Forthcoming event – The Future of Higher Education: Beyond Brexit

Future of Higher Education: Beyond Brexit 
24th January 2017, 8.30am – 4.30pm
Manchester Conference Centre

In June 2016 the British public voted for the seismic decision to leave the European Union. UK Universities currently benefit from EU research funding by about £1.2 billion a year alongside access to international networks of researchers via the freedom of movement rules. With European Research Council research grants allocated on the basis of excellence, UK research has secured over 20% of all distributed funds between 2007-13. Currently 125,000 EU students, five percent of the total number, study in the UK and it has been estimated that they have contributed £2.7bn to the British economy.

So what will new funding structures and research grant applications look after Britain leaves the EU and how can those leading research projects effectively plan for changes ahead?

How can institutions continue to attract the best talent to study, research and work in the UK?

As events continue to develop what are the ramifications and the opportunities for the higher education sector?

Is there now the chance to re-envision the UK university sector in a global as well as European landscape?

This timely conference will explore likely outcomes so that institutions are best placed to prepare, plan and proactively respond to the challenges and opportunities beyond Brexit.

For more information, details of invited speakers and bookings:

Call for submissions: Student Engagement in Higher Education Journal (SEHEJ)

On behalf of RAISE and the editorial team, we are pleased to announce the publication of the first edition of the RAISE Journal: the Student Engagement in Higher Education Journal which is available at:


And you can find all about how to submit articles at or the journal website (previous link)

The call for submissions to the 2nd and subsequent editions is now open.

In the spirit of RAISE, we particularly welcome submissions from new authors, particularly students and we accept a wide range of types of submission. Note the Developmental Route to less experienced authors that we offer.

We also welcome applications for other roles with the journal:

  • Reviewers – induction and training will be offered
  • Associate Editors- who will work with one of the Senior Editors to support the work of the journal.
  • Mentors- those with experience of academic publishing and with expertise of the field of student engagement, who will assist inexperienced authors to develop the full potential of their ideas for publication.

Those interested in one or more of these roles should indicate that by emailing the editors at:

We hope you enjoy the contents and we welcome your involvement.

SEHEJ Editorial Team
(Colin Bryson is a Senior Editor)



Call for Papers: Social Media for Learning in Higher Education Conference 2016

Social Media for Learning in Higher Education Conference 2016
Friday 16th December 2016 at Sheffield Hallam University, UK

#SocMedHE16: “The Empowered Learner?” will build upon #SocMedHE15’s “Finding our Social Identity” theme where we established our common interest in developing our understanding of social media for learning in HE.

This year we ask questions: are we empowering students by adopting and adapting social, open, mobile and networked learning and media? How critically are we shaping the opportunity that is emerging? How sure are we that the social, open and networked space, with all of the autonomy it suggests, is good for our students?

The conference will reflect a variety of positions including the student view of empowerment, the academic and teaching view, and the perspectives of support staff and strategic managers. We are particularly keen to receive proposals from students, and have an incentive to encourage this.

Please refer to the conference site for further information about the theme and for a selection of indicative topics. At the site, you will also find presentations and clips from the hugely successful #SocMedHE15.

Proposals should be based on evidence and experience of academic, or strategic practice; in any of the following formats:

  • Short papers
  • Workshops
  • Thunderstorm presentations
  • Posters

Please refer to the conference site for further information about the conference formats.

Accepted submissions will be eligible for writing up and inclusion in the #SocMedHE16 conference proceedings. Accepted presenters will be encouraged to develop an artefact with creative commons licensing to accompany their submission, these will be made openly available during and beyond the event.

Submission deadline: Midday Monday 16th May 2016

To submit, complete the form on the conference site, you will need a title, 50 word abstract and 500 word summary and email it to

Ticket information

  • #SocMedHE16 is an externally facing conference, on Friday 16th December 2016 9am-4pm at Sheffield Hallam University
  • Booking will open at the start of July 2016
  • SHU staff benefit from a flat rate of £150, (external delegates pay £180 with an early bird rate of £150)
  • SHU students benefit from a flat rate of £80 (external student delegates pay £100 with an early bird rate of £80)
  • 8 free of charge places will be available for students presenting Student View thunderstorms. Note: this is not ring-fenced to SHU students More information
  • A further 8 free of charge places will be available for SHU students to attend as delegates in their own right. The application process for these will be released in September 2016.
  • There will be a pre-conference social event at Tamper on the evening of 15th December charged at £40 per ticket.

