Orael Institute, London

Teaching and Learning Conference 2023

About The Conference

Teaching in the spotlight: Where next for enhancing student success?
Our flagship six-day conference attracts UK and overseas practitioners involved in all aspects of teaching and learning from the UK and overseas.

The focus on enhancing all aspects of teaching and learning remains a critical issue for those seeking to provide an outstanding student experience at all levels of taught provision.

Orael Institute Teaching and Learning Conference 2023 set to position the spotlight firmly on teaching in a global context. The conference will explore how we are enhancing student success through all aspects of the student experience including transitions, curriculum design and development, enterprise and employability, assessment, engagement and inclusion, sustainability and much more. Join us to share and learn, network with passionate colleagues and work together to enhance the success of future Orael Institute students.
Join the conversation at #OraelTLConf23

The conference will:
1. Create space for delegates to engage in creative thinking around teaching and learning towards continuous enhancement and innovation of the student experience.
2. Increase knowledge and confidence of delegates to continue to develop and improve their teaching practice and have a positive impact on the success of their students.
3. Engage with professors, senior lecturers, leaders and influencers from across the education sector who share the passion for teaching and learning for student success.

Teaching practitioners including: Heads of departments, academic programme leaders and developers, lecturers, academic and support staff, and learning technologists.

The overarching theme across all six days of the conference will be Enhancing student success through student engagement and it will address the following sub themes:

Overarching Theme – Day 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6.

Enhancing student success through student engagement
How do we engage all students with all aspects of Teaching and Learning? How do we ensure we hear the voices beyond formal committees and Student Union reps? How are student voices heard as we move to new models of programme design and delivery? How are we using design thinking in teaching, learning and curriculum design? What pedagogical approaches are we using to engage students with their learning? How do we use collaborative spaces and multi-disciplinary working to enhance student success?

Day 1 

Welcoming, registration and reception.

Day 2 Themes

Enhancing student success during transition stages

What impact has independent learning and the disruption to secondary education had on students’ transition in to the institution? How do we aid student transition in hybrid models of the institution? How are we identifying and addressing new issues in transition arising from new models of delivery? Have we identified and overcome additional issues such as learning loss? How have retention policies and practices had to change?

Enhancing student success through flexible modes of delivery.

How can we enhance access, inclusion, retention, engagement and progression through providing more flexibility in pace, place and mode of learning? How are we intentionally selecting mode of delivery, e.g. blended, hybrid or hyflex models, to maximise student success? How can we ensure we consider teaching before technology as we move to more flexible delivery?

Day 3 Theme

Enhancing student success in an inclusive institution

We operate in a diverse sector – multiple types of institution, the range of student characteristics, improving staff diversity at all levels, re-examining existing epistemologies to develop an inclusive curriculum for all – which brings challenges to being a fully inclusive institution. How is this being addressed through EDI work and leadership in teaching and learning? How are we mainstreaming EDI into T&L strategy and practice? How are we ensuring inclusive curricula and academic freedom? How are we ensuring we hear marginalised voices in all areas of university life?
Enhancing student success through education for sustainable development
How are we embedding sustainability into institution teaching and learning? How are we integrating ESD with other institutional priorities, such as employ-ability, mental health and well-being, and assessment?

Day 4 Theme

Enhancing student success through enterprise and employability
In a pandemic era and beyond, enhancing enterprise and employability is essential to enabling student success. How have approaches changed to ensure opportunities for all students? How has the physical distancing of students from campus impacted on employability programmes/activities and efforts to diversify routes into work placements and employment?
Enhancing student success through continued development and recognition of the institution workforce

What new skills are needed in the future of institution workforce? How have your models of staff and organisational development changed to enhance student success? How does recognition support this? How have changes to mode of delivery impacted on staff wellbeing and the ways we are supporting staff? How can design thinking enhance student success and staff satisfaction?

Day 5 

UK Tour to one of the following university: Oxford University, Cambridge University or London City University.

Day 6

Orael Institute Dinner and Debate, where a topic, crowdsourced from the sector, will be debated by key figures speakers and influential personalities from within and outside of the institution, award certificate to be presented to the participants during the dinner.

