Networking Workshop

14 October 2019 - 14 October 2019
Location: University of the West of England, Bristol

This event is for colleagues based within academic departments, schools and faculties in higher education (including HE in FE) who have a role (formal or informal) in organisation, leadership and/or management of specific aspects of learning and teaching. 

For many staff, their learning & teaching activities and responsibilities go beyond designing curricula and working with students. They are involved in mentoring new colleagues, co-ordinating teams, leading projects, facilitating professional development workshops and seminars, communicating and sharing good practice, contributing to cross-faculty or cross-institutional initiatives, and so on. Whilst this work can be very rewarding there are also challenges including working with a range of different staff, leading without authority, and sometimes being the sole learning & teaching ‘champion’ in a department. This workshop will provide an opportunity to meet a range of colleagues with similar roles, to share experiences and ideas, and to explore some of the underpinning principles for this type of role in higher education. 

The aims of the workshop are to:

  • provide a welcoming, confidential space for sharing experiences, issues and ideas;
  • explore scholarship, policy and practice relating to educational development and change;
  • act as a springboard for further networking and professional development opportunities

The workshop price also includes a copy of SEDA Special 41 (Doing a Good Job Well – Being Recognised as an Experienced, Professional Teacher in HE)

Dr Helen King NTF SFSEDA PFHEA, Associate Director of Academic Practice, University of the West of England, Bristol

Helen’s career in educational development spans over two decades and has included leading roles in UK-wide learning and teaching enhancement projects and organisations, as an independent consultant collaborating with colleagues in the UK, USA and Australia, and institutional roles. She is currently, Associate Director of Academic Practice at the University of the West of England, Bristol. She has broad interests across a range of learning, teaching and assessment themes but her particular passion is in supporting colleagues’ professional development. Her current research explores the characteristics of expertise in higher education teachers. 

Prof Jackie Potter SFSEDA PFHEA, Head of the Oxford Centre for Staff & Learning Development and Deputy Director of HR, Oxford Brookes University

Jackie is Professor of Learning and Development in Higher Education at Oxford Brookes University. She leads the Oxford Centre for Staff and Learning Development and takes a leading role in enabling institutional change that will improve outcomes for students and academic staff. Current practice-based initiatives focus on inclusive teaching, assessment and feedback and building communities to support the scholarship of teaching and learning. Her recent research includes leading and delivering educational change, students’ conceptions of teaching excellence and the scholarship of teaching and learning. 

Dr Becky Turner SFHEA, Educational Developer, PEDRIO & Educational Development, University of Plymouth

Rebecca is an Educational Developer at the University of Plymouth where she supports the professional development of new and experienced academics.  In recent years she has lead cross institutional initiatives that have involved collaboration with University of Plymouth’s Student Union to examine mechanisms student academic representation, the first year student experience and evaluating the impact of educational development activities.   Rebecca was also involved in the HEFCE Learning Gain Pilot, and has recently undertaken research to identify the educational development needs of Student Union Sabbatical Officers.   

We will be in the Frome room, Exhibition & Conference Centre (ECC), near the north entrance of Frenchay Campus. The nearest mainline station is Bristol Parkway, about 1 mile away. There will be parking available at the ECC. Here’s a link to the campus map and travel directions:

BOOKINGS NOW CLOSEDThe fee will be £50 (to include a copy of SEDA Special 41).Refreshments and a sandwich lunch will be provided. Joining instructions will be sent nearer to the date.

10:00 – 10:30                 Arrival & coffee10.30 – 10:45                 Welcome & introductions10:45 – 12:15                 Sharing experience, issues & ideas12:15 – 12:30                 Pre-lunch thought piece: Prof Elizabeth Cleaver, Director of Learning & Teaching at UWE 12:30 – 13:15                 Lunch13:15 – 14:45                 Principles, scholarship & practice in enabling and supporting educational change14:45 – 15:15                 Discussion on further development & networking opportunities and resources15:15 – 15:30                 Closing remarks and next steps