Values and Change in Higher Education

18 November 2003 - 19 November 2003
Location: Birmingham

Conference ThemeThe theme of the conference is how, in a period of accelerating change for Higher Education provision, we can ensure change is underpinned by good educational and professional values. With change coming so fast for HE providers, it is very easy to ignore important underlying values and to be swept along by events. So how can we ensure the centrality of, and even further develop and implement, our values as educators and facilitators of learning as we face increasing pressure to adapt?

Key values identified by SEDA are a commitment to:

  • An understanding of how people learn
  • Scholarship, professionalism and ethical practice
  • Working in and developing learning communities
  • Working effectively with diversity and promoting inclusivity
  • Continued reflection on professional practice
  • The development both of people and educational processes and systems

The ConferenceThe format of the conference will comprise keynote address, parallel sessions of workshops, seminars and paper presentations. The aim, as ever, will be to share practice, research, evaluation and experience in all aspects of staff and educational development in an open and constructive atmosphere.The ParticipantsThe conference will be of particular interest to all those who act as agents of educational change in HE provision and anyone who has a commitment to enhancing the quality of Higher Education. This includes:

  • Policy makers
  • Educational developers
  • Staff trainers and developers
  • Members of student support services
  • National and institutional teaching fellows
  • LTSN Centre staff
  • Learning and teaching centre staff
  • Educational technology unit staff
  • Managers of academic departments
  • Widening participation project workers
  • Course leaders for HE in FE.

Conference VenueThis year’s conference will be held at a new venue, the Birmingham Centre Novotel. 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 Brindley Place. Fully residential delegates will be accommodated on-site and all bedrooms have en-suite facilities. The SEDA conference will have sole use of the hotel’s conference facilities.

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

Conference Programme

Tuesday 18th November – Day 1 (click here for Day 2)



9.30 – 10.30am

Arrival and Registration

10.30 – 11.00am

Welcome: John Peters – Chair, SEDA Conference Committee, Kristine Mason O’Connor – Co-Chair SEDA

11.00 – 11.45am

Opening interactive Plenary: “Values in Action” David Baume

12.00 – 12.45pm

Parallel Session 1 (papers/workshops)

1. Reflections on Delivery of CPD – How the SEDA PDF framework might workRuth Pilkington

2. Networking the scholarship of educational development: the SEDA Research Committee/NetworkRanald Macdonald

3. Enhancing the quality and outcomes of disabled students’ learning in higher educationTerry Wareham

4. Identify the effects of diversity on staff: results of a survey at Northumbria UniversityPat Gannon-Leary

5. Implementing a university e-learning strategy:supporting change within academic schoolsRhona Sharpe and Greg Benfield

6. The Development and Use of an E-learning suitability scoreSimon Horsman

7. New lecturers, old universityLynn Roberts and Ian Willis

12.45 – 1.45pm




1.45 – 3.15pm

Parallel Session 2 and 3 (workshops)

8. Student use of staff feedback: analyzing diverse comments to support individual learningNeil Duncan

9. Habit is not to be flung out of the window, but coaxed Downstairs a step at a time (Mark Twain): How can we educational developers effectively coax change down our institutional stairs?Veronica Bamber

10 Making space for Modern LearningAngela Dove

11. Supporting Student Retention across a UniversityGwen van der Velden, Dr Jan Sellers and Caroline Cash

12. Continued Reflection on Professional PracticeJohn Cowan and Jenny Westwood

13. The Manager as DeveloperCarole Baume

14. Practitioner enquiry as professional development – is this Action research?Dr Maggie Coats

3.15 – 3.45pm


3.45 – 4.30pm

Parallel Session 4 (papers/workshops)

15. A Faculty Book Group on Spiritual Aspects of Teaching and Learning : experiences, learnings and reflectionsMiriam R Diamond

16. The Stepping Stones ProjectHilary Bentley, Dr Jenny Davies and Dr Jo Allan

17. 53 Interesting ways of avoiding change (and what to do about it)Steve Outram

18. The Different Models of Learning Support for Students with specific learning difficulty (Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, ADHD in HE)Kate Dresser

19. Do we value subjective assessment?Dr Stan Head, Professor Stephen May, Dr Matthew Pead, and Paul Probyn

3.45 – 5.30pm

Parallel Session 4 and 5 (papers/workshops)

20. Models of Leadership DevelopmentProfessor Alimo-Metcalfe and John Alban Metcalfe

The LCCI – an instrument for making leadership less intimidating to academicsJohn Alban-Metcalfe and Beverly Alimo-Metcalfe

The Construction of the Diversity InventoryJuliette Alban-Metcalfe, John Alban Metcalfe and Beverly Alimo-Metcalfe

21. Values in the ELT programmes: their rule and assessmentStephen Bostock, Paul Bailey and Jan Smith



4.45 – 5.30pm

Parallel Session 5 (papers/workshops)

22. Pedagogical PatternsDr Colin Price

23. Transforming the core: How the DEVERSE project is developing attitudes of inclusivity among non-disabled studentsAnne Tynan and Judith Jesky

24. “Why do I have to be in a group with him?” Exploring why staff often have even more trouble with group work than their students do!Alison Britton

25. Teaching communication skills to veterinary undergraduatesNina Turnbull, Belinda Yamagishi and Stephen May

26. Lift off with the Space Project – Quality Assured alternative assessments to support inclusivityJudith Waterfield

5.45 – 6.30pm


7.00 – 8.00pm

Drinks Reception – to include a 5 minute presentation from each of the following: SEDA Fellowships


SEDA Authors