Seminar and webinar events archive


Examining difference; inequity and diversity in teaching and learning

6 May 2014

This seminar launched an HEA-funded report, Pedagogic stratification and the shifting landscape of HE, that enhances our understanding of the impact of recent significant changes in UK HE policy on learning and teaching.

Speakers: Jacqueline Stevenson, Leeds Metropolitan University and Penny-Jane Burke, University of Roehampton.

Student approaches to learning in contemporary HE: implications of reforms across the UK

8 Apr 2014

Dr Tomlinson explores the extent to which students’ goals, attitudes, motivations, orientations and expectations are framed by the changing policy context and how this shapes approaches to learning in HE. He examines to what extent students see themselves as ‘consumers’ of an educational service and products within a market-driven system and whether there are potentially alternative approaches to the learner experience in HE?

Speaker: Dr Michael Tomlinson is a lecturer in Lifelong and Work-Related learning in the University of Southampton Education School.

Surveying student engagement in the UK

11 Feb 2014

This seminar discussed the results of the pilot student engagement survey conducted by the HEA in 2013.
The report from the pilot survey, published in October 2013, contains findings from over 8,500 responses from nine UK institutions to questions taken from the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE), commonly used in North America. The questions ask about critical thinking, course challenge, collaborative learning and academic integration.

Speaker: Dr Alex Buckley works in the Student Surveys team at the HEA, and leads on their support for institutions around using undergraduate survey data for enhancement.

Curriculum reform initiatives in HE

10 Dec 2013

This seminar launched a HEA-funded research project report, Curriculum reform initiatives in HE, which asked the following questions.

  • What self-scrutiny, strategies, planning and processes do universities who have successfully reformed the curriculum undertake?
  • How do these universities measure and evaluate the impact of whole curriculum reform in relation to learning and teaching and the student experience?

Speaker: Dr Ann Pegg is the Academic Lead for student employability at The Open University. She is involved in developing policy and practice with Faculty staff, Student Services and the Open University Careers Advisory Service.

HE for the future: flexible pedagogies that empower learners for complexity, uncertainty and change

12 Nov 2013

This inquiry views flexibility through pedagogical lenses, exploring the need for forms of pedagogical innovation that help to develop flexibility as an attribute or capability in both learners and educators. Flexibility is seen not just in terms of the drive for greater responsiveness in the delivery of HE, or greater variety in the pace, place and mode of engagement with HE, but in relation to dialogues concerned with rethinking the nature of the university and the value of learning.

Speaker: Professor Daniella Tilbury, Chair in Education for Sustainability and University Director of Sustainability, University of Gloucestershire.
Speaker: Dr Alex Ryan, Associate Director of Sustainability (Academic), University of Gloucestershire.

Considering teaching excellence in HE

8 October 2013

This presents an overview of research which:

  • provides a scholarly summary and critique of the available literature and grey literature produced on teaching excellence since the CHERI Report in 2007
  • offers pragmatic suggestions for a way forward when considering HE teaching excellence, teacher excellence, excellent student learning and HE policy development

Speaker: Dr Vicky Gunn is the Director of the Learning and Teaching Centre at the University of Glasgow. She has been the principle investigator on three Scottish Enhancement Themes' projects. She was also the research lead on the University of Glasgow's Graduate Attributes project (2009-2012).


Links between research and teaching in HE

11 June 2013

This seminar examines the ways in which research and teaching may be linked in academic practice in HE. It seeks to unravel the various links through scholarship, research (both subject-based and pedagogic) and curriculum. The presentation draws upon the speakers’ recent experience as a leader in learning and teaching in Wales, including the activity and contribution of the Research-Teaching Nexus Action Set.

Speaker: Professor Simon Haslett is Associate Pro Vice-Chancellor at the University of Wales.

Academic integrity: learning lessons and exploring tensions

14 May 2013

This presentation explores the concept of academic integrity and considers recent concerns about unacceptable academic practice in HE, such as student plagiarism and collusion.

Speaker: Dr Erica Morris is the Academic Lead for Assessment and Feedback and the HEAR (Higher Education Achievement Report) at the HEA. Previously, Erica led the Academy JISC Academic Integrity Service, set up to enhance understanding of student plagiarism and develop guidance for HE providers on institutional policy and practice.

Research ethics and integrity: Is it all about compliance and reputation?

16 Apr 2013

Much of the resistance to the institutional oversight of research ethics and integrity in HE arises because of the way in which institutions implement administrative systems to approve and regulate research activity. This seminar explores the tensions between ethical research practice in itself, the expectations of research ethics and integrity policy makers, and the implementation of policy and administrative procedures in HE institutions. It asks: what is the best way to navigate between ethical practice and compliance?

Speaker: Dr Andrew C. Rawnsley has worked as a tutor, lecturer, and research fellow (St Andrews (UK); KU Leuven (Belgium); St Martin’s University, (USA) and is currently Research Governance and Training Manager at Teesside University.

What does it mean to be a public intellectual?

12 March 2013

How does a lecturer in HE retain their intellectual integrity given the following conditions?

  • An increasing target driven environment.
  • An increasing emphasis on performance managemen.t
  • Increasing numbers of students.
  • The need for the intellectual authority of the HE system to allow for social media.
  • The evolution of HE providers and their changing role in, and responsibilities to, society.

The central concern is with the academics’ voice and their identity as experienced both by the individual and the community.

Speakers: John Issitt is a National Teaching Fellow and Provost of Langwith College. He has taught in schools, prisons, FE colleges and with the Open University for many years.
Duncan Jackson is Senior Academic Staff Developer and Programme Director for the Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching at the University of York.

Academic freedom - extravagent luxury or essential luxury?

12 Feb 2013

Appeals to the apparently ancient right of 'academic freedom' are often made by those who neither understand what the term encompasses, nor realise that their legal right to this freedom is very limited indeed. This seminar examines the historical roots of academic freedom, and its role within the modern research university, before examining the need for a working definition of, and adequate protection for, academic freedom.

Speaker: Terence Karran is a senior academic in the Centre for Educational Research and Development at the University of Lincoln. He has published widely on the subject of academic freedom, providing the opening address at the Perspectives on Academic Freedom conference held at the National University of Ireland, Galway. Details of his work can be found on his Lincoln University page.

The impact of the shifting UK HE landscape on learning and teaching

15 Nov 2012

Roger Brown suggests that: "the White Paper reforms are the latest, but also potentially the most radical, of a series of market-based changes going back to the early 1980s”. His seminar highlights “some of the issues that now arise for anyone concerned with high quality student learning”.

Speaker: Roger Brown is a Professor of Higher Education Policy at Liverpool Hope University.