Two conferences for learning and teaching

We're hosting two great conferences for learning and teaching this summer and they'll explore some of the key themes of our Learning and Teaching strategy: collaborative teaching, excellence in practice and an outward facing ethos.


Reconnecting through Engaged Learning and Scholarship: Impact, Frameworks, and Practice, a free conference, 6-7 July 2017

Curious about the role of engaged learning in your discipline or department? Learn from colleagues, share your ideas and develop your engaged learning practice.

The conference aims to facilitate exchange of frameworks, projects and experiences through which engaged learning can be approached, practised, and theorised.

The conference is free, and you're welcome to attend one or both days.

Programme and registration

Submit a proposal by 7 April

Proposals for presentations of 20 minutes, workshops of 40 minutes, and posters are invited. Please submit proposals by 7 April via the conference website.

Notifications of successful contributions will be made by mid-April.

Selected papers from this event will be published in an edited and peer-reviewed volume. Papers and attendees are welcome from both inside and outside the academy.
Areas of interest include, but are not limited to:

  •  The role, purpose and obligations of universities, and their relationship with communities and organisations
  • Broadening notions of 'impact' through engaged learning
  • Practicalities, ethos, and the challenges of doing engaged learning well
  •  Critical approaches to ‘co-production’
  • Universities and citizenship
  •  New definitions of ‘scholarship’
  •  Engagement through students’ critical sensibilities towards HE
  •  Boundaries between research, teaching, scholarship, and activism
  •  Case studies

What is engaged learning?

Professor Brendan Stone from our School of English explains:

“Engaged learning involves students working alongside and with external partners and communities on real issues of public concern; it involves both traditional academic work and learning in dynamic and unpredictable settings. Not only does this give students great opportunities to develop key skills such as project management, communication, and problem-solving, it also helps to build meaningful and productive relationships between the University and its partners. This conference will explore the scholarship and practice of engaged learning. It will look at the intellectual, philosophical, political and cultural background to this work, as well as presenting case studies and provocations. The University of Sheffield has a rich history of working in civically engaged ways, and this will be an opportunity to share ideas with colleagues from a wide range of institutions and to learn from others’ work and thinking. It promises to be an exciting and enjoyable event.”

Enhancing Student Learning Through Innovative Scholarship Conference, 20-21 July 2017

We’re hosting this, the third meeting of a national teaching fellow network, at The Edge (Endcliffe residences).

The conference aims to:

  • Highlight innovative scholarship of learning and teaching being driven by teaching-only academics in a research intensive climate.
  • Provide a forum to share innovative scholarship across disciplinary boundaries and to develop a national voice for teaching focussed academics.

Register by 15 June

Professor Paul Latreille, Deputy Vice-President for Education, will be opening the conference.

Paul said: “We’re delighted to host this highly prestigious event later this year, and to welcome colleagues from across the sector in celebrating and showcasing the contributions of education-focused colleagues in developing and delivering innovative teaching in support of student learning. The theme of the two days – collaborative teaching – resonates strongly with several of the themes and underlying principles in our latest Learning & Teaching Strategy, including priorities around excellence in practice and an outward facing ethos. As such, the conference will provide an opportunity to share some of the exciting work being done here in Sheffield, as well as for us to learn from the wider educational community.”