Partners in Learning Conference 2022

“Building Inclusive and Diverse Learning through Staff/Students Partnerships

The 4th annual student and staff Partnership in Learning Conference will be held on Wednesday 26th January 2022, 9.30am – 1pm online via Bb Collaborate, as part of Personal Development Week.

Working with students as partners in learning is a key principle of our Learning and Teaching Strategy and the conference is designed to not only celebrate and share best practice but also to explore challenging issues and concepts in this area.

The theme of this year’s conference is “Building Inclusive and Diverse Learning through Staff/Students Partnerships”, focusing on supporting success for all students.

You can also book your place to attend the conference via EventBrite here.

The principles of partnership working support our drive to tackle the attainment gap and to promote truly inclusive learning in all its facets. This year, we are therefore particularly interested in submissions that explore how working in partnership has enhanced inclusive practices, promoted social justice, promoted diversity and enhanced the student learning experience in any of the following areas (the list is not exhaustive):

  • Promoting a diverse and inclusive learning environment online, on campus, or within a work-based setting
  • Building learning communities where students feel they belong and can contribute
  • Co-creating learning activities and assessments which promote diversity and/or allyship and collective solidarity
  • De-colonisation of curriculum content and syllabus
  • Development of means to remove unconscious bias in the marking process, including marking criteria
  • Facilitation of conversations around race, ethnicity, culture, sexuality, disability and mental health and wellbeing, gender and the impact of intersectionality. Examples include embedding critical race theory/critical queer theory/critical disability studies/class/gender in to your curriculum.
  • Promotion of accessible learning material and activities

We are looking for academic or professional services staff who have co-created learning activities with their students to co-host with students interactive workshops, round table discussions or presentations as part of the conference. This is a great opportunity for our community to showcase their work, share their ideas and help shape the future of learning and teaching at the University.

Types of activities

•           Group presentation of 10 min followed by questions (5 min)

•           Case study of 10 min followed by questions (5 min)

•           Debate with the audience (30 min in total)

•           Pecha Kucha / Ignite session (20 PowerPoint slides in 5 minutes) followed by questions/debate

•           Socratic Dialogue or debate

•           Interactive workshops using videos, audience response systems, social media, etc.

•           Other format of your choice (please state in your application form).

You should submit your joint proposal, using the form, by Tuesday 4th January 2022, 5pm at the very latest.

Previous Learning and Teaching Conferences

To view presentations from the 2020 Partners in Learning conference please click here.


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