Upcoming Conferences

Learning and Teaching Conferences 

(Organised by conference date)


February 2024

Quality Insights Conference 2024 (QAA)
22-23 February 2024
Join the flagship QAA conference for an imaginative programme exploring a variety of strands that enable us to focus on the students and staff of 2030.

  • Impact of generative artificial intelligence on the nature of the student learning experience and the value of awards – bringing in positive influences of AI as well as the importance of authenticating assessments and promoting academic integrity.
  • Creative pedagogies and educational gain – considering the development of student competencies through person-centred pedagogies such as phenomenon-based learning, gamification, active learning and competence-based education.
  • Using evidence to underpin decision making about the quality of the student learning experience – including how data is used in periodic quality processes as well as the use of evidence to prioritise and evaluate specific interventions and initiatives.
  • Ensuring quality in collaborative partnerships – covering UK-based partnerships and transnational education.
  • Supporting successful student transitions – including innovative approaches to understanding and responding to student expectations.

Artificial Intelligence Symposium (Advance HE)
27 February 2024
Location TBC
The rapid advancement in technology brings both opportunities and challenges to the higher education sector, none the least those tools that use artificial intelligence to generate content. As ChatGPT and similar online AI tools grow in popularity, how can HE assessors validate the authenticity of students’ work and ensure parity of grading and awards? How can we use AI as a positive means of identifying plagiarism? How can AI be used to support the analysis of research datasets? By way of a keynote, case studies and peer-led presentations, this symposium aims to answer these questions and explore the impact of AI, both positive and negative on Teaching and Learning in HE.

March 2024

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Conference 2024: The future is now: Building EDI practice for the changing world of HE (Advance HE)
6-7 March 2024
Location TBC
This two-day conference will focus on best practice in addressing issues of equality, diversity and inclusion in HE. Includes keynotes from senior leaders and EDI experts. The conference offers an opportunity to think deeply and creatively about how we can build our learning on equity, diversity and inclusion to draw on the widest range of thinking and practice, including marginalised voices, new ways of learning, and learning from outside of higher education; a chance to share what we are doing to disrupt traditional understanding of scholarship and scholars/expertise and experts, and to challenge structures and processes that limit career opportunities; and a platform to share new ideas that will stimulate our thinking about equity, diversity and inclusion – inviting people to share our insights, as well as learning from those who do likewise. The conference will include an optional evening dinner and entertainment on the evening of the 6 March. Delegates can attend the full conference or choose the one day that resonates most with their work, experiences or requirements.

Advanced Research in Education, Teaching and Learning 2024 (ARETL)
14-16 March 2024
Berlin, Germany
Submissions due 23 February 2024
The 8th International Conference on Advanced Research in Education, Teaching and Learning (ARETL) is for academics, researchers, scholars, graduate and postgraduate students, educators, and other members of academia. It features insightful presentations by academics from around the world. Each presentation, whether it’s conducted on-site, virtually, or as a poster – provides unique insights into challenges on a local, national, or regional level. This enables the attendees to learn best practices and innovative application strategies that they can then benefit from in their field of work. Themes include lifelong education, education and management, and Higher Education policy.

Sustainability Symposium 2024 (Advance HE)
21 March 2024
Sustainable citizens, people who can apply their knowledge and skills to global sustainability challenges, are increasingly in demand. Employers, professional bodies, students and the public recognise the need for everyone to have greater understanding of our impact on the planet and the skills to alleviate it. This symposium with consider how we embed Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) into our Teaching and Learning practices, so that students become sustainable citizens. The symposium, via keynotes, oral presentations and workshops, will bring together experts in Sustainability and Education for Sustainable Development, alongside practitioners from the sector, to share the latest ideas, initiatives and best practice.

Interdisciplinary Practice: Methods and Impacts of Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching Conference (SEDA)
21 March 2024
The Alan Turing Building, Manchester
Submissions due 29 January 2024
The University of Manchester’s College for Interdisciplinary Learning (UCIL) will be hosting the Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching Conference. The conference will cover a range of topics, including how to design teaching and assessment experiences that support and showcase interdisciplinary learning, and how to evidence and articulate the impact of those experiences on students, staff and our broader communities. Alongside traditional talks, the conference will showcase lightning (5-minute) talks and interactive problem-focused workshops.

