This yearís annual learning and teaching conference aims to explore the interplay between learning, teaching, employability and the wider world, and examine how these relationships may contribute to the enrichment of professional capabilities. Ensuring that students are equipped not only with disciplinary knowledge and competence but also with graduate-level capabilities is creating new challenges for universities and their staff. Setting disciplinary learning within the broader framework of lifelong and life-wide learning requires a repositioning of what is taught and how it is taught; new collaborative partnerships, at key stages in the student journey, between academics, academic support staff and students, and employers, alumni and social enterprise agencies are forming to meet these challenges. This has implications for programme development, course delivery, assessment and quality assurance. Making explicit links between student learning outcomes, learning opportunities and assessment strategies to bring about the skills, attitudes, values and dispositions that form graduate-level attributes are critical factors for success in both the learning and workplace environment.

Come and discuss the challenges for developing inspiring and appropriate curricula and learning opprotunities.Our keynote speakers, David Robinson (OBE), co-founder of Community Links, and Professor James Wisdom, consultant in educational development in Higher Education, will help to inspire and spur our thinking around the five themes of the conference:

  • Developing an effective student journey
  • Developing an inquiring mind
  • Developing enterprise and employability
  • Embedding graduate level skills through feedback and assessment
  • Embedding life-wide learning*

As in previous conferences, we welcome presentations by colleagues. Submissions, in the form of discussion papers, interactive workshops or posters are invited from all involved in learning, teaching and student support, from those with significant experience in this area, and those who are new to Higher Education. Please view the "call for proposals" page for further information.

*Life-wide learning recognises the many parallel experiences alongside formal learning that may exist in a learnerís life as they move through higher education