Forging the Links in Post Compulsory Education: supporting staff in breaking down barriers

19 November 2002 - 20 November 2002
Location: Birmingham

Conference Aim

The conference aims to build upon the success of previous annual SEDA conferences by providing an environment for participants to reflect upon and share ideas and practices related to delivering, planning, managing and researching educational and staff development, particularly in light of the Government’s 50% participation target.

Conference Format

The format of the conference will comprise keynote addresses, along with a programme of parallel workshops, seminars and paper presentations. It will be opened on Tuesday 19th November by Professor Howard Newby (Chief Executive of HEFCE) and close at approximately 4.30pm on Wednesday 20th November. 

As in past years, the Monday before the main event will comprise an additional workshop day. This year our focus will be The Special Educational Needs and Disability Act 2001 (SENDA) – supporting staff in implementing institutional policies.

Conference Themes

  • forging links across institutions, organisations and the workplace
  • supporting student progression
  • inclusivity
  • supporting staff across institutional boundaries.

Who Should Participate?

The conference will be of interest to all learning professionals: academic staff; library, learning centre and ICT staff; managers of staff and educational development programmes and strategies.

Conference Venue

This year’s conference will be held at a new venue, The Jury’s Inn Birmingham. It is located on Broad Street in the heart of the city centre, close to Symphony Hall and the canal-side restaurants and bars of Brindleyplace. Fully residential delegates will be accommodated on-site and all bedrooms have en-suite facilities. 

Birmingham is well served by the motorway network and there is on-site parking available at the hotel. New Street railway station is a short taxi ride away, with a regular rail link from Birmingham International Airport.