Learning & Teaching Conference - Enhancing and innovating your practice - University of Derby

Learning & Teaching Conference 2017

Inspiring Excellence, Transforming Learning “I highly recommend this event for anyone who is interested in enhancing their teaching practice. It brought together a wide array of staff and students and that convergence generated tremendous amounts of conversation and critical thinking” - Eric Stoller (Keynote)

Learning & Teaching Conference 2017

We were pleased to welcome over 300 delegates to the University’s 12th Learning and Teaching Conference, held under the Dome of the Buxton Campus on 3 July 2017.

There is no better time to celebrate learning and teaching at the University of Derby, given our recent HEFCE Gold rating for teaching excellence. Our culture of excellent teaching, engagement with employers, personalised learning, engagement of students and outstanding resources were all highlighted as particular areas of strength, and were themes covered in the conference programme.

Dr Ruth Ayres launched the conference with a short video to highlight our TEF Gold achievement accompanied, naturally, to the strains of Spandau Ballet’s ‘Gold’. Professor Malcolm Todd, (PVC for Student Experience) provided the initial opening address highlighting the links between student experience and learning and teaching.

We were delighted to welcome Eric Stoller, a higher education thought-leader, consultant, writer and speaker, who provided our keynote address 'Digital Transformation with Social Media', exploring ideas and themes around social media in the context of learning and teaching. The welcome and keynote are both available to watch via Panopto.

There was a full programme of 24 Workshops-Presentations and 14 Dome Floor Exhibitors based around the core themes of student experience, employability, digital practice, inclusive learning & teaching, radical pedagogies and research active curricula. 

The Undergraduate Research Scholarship Scheme (URSS) poster exhibition where our undergraduate students presented the outcomes from their research projects, attracted good levels of interest, and was supported by a session where some of the students more formally presented their work. Keynote speaker Eric Stoller stated "I think my favourite aspect of the LTC was the integration of student research into the conference. It was great to hear from students about their projects".  

Our Student Digital Champions attended to share their expertise and also maintained the official conference twitter feed.

The Student Union’s Student-led Teaching Awards took place after lunch. The awards were presented by Megan Hill, VP for Academic Affairs, who said “The Learning and Teaching Conference offered a wonderful insight into what the university has to offer for students. It was also great to recognise members of staff for their incredible work with students during the awards too”. 

The conference provided an opportunity to celebrate excellence and innovation at Derby, as well as make new contacts, and take away ideas for our practice. 

“[what I liked best was…] the opportunity to deliver a session as I had never done this before - the enthusiasm from the audience was brilliant and it was a really positive experience” - Conference Presenter

“This was a really well organised conference in a very positive and welcoming environment. The sessions that I attended were very informative and served their purpose, not only helping to confirm my own thoughts and ideas, but also giving me very useful ideas to add to my own delivery” - Conference Delegate


Delegates are welcome to submit their feedback via the dedicated online form.

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