The University’s second Learning, Teaching & Research Conference took place on June 26 and 27, 2019 at our new, award-winning Lanarkshire campus. The conference attracted over 200 delegates each day to participate in the peer-reviewed event, highlighting the excellent work carried out at UWS in relation to teaching, learning and research while also promoting the good practice which occurs across the University.
This was our second conference to combine research and enterprise with learning and teaching, building on our initial event in June 2018 which explored the linkages and connections between these areas. Postgraduate and undergraduate students joined academic and professional services staff for a conference which integrated key themes of assessment and feedback, digital learning, research-informed teaching and meeting societal challenges in the key areas of health, sustainability and society.
Associate Vice-Principal (Education), Dr Claire Carney, said:
“This was a very successful event with a positive buzz of enthusiasm over both days. I would like to thank everyone who participated, from both of our excellent keynotes to the workshop, paper and poster presenters and all the delegates, as well as everyone who kept the conference running smoothly, from catering and facilities management staff to members of the organising committee. “It takes a lot of effort to produce a successful event like this year’s Learning, Teaching and Research Conference; we’ll be taking on board all feedback from our evaluations and working this into our plans for next year’s event.”
On the first day of the conference keynote speaker, David Price OBE, an expert in organisational learning for a complex future, explored the role of higher education in an increasingly challenging world and also led a very popular Masterclass. Our second keynote speaker, Dr Tahir Hanif, discussed how modern universities need to capitalise on their industry-centred research and development to enrich the learning and personal development of their students, helping them to address the global challenges and societal needs of the future.
The conference also featured a discussion involving UWS students and an industry mentor reflecting on how the university had contributed to changing learning, while a group of UWS Events Management students from the School of Business and Enterprise organised a showcase of key contributions from Schools across the university. The Learning, Teaching and Research Conference was run in partnership with Space Solutions (Scotland) Ltd, incorporating haa design, the interior architecture and space planning experts who took the empty shell of what would become our Lanarkshire Campus and turned it into a stunning location for learning, teaching and research.