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Teaching and Learning Symposia

Our symposia series focuses on thematic areas of interest within teaching and learning and are for anyone wishing to improve their knowledge of the latest teaching pedagogies and upskill their practice in key areas.

Our symposium events offer staff a useful forum to encourage the exchange and dissemination of different ways of thinking about key teaching and learning challenges and new approaches. Practitioners are invited to participate in each symposium through submitting an abstract on their work as a fifteen-minute stimulus presentation and case study to support the discussions.

Structure

Each symposium is facilitated by a Senior Advisor from Advance HE with specific expertise in the area being discussed. The day will feature a keynote presentation from a leading practitioner in each area, followed by themed sessions showcasing case studies from across the sector. Delegates will have the opportunity to learn from leading practitioners in the sector, debate priority issues and learn from cutting-edge initiatives.

Benefits

The symposia provide teaching practitioners with access to an open and supportive environment and valuable peer network to share and discuss contemporary practice and initiatives. They enable participants to develop a principled, evidence-informed approach to devising subsequent support and guidance for change in enhancing student success in HE.

Who: Teaching practitioners including: heads of departments, academic programme leaders and developers, lecturers, academic and support staff, and learning technologists.

View the dates of the events below or in the calendar. 

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Assessment and Feedback Symposium

Date: 9 November 2022
Location: Viirtual

Assessment and feedback remain pivotal to student success, and even more so as the HE sector moves to new ways of working in this post-pandemic era. This symposium will focus on the latest thinking around assessment and feedback and convene experts within the sector to share good practice, new concepts and innovations.

By way of a call for papers, we will invite participants to consider how assessment and feedback practices can be enhanced to accommodate new and hybrid ways of working, whilst placing the students at the heart of their learning and ensuring student success.

The event will include a keynote speaker alongside participant-led workshops and presentations.

The call for papers is now closed.

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Student Retention and Success Symposium

Date: 1 June 2023
Location: theStudio, Leeds

This symposium will provide an open and supportive environment within which to share and discuss contemporary practice and initiatives in student retention and success; providing evidence-informed examples and ideas for university staff and students to address the challenges of attrition, retention and student success in higher education.

By way of a call for papers, we will invite participants to consider how practices can be enhanced to reduce attrition, assist with transition stages and ensure students achieve their objectives.

The event will include a keynote speaker alongside participant-led workshops and presentations.

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Students as Co-Creators Symposium

Date: 26 January 2023, Face-to-face

Location: theStudio, Manchester

This symposium will provide an open and supportive environment within which to share and discuss contemporary practice and initiatives relating to students as co-creators; provide evidence-informed examples and ideas to encourage student engagement, and network with like-minded peers.

By way of a call for papers, we will invite participants to submit abstracts regarding successful, evidence-informed co-creation initiatives.

The event will include a keynote speaker alongside participant-led presentations, case studies and reflections.

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Sustainability Symposium

Date: 29-30 March 2023
Location: Virtual

By way of keynote presentations, panel sessions and sector-led presentations and workshops, this symposium (spanning 2 half-days) will offer a chance to learn about new and evidence-informed sustainability initiatives that make a difference in the UK and internationally; discuss ways to embed the UN SDGs into teaching and learning curricula; and network with like-minded peers who are passionate about the sustainability agenda within HE.

The call for papers is open until 5pm, 19 January 2023

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Employability Symposium

Date: 25 April 2023, Face-to-face
Location: theStudio, Manchester

We know that, regardless of discipline, developing graduates for successful trajectories beyond university is of critical importance. Enabling our graduates to have a positive impact, whether that be through creating value that is economic, social, cultural, or environmental – or indeed a mixture of each, is the embodiment of this success.

This event, by way of oral presentations and workshops, will provide a space to discuss and share latest practices in embedding employability among a network of peers. 

The call for papers is open until 5pm, 3 February 2023

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Flexible Learning Symposium

Date: 14 June 2023
Location: theStudio, Leeds

This symposium will provide staff with a safe forum via which to exchange ideas and disseminate new approaches to flexible learning. It will offer reflections, insights and solutions to current issues pertaining to new modes of learning as well as exploring how colleagues across the sector are approaching curriculum delivery in this post-pandemic era.

The call for papers will open in January 2023.

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