Annual Learning and Teaching Conference 2018

This years conference will focus on Research-led teaching – in pursuit of excellence. 

Date: Friday 22 June 2018


Time: 9.15am - 5.00pm

Location: Electronics/Physics Exhibition Centre, Campus West

The Keynote lecture and discussion will be held by Angela Brew an Emeritus Professor, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia, who will be discussing Integrating research and teaching: Education for an unknown future. 


Please Note: If you register after 5pm on Monday 18 June we cannot guarantee any catering or session needs or special requests will be met. Also, late registrations might not have badges or personalised packs - though we will have spares on the Registration desk on the day.

2018 Conference programme

8.30am Conference organisers available / poster set up in P/T005 and P/T005a
9.15am - Exhibition Centre Foyer 2018 conference poster (PDF  , 59kb)
Registration opens with tea and coffee
10.00am - P/X001 Lecture Theatre Introduction: Dr Phil Lightfoot, Chair of Learning and Teaching Forum
10.00am - P/X001 Lecture Theatre Welcome to the Conference - A strategic view of research-led teaching at the University of York. Professor Koen Lamberts, Vice-Chancellor & President of the University of York
10.15am - P/X001 Lecture Theatre

Inspiring the next generation - why research-led teaching matters. Professor Deborah Smith, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research, University of York - 

11.00am-12.00pm Workshop A (five concurrent sessions):

Session A1: Turn to the self: How autoethnography could help (PDF  , 63kb)
Caitlin Kitchener (YLTA), Department of Archaeology, University of York in P/L005

Session A2: Embedding research in problem-based learning: opportunities and (PDF  , 57kb)
Martin Veysey, Hull York Medical School, University of York in P/T006

Session A3 - Enabling Equal Access to Opportunity (PDF  , 56kb)
Matthew Ingram, Office of Philanthropic Partnerships and Alumni, University of York in P/T007

Session A4: Learning Through Crying: Overcoming the Reality Gap in Management (PDF  , 57kb)
Jonathan Fanning, York Management School, University of York in P/L001

Session A5 (PDF  , 78kb) Intensive enquiry based learning in the Social Sciences: What works? What's next?
Ellis Saxey, Teaching and Learning Centre, London School of Economics and Political Science, University of York in P/L006


Session A5 (PDF  , 78kb) Collaborative engagement for MSc research projects
Fiona Sweeney, Jane Clarbour, Department of Psychology, University of York in P/L006

12.00pm - P/T005 and P/T005a Poster presentations information (PDF  , 363kb) and lunch
1.00pm-2.10pm - P/X001 Lecture Theatre Keynote lecture and discussion

Integrating Research and Teaching: Education for an unknown future (PDF  , 357kb)
Angela Brew, Emeritus Professor, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia

2.15pm-2.45pm - P/X001 Lecture Theatre Lightning talks information (PDF  , 271kb)Lightning talks information (PDF  , 271kb)

Effective Rediscovery - A Challenge for Module Tutors
Mark Roodhouse, Department of History, University of York

Research-led production of a new green chemistry children’s book resource with students as partners
Glenn Hurst, Jake Walpole, Louise Summerton, Department of Chemistry; Clementine Beauvais, Department of Education, University of York

Developing our Learning & Teaching Spaces: top tips for influencing and contributing
Walter Van Opstal, Space Services Manager, University of York

Improving Engagement and Learning in Practical Classes – Transforming Demonstrators to Enable Students to be Active Participants
Jonathan Rainer (YLTA), Department of Computer Science, University of York

When there are no answers at the back of the book — Incorporating research in the Year-3 laboratory and easing the transition to Year-4 research projects
Yvette Hancock, Department of Physics, University of York

Skills Guides: supplementary digital literacy materials
Susan Halfpenny and Stephanie Jesper, Information Services, University of York

2.50pm-3.15pm - P/T005 and P/T005a Afternoon tea / poster session
3.20pm-4.20pm Workshop B (five concurrent sessions):

Workshop B1: Led-research: using PBL+ and enquiry-based learning (PDF  , 55kb)
Scott Slorach, The York Law School, University of York in P/L005

Workshop B2: Integrating Successful Student Owned Learning (PDF  , 117kb)
Samantha Pugh, Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Leeds in P/T007

Workshop B3: Student Research Internships as a Mechanism (PDF  , 58kb)
Jonathan Hook, Department of Theatre, Film and Television; Glenn Hurst, Department of Chemistry; Andrew Ferguson, Careers and Placements (Student and Academic Services), University of York in P/L001

Workshop B4: How can we use games and play to encourage students to become activ (PDF  , 57kb)
Pen Holland, Katie Smith, Department of Biology, University of York in P/T006

Workshop B5 (PDF  , 163kb) Using a research technique of participant-produced drawing for engaging students in teaching and learning
Sudthasiri Siriviriyakul (YLTA), The York Management School, University of York in P/L006


Workshop B5 (PDF  , 163kb) Playful Interactions: Reflections on research-led teaching in emerging design fields
Debbie Maxwell, Department of Theatre, Film and Television, University of York in P/L006

4.30pm-5.00pm - P/X001 Lecture Theatre Plenary and closing discussion

L&T Conference poster guidance 2018 (PDF  , 100kb)

Get involved #YorkLT18

Research-led teaching and learning are distinguishing features of Russell Group universities. They are also key factors that influence students’ choice of university and their satisfaction with their course. Translating research excellence into learning opportunities to expose students to current research, including our own contributions to the discipline, are priorities from the University’s Learning and Teaching Strategy and form core elements of the York Pedagogy. York has an outstanding reputation for research in many fields and is well-placed to inspire and engage students. The University ensures that students benefit from the very latest knowledge and thinking, enabling them to develop analytical skills vital to their future careers.

However, despite clear and numerous benefits of bridging the traditional divide between research and teaching, achieving these objectives presents several challenges. This conference will explore how these challenges can be overcome by showcasing examples of best practice in research-led teaching. This will be achieved through keynote presentations, lightning talks, discussion workshops and poster sessions. Join us to contribute to the debate.