The Student Journey

17 May 2012 - 18 May 2012
Location: Queen Hotel, Chester

Conference Themes:·       

  • Student transition     
  • Engaging students in their learning design and /or assessment       
  • Students as researchers      
  • The student voice in staff professional development       
  • Preparing students for work

The SEDA Conference ExperienceSEDA prides itself on creating a relaxed, welcoming and positive atmosphere at conferences, which encourages open, constructive and supportive sharing of ideas, experience and practice.  Feedback from participants at recent SEDA conferences:

  • ”The informal atmosphere made it a pleasant, enjoyable yet very useful conference with plenty of networking opportunities. Thanks!”
  • ”Hands on – good balance of theory and discussion! Keep the interactive element alive!” 
  • “Gives an opportunity to see the larger picture and discuss new ideas with colleauges.”

ParticipantsThe conference will be of particular interest to all those involved in promoting effective change in HE and FE learning, teaching and development. This includes:·       

  • Educational and academic developers       
  • Staff developers and human resources personnel        
  • Higher Education Academy staff·       
  • Lecturers and teachers in further and higher education·       
  • National and institutional teaching fellows       
  • Managers of academic departments       
  • Educational technologists       
  • Quality assurance and enhancement policy makers

Conference VenueWe are returning, by popular demand, to the Queen Hotel at Chester. This quirky but comfortable hotel is located just across the road from the railway station 

The Call for Contributions is now closedThe May 2012 conference, to be held in Chester, will focus on the student journey. We invite proposals for sessions exploring aspects of the students’ journey from transition to university to graduation and further study or employment. The student experience has always been at the centre of our work but in the current climate with increased student fees, and a focus on employability it is even more central to our roles. We are interested in hearing about the range of activities you engage in to enhance the student experience; how you involve students in their learning or assessment design; and approaches to engaging them in research. Tell us about your innovative approaches to prepare students for work? How do you include the student voice in staff professional development? Session formatsThe emphasis should be on reflection, exploration and evaluation rather than merely describing what is happening. It is also a long-standing tradition at SEDA conferences to hold sessions which involve delegates in active participation and discussion, and consequently this is a key requirement of all proposals. Proposals for posters, papers and workshops are invited which address the conference themes. Themes:·        

  • Student transition·        
  • Engaging students in their learning design and /or assessment·        
  • Students as researchers·        
  • The student voice in staff professional development·        
  • Preparing students for work

Workshops: (45 or 90 minutes) with the emphasis on high levels of participation Discussion papers: (up to 25 minutes plus at least 20 minutes of questions and discussion) giving an account of research, evaluation, policy or practice with the emphasis on drawing out lessons for others and involving participants in engaging with your findings. Posters: the maximum size should be A1. Posters will be available for participants to view throughout the conference. Additionally, there will be a timetabled poster session when presenters should be available to discuss the content with conference participants.   Submitting your proposalProposals should be submitted electronically to SEDA at, using the proposal form , by Friday 4th November 2011. It is normal practice to accept only one contribution per individual so as to provide the opportunity for as many people to contribute as possible. It is a requirement that all presenters register as conference delegates either for the whole event or for the day of their session. Criteria for acceptance of proposalsEach proposal will be reviewed for acceptance at the conference against the following criteria:

  • Relevance to the conference title and themes
  • Clarity and coherence of the proposal
  • Reflection and evaluation of ideas around the future of educational development, locally, institutionally, theoretically and nationally and internationally
  • Contribution to scholarship and evaluation of educational development in further and higher education
  • Clear opportunities for participants to actively engage in the session, and particularly in workshops to reflect on transferability to their own practice.  



Early bird price*

Standard price

Full residential conference delegate (includes accommodation on Thursday 17th May and all meals, including the conference dinner)







Non-residential day delegate Thursday 17th May (includes lunch and refreshments)




Non-residential day delegate Friday 18th May (includes lunch and refreshments)





Bed and breakfast accommodation for the night of Wednesday 16th May





Conference dinner Thursday 5th May





* Early bird expires on Thursday 26th April.

