Call for proposals – University Learning and Teaching Conference

Staff interested in technology enhanced learning may want to share their practice at our University-wide learning and teaching conference, so we are repeating the call for proposals that went out via email:

Lecturers talking to each other at the inspirational teaching awardsThe University’s Learning and Teaching Conference will take place on Wednesday 11th July. Its main theme is “Higher Expectations:  Meeting our Students’ Expectations of Teaching.”

This relates to the conference’s four strands:

  • Expectations – listening to, developing and addressing student expectations;
  • Futures – how embedding employability in the curriculum and developing graduate attributes can meet our students’ expectations for graduate success;
  • Recognition – what we expect of ourselves and of each other as academics and learning support staff, and the importance of professional status and scholarship in our practice;
  • Engagement – how innovative practice leads to engaging courses that challenge and inspire our students.

Call for Participation

We welcome submissions from all staff, particularly those who have not presented at a conference about academic practice before. We are accepting submissions in a number of formats to encourage a wide spread of involvement: short papers, workshops, thunderstorm presentations and posters. For further information please visit the Learning and Teaching Conference website.


We invite you to submit an abstract of up to 300 words (using this proposal form) use a clear title and include the names of presenters with an indication of the corresponding author, the type or types of session being offered and a description of the offer. Submissions will be peer reviewed.


The closing date for submissions is the end of 5th April 2012. The peer review process will be completed by 9th May 2012.


Information regarding booking for the conference will be circulated in April. 

Conference Keynotes

Professor Annette Cashmore – Professor of Genetics Education at the University of Leicester. She is a National Teaching Fellow and was Director of the GENIE CETL at Leicester, collaborating with the Higher Education Academy in a major national study on reward and recognition of teaching in higher education. This has led to the development of a national recognition scheme for inspirational teaching which aims to raise the profile of learning and teaching, recognise and celebrate individuals who make an outstanding impact on the student learning experience, and provide a national focus for institutional teaching and learning excellence schemes.

A member of the NUS executive committee will share the student perspective around expectations in higher education.

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