Teaching History in Higher Education: the 14th annual Higher Education Academy Teaching and Learning Conference 2012

  • Date: 11 Sep 2012 - 12 Sep 2012
  • Location/venue: Senate House Malet Street London, WC1E 7HU

Conference partner: The Institute of Historical Research, School of Advanced Studies, University of London.

This year, the Higher Education Academy’s annual teaching and learning conference on history in higher education will be held in partnership with the Institute of Historical Research in Senate House, London. Scholars are more aware than ever before of the symbiosis between historical research and their teaching. They are also becoming more engaged with the ways in which pedagogic research, innovation and theory can inform, enhance and support both the student and staff experience.

More generally, higher education is undergoing transformational change in the UK and elsewhere. Students’ aims and expectations of their course, institution and learning experience are all rising and the various, if contentious, measures of excellence in teaching, learning and educational outcomes are informing their institutional choices.

Sessions will explore theory and practices in teaching, learning and assessment in critical areas such as public history and community engagement, the use of new technologies, the interface between school and university pedagogies, curriculum development and the student and staff experience. The conference aims to provide opportunities to disseminate and showcase evidence-informed practise from the higher education sector, facilitate discussion and debate and provide networking opportunities for participants.  


Confirmed keynote speakers are:

• Professor Rebecca Conard. Rebecca is professor of history at Middle Tennessee State University, USA, and was a former president of the National Council on Public History. Her keynote will present an analysis of movements and issues in public history education in the United States.

• Professor Jackie Eales. Jackie is professor of history at Canterbury Christ Church University and is also currently President of the Historical Association. In her keynote, Jackie will look critically at ways in which the history sector could and should move forwards to improve the student experience.

• Dr Mike Maddison HMI. Mike is the National Advisor for History, for Ofsted. Mike’s keynote will showcase examples of the evidence produced for and by policy-makers, which are informing developments in the latest reforms in the schools sectors.


Conference Fees

Please note: fees do not include accommodation or travel. Fees include conference registration and buffet lunch. Delegates can also sign up for a conference dinner, to be held at a nearby restaurant, at an additional cost of £50. The Institute of Historical Research has provided us with a list of hotels that they pass on to delegates attending their other conferences. We, at the HEA, have not used any of them and suggest that, before making any bookings, delegates make their own checks about the suitability of location, facilities and services.

A conference dinner will be held at a nearby restaurant, Elena’s L’Etoile, Charlotte Street, at a cost of £50 per delegate. To book please contact Ellie Colley.

The HEA also has its own travel fund which will be available from 1 August 2012, for further details please click here for more information on the HEA travel fund. Please note applications to the travel fund must be received one month before the event you wish to travel to.

For delegates from institutions that subscribe to the HEA, fees are:

  • For attending both days: £120
  • For attending on one day: £70 (you will need to state which day)

For delegates from other, non-subscribing institutions:

  • For attending both days: £140
  • For attending on one day: £80 (you will need to state which day)

Rates for students/unwaged (documentary support required):

  • For attending both days: £100
  • For attending on one day: £60

Conference dinner:

A conference dinner will be held at a nearby restaurant, Elena’s L’Etoile, Charlotte Street, at a cost of £50 per delegate. To book please contact Ellie Colley.

There will be some money set aside for postgraduate bursaries, to assist attendance. Please enquire via the e-mail contact for submissions.

Details of speakers will follow.

Contact email:

Bookings are no longer open for the conference as places are full.  If you would like to join the waiting list please email externalevents@heacademy.ac.uk and we will contact you on a first come first save basis if there are any cancellations.


Contact email