UWE Learning and Teaching Conferences

The first UWE Learning and Teaching conference took place in May, 2011. The conference provided a platform for the Fellows and Associate Fellows to communicate and share ideas, research and good practice in learning and teaching. The UWE learning and Teaching Conference is now an annual event open to all UWE staff.

UWE Bristol Annual Learning and Teaching Conference 'Teaching Excellence' 21st June 2016

Full details are available on our new UWE Learning and Teaching Conference page


Full details and resources on previous Learning and teaching Conferences available below:  


UWE Learning and Teaching Conference 2015 - Outstanding Learning for All

The UWE Learning and Teaching Conference 'Outstanding Learning for All' took place on 28 April 2015. Key themes were enhancing learning through assessment, inspiring learning through technology, and challenges of teaching diverse groups.

Those present were invited to engage in a call to action. If you would like to join in after viewing the recording please click here. We will follow up on this with you in December 2015. We would also welcome your feedback, please click here for the feedback form.

You can view the lecture capture of speakers and workshops by following the links below.


  • Welcome – Dr Marie-Annick Gournet, Leader of Learning for All Hub
  • Keynote Address - Learning and Research 2020 - Professor Jane Harrington, Deputy Vice Chancellor Academic
  • What is Outstanding Learning? student perspective - Cassie Agbehenu, Student Partnership Officer, and JJ Clark, VP Education, UWESU


Using video to provide assessment feedback - features and student responses, Mandy Lee

Catch a Bigger Wave - Moving forward with Transactional Simulation in Law, Rachel Wood and Clare Rands

Understanding ‘their space’, moving towards ‘our space’: Learning with mobile technologies in Education seminars, Jane Andrews and Mark Jones

Could an understanding of Executive Functioning help teaching staff meet the challenges of working with diverse groups such as those with Specific Learning Difficulties/Differences (SpLDs)?, Sue Bond, Sandie Hargreaves and Kelly Goodfellow (Slides) (Discussion)

Continuous online assessment encouraging engagement, Chris Moore (NB sound begins at 7 mins 30)

Pilot study for the development of a digital feedback tool for project-focussed or studio based learning, Jonathan Bassindale, James Burch and Elena Marco

Capping it off: Using a Team-Based Computer Simulation as a Capstone Integrative Learning Tool in the business Curriculum, Elizabeth Alexander and Susan Barnard

Re-inventing simulation in Radiography training, Rob Stewart and Donna Dimond

How to develop and maintain an online community of co-learners - a social media classroom, Philip Phelps and Dan Buzzo

Building Resilience: Working with Students with Mental Health Difficulties, Diane Zimmer and Kirstie Adamson

Using Blogs for Assessment, Sara Williams and Oliver Haslam

  • Keynote Address - Professional development in teaching and learning: implications for the sector - Professor Tim Thornton, Pro Vice-Chancellor, Learning and Teaching, University of Huddersfield
  • Micro-Teach session Talk to the Wall – the use of interactive text walls, Rachel Sales; Building innovative and successful online programmes, Antony Hill; What’s in a name? Critical ways of getting connected, Helen Butcher and Jo Miller
  • Plenary - Outstanding Learning for All Chair: Professor Kristine Mason O’Connor, PFHEA, Visiting Professor, UWE Bristol; Professor Lindsey McEwen, Professor in Environmental Management, UWE Bristol; Professor Tim Thornton, Pro Vice-Chancellor, Learning and Teaching, Huddersfield University; Professor Jane Harrington, Deputy Vice Chancellor Academic; JJ Clark, VP Education

Full Programme and abstracts: UWE LT Conference 2015 'Outstanding Learning for All'

UWE Learning and Teaching Conference 2014 - Practice Based Learning and Teaching

This practice based conference was an opportunity for colleagues across the University to learn and share best practice.

In a tough job market, UWE graduates will continue to stand out not only  because of the knowledge, attributes and skills they have gained whilst studying, but also because of opportunities to apply what they have learned in ‘the real world’, enabling them to thrive in their chosen fields.

Programme and full details of sessions

Keynote address - Stephen Isherwood 'Graduate Recruitment from the Inside' - View Here

We were delighted to welcome Stephen Isherwood, Chief Executive of The Association of Graduate Recruiters (AGR). Stephen joined AGR in 2013 after six years as Head of Graduate Recruitment UK & Ireland at Ernst & Young, one of the largest recruiters of graduates in the UK.  In addition to his current role, Stephen is a member of the Burgess Report Implementation Committee and a Trustee of The Centre for Recording Achievement. Stephen discussed the factors that drive employers’ recruitment behaviour and gave a graduate recruitment update. What do employers mean by employability and what they are looking for in candidates?  

Keynote Address – Dr Rachel Forsyth 'Curriculum Development and Innovation' - View Here

We were also delighted to welcome Dr Rachel Forsyth, Principal Lecturer in Curriculum Development and Innovation at Manchester Metropolitan University. Rachel is interested in assessment in higher education and the use of games to promote disciplinary discussions and to replace some of the duller elements of essential staff development. Rachel’s presentation will highlight aspects on encouraging, supporting and embedding changed practices in learning, teaching and assessment, particularly in respect to employability, work-related learning and global citizenship. She says that multi-professional working was key to achieving sustained changes.   

Keynote Address – Matt Johnston 'Open Pedagogy and Engaging with Creative Industries' - View Here

We were very pleased to welcome Matt Johnston, a photographer and educator based in the UK. His pioneering work at Coventry University co-developing several 'world leading' open photography classes has received numerous plaudits. Matt also works to promote and enable discussion around the physical photobook, launching the 'Photobook Club' in 2011. In his presentation, Matt outlined the many benefits of a holistic approach to open and engaged pedagogy. His focus was on the importance of autonomy in the learning community, how open teaching promotes entrepreneurship and the possibilities for professional engagement and partnerships without losing academic credibility. 

