17 May 2013 - 18 May 2013
Location: Leeds Marriott Hotel


We are celebrating 20 years as the professional association for those who lead and support educational change. SEDA has made a significant impact on developments within Higher Education in the UK and abroad. We will share the evidence and impact of SEDA’s contribution at a specially themed Spring Teaching, Learning and Assessment Conference and Symposium followed by a black-tie Gala Dinner.

Values and Impact: Past, Present, Future

Our 20th anniversary celebrations culminate in two linked events at the Leeds Marriott on 17th and 18th May.

The first is our Spring Teaching, Learning and Assessment Conference on Friday 17th May with its theme Changing Values in Higher Education. You can find the full programme here.

On Saturday 18th May our anniversary Symposium provides an opportunity to reflect in depth on SEDA’s contribution to Higher Education teaching and learning.

Current and former SEDA chairs will share with delegates ideas about educational development from the last 20 years that continue to excite us.

Follow this link for full details of the Symposium.

Both will celebrate past achievements, examine their impact in the light of current developments and address the issues educational developers are likely to face in the future.

A special 20th Anniversary Gala Evening will be held on the Saturday.

What’s on in Leeds? There will be details of performances, events, tours and dining opportunities for delegates who wish to make a ‘weekend of it’ in one of the UK’s most vibrant cities.

Package deals available: You can book each of the events individually or together as a package.

THE CALL FOR CONTRIBUTIONS FOR THE FRIDAY CONFERENCE IS NOW CLOSEDThis year’s Spring Conference, to be held at the Leeds Marriott Hotel, takes place as SEDA celebrates its 20th birthday. The Conference will focus upon ‘Changing Values in Higher Education’. Values underpin all our work, be they personal, institutional, professional or national values.  SEDA has a set of [INTERNALLINK=43]values[/INTERNALLINK] which are central to its work and to the practice of those engaged in educational development. With the changes that have happened in education over the last few years in particular it is felt timely to consider the role of values and how they can be employed to enhance our work and practice. Contributors are invited to submit proposals that address the topic, within one of the themes, below. Proposals could address a variety of questions under each theme, such as: 

  • What are your values?
  • (How) have values changed as higher education has developed?
  • Do values vary across the sector or according to discipline?
  • Whose values are they?
  • What difference do values make?


  •  Curriculum design and delivery       
  •  Educational development       
  •  Strategy and policy       
  • Student learning        
  • Researching learning and teaching       
  • Role of the Academic/Professional Developer

Contributors are also encouraged to engage with SEDA’s values and the proposal form will ask for relevant SEDA values to be identified. The SEDA values are listed below: 

  1. An understanding of how people learn
  2. Scholarship, professionalism and ethical practice
  3. Working and developing learning communities
  4. Working effectively with diversity and promoting inclusivity
  5. Continuing reflection on professional practice
  6. Developing people and processes

Further details regarding SEDA’s values can be found on the website:[WEBLINK=6]http://www.seda.ac.uk/about.html?p=2_1_1[/WEBLINK] Session formatsThe session formats for this conference vary from the norm due to this being a one day event. In order that there continues to be an opportunity for all to share work across the sector the sessions will consist of short papers (20 minutes) followed by time for discussion. There is also the opportunity to submit posters.  Your proposal may take either of the following formats: Discussion paper: (20 minutes) giving an account of evaluation, policy or practice with the emphasis on drawing out lessons for others. Research paper: (20 minutes) presentation of research and an emphasis on sharing the 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 conferences@seda.ac.uk, using the proposal form, by Monday 5th November 2012. 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. 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 with reference to SEDA Values
  • Clarity and coherence of the proposal including title
  • Contribution to scholarship and evaluation of educational development in further and higher education reflecting on the future of educational development
  • Appropriateness of session structure and specified timings in relation to session type
  • Outcomes of the session are of clear value to the participants    



Early bird price*

Standard price


residential package (includes: Conference and B&B accommodation on 17/05; Symposium, Gala Dinner and B&B accommodation on 18/05)



Symposium and Gala Evening residential package (includes: Symposium, Gala Dinner and B&B accommodation on 18/05)



Conference only (17/05)



Symposium only (18/05)



Special discount Symposium rate for PG Cert HE or PhD students



Gala Evening only £60 £65
B&B accommodation on 16/05 £80 £80
B&B accommodation on 17/05 £80 £80
B&B accommodation on 18/05 £80 £80
Additional charge for double occupancy on 16/05 £10 £10
Additional charge for double occupancy on 16/05 £10 £10
Additional charge for double occupancy on 16/05 £10 £10


SEDA 2013 Spring Teaching, Learning and Assessment Conference: Changing Values in Higher Education. Friday 17th May 2013Conference Programme09.15 – 09.45 Registration and tea & coffee 09.45 –10.00 Welcome and Introductions 10.00 – 11.30 Parallel Session 1

  1. How are we living values in our practice? Ranald Macdonald AND Making values work? Using values as a framework for understanding and navigating change in higher education Clare Saunders
  2. Spaces, places and technologies: can we know, value and shape policy to provide what students need to support their digital literacy practices? Martin Oliver and Lesley Gourlay AND Making inclusive assessment a reality: an online resource to support staff in implementing assessment change Lyndsey Seddon
  3. Using institutional data sets for research: ethical issues and data protection Debby Cotton AND Building staff capacity through initiatives promoting successful student progression and achievement Sarah Parkes and Helen Cousins
  4. What’s the value in a SEDA Professional Development Programme? How one university used a programme to develop change agents in ‘third space’ Anne Pietsch, Phil Cheeseman, Julie Hall and Bridget Middlemas AND Challenging the perceived value of alumni by developing a peer mentoring scheme to support student learning Carl Evans,Tim Maxfield and Richard Painter

11.30 – 11.45 Break 11.50 – 12.50 Keynote Address Higher Education values: continuity, change and care Professor                          Sir David Watson, University of Oxford 12.50 – 13.35 Lunch 13.10 – 13.35 Meeting for people new to SEDA. Come and find out about what SEDA does. Bring your coffee along after your lunch. 13.40 – 15.10 Parallel Session 2

  1. Discover, dream, design and deliver: using appreciative inquiry to support and value reflection and educational development with staff and students in higher education Claire Taylor AND Arts-based Inquiry as a form of transformative learning in higher education Digby Warren
  2. Developing new academics – whose values? Penny Burden and Jo Peat AND Graduate teaching assistants: here today, gone tomorrow? Hannelie du Plessis- Walker
  3. Perceptions and use of peer observation of teaching in a ‘HE in FE’ context Kay Dutton AND What’s the point of probation? Jan Smith

15.10 – 15.30 Tea 15.35 – 17.05 Parallel Session 3

  1. Learning, teaching and assessment orientation: it’s for everyone Sally Bradley and Sue Beckingham AND Using shared values to develop scholarship in learning and teaching in a research intensive university Anthea Connolly and Rebecca Dearden
  2. Digital literacy and the changing role of the academic developer Lindsey Jordan AND Digital literacy: what does this mean for educational development? Andy Birch, Elizabeth Cleaver, Debby Cotton, Sue Thompson and Anne Wheeler, HEDG and David Baume and Peter Hartley, SEDA
  3. ‘A stranger in a strange land’? Enabling better cultural understanding through cross-university internal secondments Fiona Campbell and Daphne Loads AND Turning policy and research into practice: taking advantage of a captive audience Pollyanna Magne

17.10 – 17.20 Reflections on the day 17.30 – 18.30 AGM