers need to take leadership as well as support roles in the new higher education.

To meet all these needs, the many development functions will need to work effectively together to provide high quality, innovative, responsive, values-, policy- and needs-led development services and leadership.

We intend that the conference should welcome and be of value to those working in the many other development functions suggested above, not just academic development.

This conference will provide space for you to share, test and gain feedback on your work on innovative and collaborative development practice, and learn how others are meeting these challenges.


· Multi-disciplinary and multi-professional collaboration;

· Attention to building communities as well as one-off collaborations;

· Collaboration between institutions as well as within institutions.


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 formatsPanel Presentations: In the past, a few workshops at SEDA conferences have felt more like presentations tortured into a workshop format, more or less successfully. As an experiment, 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 proposalsEach 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

Alejandro (Ale) Armellini, Professor of Learning and Teaching in Higher Education and Director of the Institute of Learning and Teaching in HE, University of Northampton @alejandroa

Ale provides institutional leadership in learning and teaching across all faculties and services at the University of Northampton. Central to Ale’s role are (1) Northampton’s Learning and Teaching Strategic Plan, (2) leading course redesign and delivery towards student-centered, team- and evidence-based, innovative practices in blended and online learning and teaching, with a particular focus on deploying those practices at the new Waterside Campus, opening in September 2018, and (3) the development, implementation and evaluation of Northampton’s professional development scheme for academic staff, in alignment to the UK Professional Standards Framework. Ale’s research focuses on learning innovation, online pedagogy, course design in blended and online environments, institutional capacity building and open practices. Teams under his leadership have researched the application of learning technologies in diverse academic settings. His PhD tutees research specific areas in the field of educational technology, pedagogy, openness and pedagogic innovation. He is active in consultancy work globally. Ale can be found online at Twitter @alejandroa and on his blog

Publications and further details are available from

Rhona Sharpe, Head of the Oxford Centre for Staff and Learning Development, Oxford Brookes University @rjsharpe

Professor Rhona Sharpe has worked as an educational developer in higher education for 20 years. She is a Senior Fellow of the Staff and Educational Development Association, a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a National Teaching Fellow. She and her team in the Oxford Centre for Staff and Learning Development run workshops, online courses, and offer consultancy for higher education institutions across the UK and internationally.

Rhona has led a number of projects investigating learners’ experiences of technology in both further and higher education. These projects are interesting for their innovative research methods and techniques for eliciting students’ expectations and experiences of using technology in their learning. For many year she chaired ELESIG; a special interest group for those interested in evaluations of learners’ experiences of e-learning.

Rhona’s interests in designing for learning and learner experience are well represented in two books co-edited with Helen Beetham: Rethinking pedagogy for the digital age (2007, 2nd Ed 2013) and Rethinking learning for the digital age (2010). She is interested in the processes by which we design online learning spaces and the digital literacies and attributes that learners need in order to learn well in them. Her latest book 53 Interesting ways to support learning online will be out in 2016.

Sheila MacNeill,Senior Lecturer (Digital Learning),Academic Quality and Development, Glasgow Caledonian University @sheilmcn

Sheila MacNeill is a Senior Lecturer in Digital Learning, within Academic Quality and Development at Glasgow Caledonian University. Workingas part of a central unitprovidingCPD for staff, Sheila’s main roles are around the development of staff confidence andcapacityto maximisetheuse oflearningand teachinginnovation with a focus on digital capabilities and the development of strategic pedagogicdirectionforlearning technology.

Sheila also works with colleagues across the university to support the development of approaches open education practice. Open-ness is at the heart of Sheila’s professional practice and she regularly blogs about her adventures and musing in and around the use of technology in education @

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Conference Package

Early bird price (prior to 5pm Thurs 6 October 2016)

Standard price(after 5pm Thurs 6 October 2016)

Full residential conference delegate (includes one nights accommodation and all meals, including the conference dinner)



Student Concessionary Full residential conference delegate (includes one nights accommodation and all meals, including the conference dinner) Available to Full Time Students Only £380 £440

Non-residential day delegate Thursday 3rd November (includes lunch and refreshments)



Student Concessionary Non-residential day delegate Thursday 3rd November (includes lunch and refreshments) Available to Full Time Students Only £145 £165

Non-residential day delegate Friday 4th November (includes lunch and refreshments)



Student Concessionary Non-residential day delegate Friday 4th November (includes lunch and refreshments) Available to Full Time Students Only £145 £165

Bed and breakfast accommodation for the night of Wednesday 2nd November



Conference dinner Thursday 3rd November


£45 One09.15 – 09.45 Registration HORSE SHOE STAIRCASE and tea & coffee – DUKES09.45 – 10.00 Welcome and Introductions – THE BALMORAL10.00 – 11.00 Opening Keynote Address – Sweet’ strategies for higher education developers working in the third space – THE BALMORALProfessor Rhona Sharpe, Head of the Oxford Centre for Staff and Learning Development, Oxford Brookes University11.00 – 11.30 Break – DUKES

11.00 – 11.30 New to SEDA? Come and find out more Yaz El Hakim and Jo Peat (SEDA Co-Chairs) – THE CHURCHILL

11.30 – 12.15 Parallel Session 1

  1. Dimensions of Institutional Collaboration for Development David Baume – SURREY 1
  2. SEDA Professional Development Framework (PDF) What, Why, How and Who? Supporting CPD in HE and beyond Jenny Eland, Rachael Carkett – SURREY 2
  3. “Can we find five minutes for a chat?” Fostering effective dialogue between educational developers and leaders of learning and teaching in universities Sally Brown, Shan Wareing – THE BALMORAL
  4. Curriculum Change as a Collaborative Endeavour Elizabeth Cleaver – THE OSBORNE
  5. Accidental experts: ways of supporting the professional development needs of teacher educators Rebecca Eliahoo – THE CHURCHILL


