Learning and Teaching Conference 2019: Keynote Speaker, Professor Alison Shaw

The changing landscape of Higher Education,  3 April 2019

This year’s  programme includes a fantastic range of speakers and we are delighted to confirm that Professor Alison Shaw  will be delivering a keynote at the conference.


Alison has enjoyed a long and varied career in the English education system. She is Vice-President of NFER, the UK’s leading independent provider of education research and insights; and Founder of North East Futures UTC.

She studied Modern Foreign Languages to postgraduate level at the University of Leeds, to which she subsequently returned to do her PGCE after a year spent teaching at the University of Lyon in France. She has occupied senior roles in several secondary schools in England, including 11 years as a Headteacher, specialising throughout in shaping and augmenting curricula which combine academic rigour with real-world experience and relevance.

She has very recently completed her year as David Goldman Visiting Professor of Innovation and Enterprise at Newcastle University Business School. She is currently working with University colleagues, global businesses, SMEs, VCSEs and the public sector at the interface between education and the economy, to enhance successful progression for learners. Alison sees partnership as key to our ability to make social, cultural and economic progress as well as to enhance educational success. She believes that preparing for transitions at every stage of education is of critical importance for students if they are to make well-informed future-facing decisions about their entry into a dynamic labour market. Alison is particularly interested in the way that digital technology touches every aspect of human experience and in how we best equip young people with the high-level skills they will need to thrive in the future workforce and to shape our changing society.

Alison occupies a range of non-exec roles; supports and advises a number of businesses and charities; and is mentor to several young entrepreneurs.

Alison’s keynote will focus on:

The Changing Landscape of Higher Education: Opportunity and Transition

Book your place

There is still time to register for this year’s event and you can find full details about the programme and additional keynote speakers on the conference website.

All staff and students interested in learning and teaching are invited to attend and you can book your place using the online booking form.

Any questions?

Please get in touch with LTDS@ncl.ac.uk

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