Up and coming Conferences

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The Higher Education Academy in the UK run an extensive workshop and seminar series. Some will be listed on this page but you can view the full listings by clicking on the following link  http://www.heacademy.ac.uk/seminar-series

Graduate Employability Forum (UK)

28th Jan 2019 - Central London, UK

Westminster Insight’s Graduate Employability Forum aims to help educators understand how to better prepare graduates for the world of work. The employment prospects of graduates and the level of employment they gain has been subject to increased scrutiny in recent years, due to increasing tuition fees, the continued existence of skills gaps and wider labour market patterns.

Expert speakers include:
•Bahram Bekhradnia, President, Higher Education Policy Institute (HEPI)
•Roberta Blackman Woods MP, Chair, All Party Parliamentary Universities Group
•Liz Bromley, Acting CEO, University Alliance
•John Cope, Head of Education and Skills, Confederation of British Industry
•Stephen Isherwood , Chief Executive, Institute of Student Employers
•Neha Agarwal, Head of Research & Insight, Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA)
•Dr Bob Gilworth , President, Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services (AGCAS) and Director, Careers Group - University of London
•Andy Gardner, Careers Adviser and Operations Manager, Central Careers Hub
•Dr Kate Daubney, Head of Careers and Employability, King's College London/The Careers Group
•John Watkins, Director of Employability, University of Law
•James Corbin, Head of the Careers and Employability Service, University of Kent
Senior Conference Producer

For more information call: 0845 647 9000  or email: john.smith@westminsterinsight.com

Priorities for international student recruitment: next steps for the visa system, pricing strategies and the international student experience (UK)

7th Feb 2019 - Central London, UK

This Westminster Higher Education Forum Keynote Seminar will focus on the priorities for international student recruitment: next steps for the visa system, pricing strategies and the international student experience.

Key developments to be discussed include:
•The MAC report on the impact of international students in the UK, which recommended that international students should not be removed from migration targets, leading to concerns from some within the sector;
•Government’s Immigration White Paper, which is planned to be published before the seminar and is expected to set out the next steps for the student visa system; and
•Announcement of next phase of EU Settlement Scheme, following its trial launch in the North West of England, which will grant the opportunity for students from the EU to stay in the UK post-Brexit.

 
For more information, go to: http://www.westminsterforumprojects.co.uk/forums/agenda/international-student-recruitment-19-agenda.pdf



Forget the learning outcomes-what are students really learning on placement? (Ireland)

8th Feb 2019 - University of Limerick, Limerick, Ireland

The learning outcomes of this event are:

  • To explore the student/educator relationship
  • To consider the role of the practice educator in observation based assessment of student placements
  • To reflect if we impose our own belief systems on students during placement
  • To consider the implications of these observations for both their personal and course level practice


For more information, go to: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/practice-education-symposium-2019-school-of-allied-health-ul-registration-52611166415
or contact Marie O’Donnell at marie.odonnell@ul.ie

Understanding student anxiety and building resilience in the learning environment (Ireland)

21st Feb 2019 - Carlow, Carlow Institute of Technology, Ireland

The learning outcomes for this session entitled Understanding student anxiety and building resilience in the learning environment are:

  • Demonstrate awareness of how anxiety and stress contribute to challenging learning experiences
  • Identify strategies used to support students in transition to higher education, to manage their emotions and/or enhance their learning
  • Create environments more conducive to learning and help students perform to their potential
  • Demonstrate an insight into the interaction between emotions, the brain and learning.

For more information, go to: https://www.teachingandlearning.ie/event/it-carlow-understanding-student-anxiety-and-building-risilience-in-the-learning-environment/

Or contact Gina Noonan at gina.noonan@itcarlow.ie



Academics in the digital university: current trends and future challenges (Northern Ireland)

22nd-22nd Jan 2019 - Queen´s University Belfast, NI

Digitisation has profoundly affected the professional work of academics over the last two decades. These changes have engendered different kinds of practices of knowledge production, distribution, and, more broadly, academic identity formation. They are also becoming key indicators against which academic professional success is being measured. This Digital University Network event brings together a set of speakers and audience participants to critically explore some of the challenges faced by new and established researchers in understanding what the ‘digital university’ portends for the future of the academic workforce and for scholarly work.

In this one-day event the papers presented draw from uniquely different research contexts to offer new and critical perspectives on this current topic, with plenty of opportunities for participants to join in the discussions.

For more information, please contact the network conveners Dr Ibrar Bhatt (i.bhatt@qub.ac.uk) or Dr Jeremy Knox (jeremy.knox@ed.ac.uk), or Katie Tindle (katie.tindle@srhe.ac.uk).