Follow us on Twitter @SocMedHE for regular updates
Use #SocMedHE16 to discuss the event.
Email to submit
Visit the conference site:

Building New Research Relationships: Doing Participatory and Collaborative Research

A workshop and WRDTC training event
Thursday, 30th June 2016, 9:45 am – 4:00 pm
Sheffield Methods Institute,
University of Sheffield

Ruth Beresford (Department of Sociological Studies)
Dr. Lorna Warren (Department of Sociological Studies)

Keynote Speaker:
Professor Diana Rose, King’s College London

We would like to welcome you to a one-day workshop on co-production and doing participatory and collaborative research. We will start from the premise outlined by activist and academic Mike Oliver that if research is to have emancipatory capacity then the “social relations of research production” must change. The event is designed to contribute to White Rose training for PhD students, especially in Social Policy and Sociology, but we welcome attendance from a broader audience of researchers, research participants and users of research. Over the course of the day we will share our diverse knowledge and expertise on ethics, method and good practice.

The event is free to attend; we have 40 available places. Please register here:

 Call for Presentations and Posters

We’d like to see and hear about your experiences of involvement in collaborative research and any reflections you have about ethics, method, theory or practice! You can submit a poster or we have a small amount of time designated for presentations. These should be no longer then 15 minutes and can be delivered through a variety of formats. To submit a poster or present, please contact Ruth Beresford with a short abstract by the 31st of May.

Call for Contributions – Researching, Advancing and Inspiring Student Engagement (RAISE) Conference 2016


Dear Colleagues

We invite you to submit contributions to the Researching, Advancing & Inspiring Student Engagement (RAISE) Conference for 2016. We particularly welcome submissions from students (students pay very low delegate fees and student presenters are eligible to apply for a bursary for support the costs).

RAISE 2016 – ‘Excellence’ in Student engagement
Dates: 8 – 9 September 2016
Location: Loughborough University


The conference aims to offer a forum and platform showcasing practice and research about, student engagement (SE). Staff in all roles, all students, and others interested in university and college higher education are welcome to contribute. We can accept a range of modes of submission (including remote participation and contribution – subject to practicality)

With the imposition of a Teaching Excellence Framework imminent in the UK we note with some dismay that SE is almost absent in the proposed criteria for excellence. This is despite widespread recognition in the sector of the critical importance of SE in student learning, good teaching and assessment design and practice, and the wider student experience and outcomes. Therefore our main theme in 2016 focuses on ways of evaluating SE, and evidencing the impact. The focus, scope and methods of evidencing initiatives to enhance SE form the sub-themes, but NB we always have a general stream, to ensure we can include exciting new ideas, practices or policies on SE which lie outside the main themes.

Full details on themes and how to submit:

To contact us:

Important dates  
30 March 2016 Deadline for contributions submission
(extended from 25 March)
12 May 2016 Announcement of acceptance to contributors
23 May 2016 Conference registration opens with ‘early bird’ rates
1 July 2016 Deadline for ‘early bird’ rates
29 July 2016 Conference registration last day
8-9 September 2016 Conference

Call for papers: National Conference on Learning and Teaching in Cybersecurity

The Department of Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and the Higher Education Academy (HEA) have opened the call for papers for the National Conference on Learning and Teaching in Cybersecurity.

The conference will focus on learning and teaching in cyber security and digital forensics which includes, but is not limited to:

  • future-oriented cyber security teaching, learning and assessment;
  • high-impact practices in cyber security learning;
  • learning analytics;
  • teaching models, frameworks and platforms;
  • virtual learning environments;
  • educational leadership;
  • indigenous, ethnic and cultural perspectives on cyber security teaching;
  • curriculum development;
  • engagement with and demand from industry.

Demonstration topics include, but are not limited to:

  • penetration testing/ ethical hacking;
  • cyber security solution software;
  • digital forensics.

More information, including a submission form can be found here.

The call for papers closes on 1 May 2016.

The conference takes place on 15 June 2016, in Birmingham. Booking will open shortly.

Call for Papers – “Mind the gap”: exploring institutional practices in the post-digital age

Tuesday 5 July, 2016
Greenwich Maritime Campus

Contributions to the university’s 14th Academic Practice and Technology (APT) conference are invited from University and Partner College staff and students.

