The Birmingham Conference 2016

Thursday 19th May 2016

The Birmingham Conference is an annual meeting focused on research into the education of health professionals. One of the biggest events of its kind in the UK, it is hosted jointly by Health Education West Midlands, The Medical School and the Health Professional Education and Research Unit (HPERU), University of Birmingham.

In addition to keynote presentations, the Conference provides an opportunity for delegates to seriously engage in other’s work through paper presentations, poster sessions and workshops.

There is no conference fee, but to attend you must register by Friday 8th April.  Places are limited and will be issued on a first come, first served basis.

Confirmed Keynote speaker

Professor John McLachlan (See

Call for Presentations/ Posters/ Workshops

The conference committee is seeking submissions of outlines for Presentations, Posters and Workshops.  All aspects of education of health professionals will be considered; this may be formal research, reflections upon novel teaching methods, etc.

If you would like to be considered for a presentation, poster or workshop, please complete and return an Expression of Interest form by Friday 8th April.  All presenters must first have registered on-line to attend .

We look forward to welcoming you to the Conference!

The Birmingham Conference 2015: Technology Enhanced Learning

Thursday 21st May 2015

Keynote presentations

Professor Giles Perryer, Academic lead for e-learning at the College of Medical and Dental Sciences, University of Birmingham
Technology enhanced dental education: a whistle-stop tour of  9 developments

The School of Dentistry has long been in the forefront of Technology Enhanced Education, and is embracing the opportunities offered by the brand new Dental School and Hospital being built at the old Pebble Mill site.

In this presentation Giles introduced the new building, and covered some of the key technologies being used to underpin teaching and assessment. These include cloud based mobile assessment and self evaluation apps, a range of hi-tech devices used in simulation training, Massive Open Online Courses (Giles is the University’s Academic Lead for MOOCs), and an online distance-learning Masters Degree in Dentistry.

Mike Sharples, Professor of Educational Technology, Mike Sharples, Professor of Educational Technology
The changing Landscape of Technology Enhanced Learning

Mike discussed the following:

  • Drivers for change: new technology, finance, globalisation, innovative pedagogy
  • New landscape: Massive open social learning, blended learning, personal learning technologies, assessment for learning, mobile and contextual learning, connecting formal and informal education, global marketplace
  • How can we predict, and design, the future of education? Distinguish hype from reality. Identify ‘weak signals’ of systemic change. Support design-based research. Scale best practice.
  • Pedagogy-led innovation: educational transformations based on deep knowledge of how people learn mediated by innovative technologies. Agile design-based research and development.
  • Example: massive open social learning for FutureLearn.
  • Blended learning: blending campus and online. Blending free and paid-for
  • Navigating the future of education: don’t evaluate how technology makes traditional learning slightly more efficient. Explore effective and transformative forms of learning enabled by technology. 

The Parallel sessions included a number poster presentations  and workshops on topics such as ePortfolios - developments and Technology Enhanced Learning for healthcare providers.

Conference workshop


The Birmingham Conference 2014: The Shape of Training

The 2014 conference, took place in the School of Education, University of Birmingham.

Keynote presentations

  • Professor Hywel Thomas, University of Birmingham: Virtues and Values in the Medical Profession
  • Professor Malcolm Lewis, OBE, Director of Postgraduate Education for General Practice, Wales Postgraduate Deanery: The Shape of Training - from proposals to practice 

Keynote speakers: Professor Hywel Thomas and Professor Malcolm Lewis

Hywel ThomasMalcolm Lewis




The foundation Year 1 prizes were followed by presentations from the winners

Joint Winners: Drs Neeral Patel and Samaresh Mazumdar 'Should diabetic patients be routinely screened for obstructive sleep apnoea?'

Highly Commended: Dr Timothy Robbins 'Innovation - what can trainees achieve?'

Jamie Coleman collects her prize


Poster Competition Prizes: Jamie Coleman presents the prize for 'A novel approach to case based discussions'