Discussion: ‘Perspectives on Practice Based Learning’ - View Here

We were also delighted to have contributions to our discussion on ‘Perspectives on Practice Based Learning’ from Lucio Mesquita, Head of Regional and Local Programmes for the West of England at the BBC and Dr John Savage CBE, Executive Chairman of Bristol Chamber of Commerce and Chairman of University Hospitals Bristol. They were joined by UWE’s Professor Steve West, Vice Chancellor, Professor James Longhurst, Assistant Vice Chancellor and Gerry Rice, Associate Dean for Learning and Teaching.

Poster Session Available Here


1.   Employability in the Curriculum: Dr Jeanette Sakel (ACE), Patrick Thornhill (FET) & Joanna Jackson (ACE/SSD)

2.   A Simple Cardiac Compression: the meeting of Policy, Practice & Education Gerard Kenny (HAS)

3.   The Bristol Community as an Architectural Venture – Developing a live project network Elena Marco, Dr Rachel Sara, Sally Daniels and James Burch (FET)

4.   Partners in Crime Scene Investigation – Another World Carolyn Morton (HAS) and Bindy Cardy (Avon & Somerset Constabulary)

5.   Learning and teaching – Business Engagement and Practical Pedagogy Wendy Fowles-Sweet (FET) and John Barker (RBI)

6.   Innovation in Practice Jayne Hayes (HAS) and Ashley Jubb (PAL)

7.   ‘Culture Change, not Rule Change’- the use of e-portfolios in Dispute Resolution Skills for LLB  Rachel Wood (FBL)


A.  Blackboard Screen Recording: 'Show me and I will remember' Manuel Frutos-Perez (HAS)

B.  Enterprise for All – A Business Case Mhairi Threlfall & Kim Brookes (SSD)

C.  The Business of Information Literacy Emma Delaney & Sue Shreeve (FET & FBL LIB)

The UWE Learning and Teaching Conference 2013 - Effective Assessment Feedback

This very successful event presented research and practice which explored ways of ensuring effective feedback and promoting student engagement.

Watch the Conference Video

Comments from staff: 'inspiring speakers' 'excellent ideas for challenging the status quo'

'brilliant down to earth practical REAL LIFE examples'

'excellent day hearing from energetic, enthused and creative people'

'really interesting with a good mix of philosophy, practical and best practice'.

The conference was introduced by Professor Julie McLeod, Pro Vice Chancellor Learning, Teaching and Student Experience. Julie's introduction: 'Effective assessment Feedback'

Keynote address – Professor Phil Race

We were delighted to welcome back Professor Phil Race, National Teaching Fellow and Principal Fellow of the HEA. Phil describes himself as an educational developer with a passion for ‘making learning happen’, in an approachable way, without recourse to jargon, acronyms or elitism’. Phil's presentation: ‘Top tips for ensuring effective feedback – from feedback to feedforward’; Phil's resources from the day

Keynote address – Professor Mark Huxham

We were also delighted to welcome Professor Mark Huxham, Professor of Teaching and Research in Environmental Biology at Edinburgh Napier University. Mark has particular interests in student engagement, assessment and feedback. He has published on the use of exemplars and model answers as well as peer and self feedback. Mark's presentation: 'Feedback Unbound'

Expert Address – Dominic Passfield

We were pleased to welcome back Dominic Passfield, former UWESU President, to give the student perspective. Dominic has continued his work within the QAA and is leading the Student Engagement theme of the new Code of Practice. Dominic's presentation: 'What students want from feedback'


Dr Jenny Hill: Recognising and Achieving Effective Feedback

Dr Darren Reynolds: Using Blackboard voice authoring in online feedback

Rachel Sales: New academics – experience of assessment and feedback

Dr Sarah Robertson: Feedback project findings

Effective Assessment Feedback poster presentation

The UWE Learning and Teaching Conference 2012

The 2012 Conference was open to ALL staff interested in Learning & Teaching initiatives.The conference brought together colleagues from within the university to share good practices in learning and Teaching. We were delighted that the keynote was delivered by Professor Phil Race*, National Teaching Fellow and Senior Fellow of the HEA, on 'Ten ways of making learning happen - and making learning more enjoyable for them and us'. Phil says his passion is about 'making learning happen', in an approachable way, without recourse to jargon, acronyms or elitism. Phil is known for bringing humour into presentations and keynotes - but always with the purpose of highlighting important points here and there.

There was some very positive feedback from staff:

'It was great to be reminded about the basics of of teaching and learning:it takes putting yourselves in the students shoes to realise that it is not all about the content.'

'...really useful ideas about how to engage students more actively in their learning; the contrast between interesting ways of using technology to enhance learning and low tech solutions such as Post-it notes was particularly good.'

'.. really enjoyed it, and have taken away a million great ideas, some of which (in my part of the institution at least) have energised and informed staff development meetings and developmental conversations already.'

Details of the Programme and Workshop sessions are in the associated documents below.

* Phil Race is a Visiting Professor: University of Plymouth, Emeritus Professor: Leeds Metropolitan University and Adjunct Professor: James Cook University: Northern Queensland.

Phil leads highly interactive keynotes and workshops on learning and teaching in higher education. In 2007 he was recognised by the Higher Education Academy with a National Teaching Fellowship and appointed a senior fellow of the academy. His passion is about 'making learning happen', in an approachable way, without recourse to jargon, acronyms or elitism. One of Phil's proudest claims to fame is "people say I have the knack of making complex things understandable". Phil will explore with the audience how we can purposefully address with our learners ten straightforward factors underpinning successful learning, to work towards learning being effective, efficient, and enjoyable.

Associated Documents:

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