'Discovering Teaching Excellence at Leicester' Conference and Exhibition, 4-5 July 2017

Bringing colleagues together to share teaching practices and pedagogic research

Opening speaker announcement:

The conference will be opened on Tuesday 4th July 2017 by Colin Bryson, a leading UK expert on student engagement. He will be delivering the opening keynote address with colleague Ruth Furlonger.


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Book onto a presentation workshop

This two-day conference will provide colleagues with opportunities to:

  • share practice around teaching and learning development activities, approaches, and initiatives, and;
  • disseminate and discuss pedagogic research activities.

Conference themes

The overarching themes of the conference are:

  • Belonging and resilience
  • Retention and progression
  • Partnership in learning

The conference aims to be as inclusive as possible of themes relevant to the University and the teaching, learning and assessment practices of staff.  As such, these overarching themes can incorporate a broad range of sub-themes, for example:

Belonging and resilience: personal tutoring, distance learning, equality and diversity, supporting international students, mature students, etc.

Retention and progression: student community building, enhancing communication with students, student life cycle, use of the VLE, students who commute, etc.

Partnership in learning: students as partners, professional services staff and teaching staff working in partnership, experiences of and supporting GTAs/PGRs who teach, etc.

Proposals are invited for:

  • Nano-presentations - these are short (10 mins) and lively presentations where you can showcase aspects of your own teaching practice and/or share teaching approaches or initiatives you have been developing.
  • Pedagogic research presentations - these are longer presentations (20 mins plus 10 mins for questions) where you can share findings of research or evaluation activities that you have been conducting into your own practice, students’ learning experiences, the wider HE context, etc.  These may be small-scale action-research studies or larger scale studies.  Team-based presentations are also welcomed.

Conference structure

Tuesday 4th JulyWednesday 5th July


College events

Timings may vary - please check specific college information

9.30am: Welcome from Professor Jon Scott, PVC Student Experience

9.40am: Keynote address from UoL colleagues successfully engaged in pedagogic research activities.  Invited speakers are:

Tracey Dodman, Associate Professor

Dr Dylan Williams

Dr Sarah Gretton

Dr Chris Willmott

11.00am: Pedagogic research presentations


12.00pm: Exhibition

12.00pm: Exhibition


1.00pm: Opening keynote address from Colin Bryson and Ruth Furlonger, Newcastle University

Student engagement and students as partners

2.15pm: Nano-presentations

3.30pm Plenary

4.00pm: Close*


*Conference timings may be subject to change

1.00pm: Pedagogic research presentations

3.00pm: Networking and reflection activities

4.00pm: Close*

Proposals are particularly welcomed from those new to sharing their teaching practices and/or engaging in pedagogic research.


Due to demand, the deadline for proposals has been extended to Friday 19th May 2017 at 5pm

Presentations workshop

The following workshop will also be running before the conference to provide additional support:

  • Giving effective pedagogic research presentations - Monday 5th June 2017, 2:00pm-4:00pm.

Please use this online form if you would like to book a place on this workshop.

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