Call for Proposals: Learning and Teaching in the 'Next Generation' University, 20th - 21st June 2019


Join us at the University of Birmingham to share ideas on new approaches to higher education learning and teaching. We welcome submissions of proposals for short papers or lightning session contributions. Proposals must be submitted to hefi@contacts.bham.ac.uk using this form by 5pm on 11 March 2019.

The 4th Industrial Revolution will result in significant changes to many graduate-level occupations. Artificial intelligence will replace some existing skills and tasks while creating new job opportunities. Knowledge production will become more distributed and knowledge increasingly accessible as digitisation continues apace and the range, scale and quality of online learning grow. Global megatrends in demographics, increased intolerance of inequality and the fast pace of change in the labour market will lead to new demands for learning that is lifelong, personalised, bite-size, integrated and industry-linked, supported by agile micro-credentialling systems.   

In some respects, this future is already here. In this conference, we will consider questions about the ‘next generation’ university, and explore ways in which higher education learning and teaching must evolve to ensure graduates are ready for their futures.  Implications for the training of academic and professional staff will be identified, and a summary of the conference outcomes will be synthesised and made available to all participants.

Conference Themes

  • Addressing inequality
  • Digitised futures
  • Lifelong learning
  • Employer-led learning

Presentation formats

Discussion paper (10 minutes plus 5 for questions)
Lightning session presentations (5 minutes)
Both types of presentations must:

  • address one of the conference themes
  • draw on relevant experience and wider research
  • be self-contained and crafted so that the audience can learn from it
  • include a conclusion with ‘implications for practice’

We will also be hosting poster demonstrations, for which we also welcome submissions.
Posters must:

  • address one of the conference themes
  • draw on relevant experience and wider research
  • be self-contained and self-explanatory

Proposals for posters must be submitted to hefi@contacts.bham.ac.uk using this form.