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17 November 2015

Teaching and Learning Conference, Thursday 7th and 8th January 2016

University of Essex is holding its annual Teaching and Learning Conference on 7th and 8th January 2016

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Our two-day teaching and learning event is always a great opportunity for all members of Essex’s community who deliver and support our education  to get together and share good practice, listen to insights from invited external speakers and find inspiration for their continued work.

This year’s conference takes for its theme ‘Embedding Equality and Diversity in Essex Education‘.

This year we are delighted to have Professor Penny Jane Burke as our keynote speaker. Penny is Professor of Education at the University of Roehampton, London; Global Innovation Chair of Equity & Co-Director of the Centre of Excellence for Equity in Higher Education at the University of Newcastle, NSW, Australia; and Director of the Paulo Freire Institute-UK (PFI-UK) . She will take ‘Teaching inclusively’ as the topic for her keynote lecture. She will then lead a seminar on ‘Creating inclusive curricula’. Day 1 will continue with a session focusing on enhancing the student experience and close with a roundtable discussion focusing on the opportunities and challenges that face us as we seek to embed values and practices aligned with equality and diversity into our teaching and learning support.

Day 2 will feature sessions on teaching first year students and reviewing our first-year curricula in the morning, and the afternoon will form an induction for this year’s cohort of participants for our Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education Practice (PG CHEP).

If you would like to attend any part of the conference, please visit HR Organiser to book. If you have any questions or would like to get involved in this event, then please contact Learning and Development.

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13 November 2015

UCS Annual Learning and Teaching Day: programme and registration details

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University College Suffolk colleagues are holding their annual Learning and Teaching Day in Ipswich on Wednesday 16 December.

If you’re interested in developments in HE, we’d recommend trying to go along. Essex staff are always made very welcome!

Keynote speakers are Sir Anthony Seldon and Professor Christine Hockings.

Learning, Teaching and Assessment

360° Learning

UCS’ Annual Learning and Teaching Day 2015 

360° Learning will be held on 16 December 2015 from 12.00pm – 5.00pm

All staff and students at UCS Ipswich and across the Learning Network Centres are warmly invited to attend what we can promise will be a lively and thought-provoking event on learning and teaching.

360° Learning marks the full-scale launch of UCS’ new Learning, Teaching and Assessment Strategy. The event will consist in two keynote presentations by internationally recognised speakers: Sir Anthony Seldon and Professor Christine Hockings. Sir Anthony is Vice-Chancellor of Buckingham University and will be speaking on The 4th Revolution in Education: Digitalisation. Chris Hockings is at Wolverhampton University and will present key findings from the national NUS-HEA funded project on Independent Learning in HE.

You will also be able to join highly interactive workshops, run collaboratively by students and staff in which we’ll share and discuss experiences, ideas and aspirations around:

  • Inclusive Learning and Teaching
  • Assessment and Feedback for Learning
  • Towards Graduate Employability
  • Scholarly and Research-Oriented Teaching

There will also be demonstration and poster displays as well as lots of opportunities for discussion and exchange of ideas with colleagues both across and beyond UCS. We have invited all UCS’ Visiting Professor and Senior Fellows to join this event. Also, Heads of Schools, FE Colleges and Sixth Form Colleges from across the region have been invited to attend parts of the 360° Learning event.

Reserve your place at 360° Learning by completing the online registration form. More details of the event will follow shortly. But please, don’t forget to put this date in your calendar now!

360° Learning – UCS Annual Learning and Teaching Day
16 December 2015, 12.00pm – 5.00pm

Proposed Programme:





Registration and Lunch

Posters and Demonstrations



360° Learning: Welcome and Introduction

Professor Penny Cavenagh and/or Richard Lister



Programme Overview

Dr Christine Smith



Introduction to Sir Anthony Seldon

Professor Penny Cavenagh



The 4th Revolution in Education: Digitalisation

Sir Anthony Seldon, Vice-Chancellor University of Buckingham



Workshops Sessions:

 Inclusive Learning and Teaching

 Assessment and Feedback for Learning

 Towards Graduate Employability

 Scholarly and Research-Oriented Teaching

Facilitated by Heads of Department, Learning and Teaching ‘Champions’ and Student Reps

WAD1, W210, W212, W217


Interval: Refreshments

WAD1 Foyer


Introduction to Professor Christine Hockings

Dr Christine Smith



The Independent Learning Project (NUS/HEA)

Professor Christine Hockings, University of Wolverhampton



Workshops sessions:

 Inclusive Learning and Teaching

 Assessment and Feedback for Learning

 Towards Graduate Employability

 Scholarly and Research-Oriented Teaching

Facilitated by Heads of Department, Learning and Teaching ‘Champions’ and Student Reps

WAD1, W210, W212, W217


Feedback from Workshops

Heads of Department/Learning and Teaching ‘Champions’/Student Reps



Where next with 360° Learning?

Dr Christine Smith




Mulled wine and mince pies

WAD1 Foyer

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