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Call for Papers - Fifth PedRIO Annual Conference - Deadline 15 January 2016

Fifth PedRIO Annual Conference - 8 April 2016

Call for Abstracts deadline: 15 January 2016

Keynote Speakers

Lesley-Jane Eales-Reynolds, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education) at Kingston University

GPA Matters

Adam Benjamin, Lecturer in Theatre and Performance, School of Humanities & Performing Arts

The Pedagogic Practice of Improvisation - Will we find it when we get there?

We will be focusing on teaching, learning and pedagogy in higher education. From Curriculum Innovation to Internationalisation this one day conference will bring together an audience of academic and professional services staff and students from across the disciplines. This event aims to disseminate best practice and allow for knowledge exchange on important key themes, relevant to Teaching and Learning provision within the University sector.

The 5 key themes for the conference are: Internationalisation, Educational Sustainable Development, Induction and Transition, Assessment, and Curriculum Innovation.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/5thPedRIOConf16 for abstracts

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/5thPedRIOCONF2016 for registration

The 1st PedRIO Conference Masters Teaching: Setting New Agendas - 8 January 2016

We hosted Plymouth University's first Masters Conference, which received excellent representation & engagement. This conference discussed Masters-level Teaching and Learning issues for the 21st century. With speakers and attendees from across the UK we had some really healthy debate and discussions around the following topics:

Student Support and Transition, Effective Learning, Curriculum Design, and Assessment. See our programme

Other Internal Conferences

Digital Learning Conference - 29 June 2016

VC’s 14th Teaching and Learning Conference - 30 June 2016

Hear from our new VC Professor Judith Petts at this Conference!

Register your interest now for any of the above Conferences

Effective Evaluation: 1 Day Workshop - 7 April 2016

Interested in Moving beyond the happy sheet?

This one day event aims to bring together expertise from across the higher education community to discuss contemporary evaluation practices used to examine the impact of our CPD activities. It also offers an opportunity to hear about the outcomes of a recent Plymouth University HEA project led by Teaching and Leaching Support, in collaboration with external partners that has helped develop a toolkit to undertake effective evaluation.

For Further Information

Pedagogic Research and Teaching Innovation Scheme - up to £10,000

TLS are offering funding for up to £10,000 for Pedagogic Research and Teaching Innovation projects. To find out more and to get support with your application please come along to our final guidance workshop:

  • Wednesday 13 January 1 - 3pm (Bookable via iTrent)

The Fund is aimed at any member or group of Plymouth University staff who are interested in:

  • Conducting high quality research in Higher Education (HE) pedagogy,
  • Enhancing the quality of teaching and learning at the individual and/or subject level.

Deadline: 12 Noon, Friday 29 January 2016. Register your interest now

Visit our website for further details

Teaching & Learning Support Upcoming Workshops


12, TDF Intensive - Day 2

13, 2-4; UKPSF & PGCAP Writing Cafes

19, 10-12; Planning for Impact of Your Educational/Pedagogic Research

19, 1-3; UKPSF Guidance Workshops

20, 1-3; Writing and Publishing 3* Papers in Pedagogic

20, 12.30-2.00; Sustainability Education - Introductory Workshops

27, 2-4; Leading programme teams through Periodic Review

28, 2-3.30; Sustainability Education Research Group - Innovation in Pedagogy Café

The Plymouth University Compass

A framework of 'future-facing' attributes that will help students navigate their whole university experience

We have developed a guide on how students can strive to get the most out their time at Plymouth University, so that they are prepared to make their mark in the world not only as individuals, but as global citizens...

With 4 key navigational points:

  • The Critical and Creative Learner
  • The Sustainable and Global Citizen
  • The Competent and Confident Professional
  • The Resilient and Thriving Individual

On the topic of navigation see how Dr Jasper Graham-Jones encourages Mechanical and Marine Engineering students to get fully immersed and head in the right direction during a boat challenge.


Students who take notes with pen and paper seem to learn more than those who take notes on a laptop. It appears that when students use laptops, they are more likely to write note verbatim, rather than making sense of the material and putting it in their own words. The articles notes that “those who wrote out their notes by hand had a stronger conceptual understanding and were more successful in applying and integrating the material than those who used took notes with their laptops.” It might be worth encouraging your students to think about how they take notes, and how it can be made more effective.

Read more here: http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/a-learning-secret-don-t-take-notes-with-a-laptop/ With thanks to Liz Hellier for the link.

Making Valid Inferences in Observational Studies using Propensity Score Analysis. 3-4pm, 20th January

The International Centre for Statistical Education based in the School of Computing, Electronics and Mathematics with PedRIO have invited Dr Michael A Posner - Associate Professor of Statistics, Villanova University, USA to give a talk entitled 'Making Valid Inferences in Observational Studies using Propensity Score Analysis'.

