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Student Engagement In and Out of the Classroom

Thursday 25 June 2015, City Campus, Sheffield Hallam University 09.00 – 16.45
Sheffield Hallam University’s 2015 annual Learning and Teaching Conference will consider the ways students are engaged in and around their course. We will discuss what we do as higher education teachers, support staff and as student peers to make time at university a rich and inspiring experience.

The conference is organised around the following themes

  • designing and delivering engaging lectures
  • valuing informal learning spaces
  • designing learning experiences holistically
  • course belonging and ‘quality contact’
  • engaging our students wherever they are
  • personalising contact through rich social media spaces
  • changing the learning landscape with technology


  • Professor Simon Lancaster – Beyond his distinguished academic profile as a chemist at the University of East Anglia, Simon is known for his excellent teaching. He says he practices what he preaches, so be prepared to be actively engaged as he charts his progression as a teacher. He describes this shift as being from a ‘superficial’ approach to engaging students to ‘almost total engagement.’ @S_J_Lancaster
  • Professor Liz Barnes – Liz joined Sheffield Hallam University as Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the beginning of 2014 from the University of Derby. At last year’s conference we had a glimpse of her interest in and deep knowledge of active and engaging approaches to university teaching as she opened the conference. This year we welcome the opportunity to hear more about her vision for a university renowned for its teaching excellence. @lbarnes89396082
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About the day

To register for the day you will need to decide which sessions you would like to attend.  To see information about each session visit our programme page.  Or download our Printable version with Short Abstracts.pdf

Conference Schedule
09.00  Registration and Refreshments
09.20   Welcome and Keynote – Professor Simon Lancaster
10.30   Parallel session 1 – select from short papers and thunderstorm sessions
11.20   Refreshments
11.40   Parallel session 2 – select from short papers and thunderstorm sessions
12.30   Lunch
13.30   Keynote – Professor Liz Barnes
14.10   Parallel session 3 – select from CoLabs
15.10   Parallel session 4 – select from CoLabs
16.00   Liz Barnes and key SHU colleagues lead an informal forum

Please make a note of which sessions you would like to attend from our programme page before proceeding to book by clicking below




Who should attend?

We build upon the success of last year’s conference by inviting colleagues from within the University and its partner colleges, and from institutions across the sector who share our interest to join us.

Why should I attend?

Engagement in CPD activities will provide evidence for submission for fellowship of the HEA and the requirement to remain in good standing; see Dimensions of the UKPSF for more details. An example is Area of Activity 5: engage in CPD in subjects/disciplines and their pedagogy, incorporating research, scholarship and the evaluation of professional practice; other dimensions address Areas of Activity in your professional practice, core knowledge and professional values. This is a generic dimension and you may find that the activity also evidences other areas of your practice.

Remember to record your CPD throughout the year and use to inform your conversations at appraisal as you reflect on your contributions and plan for the forthcoming academic year.

The UK Quality Code for Higher Education (a brief guide) will also support you in developing your professional practice.