12.20 – 13.05 Parallel Session 2

  1. Innovation and Collaboration in the development of cross-disciplinary elective modules at the University of Westminster Mark Gardner – SURREY 1
  2. Student knowledge in Learning and Leadership: How an active and collaborative approach can help students articulate the skills they gain throughout Higher Education Samuel Geary, Jamie Morris – THE BALMORAL
  3. Building a collaborative student staff professional development partnership Susan Gibbs, Madeline Worsley – SURREY 2
  4. Developing Future Tutors: A collaborative Approach to Designing Pastoral and Academic Support Training for Academics Kerry Gough – THE OSBORNE
  5. Student staff collaboration to enhance teaching and learning Lisa Hayes – THE CHURCHILL


13.10 – 14.10 Lunch – 1890 RESTAURANT14.10 – 15.40 Parallel Session 3

  1. Challenges and opportunities for academic developers working with international collaborative partnerships Bridget Middlemass, Jo Peat, KP Jaikiran – THE BALMORAL

  2. Encouraging Ownership and Collaborative Engagement with Subject Reading using visual bookmarking tool Pinterest Clare Millington, Marion Curdy, Kim Donovan – SURREY 1
  3. Adapting the ‘Combined Learning for Employability and Research (CLEAR)’ approach to develop an inclusive culture of collaborative inquiry James Wilkinson – THE OSBORNE


15.40 – 16.00 Break – DUKES16.00 – 16.45 Parallel Session 4

  1. Conversations about research supervision – enabling and accrediting a Community of Practice model for research degree supervisor development Sian Vaughan – SURREY 1
  2. The Contribution of Professional Recognition to International Partnerships in Higher Education Juliet Hinrichsen, Paddy Turner, Byron Brown – SURREY 2
  3. You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation” – Plato (possibly!) Danielle Hinton, Sarah King – THE CHURCHILL
  4. Our five steps to build fuzzy relationships that change communities for the better Deena Ingham, Mark Jepson – THE BALMORAL
  5. Beyond survival: redefining and invigorating the personal tutoring relationship Kate Ippolito, Martin Kingsbury, Fran Hyatt – THE OSBORNE

17.00 – 17.45 NetworkingGetting Published with SEDA James Wisdom (Chair, SEDA Educational Developments Magazine Editorial Committee) – SURREY 2SEDA Fellowship Marita Grimwood (SEDA Fellowships Co-ordinator) – THE CHURCHILL19.00 Drinks Reception – THE LANCASTER20.00 Dinner – THE CLARENCE SUITEDay Two09.15 – 09.30 Welcome to day 2 – THE BALMORAL09.30 – 10.25 Keynote Address – Flying not Flapping on a new campus: from blank canvas to reality – THE BALMORALProfessor Alejandro Armellini, Director, Institute of Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, University of Northampton10.25 – 10.45 Break – DUKES10.45 – 11.30 Parallel Session 5

  1. The collaborative delivery of embedded academic skills Nikki Anghileri AND An exploration of embedded resources development Leila Salisbury – THE OSBORNE
  2. Partnership for Learning: collaboration between staff and students to develop innovative approaches to teaching and learning Nicole Brown AND STEP Programme: From Collaboration to Innovation and from Innovation to Collaboration Marodsilton Muborakshoeva – THE BALMORAL
  3. Lessons learnt about creativity and innovation through a thriving collaboration crossing disciplinary and professional boundaries: Reflections on both process and product Anna Foss, Lorraine Locke, Susan Lawrence, Krystyna Makowiecka, Laura Brammar, Dalya Marks, Cheryl Woods – SURREY 1
  4. Become a key player in proactively developing interdisciplinary learning communities Kelly McAteer, Ruth Bavin – SURREY 2

11.30 – 11.50 Break – DUKES11.50 – 12.35 Parallel Session 6

  1. Forging a new identity for an educational developer amidst the ‘super-complexity’ (Barnett, 2000; Pilkington, 2016) of HE shifting landscapes Annamarie McKie – THE BALMORAL
  2. Everything & Nothing: capturing hearts, minds and credit at the Royal College of Art Chris Mitchell, James Perkins – SURREY 1
  3. From conundrum to collaboration, conversation to connection: using networks to innovate Sue Moron-Garcia, Andrew Middleton – THE OSBORNE
  4. The developer’s real new clothes…is cross-boundary learning the new cross-disciplinary learning? Chrissi Nerantzi – SURREY 2
  5. Not a community of practice? Creating safe spaces with multitudes of functions Petia Petrova, Marios Hadjianastasis – THE CHURCHILL

12.35 – 13.30 Lunch – 1890 RESTAURANT13.30 – 14.15 Parallel Session 7

  1. Initialisation and sustainability in practices of Inclusive-Education Chris Ross, Kelly Coate – THE OSBORNE
  2. Bansosha (guide runner) as a metaphor to suggest a professional development model for ‘third space professionals’ Machi Sato, Kiiko Katsuno – SURREY 1
  3. Action learning as academic development Claire Stocks, Chris Trevitt, Joseph Hughes – THE CHURCHILL
  4. Cancelled
  5. Collaboration and the Role of Educational Developers in Building Interdisciplinary UG Curricula Rebecca Turner, Dave Morrison – SURREY 2

14.15 – 15.15 Closing Keynote – Emergence – THE BALMORALSheila MacNeill, Senior Lecturer – Academic Quality and Development, Glasgow Caledonian University15.15 – 15.30 Summing up and close – THE BALMORAL