Associate College Partnership conference 2017

  • Oxford Brookes University hosted the seventh Associate College Partnership Conference on Friday 6 January 2017. The theme was 'The role of college-based HE in the sector, ‘post-white paper’ and about 100 delegates attended.


    Time What's on
    9 - 9.45am

    Registration and coffee

    9.45 - 10am

    Welcome: Brendan Casey, Registrar and Chief Operating Officer, Oxford Brookes University

    10.00 - 10.15am

    NSS Satisfaction Results Best ACP Programmes: short awards ceremony

    Professor Julie McLeod, Pro-Vice Chancellor (Student Experience), Oxford Brookes University

    10.15 - 11.15am

    Keynote:  Reflections on the Higher Education &Research Bill: the role of college-based higher education
    Nick Davy, Association of Colleges 

    11.15 - 11.30am


    11.30am - 1pm

    What’s Going Wrong
    Mary Kitchener SFHEA, Educational Development Consultant, Oxford Centre forStaff and Learning Development (OCSLD)

    Based on reflective practice and solution focused approaches, as well as the guiding principles in medicine and aviation to ‘fail better’, this workshop aims to explore the capacity to improve from mistakes and concerns. Working in faculty or professional hubs, small groups will explore past experiences to facilitate a discussion to support individual development and learning from others.

    Sessions – select the appropriate choice below:

    • Professional network hubs
      • Administration
      • Admissions 
      • Careers
      • Disability 
      • Library
      • Marketing 

    • Faculty network hubs
      • Business
      • TDE: Creative Arts
      • TDE: Engineering, Motorsports, Computing
      • HSS: Education, Policing
      • HLS: Health and Social Care
      • HLS: Sports
      • HLS: Animal, Land Based

    1 - 2pm


    2 - 3pm

    Workshops - select your first and second choice from the options below

    Teaching ExcellenceFramework
    Professor Julie McLeod, Pro-ViceChancellor (Student Experience), Oxford Brookes University
    Sue McGregor, Dean of Curriculum, Solihull College & University Centre

    Prof Julie McLeod will provide a sector update on the progress of the TEF and the University’s approach to submission. She will be joined by colleagues from Solihull College who will provide a case study on preparing their own submission.

    Connectedness and remote teams

    Hilary Thompson, The Ministryof Imagination

    In the spirit of light- hearted creative curiosity we will explore what it is to work with remote teams and how we can find the commonality, unity, empathy and understanding that helps connect us and foster one vision for the ACP.

    Throughout the session college teams will be split up so that they work with partners they haven’t met before. The session will involve working physically up on our feet, with energy and focus.

    Inclusive pedagogy
    Dr David Ellis, Associate Dean(Student Experience), Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences, OxfordBrookes University

    This workshop will offer an opportunity to reflect on the development of inclusive pedagogy, particularly in the light of supporting widening participation and the challenges of changing disability support. A panel of colleagues will reflect on their experiences of developing inclusive practice, with opportunities for delegates to share their own experiences. 

    Pathway to HEAfellowship

    Neil Currant SFHEA and Mary Kitchener SFHEA

    For: HE Teaching staff with programme lead responsibilities

    This session will introduce you to The Pathway Programme which offers a supported CPD route to achieve the award of either Senior Fellow or Principal Fellow of the  Higher Education Academy.  These two awards form part of the UK Professional Standards Framework for teaching and supporting learning.  Achieving a fellowship will demonstrate formal recognition of achievements in teaching and in enhancing the student learning experience, combined with scholarship, professional development and academic leadership. Attending the session will give you insight into the application process and the next steps to pursue.   

    Incorporating the student voice
    Through a series of short presentations, hear about examples of best practice in encouraging and incorporating the student voice in our ACP provision: from supporting students to present and publish their research, to the importance of an active HE student rep system - from the reps themselves.

    3 - 4pm

    Coffee break - along with an opportunity to network and share learning from the day.