Category: Conference

Scholarship in action at the AoC HE Research and Scholarship Conference

Huge thanks to the AoC Create team for organising what promises to be a game-changing articulation of scholarship and scholarly practices in the CBHE sector on Tuesday.   This was a busy conference, with many different strands and articulations of practice across the sector. The depth and range of presentations reflect the diversity of CBHE, and its various incarnations from… Read more →

Part of the conversation at #porousuni

One of the issues of having our communications mediated by digital devices is that they can feel overly formalised or institutionalised. Events that (face-to-face) we accept as a necessary part of human interaction (the spilt tea, the late train which causes half the parties at a meeting to be late) we can react to differently in the digital domain, where… Read more →

From reflection to rule-breaking at Wales NEXUS 17

This Wednesday, the University of Wales Trinity St David’s (UWTSD) annual conference began with an intriguing activity from Dr Colin Jones, enterprise educator from Australia. Demonstrating the concept of affordable loss, we paired up to toss coins, slowly paring down the ‘winners’ of the toss until one person ‘won’. His central point here wasn’t about the perils of gambling, but… Read more →

GLAD 2017 Conference – mapping pathways for creative education

I left the GLAD conference yesterday with colleague Neil Hadfield feeling inspired, challenged and reflective; all great spaces to mentally inhabit. It’s interesting how this kind of knowledge-exchange can change and shape our mental landscapes.   There were two key themes I took forward. The first was around our particular discourse within creative education. The first keynote from Dr Steven… Read more →

Scholarly Practice and Audiovisual in Education: Learning on Screen

3 1/2 minute read I have often thought about the potential power of the audiovisual essay and how this might support students in creating links between practice and theory. However, I have never had the extraordinary potentialities of the medium pointed out to me in a clear way before watching Catherine Grant’s work at a recent Learning on Screen event: Audiovisual… Read more →

Sharing scholarship at the University of Wales Trinity St David’s collaborative partner conference

4 minute read It is always lovely to be invited to present our work within The Scholarship Project, and the opportunity afforded at the University of Wales Trinity St David’s annual collaborative partner conference was no exception. The relationship between a college and its awarding body is something I know the project finds interesting and I would argue that value… Read more →

A move beyond the happy accident – exploring innovation at the Make:Shift conference

21/2 minute read Last week I was lucky enough to catch up with James Smith, our contemporary design crafts B.A (Hons) Course Area Leader. We discussed his recent visit to Manchester’s Museum of Science and Industry to attend the Crafts Council’s Make:Shift conference 2017. James mentioned the work of the 2014 conference as exploring innovations in approach to Crafts practice… Read more →

Moving towards meta: ’employability’, scholarship and the learner journey

3 minute read Should we move away from badging core, key or ‘soft’ skills as ‘employability’ skills or think of them instead as a move towards meta-awareness? This was a recurring question as I listened to guest speakers and ‘home-grown’ researchers at our annual HE symposium today. Writing about meta-awareness might seem as if I’m simply fancy with vocabulary. However,… Read more →

Defining research at Mid-Cheshire Consortium

  It was lovely to be invited to present at the annual Mid-Cheshire Consortium’s conference last week, and to meet such an inspiring group of dedicated educators. The day began with an inspiring keynote by Lou Mycroft of @teachnorthern who looked for our revolutionary writers in the reframing of the practitioner as ‘philosopher of praxis’. Her revolutionary call to arms… Read more →

Creativity and collaboration at the AoC HE Research Conference

It’s lovely when a conference feels like an ‘ideas exchange’ and this was certainly the case with this year’s annual AoC HE Research Conference. From my perspective (and I couldn’t watch the whole conference) some shared themes emerged but, as always for College based Higher Education events it is the enthusiasm and passion for learning shared by all delegates that… Read more →