Conference structure:

Each day will feature a programme of keynote speakers and panel sessions, plus parallel workshops/interactive breakout sessions, oral presentations, Ignite and soapbox sessions and a poster exhibition.

The conference will also feature two evening networking activities that can be purchased separately, or are included in the ‘full conference’ ticket option:

Date: 14th -18th August 2023. Time 9:00am to 5:00pm.
Keynotes, panel sessions and other sessions delivered in plenary to the full conference, will be recorded and live streamed to allow for greater accessibility. A purchase option of live-streamed sessions only, will be available to delegates and presenters from outside the UK.

Day 1 Monday 14th August 2023
Day 2 Tuesday 15th August 2023
Day 3 Wednesday 16th August 2023
Day 4 Thursday 17th August 2023
Day 5 Friday 18th August 2023

Keynote Speakers

Professor Graham Wynn
Institution: Northumbria University
Job Title: Pro-Vice Chancellor for Education

Professor Graham Wynn was appointed to the post of Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Education in October 2021. Before joining Northumbria University, Graham was the Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Education at the University of Leicester.

As PVC Education, Graham is responsible for leading and shaping the University’s Education Strategy, enhancing the quality and distinctiveness of the student experience and building a portfolio of high-quality, taught programmes that provide an excellent student learning experience and strong student outcomes. Graham leads the preparations and planning for the University’s TEF submissions and other regulatory or sector-related returns, including the NSS.
A professor of theoretical astrophysics, Graham’s research is focused on the study of astrophysical accretion. Graham has published over 80 peer-reviewed articles and has been principal or co-investigator on over £10M of research grants.

Professor Kathleen M. Quinlan
Institution: University of Kent
Job Title: Director of the Centre for the Study of Higher Education

Since 1996, Prof. Quinlan, Director of the Centre for the Study of Higher Education at the University of Kent, has contributed to higher education research and practice through academic and leadership positions in the US, Australia and England.

Kathleen is particularly known for research on supporting students’ holistic development in higher education and discipline-specificity in learning, teaching, and educational development. She has authored more than 50 peer-reviewed journal articles, two books, and 11 book chapters. She recently co-edited, with Dr Edd Pitt, a special issue of Assessment in Education: Principles, Policy and Practice on signature assessment and feedback.

In the past 10 years, she has been PI on grants from the Centre for Transforming Access and Student Outcomes, the Royal Academy of Engineering HE STEM Programme, the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education, and her own university, as well as Co-I on projects funded by Advance HE and the Higher Education Careers Services Unit. During that time, she has given 38 invited talks, including 10 keynotes.

She also has experience as a project lead and evaluator on more than twenty contract research projects in the US ranging from the equivalent of £35,000 to more than £170,000.

Jeff Grabill
Institution: University of Leeds
Job Title: Deputy Vice Chancellor for Student Education

Jeff Grabill is Deputy Vice Chancellor for Student Education at the University of Leeds. Prior to joining the University of Leeds, Grabill was at Michigan State University (MSU) in the United States for nearly 20 years. He served Michigan State University as the Associate Provost for Teaching, Learning, and Technology. In that role, he was responsible for facilitating innovation in learning and educator professional development via his role as Director of the Hub for Innovation in Learning and Technology. Grabill’s research focuses on how digital writing is associated with citizenship and learning. That work has been located in community contexts, in museums, and in classrooms at both the K-12 and university levels. Grabill is also a co-founder of Drawbridge, an educational technology company.

Dr Dave S.P. Thomas (SFHEA)
Institution: Advance HE.
Job Title: Associate Consultant (inclusive leadership, equality, diversity and inclusion)

Dr Dave S.P. Thomas
Dr Dave is an Associate Professor at Solent University, Southampton. He is also a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA), with over two decades of experience in leadership, management, teaching and research in the educational sector as well as private and public sector organisations globally.

Omotayo Akobi JP.
Institution: Orael Institute London.
Job Title: Director Orael Institute London.

Professor Gurpreet Jagpal
Institution: University of Suffolk
Job Title: Pro Vice-Chancellor Business and Entrepreneurship.

