This year’s conference programme can be viewed as a PDF by clicking here. A full programme, including abstracts is available via our conference platform Oxford Abstracts for those registered to the event.

Programme at a glance

9.00- 9.15 SRHE Welcome & Opening Remarks
9.15- 10.00 Plenary: Creating Effective Connections between Higher Education Research and Educational Policy and Practice
10.00- 11.30 Parallel Session 1
11.30- 11.45 Break
11.45- 13.15 Parallel Session 2
13.15- 14.00 Break
14.00- 14.30 Network Sessions
14.30- 16.00 Parallel Session 3
16.00- 16.15 Break
16.15- 17.45 Parallel Session 4
17.45- 18.00 Closing remarks
10.00- 11.00 Registration, tea & coffee and exhibition viewing
11.00- 11.15 SRHE Welcome & Opening Remarks
11.15- 12.30 Plenary: Re-shaping Tertiary Education
12.30- 13.00 Meet the SRHE Network convenors
13.00- 14.00 Lunch, networking, poster & exhibition viewing
14.00- 15.30 Parallel session 1
15.30- 16.00 Tea & coffee, poster and exhibition viewing
16.00 – 17.30 Parallel Session 2
17.30 – 18.30 Poster presentations
18.30 – 19.30

Welcome Drinks Reception

All delegates are welcome

08.30- 09.00 Registration, tea & coffee, poster and exhibition viewing
09.00- 10.30 Parallel Session 3
10.30 – 11.00 Tea & coffee, poster and exhibition viewing
11.00 – 12.30 Parallel Session 4
12.30 – 13.30 Lunch, networking, poster and exhibition viewing
13.30 – 15.00 Parallel Session 5
15.00 – 16.00 Guest Panels
16.00 – 16.30 Tea & coffee, poster and exhibition viewing
16.30 – 18.00 Parallel Session 6
18.00 – 18.30 SRHE Network Sessions
19.00 – late

Informal Buffet Dinner & Disco

All delegates are welcome

08.30 – 09.00 Registration, tea & coffee and exhibition viewing
09.00 – 10.30 Parallel Session 7
10.30 – 11.00 Tea & coffee, poster and exhibition viewing
11.00 – 12.30 Parallel Session 8
12.30 – 13.00 Closing Remarks
13.00 – 14.00 Lunch

Guest Panel Sessions

with Professor Sam Elkington and Dr Jill Dickinson.

This presentation unpacks the principal findings that emerged from an SRHE-hosted Symposia Series that brought together sector stakeholders to consider new thinking in decision-making, policy, and practice and reflect on the promise of future landscapes of learning in HE through the prism of three thematic lenses: networks, assemblages, and flexibilities. Each of these lenses formed the conceptual focus for a symposium event with the aim of providing designated space and scope for interrogating a range of theoretical and applied interpretations and perspectives, and generating collaborative, reflexive discussions, and debate. The presentation draws together key learning and emergent themes to emphasise a more holistic understanding of the synergies and possibilities for learning spaces and the networks, assemblages, and flexibilities that characterise them according to the level of complexity and depth that they exhibit and the neoteric topologies of connection, social meaning, and practice that they promote.

Sam Elkington is Professor of Learning and Teaching at Teesside University where he leads on the University’s learning and teaching enhancement portfolio. Sam is a PFHEA and National Teaching Fellow (NTF, 2021). He has worked in Higher Education for over 15 years and has extensive experience working across teaching, research and academic leadership and policy domains. Most recently Sam worked for Advance HE (formerly the Higher Education Academy) where he was national lead for Assessment and Feedback and Flexible Learning in Higher Education. Sam’s most recent book (with Professor Alastair Irons) explores contemporary themes in formative assessment and feedback in higher education: Irons and Elkington (2021) Enhancing learning through formative assessment and feedback London: Routledge.

Dr Jill Dickinson is a Reader of Law at Leeds Beckett University. As an SFHEA, Jill was also selected as a Reviewer for the Advance HE Global Teaching Excellence Awards, and she has been shortlisted for National Teaching Fellowship. A former Solicitor, specialising in property portfolio management, Jill’s research focuses on place-making and professional development, and her work has been recognised in the Emerald Literati Awards for Excellence. Jill holds a number of editorial roles, including board memberships for Teaching in Higher Education and the Journal of Place Management and Development. She has recently co-edited a multidisciplinary collection entitled Professional Development for Practitioners in Academia: Pracademia and co-founded communities of practice around this theme

Chaired by Professor Colin McCaig (co-convenor of the HEP network).

The session will be an open forum for discussion on UK HE policy in the medium term, led by Colin McCaig, and feature a stimulus talk by Smita Jamdar who will consider ways in which the HE sector might change/develop following the upcoming general election.

Dr Colin McCaig is a Professor of Higher Education Policy based in the Sheffield Institute of Education, Sheffield Hallam University. A political scientist of 25 years’ standing, he is the author of around 40 publications, mainly if the field of widening participation policy and practice in the UK. His PhD thesis, Preparing for Government: Education policymaking in the Labour Party, was completed in 1999. Recent books include McCaig, C, Rainford, J and Squire, R (Eds) (2022) The Business of Widening Participation: policy, practice and culture and McCaig, C (2018) The marketisation of English Higher Education: a policy analysis of a risk-based system. As well as co-convening (with Karen Mpamhanga) SRHE’s HE Policy network he is a Principle Investigator evaluating OfS/Research England funded work to improve access to postgraduate research for applicants from black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds.

