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This year's theme is student engagement. This is a term widely used for a range of purposes (see Trowler & Trowler 2010) and we are embracing it full on this year. Accordingly, we have invited sessions that not only address or critique the notion, but also exemplify student engagement by involving students in the actual session itself. Students are involved as presenters, researchers, in role plays, in reflecting on their experience of initiatives, chairing discussions etc. The more creative the better. Students from Exeter were our keynote speakers last year, and were hugely impressive. This year we hear from our own students together with our colleagues who are finding innovative ways to include students in aspects of University life and learning.
The date for the Conference has been brought forward into semester time to encourage student participation, both as attendees and in the design and delivery of the workshop/presentation sessions.
If you would like to find out more about student engagement at this conference, please contact the Co-Chairs Frances Deepwell or Berry O'Donovan. For all other queries, please contact Roy Grantin OCSLD. Student engagement within the institution is a major project of the University Strategy for Enhancing the Student Experience (2010-15)
Trowler, V. & Trowler, P. (2010) Student engagement evidence summary, Higher Education Academy. (linked to PDF)