Inspire - a Teaching Fellows' newsletter

A quarterly publication on the contemporary issues influencing teaching and learning.

Upcoming conferences

10th Annual University of Glasgow Learning and Teaching Conference
The 10th Annual University of Glasgow Learning and Teaching Conference will take place on Thursday 30th March 2017.  The main theme is ‘Enhancing the Student Journey’ and this contains the subthemes of
  • Designing effective assessment for learning
  • Giving useful feedback
  • Developing and enhancing graduate skills
  • Facilitating student engagement with the community
  • Using technology to enhance the student learning experience 

Westminster Higher Education Forum

Westminster Higher Education Forum aim to provide the premier environment for policy makers in parliament, Whitehall and government agencies to engage with key stakeholders in timely discussion on higher education policy. The forum runs a broad series of events which touch on teaching and learning issues and the broader context of Higher Education.  Some upcoming events include:
  • The Teaching Excellence Framework – implications and implementation.
  • The future for international student recruitment – marketing, building partnerships and tackling barriers to growth.
  • Innovation in curriculum design – internationalisation, employability and inclusivity.

The Dynamics of Knowledge Creation
The ESRC have funded a project over the last couple of years into the writing practices of academics and there is an end of project event on 13th January 2017. 

The conference explores changes in academics' writing practices associated with the contemporary context of UK higher education, and the implications of these for university policy and for knowledge creation.  Places are limited, so please contact Dee Daglish as soon as possible and by 15th December at the latest to reserve your place.

Creativity in Science Teaching
The Society for Experimental Biology is running a one day symposium in December on creativity in science teaching and it explores the role of creativity in undergraduate teaching through play, poetry, drawing, and learning technologies.  It will run in London on 12th – 14th December.
PedRIO Conference - ‘Employability in the Curriculum and Beyond’
The Plymouth Pedagogic Research Institute and Observatory (PedRIO), are running a one day conference on 19th January 2017.  The theme is enhancing student experience and employability and they will focus on:
  • Engagement across the curricula
  • Global employability
  • Supporting postgraduate taught employability
  • Supporting postgraduate research employability
  • International students - employability at home and abroad.
Abstract submissions are invited via the above link (closing date: 28 November 2016).

ALDinHE 2017: The Learning Development Conference University of Hull  (British City of Culture 2017!!) 
10th - 12th April 2017 - Calls out now for papers.  The deadline for proposals is 28 November 2016
  • The Impact and Evaluation of Learning Development
  • The Teaching Excellence Framework
  • Assessment and Feedback
  • Collaboration in the Changing Environments
  • Creative Cultures in Learning Development
For further details and a link to the online proposal form, visit the conference webpage 9
HEA STEM Conference 2017: Achieving Excellence in Teaching and Learning - Manchester

This two-day conference, featuring a mix of peer-led workshops, presentations and respected keynotes will provide a forum for each of the individual STEM disciplines as well as opportunities to learn from cross-disciplinary practice.  Too late to submit a proposal but the conference may well still be of interest.  Themes include:
  • Engaging students as learners: How can we engage students with their disciplines and orient them for success in their studies?
  • The learning environment: How can we create learning environments that inspire and support students to achieve their best?
  • Graduate success: How can we ensure the development of the individual, beyond the acquisition of knowledge and skills, for success as graduates once they leave university?
See more at:
3rd International Enhancement in Higher Education Conference (Scotland, Glasgow) Inspiring excellence - transforming the student experience
The call for proposals closing date is the 7 December 2016.

The (QAA) conference will embrace six broad tracks which are explicitly intended to support our desire to engage with delegates from across the UK and around the globe. The conference also provides an important opportunity to celebrate the outcomes of work of the Scottish higher education sector which has been actively progressing on the Student Transitions Enhancement Theme as part of our integrated Quality Enhancement Framework:
  • Using data to enhance the student experience
  • National and institutional approaches to quality and evaluating impact
  • Internationalising the student experience
  • Accessing higher education
  • Transitions through higher education
  • Positive destinations for students including postgraduate study and employability
For more information see: