HEA STEM Conference 2018Creativity in Teaching, Learning and Student Engagement

<strong>HEA STEM Conference 2018</strong>Creativity in Teaching, Learning and Student Engagement

Dates: 31 January - 1 February 2018
Venue: Centre for Life, Newcastle
Who: STEM higher education professionals

Join leading speakers and thought leaders for this vibrant conference. 

The HEA Annual STEM Conference returns at the end of January 2018 after a fantastic event in 2017 which welcomed over 170 speakers and delegates from across HE STEM disciplines.

Student success in higher education depends on a careful balance of factors including engaged learning, environments conducive to learning and the desire to develop in students the knowledge, skills, behaviours and attributes expected of graduates. The conference is the ideal opportunity to collaborate and learn from other higher education professionals within STEM disciplines and to share best practice.

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.

This year's conference theme Creativity in Teaching, Learning and Student Engagement can be divided in to three core areas, each focusing on those aspects of pedagogical practice within STEM subjects that support, nurture and improve:

  • Driving teaching excellence: How can we improve our practice to ensure the best learning experience for our students?
  • Cross-disciplinary practice: What can we learn from successful initiatives undertaken in other disciplines?
  • Creative pedagogies: How can we enhance student engagement through creative practices?

Keynote speaker

Floriane Fidegnon

Floriane is a first year student at the University of Warwick studying Mechanical Engineering. She achieved A levels in Maths, Physics and Chemistry at the Ursuline Academy Ilford, London. Floriane’s interest in engineering stemmed from her team’s success at the National Science and Engineering competition in 2013 where they won the Shell prize. She joined the British Science Association’s CREST youth panel and was a keynote speaker and essay contributor for their ‘Not just for Scientists’ Campaign. As part of her role she led the ‘Future Forum’ held at the Siemens Crystal’s London. She is passionate about encouraging young people into STEM and is a strong advocate of more women in engineering.  She spoke at the Grand Challenges Conference hosted by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Her involvement has also been recognised by the Black Youth Awards where Floriane was the STEM Award winner, voted NCS Teen Idol 2017, participant in the BBC Digital Innovation Series, and Junior Board member of The Institute of Engineering and Technology. In September 2016 Floriane appeared on BBC Woman’s hour to discuss women in STEM education.

Through public engagement, Floriane won the Redbridge Rotary Club Young Citizen Award for volunteering in her spare time to mentor young children at a summer STEM club. Under her leadership both as Head Girl and Stem Ambassador, her KS3 team have been very successful and won several prizes including the ‘Dulux Smarter Spaces £5,000 Classroom Makeover’ competition and the IET Faraday challenges. She was also recently shortlisted for the WISE ‘One to watch’ Award 2017. 

In the future, she wants to continue to encourage more young people into STEM through mentoring, public speaking, blogging and other means of social media. She plans to have an active role in promoting STEM in her University.

When she is not studying and not engaged in other STEM activities, Floriane enjoys spending time playing the violin in her local symphony orchestra and is currently reading the Game of Thrones series. 

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STEM2018 Programme

The conference programme for 2018 is made up of sessions from three themes:

  • Driving teaching excellence: How can we improve our practice to ensure the best learning experience for our students?
  • Cross-disciplinary practice: What can we learn from successful initiatives undertaken in other disciplines?
  • Creative pedagogies: How can we enhance student engagement through creative practices?

View the draft programme for Day One                    View the draft programme for Day Two

HEA STEM Conference 2017: Achieving Excellence in Teaching and Learning

The HEA STEM conference for 2017 focused on achieving excellence – both in our teaching and in student’s learning. The TEF sets out to ensure that all students receive an excellent higher education; focusing upon teaching quality, the learning environment and student outcomes. The HEA STEM conference provided opportunities for practitioners to understand:

  • how teaching excellence can be evidenced within the STEM disciplines; 
  • how you can identify exemplars of best practice that can be customised to your own circumstances and adopted into your own practice.

Keynote speakers

Professor Sir William Wakeham FREng

Our first keynote speaker, Professor Sir William Wakeham, was invited by the Government to explore the issues around the employment outcomes of STEM graduates, including the needs of employers and how STEM graduates skills and knowledge relate to the labour market. With student outcomes contributing to the TEF, the Wakeham Review will provide delegates with the context to situate their own DELHE statistics and consider the wider challenges of graduate employability.

Professor Sir William Wakeham's presentation.   Twitter storify from the keynote presentation.

Professor Peter Goodhew FREng

Our second keynote speaker, Professor Peter Goodhew, is Emeritus Professor at The University of Liverpool where until 2009 he was Professor of Materials Engineering.  Professor Goodhew was until 2010 the Director of the UK Centre for Materials Education, which supported the teaching of Materials in all UK Universities. He was a Board Member of the Higher Education Academy, one of the Directors of CDIO and is a member of the Education and Skills Committee of the Royal Academy of Engineering. He is a curriculum adviser to the New Model in Technology and Engineering – an engineering university for Hereford.

Professor Peter Goodhew's presentation.   Twitter storify from the keynote presentation.

The STEM Conference plenary session saw Dr Kay Hack of the Higher Education Academy ask 'Is a discipline level TEF a good idea? - and, if so, what would it look like in your discipline? View the presentation.

View the abstracts and presentations from last year's conference.

Sponsor and Exhibitors:

Details of exhibitors will be featured here. If you are interested in exhibiting at the conference please contact sponsorship@heacademy.ac.uk for details of the available packages.

We gratefully acknowledge the support of our exhibitors:

Conference exhibitors