The Learning and Teaching Conference 2023 will showcase effective, creative and collaborative approaches to learning and teaching across the University.
The 2023 Conference will take place on Thursday 30 March 2023. More details on the conference’s theme and keynote speaker will follow shortly. Please put the date in your diary and keep a look out for further updates.
The Newcastle University Learning and Teaching Conference took place on March 31. This year’s theme was all about learning together, sharing effective practice, and exploring an education for all.
The event was opened by Professor Tom Ward, PVC Education, and was followed by a keynote presentation from Professor Paul Ashwin, Professor of Higher Education and Head of Department for Educational Research at Lancaster University.
As a result of the fantastic response to our call for submissions we ran several parallel sessions throughout the day, including over 40 workshops, lightning talks and presentations. Video recordings of the event presentations are now available to view via ReCap.
We are pleased to be welcoming Prof. Paul Ashwin to deliver the keynote address at this year’s Learning and Teaching Conference, Education for All: Learning Together. Find out more about Paul and the keynote address below:
What is a university education for?
The global pandemic has led to changes to university teaching and learning practices and significant financial pressures on the higher education sector. In the face of unexpected social and economic challenges, there is a danger that the quality of higher education will be judged simply in terms of graduates’ employment outcomes and we will lose sight of the educational purposes of a university education. In this keynote, I will argue that, in order to reinvigorate our understanding of university education, we need to focus on how students are supported to develop transformational relationships with disciplinary and professional knowledge. These relationships change students’ understanding of themselves and the world and are central to the many ways in which going to university can transform students’ lives and contribute to societal well-being. I will explore the implications of this argument for our educational practices.
Paul Ashwin is Professor of Higher Education and Head of the Department of Educational Research at Lancaster University. He is Deputy Director of the Centre for Global Higher Education, an ESRC funded research centre involving 10 international universities. Paul’s research is focused on the educational role of higher education. His book, ‘Transforming University Education: A Manifesto’ (2020), argues for a focus on the educational, rather than economic, purposes of university degrees in order to understand their transformational impact on students and societies. He is also the lead author on Reflective Teaching in Higher Education (2015, 2020) which is written by an international team to support the development of research-informed university teaching.
Get involved in this year’s conference
The conference will take place on the 31 March 2022 and all colleagues and students are invited to register.
The call for submissions closes on the 14 January 2022 so there’s still time to submit a proposal.
Education for All: Learning Together, Thursday 31 March 2022
The Learning and Teaching Conference is all about learning together, sharing effective practice and exploring an education for all. The call for submissions is now open and we want to hear about your successes, challenges and future plans.
The programme committee welcomes submissions linked to the following areas but get in touch if you have other ideas you’d like to share:
Co-creation of the curriculum
Changing practice through the pandemic
Wellbeing and mental health
Novel and varied assessment methods
Designing inclusive learning
Decolonising the curriculum
Impact through collaboration
Education for sustainable development
The conference is open to everyone involved in learning and teaching – students, academic colleagues, professional services colleagues, technicians and external collaborators. All are invited to submit a proposal for the conference and to register as a delegate.
We very much hope to run our conference day this year as a present in-person event in the Frederick Douglass Centre, with online workshops taking place over the conference week. However, if this is not possible we will move to a fully online event.
We encourage submissions from all of our campuses and if you can’t attend in person you can get involved virtually by delivering an online workshop during the conference week or submitting a lightning talk video.
The Learning and Teaching Conference 2022 will showcase effective, creative and collaborative approaches to learning and teaching across the University.
We are planning an in-person event with opportunities to engage with online events over the conference week. Call for papers and registration information coming soon. Keep an eye on the conference website for the most up to date information.
With over 280 delegates, 12 lightning talk videos, 9 live sessions and some creative entries to the poster competition, our first online learning and teaching conference had something for everyone. Thank you to all colleagues and students for getting involved and sharing some of their teaching and learning successes and challenges from the past year.
You can find a number of resources from the week below and we look forward to seeing you all at the next event.
Introduction from the Vice-Chancellor
Professor Chris Day introduces the conference celebrating the many collaborative, creative and impactful approaches to teaching across the University. He also highlights the achievements of Professor Suzanne Cholerton, Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Education, who is retiring this year.
Opening Keynote Address: Education for All?
Professor Sue Rigby, Vice-Chancellor, Bath Spa University
Professor Sue Rigby opened the event with her address intended to provoke, asking colleagues and students to think about some key questions:
Why doesn’t everyone thrive at University?
