Rethinking the Remit of the University in Challenging Times

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

Update: 3rd November 2021
Conference Postponed

SEDA had planned to run its first face-to-face conference for two years in collaboration with SHED in Glasgow in December. We reviewed the conference arrangements this week and considered the current and most likely future developments in health and safety associated with the pandemic.

Unfortunately, we concluded that we could not offer a face-to-face event with sufficient assurances about safety and convenience for either presenters or delegates. A decision this week was necessary to avoid excessive cancellation costs with the hotel and to give presenters and delegates enough warning to revise their schedules.

The conference is being re-arranged to take place in Leeds in May 2022 at the DoubleTree by Hilton hotel, right next to Leeds train station (taking advantage of a previous longstanding booking by SEDA). Details will be issued as soon as possible.

The SEDA Conference and Events Committee

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.

References

  1. Edward Peck post on WonkHE, 24/5/21 – https://wonkhe.com/blogs/the-augar-review-are-we-looking-in-the-wrong-place-for-the-response/
  2. OfS – https://www.officeforstudents.org.uk/advice-and-guidance/teaching/future-of-the-tef/

Day 1: Opening Keynote
A View from the SHED


Given all that we have experienced and learned since March 2020, SEDA/SHED’s opening keynote invites critical reflection on the emergent role of the educational developer. Four presenters will present their perspectives and provocations, before inviting questions from the audience.

Hosted by Fiona Smart, PFHEA, together with
Dr Catriona Cunningham SFHEA
Dr Tom Cunningham SFHEA
Dr Helen King, SFSEDA, PFHEA


Day 2: Opening Keynote
Rethinking the remit of the university: interlinking policy and practice in learning and teaching

  • Simon Varwell from Student Partnerships in Quality Scotland (SPARQS)
  • Prof Keith Smyth University of Highlands and Islands
  • 3rd Speaker to be confirmed

Where to go next? (and what should we do about it?) – hosted by Peter Hartley

Our expert panel will offer three short ‘provocations’ – offering their views on likely futures and important priorities in key areas of educational change and development over the next decade, including the role and key challenges for educational and curriculum development, and developments in student engagement.

There will be time for open discussion and questions and we will encourage delegates to continue the debate through informal networking and online discussion.

The conference will take place at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Glasgow.

Day One – Thursday 2nd December

09.15 – 09.45      Registration and tea & coffee

09.45 – 09.55      Welcome and Introductions

09.55 – 10.50      Opening Keynote – A View from the SHED, hosted by Fiona Smart PFHEA together with Dr Catriona Cunningham SFHEA, Dr Tom Cunningham SFHEA and Dr Helen King, SFSEDA, PFHEA

10.50 – 11.20      Coffee Break

10.50 – 11.20      New to SEDA? Come and find out more Carole Davis and Helen King (SEDA Co-Chairs)

11.20 – 12.50  Parallel Session 1

Making groupwork work: new opportunities and challenges Sue Beckingham, Mark Dawson, Peter Hartley

A Framework to support promotion for education focused staff in uncertain Times Pam Parker, Susannah Quinsee

User Centred Design as a Means for Conceptualising and Addressing the Challenge of Widening Participation in the University Peter Donnellan, Trevor Vaugh, Threase Kessie, Teghan Oswald

Implementing the Academic Professional Apprenticeship: Sharing Experiences and Lessons Learnt Ros O’Leary, Shaun Mudd, Helen King, Hannah Grist

12.50 – 13.40      Lunch

13.40 – 14.25 Parallel Session 2

Facing Risk with Confidence: principles and practice to support HE teachers and students during uncertain times Fabio R. Aricò

What does sustainability mean in the context of curriculum leadership and a development in the 21st century university Claire McAvinia, Barry Ryan, Olivia Freeman, Odette Gabaudan, Colm O’Kane, Robert Tully

Assessment Community of Practice (CoP): Sharing ideas, tools and approaches in an era of dynamic change Fiona O’Riordan, Mary Fitzpatrick

Supporting staff in ever increasing digital circles Lisa Gray

Seeing things differently in educational development: the possibilities and challenges of an inter-institutional peer observation scheme Catriona Cunningham, Catherine Bovill

14.30 – 15.15 Parallel Session 3

Staff Development in Uncertain Times Chris Whiting, Sue Gill, Emma McCulloch

Exploring the impact of Post-graduate Certificates in teaching and learning at UK universities Carole Davis, Antony Aleksiev

