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UEL Learning and Teaching Symposium 2020


Call for proposals now open!

The 2020 UEL Learning and Teaching Symposium will take place on Thursday 17 September 2020, in an entirely online format given the current Covid-19 situation. 

This year the conference has four main themes:
- Equity, equality and inclusion 
- Employability and digital skills 
- Pedagogies 
- Retention and Progression 

The conference will feature morning and afternoon keynote sessions in addition to parallel sessions of related papers organised into thematic panels. We are pleased to welcome Dr Naomi Winstone and Mr Simon Thomson as our keynote speakers:

Dr Naomi Winstone (SFHEA, NTF) is Head of Department / Reader at the University of Surrey and Director of The Surrey Assessment and Learning Lab. Dr Winstone has held several academic leadership posts, including Associate Dean (Learning at Teaching) at the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Surrey. Dr Winstone is a cognitive psychologist who specialises in learning behaviour and engagement with education. Her research focuses on the processing and implementation of feedback, educational transitions and educational identities. More details can be found on her website:

Mr Simon Thomson (SFHEA, NTF) is Director of the Centre for Innovation in Education, University of Liverpool. Mr Thomson has held several academic posts, including a senior academic post as Head of Digital Pedagogy at the Centre for Learning and Teaching, Leeds Beckett University. His work includes the development of a conversational framework for technology use, with a focus on its ability to enable, enhance, enrich and empower learning and teaching and the integration of digital capabilities as a model for curriculum development. More information can be found on his website:

This event will showcase your scholarly approaches to learning and teaching that are aimed at: enhancing students’ sense of belonging and engagement; including equity pedagogies in the classroom and decolonising the curriculum; addressing the degree awarding gap; developing students' employability and digital skills; debating different pedagogical approaches and learning strategies;  and embracing the power of knowledge.

We are now inviting abstracts for submissions in the following categories:
- A 15-minute research-based or practice-based presentation, which must be interactive, purposeful and practical, with at least one clear take-home message.
- A poster presentation.

Please complete the following form by 10 July 2020, 5pm.

Thursday, 17 September 2020