PedRIO "What is Teaching Excellence?" Conference
  • Rolle Building, Plymouth University

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This "What is Teaching Excellence" Conference will explore opportunities and initiatives around enhancement bearing in mind recent changes to legislation. 

We aim to have two plenary discussion sessions. The first from Paul Ashwin, Head of the Educational Research Department at Lancaster University, who will frame discussion through his opening keynote. The second from Nick Hillman, Higher Education Policy Institute (HEPI).

Aimed at bringing together leading academics from across the UK and beyond, the conference will present high quality papers, workshops and posters, and will be themed around the following areas:

  • putting student research at the heart of the curriculum
  • enabling student learning
  • less teaching, more facilitation and mentoring?
  • teaching that transforms the student experience.

Please note that the Call for Papers has now closed. 

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Keynote speaker: Professor Paul Ashwin, Head of Department, Educational Research, Lancaster University

Paul is Professor of Higher Education at Lancaster University. Paul’s research focuses on teaching–learning and knowledge–curriculum practices in higher education and their relations to HE policies. 

Paul’s books include Analysing Teaching-Learning Interactions in Higher Education (2009, Continuum) and Reflective Teaching in Higher Education (2015, Bloomsbury). Paul is a researcher in the ESRC and HEFCE funded Centre for Global Higher Education, a coordinating editor for the international journal Higher Education and co-editor of the Bloomsbury book series Understanding Student Experiences of Higher Education.

Keynote speaker: Nick Hillman, Director, Higher Education Policy Institute (HEPI)

Nick Hillman has been the Director of HEPI since January 2014. He worked for the Rt Hon David Willetts MP, now Lord Willetts, the Minister for Universities and Science, from 2007 until the end of 2013, as Chief of Staff and then Special Adviser in the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills. 

Previously, he was a History teacher and worked at the Association of British Insurers. At the 2010 general election, he was the runner-up in Cambridge. 

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