Planning future staff development: Using an evaluation and impact model Rachel Curzon, Craig Tucker

Pioneering a new career pathway in education and scholarship Susan Smith, David Walker

15.15 – 15.45      Coffee Break

15.45 – 16.30 Parallel Session 4

A comparative analysis of architectural education between United Kingdom and Pakistan Anosh Nadeem Butt and 36b Rethinking Admissions Processes for Non-Traditional Entreprenuership Programmes in the UK Higher Education Sector Simon Finley

Understanding the factors which support the work of faculty and centrally based academic developers in bringing about positive change – Carole Davis

‘Learning our 3Rs’ – Review, Revise and Restructure in HE Louise Naylor, Alexander Hensby

Workshop to Workplace: how can we better enable the transfer of learning from CPD workshops? Jordan Napier, Susie Schofield, Mandy Moffat, Harm Peters, Ásta Bryndís Schram

16.30- 17.30       Networking

Getting Published with SEDA James Wisdom (Chair, SEDA Educational Developments Magazine Editorial Committee)

SEDA-PDF – come and find out more Giles Martin (SEDA PDF)

19.00     Drinks Reception

19.30     Dinner

Day Two – Friday 3rd December

09.00 – 09.30      Registration, tea and coffee

09.25 – 09.35      Welcome to day 2

09.35 – 10.25      Opening Keynote – Rethinking the remit of the university: interlinking policy and practice in learning and teaching

Simon Varwell from Student Partnerships in Quality Scotland (SPARQS)

Prof Keith Smyth University of Highlands and Islands

3rd Speaker to be confirmed

Where to go next? (and what should we do about it?) – hosted by Peter Hartley

Our expert panel will offer three short ‘provocations’ – offering their views on likely futures and important priorities in key areas of educational change and development over the next decade, including the role and key challenges for educational and curriculum development, and developments in student engagement.

There will be time for open discussion and questions and we will encourage delegates to continue the debate through informal networking and online discussion.

10.25 – 10.45      Coffee Break

10.25 – 10.45     New to SEDA? Come and find out more Carole Davis and Helen King (SEDA Co-Chairs)

10.45 – 12.15 Parallel Session 5

Active, Inclusive and Immersive: Using Course Design Intensives with course teams to reimagine/reinvent(?) the curriculum Andrew Middleton, Sharon Waller

Flexible teaching spaces and pedagogy advance: challenges, issues and opportunities Gunter Saunders, Federica Oradini, Anna Klemming, Peter Hartley

Future directions for Academic Development: the role of the open, critical, provocateur Keith Smyth, Bill Johnston, Sheila Macneill

Towards a Power-Centred Pedagogy for the 21st Century University Pablo Dalby

12.15 – 13.05      Lunch

13.05 – 13.50 Parallel Session 6

Preparing for uncertainty? Exploring HE’s role in developing student criticality Cameron Graham

Untangling Anonymity, Equality and Fairness in Higher Education Assessment Practices Eilidh Kane, Lindsay Coyle

Multilingual academics and their feedback practices Agi Ryder, Gillian Lazar

Exploring student engagement with academic staff: a new toolkit Simon Varwell

Transforming Academic Tutoring – a collaborative process, one year on! Dr Joanna Cordy

13.55 – 14.40 Parallel Session 7

Design Thinking as a Means for Encouraging Cross-Institutional Empathy Between Lecturers and Students in the Higher Education Setting Threase Kessie, Trevor Vaugh, Peter Donnellan, Teghan Oswald

Individualised development, together: expanding CPD culture and modules with limited additional resources Giles Martin, Jasmine Hunter-Evans

Opportunities without CERTainty: Life beyond the PGCert Ruth Whitfield

Workshop to Workplace: how can we better enable the transfer of learning from CPD workshops? Jordan Napier, Susie Schofield, Mandy Moffat, Harm Peters, Ásta Bryndís Schram

14.40 – 15.00     Break

15.00 – 15.45 Parallel Session 8

Desperately seeking dialogue? Feedback and the promise of dialogue in the era of the NSS Mike Drayson

Enacting Praxis: Bringing a critical perspective to embedding academic literacies Chris McAllister, Vic Boyd

Pedagogies of partnership: working together to meet assessment and feedback challenges Kay Sambell, Linda Graham, Sally Brown, Ursula Dugdale

Using cartoons as an authentic learning tool to enhance students’ understanding of research methods Jonathan Wilson

15.50- 16.00       Plenary – Interactive Session

16.00     Depart