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Teaching and Learning Conference 2020

This page contains historical information about the 2020 session of the University's annual Teaching and Learning Conference. Its content may be of interest to staff and students across all of the UK, China and Malaysia campuses.

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What you need to know

2020's Conference was entitled 'Teaching in 21st Century Higher Education: putting pedagogy at the heart of what we do' and was originally planned to span across two days in April 2020.

However, due to the exceptional national and University restrictions in place at the time, the original Conference was postponed and then reorganised as an online-only event that occurred on Wednesday 9 September 2020.

Summary of themes

Please note that some of these details may have been amended due to the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.

Universal design

  • inclusive classrooms;
  • inclusive assessment; and
  • inclusive practice.

Student partnerships and innovative pedagogy

  • Students as partners;
  • Co-design of the curriculum;
  • Co-design of assessment practices;
  • Student-led practice; and
  • Student voice.

Effective pedagogy

  • What is effective pedagogy?
  • How do metrics (SET/SEM/NSS, etc.) influence pedagogy practice?
  • Creative and innovative practice and metrics;
  • Measuring effective pedagogy - observing practice;
  • Preparing for the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF);
  • Pedagogy effectiveness across the disciplines - learning from each other;
  • Effective pedagogy for large and small groups and how to scale out/up; and
  • Pedagogic risk taking.


  • The intercampus experience;
  • Bridging the experience gap;
  • Supporting student transitions throughout their Higher Education journey; and
  • Transition as 'process' and not 'event'

Summary of contribution formats

In 2020, the recommended contribution formats were as follows:

  • Individual or co-authored papers that were allocated 20 minute slots for physical or virtual discussion (including time for questions);
  • Posters; and
  • Interactive workshops designed to offer hands-on reflective, experiential or discursive activities in relation to a theme.

Abstract submission guidance

All contribution proposals were required to provide a clear indication of the:

  • Names of authors/contributors;
  • Title of contribution; and
  • The conference theme which best reflected their topic.

All submissions also had to include a 300 word abstract to enable the Conference organisers to review its:

  • Relevance to conference themes;
  • Contribution to academic debate;
  • Link to teaching and learning;
  • Potential to further the development of innovative practice;
  • Potential to facilitate engagement of conference delegates;
  • Use of theoretical or conceptual frameworks that would interest or be of use to conference delegates; and
  • Demonstration of scholarship within a field that conference delegates would benefit from.

Documentation from the event

A publication of the 2020 Conference's activities is available for viewing online. For more information, please consult the following:


ProQuest (for external visitors)


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If you are a member of University staff and have any problems or queries relating to this page, please email the Conference's lead organiser Email
This page was last updated on 06 September 2022 at 09:59 (GMT)