Rethinking the Remit of the University in Challenging Times

02 December 2021 - 03 December 2021
Location: Radisson Blu Hotel, Glasgow

Context and themes

The ongoing uncertainty about any actions that might arise from the Augar Report (1), the possible future of the TEF (2), continuing concerns about long-term implications of Brexit, the switch to remote learning triggered by the pandemic, and the possible switch back to on-campus teaching. It is not difficult to identify a wide range of challenges which confront every higher education institution (HEI), as well as the many FE institutions which deliver courses at HE levels.

There will be presentations and workshops examining innovation/developments and/or evaluation/research in the following areas:

• Programme design.

• Module and learning design.

• Course/programme assessment and feedback strategies/initiatives.

• Professional development for staff.

• Learning and mobile technologies.

• Digital capability and institutional support.

• Curriculum leadership and staff roles.

• Initiatives re student and staff ‘wellbeing’.

• Apprenticeships.

• Development of students’ critical abilities and capacities.

• Changing student perceptions about the nature and value of university education.

Educational Development Initiative of the Year

The shortlisted initiatives will present at the conference and this year’s winner will be announced in the final plenary session. For further details of the award, see


  1. Edward Peck post on WonkHE, 24/5/21 –
  2. OfS –