Spring 2012 Conference Programme Day One: Thursday 17th May 2012 09.15 – 09.45 Registration and tea & coffee 09.45 – 10.00 Welcome and Introductions 10.00 – 10.45 Keynote Address: Holding students to a higher standard Usman Ali NUS, Vice President (Higher Education)10.45 – 11.15 Break11.15 – 12.45 Parallel Session 11.  CANCELLED2.  Authentic master’s level assessment to support student employability Sally Brown, Tim Deignan and Janice Priestley3.  New terms of engagement: thinking differently about engagement in a new era of HE Sam Elkington4.  What works? Student retention and successful first year experience design – lessons from the students Rachel Fitzgerald and Martina Crehan5.  Engaging students through programme focused assessment Peter Hartley and Ruth Whitfield6.  Supporting staff engage undergraduates in research and inquiry: from first to final year Mick Healey12.45– 13.45 Lunch13.45 – 14.45 Keynote Address: A tale of two learners; ideas for happier endings in higher education Stella Jones-Devitt , Sheffield Hallam University 14.45 – 15.30 Parallel Session 2  7.  Preparing masters students for teaching in higher education: a new route to enhanced employability? Lorraine Allibone, Steve May and Hendrik van der Sluis8.  Students expectations of higher education John Peters, Nick Breeze, Ruan Jones and Derek Peters9.  Virtual world nursing: providing a student led international learning experience via wikis Karen Strickland and Lorna McLean-Thomas10.  Co-creation of assessments: principles and practice Barbara Dexter11.  How online study skills support can help students in transition Claire Hardman12.  Developing learnership: engaging experienced students as academic mentors in support of first year transition Kay Sambell and Linda Graham15.30 – 16.00 Break16.00 – 16.45 Parallel Session 3 13.  Feedback experiences of post graduate students: making the transition Helen Boulton and Alison Hramiak14.  Connecting, engaging and stimulating academic staff to meet the challenge of building real-world learning into all curricula Sara Briscoe and Gill Tunney15.  Understanding student engagement through the student journey in higher education Colin Bryson and Christine Hardy16.  HE/school curriculum partnerships for transition James Machell and Lou Comerford-Boyes17.  CANCELLED18.  Finding the ‘fail points’ – bridging the gap between staff and student perceptions Julie England, Stephen Powell and Sue Burkinshaw17.00 – 18.00  Optional Sessions – choices to be made on the dayUK quality code for higher education: contribute to its chapter on learning and teaching   Harriet Barnes and Tim Burton, Quality Assurance Agency  Engaging with the literature to help us engage students better with their learnng journey   Ranald Macdonald  Seeking publication in the International Journal for Academic Development (IJAD) Mick HealeyPosters: a)  The student ambassador “engagement roadmap” – web based transition and employability support   Janet Midgleyb)  Journeying and blending: study visits, learning objects and interdisiplinary links   Dominic Corrywright and Tom Cosgrove  A walk around Chester 18.30 – 19.30 SEDA AGM19.30  DRINKS RECEPTION20.00  DINNER  Day Two: Friday 18th May 2012 08.15 – 09.00 Breakfast for people new to SEDA to come and find out about what SEDA does09.15 – 09.30 Welcome to day 2 09.30 – 10.15 Keynote Address: Why am I here? Why should I stay? Becka Colley, University of Bradford 10.15 – 10.45 Break10.45 – 12.15  Parallel Session 4 19.  From expert to novice: open educational resources (OERs) for unpacking discipline-based ways of thinking, learning and practising Helen King, Jane Hughes and Colleen McKenna20. Supporting student transition: a labyrinth journey   Jan Sellers 21.  Learning to achieve professional, research and employability skills Rosemary Tomkinson and Bland Tomkinson22.  The student voice in staff development through student-led appreciative inquiry for inclusion Elle Snell, John Peters and Caroline Tutton23.  Academics and students sharing views on pedagogy: issues in participatory research for academic professional development Julie Hall and Jo Peat and Supporting student journeys: evaluating routes to success Allia Wilson and Louise Naylor24.  Students as researchers Elizabeth Dunne and Derfel Owen and Becoming a student as researcher   Lena Henderson and Dasha Zhurauskaya12.15 – 13.15 Lunch 13.15 – 14.00  Parallel Session 5  25.  Students informing the curriculum through participation in revalidation Avril Honan and Roisín Curran26.  Student employability through curriculum embedded student enterprise Ann Nortcliffe27.  Using vignettes to address sterotypes and preconceptions about students Celia Popovic28.  First to final year: how was your journey? Julie-Anne Regan and Lola Adegbulu29.  Dialogue days Mandy Asghar14.15 – 15.15 Closing Keynote: Helen Walkington 15.15 – 15.30 Summing up and close15.35 – 15.45 Tea and Depart