In this colloquium, Michael provides an overview of propensity score analysis and review methods of data selection or allocation of weights, including proposing an alternative weighting method – weighting within strata. This new method is compared to existing ones using empirical analysis and via an application on sending patients to respite care.

External Funding

SEDA Research & Evaluation Grants 2016

5 projects of up to £1,000 each. Click here for further information.

Deadline: 29 January 2016


This EU funding can potentially be used for Innovative Projects (with potential EU impact) and staff mobility; for the purposes of training ie job shadowing, partner visits...

If you're interested please get in touch us.

Tendering opportunities: Interdisciplinary research in higher education

Closing date: 14 January 2016

HEFCE - two pieces of research to explore the interdisciplinary research (IDR) landscape in higher education.

Case study review of English interdisciplinary research in HE


Qualitative review of the UK’s interdisciplinary research


All enquiries should be made through the eSourcing Suite https://gpsesourcing.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/sso/jsp/login.jsp

External Conferences

Inspire to succeed: Transforming teaching and learning in STEM

28-29 January 2016, East Midlands Conference Centre, Nottingham.

2016 Educational Developers Caucus (EDC) Conference

February 16-18, 2016, in Windsor, Ontario, Canada: https://ctl2.uwindsor.ca/edc2016/

Inspire to succeed - sharing great practice in Arts and Humanities teaching and learning 3-4 March 2016, venue tbc,

Call for Papers Deadline: 11 January 2016. Click here for further details

Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching: Frameworks and Practice

University of Sheffield, Thursday 7 April 2016 10.00 - 16.30

Please submit proposals by 29 January 2016.

For more information: interdisciplinaryconf@sheffield.ac.uk

OU’s - Centre for Inclusion and Collaborative Partnerships

Widening Participation Conference "HE: Transforming lives through life-wide learning?" 27th and 28th April 2016, Milton Keynes

Deadline for Papers: 27th November 2015.

Click here for more details, to book a place or submit a paper or a poster.

HEAd’16: 2nd International Conference on Higher Education Advances

June 21 – 23, 2016 - Valencia, Spain

Call for Papers deadline 29 January

http://www.headconf.org & Twitter: @headconf

International Academic Identities Conference Academic life in the measured university: pleasures, paradoxes & politics, 29 June - 1 July 2016, University of Sydney. Abstract deadline: 15 January 2016

Higher Education Conference 2016

Partnering EARLI-Sig 4 & ECER Network 22, July 13-15 2016 Amsterdam www.HEC2016.org

Liverpool John Moores University: 7 & 8 September 2016. 'Metrics that matter: future directions for qualitative and quantitative institutional research'.

Further details and the call for papers will follow early in the new year. Please contact us

International Day of Disabled People - Rehabilitation International World Congress, 25-27 October 2016, Edinburgh. http://riworldcongress.com/call-for-papers/how-to-submit-a-proposal/

Higher Education Academy - Research Webinar series

Held on the first Wednesday of every month between 12.30 -14.00, our research webinars offer the opportunity to come together to debate critical issues in HE learning and teaching.

13 January: Professional development & academic careers: What needs to change?

Further information You can register here.

3 February: Engaging students in their learning: What works?

The following webinars have already taken place, but can be viewed online:

 What works in embedding employability in your institution?

 Independent learning: disciplinary perspectives and experiences

 What works in partnership learning and teaching?

 What are undergraduate students telling us this year about their learning and teaching experiences?

National Teaching Fellowship Scheme 2016 – deferred until spring 2016

The HEA have informed us of the following: “Reward and recognition of teaching excellence remains a top priority for the HEA and for the UK funding bodies. In light of national developments, we are currently reviewing how the National Teaching Fellowship Scheme can best identify and recognise teaching excellence across the sector, and to promote the sharing of best practice.

Future HEFCE funding for the NTFS will need to be agreed at the HEFCE Board in early Spring, and will also be dependent on outcomes from, and implications of, the annual BIS grant letter. Consequently we won’t be publishing details of the 2016 NTFS scheme until the Spring after the level of funding is agreed. For further information.

Other News

The Journal of Pedagogic Development 5(3) is now available at: https://journals.beds.ac.uk/ojs/index.php/jpd/issue/view/17

Available soon

New SEDA Series Publication Advancing Practice in Academic Development Edited by David Baume and Celia Popovic

Extracts from Chapters 1 and 2 are now available on the SEDA Blog. Further Chapter summaries and extracts will be published on the blog over the coming months.

Pre-order your copy via the Routledge Website.


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