Teaching in the spotlight:Learning from global communities

Teaching in the spotlight:<strong>Learning from global communities</strong>

Dates: 3-5 July 2018
Venue: Birmingham, UK
Who: All higher education professionals

Early bird offer
15% off if you book your place by 22 December 2017

What we can learn from higher education practices across the world?


#HEAConf18 follows on from the hugely successful 2017 conference which hosted over 400 sessions and welcomed 800 delegates.

The HEA’s 2018 Annual Conference will position the spotlight firmly on teaching in a global context, in particular how we can learn from global communities to ensure the best student experience for all and the ongoing development and professionalisation of the HE teaching community.

With the HEA's ever growing global community of subscribing institutions, a portfolio of thematic and subject-based communities with global membership and a global network of experts and teaching focused activities, this conference seeks to promote the learning between global individuals with a passion for transforming teaching and inspiring learning.

Call for papers is now open

The Annual Conference is led by the teaching and learning community and is made possible by those who submit their ideas, research and innovations, and volunteer to present their work and experiences to you. The call for proposals for this year's conference is now open. Please click on the links below to access full details of the call, guidance on how to complete submissions and the online submission form. The deadline for submissions is Monday 18 December 2017. 

Full details and guidance for submissions   Online submission form

The conference is split into five strands over the three days:

3 July 4 July 5 July

Arts and Humanities
Health and Social Care

Sector priorities

Social Sciences

Sessions can take the form of:

  • Interactive breakout sessions (60 minutes);
  • Oral presentations (15 minute presentation, 5 minute Q&A);
  • Ignite sessions: (5 minutes);
  • Workshop (60 minutes);
  • Poster presentation.



The Annual Conference 2018 Debate

Following a successful inaugural year for the Annual Debate, the 2018 conference will welcome back the evening event. Held on 4 July 2018, the debate will host 4 panellists who will debate a topic which will be crowdsourced over the coming months. As well as the debate, the evening includes a three course meal and is an excellent networking opportunity for delegates.

Annual Debate 2017

“This house believes that the assessment of teaching excellence is a futile exercise as it is inherently immeasurable.”

The Annual Debate 2017 was held on the evening of the second day of the conference (5 July 2017), following a three course meal at the Mercure Hotel in Manchester. The debate used an adapted parliamentary-style format over 90 minutes and was preceded by a drinks reception and a three course dinner. 

During the debate, Johnny Rich encouraged a lively exchange. Andy Westwood and Smita Jamdar spoke in favour of the proposed motion, while the opposing team – Eric Stoller and Mark Jones – argued against it.

Although a hard fought battle both in the room and on twitter, which even questioned the TEF grading of Hogwarts, the winners were decide by those in the room to be Andy Westwood and Smita Jamdar in the for camp.


2017 Conference highlights

The conference gave delegates the chance to share their experiences of teaching and learning – ideas, research, good practice and top tips.  

With the release of TEF 2 results only a few weeks before the conference the event provided a fantastic opportunity for discussion about TEF in the context of different disciplines to take place.

Highlights from the event included:

Day 1: 4 July

Dr Helen Bevan, OBE from the NHS and Dr Alison James, University of Winchester looked at organisational change and the importance of curriculum development from Health and Social Care and Arts and Humanities perspectives. 

Day 2: 5 July

The tone was set for the middle day of the conference by Eric Stoller’s keynote ‘Getting Digital’. His enthusiasm for social media use in higher education led many to take to twitter for the first time in following days. 

Day 3: 6 July

The final day saw Giskin Day of Imperial College London and Professor Alasdair Blair from De Montfort University focus on ‘Playing for education’ in STEM and TEF in the Social Sciences.