Overview
Feedback from June 2017 and Building Best Practice

Key practical takeaway points for delegates to consider from case studies from June 2017 and identifying common trends that are crucial to successful gradings.

Student Experience and the Learning Environment

With the use of case studies, discussions will focus on how to build sound support structures in delivering for students, from digital resources to staff interaction. Particular attention will also be paid to the emphasis placed by the government on measuring teaching intensity and bespoke services.

Subject-level Considerations

With the introduction of subject level assessments and the pilots under way, discussions will provide an opportunity for delegates to analyse the existing framework for assessment, potential refinements and prepare systematically to feedback into course design, before its full implementation.

Student Outcomes and Learning Gain

Attendees will examine how outcomes and learning gain can be measured most effectively and provide an opportunity for course design to adapt accordingly. Time will also be allocated to discuss the importance of partnership working and building stronger feedback mechanisms, including between career services and subject departments.

Agenda
Start

08:30 - 09:00
Coffee and Registration

 

09:00 - 09:05
Chair's Welcoming Remarks

 

09:05 - 09:35
Keynote Address

 

Speakers

Dr Graeme Rosenberg Teaching Excellence Framework Manager, HEFCE

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09:35 - 10:15
Feedback from June 2017 and Building Best Practice

 
  • What are the lesson learnt from the June 2017 results?
  • Does the TEF have any methodological and credibility concerns?
  • How can these concerns be addressed by changes to the framework, as well as possible changes of approach from institutional staff?
  • How can concerns raised by university staff and academics be effectively addressed?


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Professor Kenneth Pickering Honorary Professor of Drama, University of Kent and Chairman of the Marlowe Society

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Dr Diana Beech Director of Policy and Advocacy, Higher Education Policy Institute

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10:15 - 11:10
Student Experience and the Learning Environment

 
  • With recent trends suggesting the learning environment criteria to be a key determinant of the broader teaching excellence assessment score, what strategies can be employed in this particular area?
  • Does the introduction of a teaching intensity measure accurately reflect teaching quality?
  • With personalised learning being crucial to the learning environment criteria and the TEF more broadly, how can universities provide a more bespoke and individualised service in a time of finite resources?
  • What policies can be implemented to ensure students receive the most personalised learning?
  • Do the considerable variations in student satisfaction rates between domestic and international students provide avenues to focus attention?
  • The need for understanding the student perspective and having a strong complaints resolution system in place.


Speakers

Professor Shan Wareing Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Education & Student Experience, London South Bank University

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11:10 - 11:15
Closing Remarks

 

11:15 - 11:30
Networking Refreshment Break

 

11:30 - 11:35
Chair's Opening Remarks - Baroness Garden of Frognal

 

Speakers

Baroness Garden of Frognal Officer, All Party Parliamentary Group for Skills and Employment

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11:35 - 12:15
Subject Level Considerations

 
  • Does the existing framework being used for measuring performance at subject-level capture the wide range of diversity at play across subjects?
  • What refinements could the subject-level assessment benefit from?
  • How can strong career considerations be embedded into all course disciplines to ensure employability and transferrable skills are being met for students?
  • How can further synergy be built between existing pedagogical programmes for staff members at departments that can also align with TEF considerations and priorities too?



Speakers

Daisy Hooper Teaching Excellence Alliance Manager, University Alliance

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Nona McDuff OBE Director of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, Kingston University

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12:15 - 12:55
Student Outcomes and Learning Gain

 
  • Is there a clear consensus on measuring student outcomes and learning gain? Are the existing indicators accurate measures of success? What refinements can be made?
  • How can departmental leads and careers services maximise partnership working to help ensure the employability and transferrable skills of students are being met?
  • What strategies need to be considered in ensuring positive outcomes are achieved for all outcomes, particularly for those coming from disadvantaged backgrounds and across a different mix of students?
  • How do you ensure you have strong feedback loops and internal systems for monitoring outcome data to improve course design as a way to improve learning gain.


Speakers

Anne Wilson Head of Careers, Student Careers & Skills, University of Warwick

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Dr Heike Behle Research Fellow, LEGACY project and Warwick Institute for Employment Research (IER), University of Warwick

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12:55 - 13:00
Chair's Closing Remarks

 

Speakers

Baroness Garden of Frognal Officer, All Party Parliamentary Group for Skills and Employment

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End

Speakers

Dr Diana Beech Director of Policy and Advocacy, Higher Education Policy Institute

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Dr Heike Behle Research Fellow, LEGACY project and Warwick Institute for Employment Research (IER), University of Warwick

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Baroness Garden of Frognal Officer, All Party Parliamentary Group for Skills and Employment

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Daisy Hooper Teaching Excellence Alliance Manager, University Alliance

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Nona McDuff OBE Director of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, Kingston University

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Professor Kenneth Pickering Honorary Professor of Drama, University of Kent and Chairman of the Marlowe Society

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Dr Graeme Rosenberg Teaching Excellence Framework Manager, HEFCE

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Professor Shan Wareing Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Education & Student Experience, London South Bank University

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Anne Wilson Head of Careers, Student Careers & Skills, University of Warwick

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Dr Joanna de Groot President, University College Union (UCU)

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Venue details

Central London


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