Readers may be interested in an upcoming conference on Institutional and Subject Excellence. To register:

29 Nov at University of Plymouth

Prof. Debby Cotton, Head Educational Development, Plymouth University; e-mail






Arrival & Registration  




Welcome – Professor Debby Cotton, Head of Educational Development, University of Plymouth


Keynote Presentation –”High seas: the shipping forecast for UK HE policy”, Louis Coiffait, Associate Editor, Wonkhe


10:40-11:40 SESSION A    


Demonstrating institutional and subject excellence through Curriculum Transformation at the University of Bath, Briony Frost


The UN Sustainable Development Goals, Entrepreneurship Education and Institutional Excellence, Andreas Walmsley, Dr Christopher Moon, Dr Nikolaos Apostolopoulos


Exploring the impact and value of sustainability education, Rebecca Fisher

SESSION B – Workshop


Making a splash: Towards targeted and impactful academic development provision to support teaching excellence, Annie Bryan, Louise Wilson




SESSION C – Workshop


Beyond the metrics: charting the intangible aspects of enhancement in the age of accountability, Elizabeth  Cleaver, Alastair Robertson, Fiona Smart










Refreshment Break


12:00-13:00 SESSION D    


Pipe dream, nightmare or dream ticket? Final year undergraduate projects as a key output from strong links between teaching and research, John Spicer


Excellence in impact: how the Centre for Innovation in Higher Education evidences the value of pedagogic research, Simon Pratt-Adams, Dr Emma Coonan.


‘I now realise how important it is to collect data from students’: making research-informed practice a priority for ‘institutional excellence’, Kerry Dobbins, Lynnette Matthews


SESSION E – Workshop      


Students as customers or partners? A workshop to explore tensions between the HE quality agenda and teaching and learning practice, Gina Pauli







SESSION F – Workshop


Fostering subject excellence in Higher Education, Katrina Bannigan









Lunch, networking and poster session





Bridging the gap: achieving institutional excellence in widening participation through a feminist-poststructuralist ethics of empowerment, Elizabeth Done


What is teaching excellence and why should it matter? David Carter


SESSION H – Workshop  


Beyond careers guidance – implementing an institutional wide careers and employability strategy, Deborah Pownall, Jo Ives

15:10-16:10 SESSION I  


Hashtag Heroes: How Twitter is impacting teacher CPD, Claire Hadfield


Reconsidering public engagement in UK higher education: Engaging students to change the world, Christopher Wilson, Sarah Hayes


Science Communication and university metrics – is there a role? Zoe Mason, Martin Khechara, Sarah Smith

SESSION J – Workshop        


‘The Drivers and Barriers to Teaching Excellence: an Animal – and Veterinary- Curriculum Perspective’, Emily Chapman-Waterhouse







Networking and what next,   discussion with  tea, drinks and canapés





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