Programme 2019

Download a printable copy of the full HEFi19 Conference programme and parallel session abstracts or see further details on this page for Thursday 20th June and Friday 21st June.

Day 1: Thursday 20th June 2019

Day 1 activities




09.00 - 10.00

Registration, exhibition and poster viewing, and refreshments

Great Hall

10.00 - 10.10

Professor Kathleen Armour, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Education), University of Birmingham

Elgar Concert Hall

10.10 - 11.00

Keynote Speaker: The Next Generation University
Zac Ashkanasey, Principal, Nous

Elgar Concert Hall

11.00 - 11.30

Refreshments, exhibition and poster viewing

Great Hall

11.30 - 12.15

Keynote Speaker: Digitised Futures? How do we prepare?
Professor Linda Price, Director of Academic and Organisational Development, University of Bedfordshire

Elgar Concert Hall

12.15 – 13.15

Lunch, exhibition and poster viewing

Great Hall

Conference splits into two strands: Lifelong learning and Digitised Futures. Delegates can move between strands between 14.00 – 14.05.

Day 1 parallel sessions

13.15 – 15.00

13.15 – 14.00






Parallel Sessions 1:   Lifelong Learning

1.1: Simulate and Stimulate –   Gamification for HR learning and development  
Lisa Clark, Newcastle University Business School  

1.2: Teaching future-ready graduates equipped for the 4th industrial revolution
Susan Geertshuis, Innovative Learning and Teaching, University of Auckland

1.3: Cognitive un-load : using online design to optimise the conditions for learning
David Rowson, Director of Academic Services, Wiley Education Services  

1.4: Establishing Lifelong Learning from Day 1 a flexible learning framework
Simon C Riley & Gavin McCabe, , Institute for Academic Development & Employability Consultancy, University of Edinburgh 

Parallel Sessions 2:   Digitised Futures

2.1: Do business simulation games enhance students' employability skills?
Lesley Strachan, Southampton University Business School

2.2: The Smart Car Park
Tim Jackson, College of Engineering and Physical Sciences, University of Birmingham             

2.3: Digitising learning – the learning bots are coming, the application of a classic change model to their introduction
Stephen Ellis, Regents University London

2.4: Enhancing Lab Work in the Collaborative Teaching Laboratory with Digital Tools and Resources
Joseph Berry, Higher Education Futures institute (HEFi), University of Birmingham        

14.05 – 15.00

1.5: Academics as lifelong learners: connecting future-facing curriculum design and research-based education at UCL EAST
Anne Preston, UCL EAST, University College London

1.6: Student perception on feedback practices – an informed study from Engineering
Panagiota Axelithioti, Lewis Perry, Daniel Donaldson, Mohamed Samra, Carl Anthony, Daniel Espino & Aziza Mahomed, School of Engineering & School of Education, University of Birmingham                 

1.7: Who is student work for, in the twenty-first century university? Nick Grindle, Arena Centre for Research-based Education, University College London  

1.8: Throwing the cat among the pigeons: research-intensive learning at Birmingham and beyond
Marios Hadjianastasis, Higher Education Futures institute (HEFi), University of Birmingham

1.9: Student-centred learning: a case study
 Simon Scott, Liberal Arts and Natural Sciences, University of Birmingham

2.5: Translation software: a useful tool for international students?
Rina De Vries & Jake Groves, Birmingham International Academy, University of Birmingham     

2.6: Preparing Students for a Digitised Future  
Mehran Eskandari Torbaghan, Manu Sasidharan, Ian Jefferson, Lisa De Propris, Jonathan Watkins, Mohammed Ali, Richard Newman & Jenny Steere, School of Engineering & Business School, University of Birmingham                 

2.7: “Your canvas skills are more advanced than most staff”: reflections on developing canvas as a study space, not a learning material acrhive
Lee Gregory, School of Social Policy, Sociology and Criminology, University of Birmingham       

2.8: Crossing Borders: Using technological approaches to ‘live’ teach diverse student cohorts across different countries
Ian Jackson & Jodie Silsby, Art & Design, Winchester School of Art, University of Southampton        

2.9: Optimising One-to-One Student Support 
Annette Margolis, Birmingham International Academy, University of Birmingham

15.00 – 15.05

Transition time  

15.05 – 15.50

Keynote Speaker: Charting the journey for lifelong education and adult learning at the National University of Singapore

Professor Teck-Hua Ho, Senior Deputy President and Provost, National University of Singapore

Elgar Concert Hall

15.50 – 16.15

Refreshments, exhibition and poster viewing

Great Hall

16.15 – 17.30

Plenary Session and Panel Discussion: What does this mean for the next generation university?

