Celebrate, Connect and Collaborate

The annual Learning and Teaching Conference will take place on Tuesday 21st September in West Park Teaching Hub. This year the conference aims to "Celebrate, Connect and Collaborate" as we recognise the hard work of colleagues and the development of our teaching practice over the past year. The conference allows us the opportunity to share this best practice amongst our learning and teaching community whilst also demonstrating practical tools and methods for delivery.

Event Programme





9.15am – 9.45am

Registration and refreshments

Exhibition Area

9.45am – 10.15am

Keynote: Learning and Teaching Strategic Priorities 

Professor Rachel Thomson Pro Vice-Chancellor (Teaching)


10.15am – 11.00am

Lightning Presentations

(choose one of the parallel sessions below)


Room A

From Fieldwork Sites to the Vegas Lights…Enriching an Environmental Research Curriculum in Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic  

Dr Richard Hodgkins, Social Sciences and Humanities 

Structural feeling and conceptual design: an innovative integrated learning framework to promote creativity and engagement

Dr Mariateresa Lombardo, Dr Giorgio Barone, Dr Alessandro Palmeri, Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering  

Cross disciplinary group work

Dr Matthew Frost, Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering 


Room B

Embedding ‘Reflection’ into the Student’s Learning Journey 

Dr Ksenjia Kuzmina and James Moran, Loughborough University London

Improving Peer-to-Peer Student Interaction within Modules

Dr Chris Wilson, Business and Economics

Student podcasts as an assessment format 

Dr Gareth Wiltshire, Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences














11.00am – 11.15am


Speaker’s lounge open

Exhibition Area

11.15am – 12.00pm

Lightning Presentations 2

(choose one of the parallel sessions below)


Room A

Locked Room- creative session delivery 

Dr Rachel Grew, Social Sciences and Humanities

Dynamic Presentations on Teams

Dr Ben Clark, Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering

‘We’re not entertainers, but…’  A talk on the difficulties on balancing the demands of educating and entertaining in academia.

O Haruna, Design and Creative Arts


Room B

How to get your lab activity online 

Dr Sheryl Williams, Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering   

Remote Physics Labs- Arduino Boards

Dr Glyn Spencer and Dr Sarah Bugby, Science

Computer Skills Builder: Enhancing Employability Through Digital Fluency 

Dr Marco Discacciati and Dr Firat Batmaz, Science















12.00pm – 12.30pm

Keynote: In Conversation with... Chris Millward and Dr Gurnam Singh

Access and Inclusion in Higher Education 

Chris Millward is the director for fair access and participation. His role is to ensure that universities and colleges are doing all they can to support underrepresented groups to access and succeed in higher education. He is also responsible for the Teaching Excellence and Student Outcomes Framework (TEF), health policy and student welfare and safeguarding.

Dr Gurnam Singh is a UK based 'academic activist'. He holds several academic posts including Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Warwick, Associate Professor of Equity, Coventry University, Visiting Professor of Social Work at the University of Chester and Visiting Fellow in Race and Education at the University of Arts, London. Completed his PhD at the University of Warwick in 2004 focussing on anti-racist practice education. His work focuses on social issues relating to oppression and resistance and he has published extensively on these and related themes. Also, has a significant media profile and currently presents a weekly live discussion show on Akaal Channel UK focussing on social issues, and he writes a weekly column for Malaysia based international online newspaper, Asia Samachar. 


12.30pm – 1.15pm


Exhibition Area

1.00pm – 1.15pm

Speaker’s lounge open

Show and TEL

The Technology Enhanced Learning team will be available to answer any of your queries.

For our online audience please use the Ask the Expert Teams channel to post queries link here

Exhibition Area

1.15pm – 2.45pm

Workshops (choose one of the options below)

Writing effective coursework briefs and exam questions

This session aims to give practical support in your coursework brief and exam question writing. This is an opportunity to learn from colleagues and allow time to look at your own questions.

The workshop will begin with short presentations to set the scene followed by practical roundtable discussions, colleagues delivering the session include:

Dr Sarah Bamforth (Enhanced Academic Practice)

Dr Paola Iannone (School of Science)

Dr Amanda Harrington (School of Business and Economics)

Dr Louise Holt (Associate Dean Teaching, School of Social Sciences and Humanities)

Please bring along a coursework brief or exam question and mark scheme to get the most out of this workshop.

The Assessment ‘Solution room’

This workshop will begin with a presentation:

Dr Ali Bilgic (School of Social Sciences and Humanities) ‘Inclusivity with Fun: Practical Teaching with Games’.

Following this presentation, the workshop intends to engage with the experience in the room to help provide you with real answers to your assessment queries. For example, “how do I make my assessment inclusive?” “How do I assess 100+ students?” Please bring with you an assessment related problem that you’d like to discuss with colleagues.  

Engaging delivery- online and in-person

This session will be an immersive experience of teaching delivery showcasing different techniques and tools that you can use in your own teaching, both online and in person. 

We will begin with some top tips on dual delivery and joining us to share their delivery techniques are:

Dr Lara Alcock (School of Science)

Dr Hilary McDermott (School of Sports and Exercise Science)

Dr David Maidment (School of Sports and Exercise Science)

Please bring a laptop/tablet with you.

























2.45pm – 3.15pm

Student Panel 

We will be joined by a panel made up of our very own Loughborough students. The panel will present to us their experiences of online delivery and share with us the elements they’d like to see more of (and less of) followed by a Q&A session.

Please see more details of this year’s Teaching Award winners here.

Best Practice Case Studies will be going live imminently and will be hosted on the Teaching and Learning pages


3.20pm – 3.50pm  

Teaching Awards Celebration 

A presentation of the annual Teaching Awards followed by a Drinks Reception.

Exhibition Area

The safety of our staff is of paramount importance and in planning this year's Learning and Teaching Conference we have carefully considered the risks of Covid.

  • We would ask that all attendees where a face covering, unless exempt for medical reasons. Attendees will be able to remove coverings when seated throughout the day.
  • Due to restrictions in lecture rooms, in-person attendance will be based on a first-come, first-served basis with the conference being streamed online for those who wish to attend virtually.
  • We encourage taking a lateral flow test within 48 hours of the event and please do not attend the event in-person if you are experiencing any Covid symptoms.