Smita is Relationship Partner for Shakespeare Martineau’s education clients and advises on strategic, regulatory, constitutional, governance and student matters. Her approach is best summed up by Chambers & Partners: “She is very knowledgeable about the sector, very well informed about the challenges the sector faces, and insightful about how we could change and adapt.” Smita is a member of the Higher Education Commission and an enthusiastic contributor to sector debate through the firm’s education blog, Going Further & Higher and her Twitter feed. She has Honorary Doctor of Law degrees for services to higher education from the Universities of Warwick and Lincoln and a Fellowship from the University of Worcester.

Chair: Christine O’Dea

Speakers: Professor Tony Wall, Dr Christine O’Dea, Dr Ruth Stoker, and Dr Mike O’Dea.

This session will provide an opportunity for educators to explore possible opportunities in using GenAI tools to support students to conduct academic research in an ethical manner, share good practices and make recommendations for university key stakeholders and policy makers.

Tony Wall is an AdvanceHE National Teaching Fellow, Professor at Liverpool Business School, Liverpool John Moores University UK, and a visiting professor in Sweden and Vietnam. He is the UK lead for the British Council Digi:Doi Consortium, a future-proofed, scalable digital transformation hub in Viet Nam underpinned by digital inclusion, wellbeing, and net-zero. His research is ranked #1 for ‘management development’ (Google Scholar) and his impact was judged as ‘world-leading’ (REF2021).

Dr Christine O’Dea is a Senior Lecturer in Management and Technology Education at King’s Business School, King’s College London. She has more than 20 years of experience in higher education as lecturer, researcher and academic developer.

Dr Ruth Stoker is the Director of Strategic Teaching and Learning at the University of Huddersfield, working with the Pro-Vice Chancellor (Teaching and Learning) and the Director of Registry in the development of policy and strategic responses to the challenges faced by the Higher Education sector in the UK. Her background is as a practitioner and academic in the field of journalism, but also has extensive experience working across national platforms connected to teaching and learning development and policy including the Quality Assurance Agency, AdvanceHE and the Office for Students.

Michael O’Dea is a Lecturer in Computer Science at University of York. He is a Senior Fellow of the HEA. His interests are in Machine Learning, Databases, Learning Technologies and Serious Games. His research is in the fields of Learning Technologies and Serious Games.

SRHE Network Sessions

Drop in at this informal session to meet some of the convenors of the IRR network – Cora Xu and Sazana Jayadeva – and other researchers working on topics related to international higher education and student mobilities. The convenors will tell you all about the IRR events they are planning for the coming year, and would be very interested in hearing about your research, and the kinds of events you would like to see the network organise. Everyone is very welcome!

Come along and meet the convenors of the Higher Education Policy (HEP) Network, Professor Colin McCaig, Sheffield Hallam University and Professor Karen Mpamhanga (formerly Smith), University of Hertfordshire. Hear more about what the network has been doing this year, and contribute to our session planning for next year by sharing your thoughts on potential future HEP network topics.

A chance to raise issues of interest with the Convenors

The Postgraduate Issues Network was established in 1995 to help interested parties find out about new developments in the field of postgraduate education and to interpret these for their own use and benefit, by means of seminar and workshop events, variously online or face-to-face. This growing network has many members (researchers, supervisors and research supporters of many kinds) including a number from around the globe, by virtue of participating in events.

The network offers its members more than a series of meetings: it aims to be a true network of mutual support in which ideas, concerns, materials and help are shared in a collaborative, collegial way, amongst all interested parties.

with Professor Pam Denicolo, Dr Martin Gough, Dr Richard Race and Dr Julie Reeves.

The Learning, Teaching and Assessment Network (LTAN) launched in October 2019 and its primary aim has been to highlight, discuss and share current issues, trends and debates in research supporting learning, teaching and assessment. In the network event on 4th December, the Network conveners, Professor Alex Owen, Dr Emily Danvers and Professor Namrata Rao intend to reflect on the activities of the network till date and will be sharing their plans for this year. This year the events have focussed on/will focus on Leadership in Learning and Teaching, Artificial Intelligence and its impact on learning and teaching and Academic Freedom and its impact on learning and teaching.

The LTA Network conveners would also be keen for the attendees to help shape the agenda of the network’s activities and hear from them how the LTA network can support the researchers/practitioners in the field.

Come along to our network roundtable meeting to connect with convenors and others interested in this area of research. It’s a great opportunity to hear about upcoming events and input into the development of future sessions.

Our Newer Researcher network convenors will introduce the network and reflect on its activities to date, and how they are shaping plans for our schedule next year. This will be an opportunity to meet fellow newer researchers and to share your own ideas for NR network sessions.

The SRHE Networks provide the primary means of bringing together researchers in special interest groups through facilitating meetings with fellow researchers to share research issues, exchange ideas and review current thinking and new developments.

Come along and meet the SRHE Network Convenors. This is a chance to informally learn more about the various SRHE Networks, share your thoughts and ideas, and discuss the Society’s activities and program of events.

Please join us for this session if you would like to find out more about the Digital University network. One of the network convenors, Katy Jordan, will be present to informally discuss the network, introducing its work to-date and plans for the future. Everyone is welcome to attend and we look forward to discussing the next steps with you and hearing your thoughts about topics and events you would like to see within the network moving forward.

Poster Sessions

During this session, delegates will have the opportunity to visit poster presenters who will showcase their research and connect with colleagues.

Delegates will also have the chance to vote for the prize-winning presentations. There will be two prizes for poster presenters; all posters will be judged by members of the SRHE Committee and by conference delegates. The Delegate Pack will include the voting form and guidance. Voting will open on Wednesday 6 December and end after lunch break on the following day.

Poster prize winners will be announced at 18:30 on Thursday 7 December – good luck to all involved.