Next steps for student housing: investment opportunities, regulation, impact of new providers, and the integration of students within local communities (UK)

26th Feb 2019 - Central London, UK

This Westminster Higher Education Forum Keynote Seminar will look at the next steps for student housing: investment opportunities, regulation, impact of new providers, and the integration of students within local communities.


Overall, areas for discussion include:

·         The investment climate: opportunities and market competition within the student housing sector;

·         Priorities for developing new student accommodation: the mix of student housing provision going forward, the effect of the New Homes Bonus and affordability;

·         Ensuring safe, quality housing for students: maintenance, the impact of PBSA and stakeholder responsibility; and

·         The place of student accommodation within communities: local authority and university collaboration, ensuring a balance between the needs of students and permanent residents and fostering beneficial integration.

For more information, go to:  http://www.westminsterforumprojects.co.uk/book/student-housing-19

Reviewing Teaching Excellence Framework Forum (UK)

27th Feb 2019 - Central London, UK

Following recent government plans to extend TEF to subject-level, individual subjects are a step closer to being awarded with a gold, silver or a bronze rating.  This event will provide deleagtes with expertise on how to use metrics, data and best practice, ultimately ensuring positive TEF ratings. Exploring the architecture of TEF, senior level decision makers will discuss what LEO data does and doesn't disclose, in addition to reviewing whether assessment at subject-level will put certain degrees at risk.

For more information, please go to: https://westminsterinsight.com/event/3261/TEXL7B0108-2981193

Evaluating the impact of their widening participation initiatives (UK)

28th Feb 2019 -

The OU’s Widening Access and Success Research and Evaluation team are hosting a joint, one-day workshop with Queens University Belfast and supported by the Forum for Access and Continuing Education (FACE) on Thursday 28th February 2019. The event will explore the challenges facing HE providers in relation to evaluating the impact of their widening participation initiatives.

This workshop will be of interest to:
•Academics and practitioners working in widening participation (WP);
•Research and evaluation officers;
•Policy-makers and those responsible for developing Access and Participation Plans.

For more information, go to: http://www.open.ac.uk/about/wideningparticipation/events/evaluating-wp-initiatives-overcoming-challenges


Next steps for widening participation in higher education (UK)

12th Mar 2019 - Central London, UK

This Westminster Higher Education Forum Keynote Seminar will look at the next steps for widening participation in higher education - developing collaboration between schools and universities, supporting disadvantaged groups and key priorities following the OfS review.

 
Areas for discussion include:
•The key findings from the OfS review of its approach to widening participation, and the implications of those findings;
•Barriers to higher education faced by target groups, and how to tailor outreach strategies accordingly;
•Strategies for promoting collaboration between schools, colleges and universities through partnerships such as those coordinated by the NCOP;
•The role of the admissions process in promoting equal opportunities; and
•Alternative approaches to consider for widening participation.

For more information, go to: http://www.westminsterforumprojects.co.uk/agenda/widening-participation-policy-practice-2019-agenda.pdf

Creative Methods in Higher Education Research 2 (UK)

18th Mar 2019 - SRHE, 73 Collier St, London N1 9BE


This workshop follows the introductory session (4 February 2019) which considered different kinds of creative methods and their application in higher education research. It focuses on key methodological questions about the role of artists in this kind of research and what kinds of inquiry can develop from interdisciplinary collaborations. Using examples from a current AHRC-OWRI funded project, ‘Multilingual Streets: Translating and Curating the Linguistic Landscapes’ (e.g. Bradley et al., 2018), this workshop will enable participants to consider how arts-informed and arts-based methods can be used to explore understandings of communication and social interaction in everyday spaces. The practical workshops are three-part and based on the methodologies developed for the Multilingual Streets project. They include ethnographic observation, collage and zines.

For more information, please visit https://www.srhe.ac.uk/events/

Effectively supporting study transitions – Student success through outduction (Ireland)

22nd Mar 2019 - St. Angela's College, Sligo, Galway, Ireland

The learning outcomes for this session are to:

  • Consider the benefits of outduction, a concept and strategy of adequately preparing students to leave higher education and make a smooth and effective transition after graduation
  • Recognise the benefits of supporting and enhancing the student experience throughout the student lifecycle for student success and to aid retention

For more information, go to: https://www.teachingandlearning.ie/event/st-angelas-college-effectively-supporting-study-transitions-students-success-through-outduction/

Next steps for Post-18 education - tuition fees, value for money, broadening student choice and meeting the skills gap (UK)

26th Mar 2019 - Central London, UK

This conference will examine the next steps for Post-18 education and funding in the UK.

