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Bridging boundaries: connecting learning, teaching & research

University of the West of Scotland’s Learning, Teaching & Research Conference is being held on Wednesday 27th and Thursday 28th June at our Paisley Campus. This is our first conference to combine research and enterprise explicitly with learning and teaching in reflecting institutional and sectoral developments.

The conference will explore the linkages and connections between research and enterprise, and learning and teaching.

We are delighted to be welcoming a delegation of staff and students from several of our European partner institutions to present and attend this year’s conference and would like to extend the invite to colleagues across the HE sector nationally and internationally, and encourage individuals - including those from industry – with an interest in learning, teaching and research and the intersections between these, to submit an abstract to or attend the conference as a delegate.

We are currently developing an exciting programme of inspirational keynote speakers and workshops and will announce details in due course.

The four themes of the conference are:

  • Research-based learning in practice
  • Integrating work and enterprise into the curriculum
  • Digital futures for education
  • State-of-the-art research tackling global health, society and sustainability challenges

Another first for this year’s conference is the inclusion of our postgraduate research student community in the spirit of the conference title and themes in bridging boundaries and connecting practice in learning, teaching and research.

Call for abstracts

We are now inviting submissions for this year’s conference.

As this is our first conference to combine research and enterprise explicitly with learning and teaching in reflecting institutional and sectoral developments, we encourage and welcome staff from UWS as well as colleagues from across the HE sector or industry nationally and internationally to contribute to the conference in highlighting and sharing innovative, collaborative and interdisciplinary practice taking place across universities and between them and industry. We are particularly interested in those submissions which demonstrate alignment between these areas and across two or more of these. Our four themes of the conference reflect this:

  • Research-based learning in practice
  • Integrating work and enterprise into the curriculum
  • Digital futures for education
  • State-of-the-art research tackling global health, society and sustainability challenges

We are eager to learn how staff and students, and external partners in industry, work together in bridging the traditional boundaries in HE of learning and teaching and research and enterprise. Joint staff and student submissions are also strongly encouraged, whether they be undergraduate or postgraduate (taught or research) to submit a proposal for a presentation, workshop or poster. 

All submissions will be peer-reviewed. We welcome you to submit proposals in one or more of the following formats:

  • Presentation
  • Workshop
  • Lightning talks
  • Posters*
  • Three Minute Thesis*
  • Lay Research Summary*

*Postgraduate research students are invited to submit proposals for posters, Three Minute Thesis and Lay Research Summary.

Download Conference Proposal Guidelines (PDF)

SUBMIT YOUR PROPOSAL (UWS STAFF AND STUDENTS)

SUBMIT YOUR PROPOSAL (EXTERNAL ATTENDEES)

The deadline for all proposals is Friday 9 March 2018 and you will be informed of the outcome by Friday 13 April 2018.

Benefits of attending

WHY COME?

Join us for an exciting two days including the showcasing of innovative research and teaching practices from a variety of colleagues in a range of mediums, with a focus on how these traverse the traditional boundaries of learning, teaching and research.

The conference is a great way to continue your own CPD, network and raise your profile while learning of the latest developments in learning spaces and technology. You can experience the latest in technology enhanced learning with the Sticky Campus roadshow and hear about some of the ground-breaking research projects being undertaken by our postgraduate/doctoral researchers tackling our global health, society and sustainability challenges.

WHO WILL YOU MEET?

In attending the conference you will be alongside inspiring keynote speakers and delegates from HE and industry as well as active, prominent researchers across our various disciplines, institutes and research centres, and expert educators delivering excellent teaching in one of our six Schools at UWS.

WHAT WILL YOU LEARN?

As the title suggests, the conference will focus on the synergies between the related, though often divided practices/functions of research and enterprise with learning and teaching. The four themes will explore the interconnected and complementary practices which embody these, allowing you to learn of developments in these areas, share your experience and enhance your own practice.

