Thursday 17th to Friday 18th September 2020
The NERUPI Convention 2020 will take place over two days and will run as an online event. It is free to staff at NERUPI member organisations. Please scroll down for the booking form as well as further information on the Call for Papers.
Day 1: Online Learning: Quick Fixes or New Beginnings?
Thursday 17th September
Many NERUPI members are moving online for outreach with schools and colleges, undergraduate teaching and students success, and support for careers and postgraduate progression. It is therefore timely to have a discussion about pedagogy and the appropriateness of various methods. There is a concern that teaching and learning issues and the specific needs of those from under-represented groups will be lost in the immediacy of responding to the Covid-19 crisis. Solutions forged in this emergency may become the ‘new normal’ as HE providers come to terms with a very different climate and so it is timely to have a discussion about pedagogy and the appropriateness of methods for all students.
We're delighted to have as our keynote speakers:
Professor Diana Laurillard from the UCL Knowledge Lab - Online pedagogy, equity and engagement: a research-led approach
Chris Millward, Office for Students - Update from the Office for Students: getting Access & Participation Plans back on track
Dr Gurnam Singh, Associate Professor of Educational Attainment at Coventry University - Decolonising pedagogy and e-learning: challenges and possibilities
Professor Julie McLeod, Birmingham City University - Reflections on the educational pivot
Keynotes are followed by a number of parallel sessions offering case studies from members including Sally Tazewell (University Centre Weston) looking at the principles of Universal Design for Learning alongside the NERUPI Framework, and Scott Mckenzie and Emily Warwick (Cardiff University) on Mincecraft in WP.
Day 2: Evaluating for Equity: A Praxis Based Approach
Friday 18th September
The COVID19 pandemic has exposed inequalities in all areas of our society and higher education must play its part in reducing disparities in access, participation and progression and preparing students for the future. The importance of evaluating and assessing the impact of our work has never been more critical. The pandemic has reminded us of the range of research and evaluation methods that can be deployed as well as the importance of choosing the right approach and the appropriate team to address the problem in hand. This is also true for widening participation but, as with the pandemic, the contribution of practice can often be overlooked. This second day of the NERUPI convention explores how teams can come together to use both research and practitioner knowledge to create a new praxis that can address inequalities in higher education.
We are very pleased to announce that our keynote speakers are:
Drs Matt Lumb & Rhyall Gordon of the Centre of Excellence for Equity in Higher Ed at the University of Newcastle Australia - Whose values matter? Ethics as a guide to evaluative praxis
Richard Shiner, Head of Access & Participation Evaluation at the Office for Students - Improving evaluation regulation and practice: a collaborative approach to developing the OfS standards of evidence and self-assessment tool
Annette Hayton, Senior Research Fellow and NERUPI Convenor at the University of Bath - Praxis teams and the NERUPI reflexive evaluation cycle
The second day also has expert workshops on evaluation including contributions from Liz Thomas (Edge Hill University), Anna Anthony (HEAT) and Joanne Moore (University of Exeter).
The programme will be available to download soon.
Call for Papers
As well as the keynotes, we want to hear from our members and are therefore calling on you to get in touch with your ideas for sessions on your WP projects and evaluation relevant to the themes above. These could be presentations, workshops or QUICKSHARES* and should last for 30-45 mins including any workshop tasks.
Download further information and guidance: NERUPI Convention 2020 Call For Papers
* NERUPI will run a number of QUICKSHARE events in July-September, mini online events where members will share their work and reflections as they move their activities online or otherwise away from wholly face-to-face interventions