This year’s conference is entitled “Mind the gap: changing institution practice: APT in the post-digital age” . It will focus attention on the ‘gaps’, real or perceived, in the contemporary educational landscape: e.g. between technology and teaching, learning and assessment, staff developers and staff practitioners, students’ expectations and achievement, and individual aspirations and institutional realities. 

 As in previous years, the conference is jointly hosted by the University of Greenwich and the London School of Economics. It will provide an opportunity for delegates and presenters to debate and explore the significant challenges for higher and post-compulsory education and training arising from the waves of rapid change in a post-digital age. The conference will be a forum where policy, practice and strategic developments can be explored, discussed and shared by practitioners and researchers in a vibrant and lively atmosphere on our  university’s World Heritage Campus.

The closing date for submission is 7th March.  

For further details, and to download the call for papers,  please see our conference website.

The hashtag is ‘uogapt’ if you wish to tweet


Call for contributions: The Power of Play in Higher Education

Dr Alison James, University of the Arts London,
Chrissi Nerantzi, Manchester Metropolitan University,

We are exploring options with publishers for a book we are co-editing tentatively titled, The Power of Play in Higher Education; this would be a groundbreaking text uniting playful pedagogies in university teaching across the world in a single publication.

There is currently no academic text for teachers, academic support staff and researchers in higher education which focuses on how, why and when to adopt playful pedagogic strategies to good effect. Creativity in tertiary learning is becoming increasingly popular as a subject for discussion and publication; numerous conferences on play in HE  in the UK are being held and the recent appointment of a LEGO ‘professor’ at Cambridge University has made headline news. However, hitherto play has been conflated with creativity and little explored in Higher Education; it is often misunderstood as something trivial, associated with childhood and therefore  inappropriate for a university education and research.

Play literature and theory contradicts this by arguing that play contributes at a fundamental level to social and human development and relations. The general benefits of play are picked out by Parr in his overview article on play (THES 2014), citing play luminaries such as Brown, Sutton-Smith, Huizinga. However, next to nothing is written about the importance of including play within higher education – the overwhelming majority relates to child development.

In 2015 Chrissi and I scoped out the extent to which play is being used in higher education, by inviting examples of practice. We received 37 stories of how play is currently in use in HE in the UK and America. These reflective accounts suggest to us there is substantial evidence that play is an important and untapped element of higher order thinking and enquiry. We would now like the opportunity to show how indepth, rigorous and theorized examples of playful pedagogies can enhance the the higher education student experience.

With this in mind we are inviting colleagues around the world to send us an expression of interest for either

  1. a chapter detailing a scholarly case study of innovations with play in a higher education settings with discipline and context clearly specified
  2. a short pen portrait of an innovation using play
  3. a visual or digital resource for play in higher education that they have created and which is fully copyright cleared

At this stage, we simply require a 500 word outline of your proposal, to reach us no later than 12th April 2016.

The outline content is currently framed as:

  • an introductory section by Chrissi and Alison on the history and theory of play, setting the context for and current situation of play and playfulness in HE
  • the main body of the book which will offer chapters discussing evaluated experiences of play initiatives of all kinds – free, rule or game-based, team and solo, collaborative, competitive and open ended – and how they are situated within the higher education experience. We anticipate that these will cover a range of disciplines and situations.
  • A future-facing concluding section which makes recommendations for ways in which play can be incorporated into the higher education offer, how and why.

Draft timeline

  • Invite proposals for content by April 12th  2016
  • Confirmation of publication arrangements July 2016
  • Decision on content and invitation to produce full chapters May 2016
  • First draft chapters submitted September 1, 2016
  • Internal peer review of chapters between authors Sept – November 2016
  • Return of peer reviewed materials end November 2016
  • Amended chapters in line with peer review January 2017
  • Copy editing, permissions clearance by April 2017
  • Manuscript out for first draft peer review with publisher peer reviewers May 2017
  • Final edits July-August 2017
  • Final proof submitted to publisher September 2017
  • Publication Date – tbc

We look forward to hearing from you

Alison and Chrissi

Teaching & Learning Conversations webinar series

We are delighted to announce that we have an exciting new programme of regular TLCs following the summer break.