WHY FOCUS ON LEARNING, TEACHING AND RESEARCH AND CONNECTIONS BETWEEN THESE?

In reflecting changes to the UWS Corporate Strategy to better align and support the connections between learning and teaching and research, this year, for the first time we have a combined Learning, Teaching & Research Conference. The conference will explore the linkages and connections between research and enterprise, and learning and teaching.

Three Minute Thesis (3MT)

Three Minute Thesis

Three Minute Thesis (3MT) is an academic competition developed by the University of Queensland, Australia. Its success has led to the establishment of local and national competitions in several countries.

3MT challenges our doctoral candidates to present a compelling spoken presentation on their research topic and its significance in just three minutes. This year for the 3MT will be part of our conference programme and delegates will have the opportunity to attend some of these presentations from our finalists.

Our winner will have the chance to progress to the UK finals hosted by Vitae. The competition rules are simple: staff and students undertaking a doctorate have three minutes and one slide to present to an ‘intelligent, lay’ audience and a judging panel. No gimmicks, no singing or dancing allowed; just really interesting presentations.

UWS Postgraduate Research (PGR) Students

All current PGR students are encouraged to contribute to the conference. Full guidance for students is available in the Conference Proposal Guidelines, within the ‘Call for Abstracts’ section above. A summary of those requirements for our full-time students in years 1-3 is below along with details of prizes available.

1ST YEAR – LAY SUMMARY OF RESEARCH

The lay summary should be a brief summary (250 words maximum) of your research project or research proposal that has been written for members of the public, rather than researchers or professionals.

1st year students are not required to present at the conference but it is recommended that you attend.

There will be 3x £100 prizes for the best lay summary in each research theme (Health, Sustainability & Society).

2ND YEAR – POSTER

Industry partners and other conference delegates will be invited to attend the poster exhibition and research students will have an opportunity to present their research to a wide audience. A panel of judges from the business and research community will select three £200 prize winners for the best poster in each research theme (Health, Sustainability & Society) on the final day of the conference. Winners will be announced and awards presented on the day of the competition (Thursday 28th).

3RD YEAR – THREE MINUTE THESIS

Full-time students in their 3rd year of study are required to submit for 3MT with the winning entrant having a chance to progress to the UK finals hosted by Vitae. The competition rules are simple: staff and students undertaking a doctorate have three minutes and one slide to present to an ‘intelligent, lay’ audience and a judging panel. No gimmicks, no singing or dancing allowed; just really interesting presentations.

There will be two prizes of £200 (Overall winner) and £100 (People’s Choice Award). Please see the PGR Moodle site to review the competition rules.

Committee members

Chair: Dr Claire Carney, Associate Vice Principal (Education)

Committee Members:

  • Rachel Hill, UWS Academy
  • Cameron Graham, UWS Academy
  • Dr Louisa Sheward, UWS Academy
  • Dr Jane MacKenzie, Head of UWS Academy
  • Lee Ballantyne, Head of Education Futures
  • Donna MacAlister, QuEST
  • Helen Kennedy, Research
  • Gavin Morrison, Graduate School
  • Professor Milan Radosavljevic, Associate Vice Principal (Research)
  • Margaret Scott, Enterprise
  • Carly Dawson, Events
  • Matt Gilmour, Events
  • Emma Shotter, Students’ Association University of the West of Scotland (SAUWS)
  • Dr Gordon Heggie, Academic Lead, Lanarkshire Campus
  • James Todd, Marketing

Conference Programme Day 2

Download the conference programme for additional information.

Download programme (PDF)

Contact us

Any queries regarding the conference should be sent to uwsacademy@uws.ac.uk (staff/external delegates) or pgr@uws.ac.uk (postgraduate research students)

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Annual Learning, Teaching & Research Conference (Day 2)

Paisley

28 June

09:00 - 16:00

ADDRESS

University of the West of Scotland
Paisley Campus
Paisley
PA1 2BE

Tel: +44 (0)141 848 3000