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Talking About Teaching 2015

Friday 23 January 2015, 9.00 am – 4.00 pm

Bookings now open! To book a place on this conference, please go to our online booking form!

‘Talking about Teaching’ is our annual event that gives staff the opportunity to engage in conversations about learning, teaching and assessment. This year the key theme is inclusivity.

There will be a keynote speeches from Chris Bradshaw and Bob Matthew and also Amanda Smith and Dai O’Brien. The event will also feature a variety of short teaching and learning conversations and longer workshops.

Keynote speakers

Chris Bradshaw & Bob Matthew “Developing an Inclusive Curriculum”

How can we say that our curricula are designed in a truly inclusive way?

To date many initiatives have looked at diversity in terms of one specific protected characteristic be it disability, or international students and have identified strategies that assist these students to participate more fully. However, we do not think this is a sustainable approach. Given the growing diversity of the student body in UK HE, the Single Equality Act and the advent of fees in England, Wales and Northern Ireland the time is right for a fundamental rethink about what we mean by the inclusive curriculum. This session based, in part, on the authors’ participation in a Scottish Funding Council  funded project will look at current thinking on the inclusive curricula and offer some examples of possible ways of moving forward. In particular we will look at design, delivery and assessment and touch on the role of academics in preparing curricula that meet the needs of a wide range of students.

Chris Bradshaw was, until October 2014, an equality and diversity practitioner in HE and led the SFC project in Scotland.  He is a qualified teacher and has spent most of the last 10 years working on inclusive practice in HE. He works at the University of the West of Scotland.

Bob Matthew is director of the Centre for Academic and Researcher Development at Durham University. He is an engineer by discipline, and works in a Faculty of Education at Durham University.

Amanda Smith and Dai O’Brien “Making the university inclusive for students and staff: a BSL teachers’ perspective”

In this presentation, Amanda and Dai will discuss the definition of ‘inclusive’ practice and point out some of the hidden challenges and contradictions that this can involve.  They will use examples from their own experiences as recipients (victims?) of inclusive practice as pupils and students to illustrate the difficulties that students can face when they are on the receiving end of inclusive practice, however well-meaning it is.  They will then go on to discuss how their own practice has been influenced by their need for inclusion in their lessons as BSL teachers.  In their classes, adaptations are not only needed by the students, but Amanda and Dai both have their own communication needs that must be planned for and incorporated in every lesson.  Finally, they will conclude by suggesting that in order to ensure the university is inclusive for students, inclusive attitudes must first come from the staff.

Talking about Teaching 2015 programme

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Bookings now open! To book a place on this conference, please go to our online booking form!


Phil Vincent

Phil’s focus is to work across Faculties to support the implementation of the Academic Strategy, and in particular contribute to the effective development and implementation of technology enhanced learning.

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