It will be an opportunity to discuss the interim findings of the Review of Post-18 Education and Funding, which is looking at the scope of possible changes needed to ensure the higher education system is offering value for money and accessible to all.

Delegates will also consider how students can be better informed of the range of Post-18 education options encompassing academic, vocational and technical routes and how to ensure Post-18 education is tailored to the skills needs of the UK economy, both key areas of focus for the Review.

There will be a keynote address from the Review’s chair Philip Augar.

For more information, please visit  http://www.westminsterforumprojects.co.uk/agenda/higher-degree-apprenticeships-england-2019-agenda.pdf
http://www.westminsterforumprojects.co.uk/book/post-18-education-funding

Technology in higher education: the future of learning environments, the use of Artificial Intelligence and the impact of online courses (UK)

28th Mar 2019 - Central London, UK

This Westminster Higher Education Forum Keynote Seminar will look at technology in higher education: the future of learning environments, the use of Artificial Intelligence and the impact of online courses.

This conference focuses on the use of technology in the higher education sector, assessing its effectiveness and discussing ways forward for maximising its potential in both learning and teaching.

For more information, go to: http://www.westminsterforumprojects.co.uk/agenda/technology-in-higher-education-19-agenda.pdf

Technology in higher education - maximising effectiveness, tackling barriers and collaboration with industry (UK)

28th Mar 2019 - Central London, UK

This conference focuses on the use of technology in the higher education sector, assessing its effectiveness and discussing ways forward for maximising its potential in both learning and teaching.

For more information, please visit: www.westminsterhighereducationforum.co.uk

8th Annual PedRIO Conference (UK)

12th Apr 2019 - University of Plymouth, Plymouth, UK

Bringing together leading academics from across the UK and beyond, the conference aims to inspire, share best practice, and contribute to core debates relevant to teaching and learning provision in the university sector.  The conference will be themed around the following areas:

•    Enhancing student experience and wellbeing
•    Public engagement and impact in Pedagogic Research
•    Enhancing the impact of assessment and feedback
•    Gaming, simulation and experiential learning
•    Sustainability education

For more information, please visit https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/whats-on/8th-annual-pedrio-conference

Next steps for BAME equality in the workplace (UK)

25th Apr 2019 - Central London, UK

Next steps for BAME equality in the workplace covers tackling discrimination and bias, reducing the pay gap and improving recruitment and progression.
This conference will consider the next steps for government, employers and other stakeholders in improving opportunity and equality at work for people from black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds (BAME).

For more information, please visit: http://www.westminsterforumprojects.co.uk/forums/index.php?fid=westminster_employment_forum

Mental health in higher education: Personal wellbeing for professional development (Ireland)

25th Apr 2019 - Dublin, Ireland

The learning outcomes for this seminar entitled Mental health in higher education: Personal wellbeing for professional development are attendees should be able to:

  • Describe the issues relating to mental health in HE
  • Identify the importance of personal wellbeing in HE
  • Discuss the representation of personal wellbeing in Domain 1 of the National Forum’s Professional Framework
  • Develop procedures that safeguard staff mental health in HE

For more information, go to: https://www.teachingandlearning.ie/event/dublin-business-school-mental-health-in-higher-education-personal-wellbeing-for-professional-development/ or contact Dr Jonathan Murphy at jonathan.murphy@dbs.ie

Next steps for degree apprenticeships in England - funding, quality assurance and widening participation (UK)

30th Apr 2019 - Central London, UK

This conference will examine the next steps for degree apprenticeships in England, focusing on funding, quality assurance and widening participation.

Delegates will discuss the future funding challenges for degree apprenticeships - including the impact of the apprenticeship levy on their expansion and the future of the OfS’s Degree Apprenticeship Development Fund, which is now in its second wave and due for review by the OfS later this year.

It follows the IfA’s announcement of a six-fold increase in new apprenticeships in 2017/18 compared to the previous academic year, of which 66% were levy-supported starts.

They will also consider the likely impact on the affordability of degree apprenticeships of the Government’s review of post-18 education, with the interim report expected to be published prior to the seminar.

For more information, please visit  http://www.westminsterforumprojects.co.uk/agenda/higher-degree-apprenticeships-england-2019-agenda.pdf

European First Year Experience (EFYE) 2019 (Ireland)

17th-19th Jun 2019 - Cork, CIT, Ireland

This will be the first time the EFYE conference comes to Ireland. The theme of EFYE2019 will be:

A Good Start is Half the Work …

  • First Year: Creating a great foundation for progression and success
  • From purposeful teaching to independent learning
  • From policy to action: the powerful drivers/arguments for enhancing the first year experience

For more information, go to : http://studentengagement.cit.ie/events/european-first-year-experience-conference-efye-2019/