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
- Chris Millward, Director for Access and Participation, Office for Students
- Dr Gurnam Singh, Associate Professor of Educational Attainment at Coventry University
- Professor Julie McLeod, Pro-Vice Chancellor Teaching & Learning at Birmingham City University.
The afternoon programme continues with a number of parallel sessions from NERUPI members on their innovations in outreach and student success activity. These include sessions from Sally Tazewell, University Centre Weston, Scott McKenzie and Emily Warwick, Cardiff University.
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 the impact of our work has never been more critical. The pandemic has reminded us of the range of methods that can be deployed to explore issues as well as the importance of choosing the right approach. This is also true for widening participation but, as with the pandemic, the contribution of practice and practitioner knowledge 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:
- Dr Zainab Khan, Centre for Equity & Inclusion, London Met University
- Drs Matt Lumb and Rhyall Gordon from the Centre of Excellence for Equity in Higher Ed at the University of Newcastle Australia
- Richard Shiner, Head of Access & Participation Evaluation at the Office for Students
- Annette Hayton, Senior Research Fellow and NERUPI Convenor at the University of Bath.
There are also expert sessions from Liz Thomas, Edge Hill University, Anna Anthony, HEAT, Alan Donnelly, Sheffield Hallam University and Joanne Moore, University of Exeter.