Attainment gap or awarding gap?
Thrive or strive: Is learning purposeful? Is it effective? Is it challenging? Is it engaging?
A diverse range of approaches to teaching and learning all covered in less then 7 minutes. With contributions from colleagues from Schools and Services across the University these are a great resource if you’re looking for some new ideas:
Closing Keynote address: Keynote Address: Powerful Learning for a Challenging World
Professor Dilly Fung, Pro-Director for Education, The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)
Professor Dilly Fung closed the conference with an inspiring talk which looked at the relationship between education, research and public engagement through the lens of the Connected Curriculum framework.
Meet the researcher schemes, an interdisciplinary course for all first-year students and a degree showcase portfolio are all practical examples of ways that the Connected Curriculum can be achieved.
The talk ended with some questions and examples of work already happening in these areas as well as lots of new ideas to explore.
Professor Suzanne Cholerton, Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Education
Professor Cholerton thanked all speakers, delegates and organisers for making this year’s conference happen in spite of the current circumstances.
This was Professor Cholerton’s last learning and teaching conference and during her time as PVC Education the conference has gone from strength to strength with increased numbers of colleagues and students presenting and attending each year. This is down to Professor Cholerton’s vision and leadership and we hope we can continue to make future conferences equally as successful.
Next years event
Planning will be underway soon and if you’d like to get involved in the programme committee we’d love to hear from you. Please email LTDS@ncl.ac.uk
Join us at this year’s learning and teaching conference for a fantastic series of online events. Hear from colleagues, students and external speakers, collaborate in workshops and watch some of the lightning talk videos during the conference week, 1-5 March 2021.
Everyone involved in learning and teaching at all Newcastle University campuses – students, academic colleagues, professional services colleagues technicians and external collaborators are all invited to attend.
We are delighted to be welcoming two keynote speakers, Prof Sue Rigby, Bath Spa University and Prof Dilly Fung, LSE to this year’s online event. Find out more about the keynote addresses and sign up using the links below.
Education for all? – Professor Sue Rigby, Vice-Chancellor, Bath Spa University, Monday 1 March 2021 12:00-13:15
The Learning and Teaching Conference 2021 will showcase effective, creative and collaborative approaches to learning and teaching from across the University.
Workshops, presentations and lightning talks will be spread across the week, for our first ever fully online conference allowing you to pop along to connect with colleagues and share new ideas. We are pleased to be welcoming keynote speakers Professor Sue Rigby Vice-Chancellor, Bath Spa University and Professor Dilly Fung Pro-Director for Education, The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).
As the 2020 event couldn’t take place we can’t wait to see you at this year’s event. Keep a note of the date in your diaries. More information to come.
Why not share your own practice? The call for submissions is also open.
Proposals are encouraged from everyone involved in learning and teaching at all Newcastle University campuses – students, academic staff, professional services staff, technicians and external collaborators.
There are full details about how to submit, formats, themes and criteria on the conference website.
The deadline for submissions is 10 January 2020.
Spread the word
Tell you colleagues about the conference and how to register – all are welcome.
Are they doing some interesting work that deserves to be known more widely, and just need some encouragement? This is their chance, why not suggest they submit a proposal.
At the Newcastle Teaching and Learning conference in April, I received a NUTELA award for my presentation “Who wants to be millionaire as a game for Pharmacy Curriculum”. I have used an adapted version of this game as part of my biology seminars for Stage 1 Pharmacy-students. I did this to make the seminar sessions more fun and engaging thanks the competitive nature of the game, but at the same time to test a new approach to facilitate student knowledge retention on a difficult topic of biology, such as immunology is.
The game worked well and the data collected showed that it augments student knowledge retention. Student feedback showed that the game activity was very engaging and that students appreciated working in teams for the game. Therefore, a second aim to keep this game in the seminar sessions, is to help students to practise the team-work skills that they will need in their career. In the feedback form, students acknowledged that they prefer a game activity to a seminar and underlined how enjoyable this is. One student said: “Much better than seminars” Another student said: “Thoroughly enjoyed the session”.
Thanks to the NUTELA award, I was able to fund part of my journey to the Biennal Monash Pharmacy symposium in Prato (Italy) last July, where I presented my work to Pharmacy educators coming from all the world. It was a great experience, I networked with a number of colleagues who expressed interest in the game and in applying it in their own institutions.