09:30 - 10:00: Welcome and Keynote
Speakers: Dr Ed Stevens, King's College London; Dr Andy Pitchford, University of Bath; David Owen, Gurukula
Keeping It Real: Celebrating authentic learning - recognising the diverse and imaginative approaches adopted by colleagues across the UK to bring learning to life.
10:00 - 10:30: Case study #1 - Critical service learning
Speaker: Sharon Hutchings, Nottingham Trent University
Unpacking how service learning can build critical capacities and enable students to have agency and make a difference.
10:30 - 10:45: Break
10:45 - 11:15: Case study #2 - Vertically Integrated Projects (VIP)
Speakers: Prof Stephen Marshall & Dr Scott Strachan, University of Strathclyde
Introducing an imaginative approach to collaboration and interdisciplinary work that helps staff and students directly address sustainable development goals.
11:15 - 11:45 - Case study #3 - Object-research
Speaker: Dr Flora Smyth Zahra, King's College London
Exploring how engagement with cultural artefacts can support students of Dentistry in the development of their professional identities.
11:45 - 12:15 - Break
12:15 - 12:45 - Plenary and Q&A - Designing learning to counter Covid-19: the case of Edinburgh's Design Agency
Speaker: Zoe Patterson, Edinburgh College of Art, University of Edinburgh
Sharing an understanding of how the unique Edinburgh Design Agency was able to sustain its work during the Covid-19 crisis.
About our speakers
Dr Andy Pitchford is the operational lead for the Centre for Learning & Teaching at the University of Bath. He champions excellence in community engaged learning, partnership building and innovative curriculum design.
Dr Ed Stevens manages the Arts & Humanities Research Institute at King's College London. Ed has over 15 years' experience of community engagement work across the public, voluntary and higher education sectors and has researched the transformative effects of participatory research approaches on the professional identities of academics, charity workers and volunteers.
David Owen specialises in public engagement and systems approaches to managing change. He is an Associate with the National Coordinating Centre for Public Engagement and University of Bristol.
Sharon Hutchings is a senior lecturer in the Department of Social and Political Studies at NTU. She is the module lead for service learning on BA and MA sociology and teaches on the Sociology of Harm. Her research interests include critical service learning, employment and participatory research approaches as a form of critical public sociology.
Professor Stephen Marshall is from the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering at the University of Strathclyde. Stephen is also the University's academic lead for the Vertically Integrated Project (VIP) Program which brings together students, researchers and staff from across disciplines and academic years to tackle challenging problems. He works closely with Dr Scott Strachan, Senior Teaching Fellow in the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering.
Dr Flora Smyth Zahra is Clinical Senior Lecturer in Interdisciplinarity & Innovation Dental Education at King’s College London. Her most significant contribution to King's has been in the field of education, particularly cross-paradigmatic, interdisciplinary approaches to clinical education and curriculum innovation. She has pioneered embedding arts and humanities in dentistry and across health professions’ curricula both in the UK and the US. Flora leads the innovative Clinical Humanities programme.
Zoe Patterson is the Programme Director of Graphic Design at Edinburgh College of Art, The University of Edinburgh. Zoe has developed her research in the field of education through a number of design and teaching projects, the most significant of which won The Guardian University Award for Employability. More recently, Zoe, alongside colleagues from across Scottish Institutions, have contributed to the Daydream Believers scheme, a partnership between employers, teachers, lecturers and student ambassadors to create free online resources for school teachers.