In our first webinar of 2015/16 Dr Rod Cullen (MMU) and Calum Thomson (University of Salford) will be facilitating a teaching and learning conversation on Tuesday 29th September at 12:00-13:30 (BST)

The webinar titled “Don’t plan to present, plan to engage: Making the most of web conferencing technologies for online learning and teaching” will explore the use of web conferencing technologies to deliver webinars that provide active and engaging rather than a passive experiences for participants.

Full details of this event are available on the TLC blog:

We hope you will be able to join us.

How to join the webinar

To attend and take part in the webinar simply follow the link to the TLC webinar room here:
To login: Chose the option to Enter as a guest, add your name, institution and country into the Name field and click on the “Enter Room” button.

To ensure that you get the best best audio visual experience during the webinars we have provided a simple guide to Ensuring that you are set up correctly to participate in webinars delivered by Adobe Connect.  We recommend that you do this well in advance of the webinar (so that you have plenty of time to seek advice and resolve any issues that you may identify).  Don’t worry it only takes 10-15 minutes as most of the process is automated.

Please note:

A recording of the webinar will be made available at the same URL under a creative commons licence.

About Teaching & Learning Conversations

TLC is an exciting cross-institutional collaboration to provide open CPD opportunities for everybody teaching and/or supporting learning in Higher Education. To find out more please visit the TLC website at:

Please feel free to share the link to the TLC programme and individual webinars with others who might also be interested. Further information and recordings from previous webinars can be found in the TLC archive at:

If you have engaged in any way with the TLCs so far, as a participant, facilitator or watched any of the recordings, please consider providing us with some feedback by completing our short survey at:

Through this form, you can also to claim your TLC badge. Thank you very much.

We hope you will be able to join us for this TLC webinar.

The TLC team

Participating institutions and contacts

  • Manchester Metropolitan University, contact Rod Cullen & Chrissi Nerantzi
  • University of Northampton, contact Prof. Ale Armellini
  • University of Salford, contact Calum Thomson
  • University Campus Suffolk, contact Dr Chris Smith
  • University of Surrey, contact Dr Simon Lygo-Baker
  • Sheffield Hallam University, contact Andrew Middleton
  • London Metropolitan University, contact Charlotte Fregona

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Transmedia mini-conference – call for expressions of interest

Call for expressions of interest for a mini-conference in Transmedia, to take place at Sheffield Hallam University City Campus over one half-day (TBC) during Transmedia week (26 Oct – 1 Nov)

“Transmedia storytelling represents a process where integral elements of a fiction get dispersed systematically across multiple delivery channels for the purpose of creating a unified and coordinated entertainment experience.” (Henry Jenkins, 2007, Transmedia Storytelling 101)

Traditional media are changing fast, whether it be film, television, news, print, online or otherwise. The convergence of these aspects, particularly with the advent of social media and mobile technology is changing the face of media production, consumption and audience engagement at every conceivable level. Film franchises, DVD Box Sets, Netflix, merchandising, fan communities, blogging, branding strategies, tweeting and beyond are increasingly inseparable, with the audience becoming not only the consumer but also the producers of content (prosumers). The way that stories are told, fictions are created and news is broadcast and received is adapting to incorporate increased audience engagement in every way possible. Therefore, the entire media industry is evolving and is embracing the concept of Transmedia as a necessary step forward.

The Call

We are looking for interested colleagues to be involved in this small but innovative event to take place sometime during Transmedia week – to be able to give a short presentation (around 15 minutes) on how you see the concept of Transmedia relating in some way to your subject area of teaching or research, whether it be in practical media, journalism, film or television analysis, politics, screenwriting, performance, advertising, PR etc.

We aim to have a keynote speaker, alongside 4 or 5 colleagues willing to present at this half-day event where colleagues and students alike will be encouraged to attend, with a Q&A at the end.

We also invite colleagues to show interest in publicising the event as much as possible, throughout the university itself abut also across social media and the press to highlight Sheffield Hallam’s innovative involvement as a key UK representative focussing in this way on Transmedia, as part of this global event and with a view to become part of a larger global Transmedia Network.

Please address expressions of interest by Tue 22nd Sep initially to both :
Diane Rodgers d.rodgers “at” & Dr. Joan Rodriguez-Amat acesjrr “at”

Media, Arts & Communications
Sheffield Hallam University