Festival of Learning

This takes place in June and provides a platform to communicate and share ideas about pedagogy and good practice.

Festival aims

Since 2019 the Academic Practice Directorate (APD) has built on the success of the UWE Bristol Learning and Teaching Conference and brought you a new style of event, the Festival of Learning.

The Festival of Learning 2022 will take place in June 2022, with a mixture of in-person and online delivery. This is a free event and open to everyone.

The Festival will continue to champion inclusivity, provide a platform for those involved in teaching and supporting learning to communicate and share ideas about scholarship and good practice.

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Festival of Learning, 17-22 June 2021

Building upon the hugely successful online 2020 Festival, the 2021 event took place entirely online with various interactive activities including a podcast, Pilates, reflection activities, workshops and an exciting new offering of asynchronous content and watch parties. 

Browse the varied programme (PDF)

Under the overarching theme of “Transforming Futures” the sessions during the Festival addressed one or more of the following sub-themes:

  • A university with an inclusive and anti-racist culture educates and includes everyone, and supports everyone to achieve their full potential.
  • Thriving in an uncertain environment: what does this look like for Higher Education and for our graduates?
  • "The mental health and wellbeing of our university community is fundamentally important in enabling people to engage, perform and flourish." (Statement from UWE Bristol Mental Wealth First strategy).

Our keynote speakers were Professor Kalwant Bhopal who explored how Higher Education can address the diversity of the staff body to better represent the student community, and Debbie McVitty, Editor of Wonkhe, who offered her take on the current policy environment facing universities and students, with COVID-19 as a backdrop.

 

Festival resources

Visit the Festival of Learning SharePoint site to view recordings of presentations and download materials from the Festival of Learning which was held between 17 and 22 June 2021. Materials are also available on Blackboard where they can be downloaded in alternative formats, such as audio. Please note that you may need a staff login to view these.

You can view full details of the event on the Festival programme (PDF) which includes over 50 contributions from diverse colleagues.

If you have any ideas or queries, please email academicpractice@uwe.ac.uk.

Praise from the 2021 event

Colleagues felt the June 2021 Festival of Learning had an impact on their practice and 97% of respondents said their expectations of the Festival were met or exceeded.

"New research into student values and identity, and around equality and diversity issues, will inform new teaching practices"

"Better awareness of policy environment and strategic direction"

"I feel better prepared talk about trans-inclusive teaching with colleagues"

"What I have learnt will be fed back to colleagues, built into my ways of working and encouragement to explore some of the ideas I was introduced to in more detail"

"I will try more creative online learning. I will change practice to be more gender inclusive"

"The accessibility side of things was great – the Festival of Learning's practice was exemplary"

"Definitely will want to ensure the programme/student experience celebrate diversity, being open and vocal about it in front of colleagues and students"

"A really interesting and engaging session, made me reflect on my practice" 

"You could see collaboration happening before your eyes!"

Attendee, Festival of Learning 2020

Attendee Festival of Learning 2020

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Festival of Learning resources

Festival of Learning 2020 resources

Visit the Blackboard course to view recordings of presentations and download materials from the Festival of Learning which was held between 18 and 23 June 2020. Please note that you may need a staff login to view these.

You can view full details of the event on the Festival programme which includes over 50 contributions from diverse colleagues.

The event was opened by Deputy Vice Chancellor and Provost, Amanda Coffey. Vice Chancellor Steve West introduced our keynote, Nona McDuff – “Reducing the BAME attainment gap – taking it seriously at an institutional level”. Nona is the Pro Vice-Chancellor, Students and Teaching at Solent University. She was awarded an OBE for her services to diversity in higher education and is a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Our second external speaker was Tony Churchill, Nottingham Trent University, with: “Scaling up Active Collaborative Learning for Student Success”. This workshop considered a successful pedagogic response to the challenge of ensuring that all students succeed, regardless of their background: Student-Centred Active Learning Environment with Upside-down Pedagogies.

We are committed to creating and maintaining a friendly, safe and inclusive environment. Read over our Permissions and Notices for more information about our ethos, to view our privacy notice and request to use images.

Materials on Blackboard are in accessible formats wherever possible and can be downloaded in alternative formats, such as audio.

If you have any queries, please email the Academic Practice team at academicpractice@uwe.ac.uk.

Festival of Learning 2019 resources

June resources

You can view full details of the event on the conference programme.

Events during the Festival included:

  • keynote by Professor Jane Setter, University of Reading: “A thousand words: BAME student life through a lens”
  • keynote by Professor Osama Khan, Pro Vice-Chancellor, Students and Teaching, Solent University, on digital learning and learner analytics.

Key themes were inclusivity and digital learning. You can catch up on slides and videos, including the very popular session by Professor Osama Khan on Sharepoint (UWE account required).

February resources

You can view full details of the event on the conference programme.

Events during the Festival included keynotes by: Professor David Read (University of Southampton) who argued for and against the use of lectures in modern university teaching; Fabienne Vailes (University of Bristol) about the ‘Flourishing Student', as well as an Enhancement Framework 101; and an update on the Grand Challenge discussion and workshop.

Please note that you may need a staff login to view these: 

If you would like to see the slides from another presentation, please email academicpractice@uwe.ac.uk.

Further workshops

If you want more workshops, take a look at our upcoming events (staff login required).