Gurpreet is the Pro Vice-Chancellor Business and Entrepreneurship at the University of Suffolk, with responsibility for Suffolk Business School, and the Business Engagement, Careers and Employability Directorate which focuses on driving business engagement and knowledge exchange across the institution and region.

Suffolk Business School is a new and innovative community impact Business School. Based at the heart of one of the UK’s fastest city economies in Ipswich it is committed to developing the talent and entrepreneurial effectiveness of all learners across the University and within the local business community. At the heart of the Suffolk Business School is the Innovation Labs at the University of Suffolk (ILOUS), a dedicated space to bring together students, academics and businesses to drive forward change and innovation. His directorate works closely with business and public sector partners to support student and graduate employability; collaborative projects offering consultancy services; applied research; joint working opportunities and programmes of business-focused training. The team provide a facilitative role in the engagement of local employers and businesses, convening employer networks to facilitate the alignment of the University’s curriculum and research activity with the needs of the local economy.

Gurpreet has spent the last 15 years working in universities across the UK, in roles predominantly focussing on business engagement, innovation and entrepreneurship. Blurring boundaries between education and business is Gurpreet’s passion, exploring ways that they can come together to ensure the needs of business are being met and graduates are equipped with the skills and knowledge to make a positive impact on society.

Gurpreet joined the University of Suffolk from UWE Bristol where he was the Professor and Director of the Institute for Enterprise and Entrepreneurship, a pioneer in enterprise education to transform the futures of young people and support the next generation of entrepreneurs thereby creating a more successful economy. Prior to this, Gurpreet was Director of Research, Enterprise and Innovation at London South Bank University (LSBU, and CEO of South Bank University Enterprises Ltd (SBUEL) where in a relatively short period of time he established an award-winning research and enterprise centre – ranked second in the UK, fourth in Europe and fifteenth globally, for innovative business development. And under his leadership LSBU successfully secured the crown as The Times Higher Award for Entrepreneurial University of the Year – recognising the outstanding entrepreneurial support offered to students, graduates, staff and the local community.

Shakira Martin
Rose Bruford College
Job Title: Head of Student Experience at Rose Bruford College and Founder of the Class of 2020. Initiative

Shakira Martin is head of Student Experience at Rose Bruford College and founder of The Class of 2020 initiative. Prior to this, Shakira served as Vice President Further Education (2015-17) at the national president of the National Union of Students before becoming National President (2017-19) representing 7 million young people studying in further and higher education being only the second person to hold the post from an FE background, and the first black women to have held the role in the NUS’ 96-year history.

Annette Hay
Institution: Coventry University
Job Title: Senior Research Delivery Support Partner

Annette is currently a member of the Senior Management Team in the Research Office at Coventry University. After completing her Social Studies Bachelor’s Degree at the University of Warwick, she went on to complete her Masters in ‘Leadership and Management’ at Coventry University.
Annette has over 30 years of experience around leadership, with a particular interest in making leadership a more inclusive and authentic experience. She’s passionate about empowering and enabling women, and especially more Black women, to take up leadership and governance positions.

The work that she often engages in, recognises the intersections of gender and racial inequalities and the role of positive action towards removing these inequalities. Annette challenges institutional and cultural norms which continue to permeate, deeply embedded barriers to real and systemic change.

She is recognised for her strategic influence and ability to build networks and new relationships. Presently, she’s a member of a number of Boards and Committees, including, Coventry University’s Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Council, Advance HE, NADOHE (USA), The Belgrade Theatre and ARMA EDI Advisory Group. Annette is also the Chair of the Race Equality Council at Coventry University as well as the BME Staff Network Lead.

Apply before 28th August 2023

Day 1 Monday 14th August 2023
Day 2 Tuesday 15th August 2023
Day 3 Wednesday 16th August 2023
Day 4 Thursday 17th August 2023
Day 5 Friday 18th August 2023

£4,995.00APPLY NOW

(including hotel accommodation, breakfast feeding and local transportation)

This website uses cookies to improve your experience. We'll assume you're ok with this, but you can opt-out if you wish. Accept Read More

Privacy & Cookies Policy