Inspire - a Teaching Fellows' newsletter

Promoting excellence in Learning and Teaching, driven by Middlesex Senior Fellows of HEA with contributions welcomed from all Middlesex staff.


A regular listing of conferences with a learning and teaching theme, plus links to other sites listing similar events.

This year’s Middlesex University Learning and Teaching Conference is on 5 Jul 2016
The theme is Unpacking Teaching Excellence and aims to provide a forum for a discussion of contemporary practice and initiatives.  

YouTube Conference - 23 and 24 September 2016, Middlesex University, London. Call for Papers
Please send your abstracts to  by 4 April 2016. Keynote Speaker: Professor Jean Burgess. Further details please click on this link:

The International Conference on Improving University Teaching (IUT).  41st annual meeting, focused on the theme “The Inquiring Learner” and hosted by Durham University.   One of the most difficult aspects of teaching is determining how to help students make the transition from being passive recipients of information toward a state in which they know what questions to ask, how to ask them, and how to deal with the response. But these are the foundation skills for life-long learning and the key for success in the workplace. When employers are asked what traits they most desire in university graduates, what tops the list are independent initiative and problem-solving skills, closely followed by the capacity for teamwork and communication. And these are precisely the capacities that define the inquiring learner.

SEDA Spring Teaching Learning and Assessment Conference 2016.  Innovations in Assessment and Feedback Practice (one strand is Assessment Literacy a key Diversity issue).  12 May 2016 - 13 May 2016.   Location: The Carlton Hotel, Edinburgh.

HEA Research webinar nine: Postgraduate transitions – exploring disciplinary practice - Wednesday, 4 May, 2016 - 12:30 See more at:   Recent analysis shows that certain UK HE institutions seem to be more successful than other, similar institutions in relation to the proportion of their graduates that enter postgraduate study. There are also marked differences between different disciplines.  FREE!

HEA Research webinar ten: Evaluating teaching development in HE
- Wednesday, 1 June, 2016 - 12:30  See more at:   Professor Pauline Kneale and members of the PedRIO team at Plymouth University will discuss their latest HEA-funded research which explores how best we can evaluate teaching development in HE. In addition to a literature review, the team have developed an evidence-informed toolkit which can be used to evaluate teaching development & CPD.  FREE!

Association for Learning Technology: ALT Annual Conference 2016: Connect, Collaborate, Create  6 – 8 September 2016, University of Warwick, UK.  One of the themes is: Creating new learning, teaching and assessment opportunities: play, experiment, discover, embed to enhance learner experiences.

SCUTREA Conference 2016.  The Standing Conference on the University Teaching and Research in the Education of Adults (SCUTREA) is an International conference and  will be held from Tuesday 5 to Thursday 7 July 2016 at College Court Conference Centre, University of Leicester.   The theme of the conference will be 'Adult Education in Austere Times'.
UniversitiesUK:  Innovation and Excellence in Teaching and Learning 4 May 2016 Woburn House, London, WC1H 9HQ   Can universities deliver excellence in teaching and foster a culture of innovation? How can institutions best share innovative practice to benefit all areas of learning and teaching provision? What new approaches or initiatives that enhance learning and teaching are on the horizon?    This one day national conference organised in partnership between Universities UK and the Higher Education Academy seeks to address these questions all in the context of the ever changing landscape and architecture instigated by the government's Green Paper.  SEE:
The European Conference on Education 2016 (ECE2016) will be held alongsideThe European Conference on Technology in the Classroom 2016 (ECTC2016), and The European Conference on Language Learning 2016 (ECLL2016). Abstract Submission Deadline: 1 May, 2016 ECE2016 Conference Theme: “Education and Social Justice: Democratizing Education” SEE: http://ia