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The SCoLPP team regularly deliver talks, are panel hosts or lend their expertise to events and programmes both here in the UK and abroad.



SCoLPP International Pedagogic Conference

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20-23 November 2024 will see our first SCoLPP International Pedagogic Conference.

It’s Scholarly but it’s Real: Using Phenomenon Based Learning to future-proof effective learning in Higher Education 

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Webinars and lectures

In recognition of her new professorial position, SCoLPP leader Professor Stella Jones-Devitt delivered her inaugural professorial lecture at Staffordshire University.

The long march to critical pedagogy: and why the journey matters?

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This inaugural lecture presents a challenge. As Giroux (2013) notes there is a need to invent modes of pedagogy that release the imagination, connect learning to social change and create social relations in which people assume responsibility for each other. Yet why do we find this so difficult in higher education?

Stella Jones-Devitt recounts some of her struggles and triumphs along the way in trying to make learning engaging for all, whatever the starting point. Within this lecture, she hopes there will be something useful for everyone, concerning her forays with donkey rides, origami frog-making, osmotic walls, zombies and more.

So, What's the Learning? webinar series

This professional development offer brings together pedagogic researchers to a community of practice to share perspectives with the wider HE community. Participants gain the chance to consider how such learning applies within their own context and develop tangible skill(s) for enhanced practice. 

People, places and pedagogies: Navigating through the terrain of digital ethnography

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Our first session: People, places and pedagogies: navigating through the terrain of digital ethnography, was led by Fran Brown-Cornwall (@FrankieCornwall) and Dr Jo Basford (@basford_jo) from the Institute of Education, Staffordshire University.

In this session Fran and Jo shared their insights in adopting a digital ethnographic approach for their SCoLPP research project. We heard how Fran and Jo experienced the changing dynamics of their research and the challenges of employing a photo-elicitation methodology in both digital and in-person contexts. It was discussed how this methodology helps participants to ‘sharpen’ their ability to reflect upon and explain their experiences and perceptions as well as encourage collaborative knowledge production (Auken, Firvoll and Stewart, 2010).

Disentangling cause and effect: the challenges of translating interdisciplinary research into policy

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Our second session, Disentangling cause and effect: the challenges of translating interdisciplinary research into policy was led by Dr Arinola Adefila, Deputy Director of SCoLPP at Staffordshire University, and Prof Maria Lúcia T. Garcia, Professor and Postgraduate Lead for Political & Social Programmes from The Federal University of Espírito Santo, Brazil. Working across continents (during COVID lockdowns!) this research partnership dealt with concept complexity through an humanitarian lens.

Negotiating the differing contexts in terms of language and culture produced rewarding outcomes for both the project and the researchers. Our presenters share their thoughts on the place of activism as educational researchers. If you need motivating or nourishing- this is the webinar for you!

Dr Arinola Adefila is currently employing her evaluation expertise to the Student Mobility programme in Finland using Cultural Mapping to examine how the Collaborative Online International Learning programme has supported learning. 

Dr Sally Andrews delivers the findings from the TASO commissioned research into initiatives to tackle the ethnicity awarding gap on Monday 12 June 2023 2-3.30pm, if you are interested in attending, please register for this event online.

3 SCoLPP colleagues will be presenting at the forthcoming International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in Utrecht. Gareth Barratt will be sharing his work on student partnerships and coaching. Dr Kate Cuthbert and Sue Lee will be sharing their phenomenon-based learning project outcomes. 

Sue Lee presented elements of her PhD research exploring the intangibles in HE at the Higher Education Futures Institute, University of Birmingham Conference, “Educational Gain: Beyond the Metrics” 2023. 

Dr Annabel Kiernan and colleagues Vanessa Dodd and Sally Andrews spoke about effective evaluation at Universities UK (UUK) Conference on closing ethnicity awarding gaps in April 2023.

Dr Annabel Kiernan joined the panel on Developing Local Skills at the Lifelong Education Commission’s Investing in Skills for Life conference

Dr Kate Cuthbert and Sue Lee will be leading a workshop about phenomenon-based learning at Edgehill University’s Learning and Teaching Conference: The 2023 SOLSTICE and CLT Conference 

Professor Stella Jones- Devitt will be delivering a keynote address on 14 June for QAA Scotland’s Enhancement Conference

Dr Annabel Kiernan will be sharing insights on Lifelong Loan Entitlement at Westminster Higher Education Forum Policy Conference on 6 July, and at the Lifelong Loan Entitlement Conference 2023 on 13 June.

Dr Sally Andrews presented at QAA insights February 2023, engaging delegates with her thinking on How do we know what works in curricula? 
Dr Annabel Kiernan will be a panel member, giving expertise on ‘New Models of Delivery’ at the Engineering Professors Council's 

Engineering Academics Network Annual Congress 2023 on 14 June.

Dr Sally Andrews delivers the findings from the TASO commissioned research into initiatives to tackle the ethnicity awarding gap on Monday 12 June 2023 2-3.30pm, if you are interested in attending, please register for this event online.

Professor Stella Jones-Devitt led a Confident Claims online workshop for Scottish HE sector in February 2023 

Dr Annabel Kiernan is delivering a presentation at Badge Summit entitled ‘Developing microcredentials as a response to English economic and educational policy’ on 24 July.

We will soon be launching a Video Podcast series. This series is intended to extend the TILE Hub as a platform for discussing the various digital supports and resources available at Staffordshire University.


Collision Coffee

Exploring Collaboration in HE, 21 June

This bi-monthly event is geared towards fostering dialogues among staff on innovative pedagogies and creating networking opportunities. The event features external and internal presenters who share their unique pedagogical approaches and stimulate discussions on active and design-based pedagogy. Set in the Catalyst building, we invite staff members to collaborate, form synergies, and make productive use of our workspaces.

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Digital Activation Day

As a monthly event, Digital Activation Day offers workshops and drop-in sessions to provide personalised support for staff and students interested in various digital technologies. The event is an opportunity to rethink and restructure future teaching and learning practices around innovative techniques and e-learning tools. At this event, we have representatives from Digital Services, and the Library and Academic Skills team to provide guidance, support and live demonstrations (on need basis).

The Inaugural TILE Conference

Rethinking Learning: Embracing Innovation for a Dynamic Future, 14 July

This conference is a unique opportunity for educators, influencers, and researchers to present their work and discuss the latest developments within the ever-evolving education sector. The event will encompass presentations, workshops, symposia, and more, with sector updates, and information on students' future higher education options and career landscapes. It's a chance to develop pedagogical tools and subject knowledge, participate in roundtable discussions, workshops, immersive experiences, and network with fellow educators and researchers. The conference is free to attend and is open to all educators and researchers within the wider education sector (including further and higher education).

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TILE Webinars

We also offer a number of regular workshops which are updated on the TILE Calendar. This includes:

  • Lecture Capture Introduction and Workshops
  • Blackboard Ultra Induction/ refresher and Masterclasses
  • Interactive Technologies Workshops

These sessions are organised on an ongoing basis, and the schedule can be accessed through the TILE Calendar. They offer further opportunities to engage with innovative learning technologies and develop essential skills for effective pedagogical practice.

TILE Calendar
in the UK for Quality Education

Sustainable Development Goal 4, Times Higher Education Impact Rankings 2023

for Career Prospects

Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2023

for Facilities

Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2023

for Social Inclusion

The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2023

of Research Impact is ‘Outstanding’ or ‘Very Considerable’

Research Excellence Framework 2021

of Research is “Internationally Excellent” or “World Leading”

Research Excellence Framework 2021

Four Star Rating

QS Star Ratings 2021