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  • Brookes Learning and Teaching Conference 2022

    Conference videos of the Brookes Learning and Teaching Conference 2022 held online on Wednesday 15 June 2022.

    Universities are complex structures. Like beehives, they require a collective understanding of individuals and their identities to function effectively. We sometimes talk about our ‘student body’ or ‘staff body’, with the underlying assumption that people’s needs are all the same, but it is paramount that we take into account the different identities of our students and staff for effective learning and teaching. With this in mind, we welcome submissions that are related to identities in the broadest sense, of both students and staff, and their impact on learning and teaching (see below for more details).

    Keynote Speaker

    We are delighted to confirm our keynote speaker:

    • Dr Billy Wong (Associate Professor at the Institute for Education, University of Reading) who will talk about what makes the ‘ideal’ student. 

    Invited Symposium

    We also have three invited experts discussing how to address educational inequalities relating to racial identities in our Chair’s Symposium, led by Dr Louise Taylor Bunce including: 

    • Dr Omolabake Fakunle (Chancellor’s Fellow, Institute for Education Community and Society, University of Edinburgh)
    • Tamara Reid (Inclusive Curriculum Consultants Lead, Kingston University) 
    • Jardel Williams (Campaigns Assistant, Brookes Students' Union)

    Our theme: Identities

    Identities, or how we see ourselves and others, influence our attitudes, values, beliefs, and behaviours. Individual differences based on our identities, as well as intersections of those identities, are fundamental to understanding the success, or not, of the educational process.

    Proposals could cover a variety of topics relating to different elements of student and staff identities, including, but not limited to:

    • partners
    • co-producers
    • apprentices
    • consumers 
    • writers
    • performers
    • designers 
    • researchers
    • entrepreneurs 
    • activists
    • employees

    Other aspects of identity include those relating to protected characteristics, and their intersections, such as: race/ethnicity, gender, age, disability, sexuality, religion, and life experiences such as being a carer or a parent, mature student, care leaver etc. 

    The conference co-chairs are:

    Dr Louise Taylor
    Principal Lecturer Student Experience
    Faculty of Health and Life Sciences

    Ben Walker
    Senior Lecturer in Educational Development
    Oxford Centre for Academic Enhancement and Development

    If you have any questions, please contact louise.e.taylor@brookes.ac.uk or bwalker@brookes.ac.uk