ANTF Symposium 2016 – Theme PLAY!

The Committee for the Association of National Teaching Fellows are delighted to announce that the 2016 annual ANTF symposium will be held on Monday 21 March (including annual ANTF dinner) and Tuesday 22 March 2016 at the Macdonald Burlington hotel in Birmingham. We announce the dates now so you may anchor the event in your diary. All are very welcome to the symposium and again it is proposed that day 2 of the event will be open to all across the sector.

ANTF Symposium programme timetable (RIGHT CLICK TO DOWNLOAD PDF)

ANTF Symposium 2016 abstracts (RIGHT CLICK TO DOWNLOAD PDF)




ANTF Symposium is March 21-22, 2016 Burlington Macdonald Hotel, Birmingham.

The overall theme for this year’s Symposium is Play, with Day 1 being about Serious Play exclusively with NTFs and Day 2 is on Playful Learning and this day is open to other people from across the sector.

We are delighted that Dr Jennifer Hill from UWE Bristol and Dr Ian Turner from the University of Derby are giving keynote lectures.

If you are an NTF please register here:

If you are not an NTF but wish to register for day two, please register here:

The CANTF committee would like to invite you to save the date and begin making your travel plans so you can attend this year’s Symposium. The official bookings will be taken by the HEA and we hope that link will be live soon, but in the meantime I can give you information about the event – what’s included in the price, how you can be involved, and a bit about the programme.

NTFs pay £90 which covers the two days, lunch, and refreshments. The ANTF is subsidising the cost of the conference dinner on the evening of Day 1 for NTFs.

Non NTFs who register for Day 2 pay £60 for the one day.

The Symposium begins with Registration from 9:00 am and the programme begins at 9:30 am. On Day 1 there will be a drinks reception (and a chance to showcase NTF’s recent publications) and the Symposium dinner will be held in the venue.

Day 2 programme begins at 9:30 am and ends at 4:30 pm

NTFs are invited to contribute in several ways:

  • Everyone who attends is asked to make a poster/display that encapsulates ‘Who I am and what I do’ to bring for a ‘Swap Shop’ session on Day 2 where we network with one another and with those non-NTFs in attendance.
  • Inputs are invited.You are invited to submit a proposal for a 12 minute Input. This could be a traditional spoken presentation, but it does not have to be… Your Input is what you do in the 12 minutes and you are encouraged to be as creative and inclusive as you like. The brief for submissions is that Inputs have some scholarly, pedagogical, or practical application that others could take inspiration to act upon in their practice. Your Input should also include an Output. The Output from the 12 minutes might be a traditional paper, or it could be a blog post, leaflet, short film/video or hand out. We suggest you strongly consider making your Output available under Creative Commons License Abstracts will be published on the ANTF blog.
  • Workshop proposals. 45 minute workshop sessions aligned with the theme of either serious play or playful learning are invited

Submission for 12 minute session or 45 minute workshop deadline: Monday, February 8th

Please email Laura Ritchie l ‘dot’ ritchie ‘at’ or check the recent JiscMail message for details.

Proposals from those who have not previously presented at a Symposium will be given first consideration, to allow a showcase of as many different NTFs as possible. With the Swap Shop session, there should be a platform for everyone to share their expertise during the two days.

The exact schedule of sessions and keynotes are yet to be confirmed. Please do spread the word to other NTFs and to your non-NTF colleagues. Especially with the TEF coming, this is an opportunity to showcase what NTFs are and do.

Please book your own accommodation. A discounted rate of £85 has been confirmed by the Macdonald Burlington Hotel for a double room for the first 20 delegates.See Laura’s email message dated 21st Jan 2016 to retrieve the discount code. (I cannot put it here for obvious reasons). To get this rate, please quote this as our rate for the NTF Symposium. All symposium activities will take place at the hotel.

Macdonald Burlington Hotel, Burlington Arcade, 126 New Street, Birmingham, B2 4JQ
Tel: 0844 879 9019

The Macdonald Burlington Hotel is located in the centre of Birmingham and is opposite Birmingham New Street Station. Please do book your train and hotel early to take advantage of advance fares. The venue is directly around the corner from Birmingham New Street Station. see:

A map of Birmingham city centre and further travel details and hotel options can be found at:

The committee looks forward to welcoming you in March.
Laura Ritchie

Events Officer, ANTF Committee

3 thoughts on “ANTF Symposium 2016 – Theme PLAY!

    • Hi David

      I’m sure details of the 2016 ANTF symposium will be announced soon. I’ll pass on your enquiry to the committee. Hope to see you there – Viv

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