HEA Annual Conference 2017 Generation TEF: Teaching in the spotlight

HEA Annual Conference 2017 Generation TEF: Teaching in the spotlight

HEA Annual Conference 2018: Teaching in the spotlight: Learning from global communities

The HEA Annual Conference returned in 2017, focusing on improving the quality of teaching and learning in the age of the Teaching Excellence Framework. Structured over three days, the conference provided a platform for higher education professionals to share their experiences, ideas, research and good practice in a community of their peers and learn from internationally respected speakers.

The conference format allowed for cross-fertilisation of pedagogies, with a day dedicated to addressing sector priorities, such as retention, assessment, and employability, sandwiched between two days of discipline-led activities.

Hea conferences are an ideal opportunity to:

  • meet like-minded peers, 
  • build networks, 
  • expand your knowledge of sector issues and innovations, 
  • strengthen your own professional practice and reputation. 
Renold Building, Manchester
Event Schedule
Tuesday, 4 July, 2017 - 09:00
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3 days
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Generation TEF: Teaching in the spotlight

The quality of teaching in UK higher education took centre stage over the last year, in response to Jo Johnson’s July 2015 speech introducing a Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) in England (with the other UK nations keeping a close watching brief). As the dramatic plotline intensified, the potential implications of TEF for tuition fees, future sector funding models and the further marketisation of HE were hotly debated by an audience of sector commentators on the edge of their seats, while some of TEF’s strongest critics posted reviews bemoaning the concept of the TEF in its entirety.

While acknowledging the wider implications of TEF on UK HE (including political, financial and reputational), the HEA’s 2017 Annual Conference will position the spotlight firmly on teaching itself, in particular the learners whose experience of HE is and will take place in a post-TEF landscape. At the same time as looking to the future in order to understand and prepare for the changed expectations and rhetoric of ‘Generation TEF’, we are also keen to reflect on and learn from the backstory of professionalising HE teaching.

The ethos towards students and teaching has changed dramatically in the last two decades in UK HE and the TEF can, and should, be used to further develop a culture where excellent learning environments and teaching standards are consistently and conscientiously pursued, developed and expected. The question of how this can be achieved is full of tensions and unpredictable sub-plots. What will happen in the next act certainly promises to be both fascinating and preoccupying for colleagues across the sector, regardless of their role. We invite you to join us in July 2017 to interrogate the meaning of ‘Generation TEF’ for your own practice, institution or research, as aligned to the ten sub-themes below:

  • Transforming assessment;
  • Student access, retention, attainment and progression;
  • Embedding employability;
  • Internationalising higher education;
  • Student engagement through partnership;
  • Flexible learning;
  • Curriculum design;
  • Student choice landscape;
  • Leadership of learning and teaching in the disciplines;
  • New pedagogic research in the disciplines.

Conference programme

The Annual Conference is led by the learning and teaching community and is made possible by those who submit their ideas, research and innovations and volunteer to present their work and experiences to you. After receiving an extremely large volume of high quality submissions we are pleased to announce our full programme for the 2017 Annual Conference.

Presenter information


Full programme

Each strand will run on a particular day, as indicated in the table below. Posters will be available to view across the three days.

4 July

5 July 6 July

Arts & Humanities


Health & Social Care

Strategy and Sector Priorities



Social Sciences

Poster presentations

Session types are:

  • Interactive breakout sessions (30 minutes or 60 minutes);
  • Oral presentations (20 minute presentation, 10 minute Q&A);
  • Ignite sessions: (5 minutes);
  • Workshop (60 minutes);
  • Panel session (60 minutes);
  • Poster presentation.



This event is for higher education professionals, whatever their role, with an interest in raising the quality of their own teaching practice, expanding their knowledge and building their reputation.

Venue Address
Renold Building,
M1 7JR,
United Kingdom

Conference fees

  Subscribing institution (Strategic and Access Partners)  Subscribing institution (Accredited Partner) Non-subscriber
1 day  £250 £350 £450
2 days £450 £600 £750
3 days £600 £780 £1,014

Delegate places include refreshments and lunch.


Cancellation Policy

More than six months in advance of the conference we will refund 90% of the fee paid, between 6-4 months before the conference 75%, between 2-4 months 50% and if a cancellation is made less than 2 months before the conference then we reserve the right to give no refund. The percentage of the fees retained by the HEA will be used to cover administration costs including HEA administration, venue, catering and accommodation costs incurred for that delegate. If these costs could be recovered then at our discretion we could reimburse participants. We may also take a decision to refund fees in exceptional circumstances again at our discretion. 

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