The HEA’s returning STEM Conference 2017, ‘Achieving Excellence in STEM Teaching and Learning’, is an opportunity to collaborate and learn from other higher education professionals within STEM disciplines and share best practice.
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.
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 themes focus on those aspects of pedagogical practice within STEM subjects that support, nurture and improve these factors:
Engaging students as learners: How can we engage students with their disciplines and orient them for success in their studies?
The learning environment: How can we create learning environments that inspire and support students to achieve their best?
Graduate success: How can we ensure the development of the individual, beyond the acquisition of knowledge and skills, for success as graduates once they leave university?
The deadline for submissions has closed and 159 entries have been received. Successful applicants will be notified by email over the coming weeks.
Poster presentations: Posters that share innovative practice in STEM teaching and learning or key findings from pedagogic research in STEM;
How to? sessions: (20 minutes presentation, 10 minutes Q&A): Short, practical bursts of learning about ‘how to’ implement specific teaching and learning approaches in STEM subject areas (for example, how to flip a classroom, how to build a peer assessment process);
Paper presentations: (20 minutes presentation, 10 minutes Q&A): Presentations should aim to give a brief summary of a piece of pedagogical research or a teaching and learning project;
Interactive workshops: (45 minutes or 60 minutes): These longer sessions are included to allow more in-depth, interactive discussions or debate with delegates on the conference themes, or for longer instructional sessions.
Please note, if you have a paper or session accepted to the conference you will be asked to chair another session during the conference, and provide a short blog post (500-600 words) of the key issues covered in that session.
Subscribing institution (Strategic and Access Partners)
Subscribing institution (Accredited Partner)
There are limited spaces available for a conference dinner on 1 February for an additional cost of £50 per delegate.
There are a limited number of bedrooms available at £87 for the night of 1 February at the Pendulum hotel. To take advantage of these rates, please call 0161 955 8181 and quote code GA00672.
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.
Manchester Conference Centre,
78 Sackville St,
Who should attend?
This event is for STEM 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.
The conference provides an ideal opportunity to meet like-minded peers, build networks, and expand your knowledge of sector issues and innovations, thus strengthening your own professional practice and reputation.