NERUPI Convention 2020

Date: 18th September 2020

Location: Online (Microsoft Teams)

Please note this event is for Members only

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 further information and the booking form.

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If you have already booked for the Convention, use this form to select your parallel sessions. If you still need to book, please scroll down to the bottom of this page to complete the booking form first.

Details of parallel sessions are on the programme.

Pre-Reading and Links

Learning Designer (Diana Laurillard session):

Student Transition Skills and Strategies: https://www.enhancementthemes....

OfS Standards of Evidence and Evaluation Self-Assessment Tool: https://www.officeforstudents....

Widening Participation and Lifelong Learning journal Volume 22, Issue 2 'Special Edition - Evaluating WP Initiatives', July 2020:

Speaker Biographies

Nerupi Convention 2020 Biographies

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

Diana's session will introduce the ‘Learning Designer’ tool which supports staff in discovering and optimising the many opportunities that online delivery can offer whether blended with conventional methods or wholly online. Register here for this free resource:

Chris Millward, Director for Fair Access & Participation, 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, PVC Learning & Teaching at 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 Minecraft 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:

Dr Zainab Khan, Centre for Equity & Inclusion at London Met University - Delivering fair outcomes through institutional transformation

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), Alan Donnelly (Sheffield Hallam University), Joanne Moore (University of Exeter) and Sarah Dirrane, Cosmos Engagement.

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