Student panel session

Elgar Concert Hall


Day 1 reception and dinner



Edgbaston Park Hotel and Conference Centre



Edgbaston Park Hotel and Conference Centre


After Dinner Speaker
Stephen Isherwood, Chief Executive, Institute of Student Employers

Edgbaston Park Hotel and Conference Centre

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Day 2: Friday 21st June 2019

Day 2 activities




09.00 – 09.30


Great Hall

09.30 – 10.15

Keynote Speaker: Addressing Economic Inequalities

Professor Karen Rowlingson, Professor of Social Policy, University of Birmingham

Elgar Concert Hall

10.15 – 10.45

Refreshments, Posters and Exhibition viewing

Great Hall

Conference splits into two strands: Addressing Inequalities and Employer Led Learning. Delegates can move between strands between 11.30 - 11.35.

Day 2 parallel sessions

10.45 – 10.50

Transition time

10.50 – 12.20


10.50 - 11.30

Parallel Sessions 3:   Addressing Inequality 

3.1: Using Pebblepad as a tool for portfolio based assessment
Sarah-Jane Fenton, Paul Dyson & Marios Hadjianastasis, Institute for Mental Health, School of Social Policy & HEFi, University of Birmingham

3.2: Inclusive Curriculum Development
Lucy Atkins & Richard Hall, Freedom to Achieve, De Montfort University          

3.3: Transition into University for students with BTEC and ‘non-traditional ’qualifications
Dan Herbert, Rob Fleming, Rebecca Morris & Helen Mackenzie, Birmingham Business School, School of Education University of Birmingham, University of Warwick and School of Education, University of Loughborough

3.4: Finding the expert within: teaching in more inclusive ways
Els Van Geyte & Rina De Vries, HEFi & Birmingham International Academy, University of Birmingham

Parallel Sessions 4:   Employer-Led Learning

4.1: The equality challenge for employer-based learning
Lesley Batty, School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Birmingham

4.2: Pathways for Reflexivity: Designing a Blended Level 7 Executive Apprenticeship in Public Management and Leadership Karin Bottom, Stephen Jeffares, Catherine Mangan & Louise Reardon, Institute of Local Government Studies, University of Birmingham   

4.3: Future Work and Creativity: A study of employers’ interpretation of creativity in the workplace and the implications for student learning Employer-led learning 
Elaine Clarke & Chris Wilson, Aston Business School, Centre for Learning Innovation and Professional Practice, Aston University        

4.4: Transforming learning through commercial challenge-led projects
Jess Power, School of Creative Arts & Engineering, Staffordshire University

11.35 - 12.20

3.5: How can teachers avoid reinforcing international educational inequality?
Eleanor Chowns, International Development Department, University of Birmingham   

3.6: Students’ perceptions of institute reputation; fostering a genuine culture of belonging and inclusion in Higher Education
Sandhya Duggal, School of Social Policy, University of Birmingham

3.7: Exploring 8 Situational Lenses in Curriculum Design
Danielle Hinton, Higher Education Futures institute (HEFi), University of Birmingham     

3.8: Models of higher education provision for refugees within UK and European universities
Gabi Witthaus, College of Arts & Law, Digital Education Team, University of Birmingham 

3.9: Queer pedagogies and transnational education for disruptive practice
Holly Foss, Birmingham Centre for Railway Research and Education, University of Birmingham

4.5: The Interdisciplinary Birmingham Engineer: Integrated Design Projects that embed sustainability concepts to inspire and motivate students while improving their employability
Neil Cooke; Pedro Martinez-Vazquez & Mozafar Saadat, School of Engineering, University of Birmingham  

4.6: Challenging Teaching Practice: considerations about HE education development programmes
Erika Corradini, Centre for Higher Education Practice, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Southampton 

4.7: Embedding Entrepreneurial Skills and Employability into the Academic Curriculum Mircea Scrob & Helen Hook, Liberal Arts & Natural Sciences, University of Birmingham 

4.8: Developing Skills for the Future: Mentoring in Schools on the Curriculum at Cass Business School to Drive Social Mobility  
Rob Compton & Paul Palmer, School of Management, Cass Business School, University of London 

4.9: Interdisciplinary collaborative network to support innovation and increased diversity in energy teaching 
Grant Wilson & Claudia Favero, University of Birmingham

12.20 – 13.20

Lunch and Posters and Exhibition viewing

Great Hall

13.20 – 14.10

Keynote Employer Led Panel: Employer-Led Learning

Employer partners TBC  

Elgar Concert Hall

14.10 - 15.10

Plenary Session and Panel Discussion: What does this mean for the next generation university?
Professor Kathleen Armour, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Education), University of Birmingham

Elgar Concert Hall


15.10 - 15.30

Summing up and close

Elgar Concert Hall

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