April 2024

UKAT Annual Conference 2024: Personal Tutoring in the Spotlight
8-9 April 2024
University of Greenwich
Our students need good personal tutors and advisors like never before in these challenging economic and social times. We therefore want this to be a radical and constructive conference in setting a vision for the future of personal tutoring that will place it at the heart of student success strategies in UK Higher Education. The overarching theme for the conference is Personal Tutoring in the Spotlight. Contributions are being invited that will speak to our specific ‘spotlight’ themes:

  1. Spotlight on… Student voices. Contributions produced by and/or with students who can share their perspectives on and views of personal tutoring and advising, what they value, and what they need.
  2. Spotlight on… Collaboration. Contributions considering personal tutoring and advising as a collaborative practice between academic and professional services colleagues, for example focusing on professional boundaries, policies and systems, and case studies of transformative collaborations.
  3. Spotlight on… Student core skills. Contributions reflecting on how personal advising and tutoring can shape and develop students’ core academic. professional, and personal skills, and in doing so address study skills and awarding gap issues.
  4. Spotlight on… Professional development. Contributions thinking about how we can better prepare academics and professional services staff to be the best tutors and advisors they can be, whether through in-house training programmes or other institutional or grass-roots schemes.
  5. Spotlight on… Advocacy. Contributions demonstrating how individuals, teams, departments, or institutions have advocated or might advocate for the centrality of personal tutoring within UKHE, for example through innovative policies, embedding tutoring into recruitment procedures, cutting-edge scholarship and digital materials, or any other ways in which personal tutoring and advising is advocated for on the local, national, or international stage.

Student Engagement Conference 2024 (Advance HE)
18 April 2024
Location TBC
Now in its fourth year, this conference will build on lessons learned and the latest thinking to delve further into what we learn from the data, from students, from staff, from other countries, and other types of institution to improve the student experience. The in-person conference will allow valuable networking and informal sharing alongside the formal conference elements to build together our understanding of student engagement. Featuring a mix of expert keynotes and panel sessions, the conference will also include interactive workshops from the sector sharing best practice initiatives. 

Employability Symposium 2024 (Advance HE)
25 April 2024
Location TBC
In the current climate of increasing cost of living, rising unemployment and planned changes to student loans, we need to ensure students have the skills, attributes and knowledge required to gain employment after graduation. This symposium will bring together experts in the field of Employability and Entrepreneurship to discuss how we can embed attributes required by employers into teaching and learning curricula and learn about the latest initiatives being undertaken at higher education institutions. By way of oral presentations and workshops, delegates will be able to learn, discuss and share latest practices in embedding employability among a network of peers. A call for contributions will open in November.

May 2024

Student Retention and Success Symposium (Advance HE)
14 May 2024
theStudio, Birmingham
Submissions open but no deadline provided (please check Advance HE webpage for updates)
This symposium will provide an open and supportive environment within which to share and discuss contemporary practice and initiatives in student retention and success; providing evidence-informed examples and ideas for university staff and students to address the challenges of attrition, retention and student success in higher education. By way of a call for papers, we will invite participants to consider how practices can be enhanced to reduce attrition, assist with transition stages and ensure students achieve their objectives. The event will include a keynote speaker alongside participant-led workshops and presentations.

Mental Wellbeing in HE Conference 2024 (Advance HE)
15 May 2024
Horizon Leeds
Submissions due midnight 22 January 2024
It is increasingly recognised how important mental health and wellbeing is for staff and student success. Universities and colleges are fast-developing new approaches to mental health and wellbeing, not only to improve academic outcomes and retention, but to provide a holistic and positive experience, even in the most challenging times. At this one-day conference, organised in association with the Mental Wellbeing in Higher Education Expert Group, we will hear from expert keynotes and panel speakers, discuss new ideas, learn from successful sector-wide initiatives and aim to provide a boost in motivation and a fresh vision for all delegates.

SEDA Spring Conference: The Changing Face of Educational Development in HE: Educational Developers in 2024
16-17 May 2024
Location TBC
Submissions due 29 January 2024
As our Higher Education institutions adapt to increasing pressures on the perceived value and measured outcomes of degrees, our role to support our academic colleagues to embed new approaches has moved from thematic enhancement to regulated mandates. Challenges such as assessment reviews, engaging blended experiences and maintaining academic standards in the face of new technologies, ask educational developers to become all-rounders of higher education policy. As our business of developing reflective teachers continues, how we adapt in these environments often in third spaces requires the need to connect and share practice as a community more and more. The SEDA Spring Conference offers an opportunity for delegates to access a supportive network to work together and address our common challenges to support student and academic success. This is an opportunity to share practices you are using and the impact of these, and also to engage in some problem-solving workshops.

June 2024

Flexible Learning Symposium (Advance HE)
5 June 2024
Call for contributions expected to open in January
Flexible learning leverages the benefits of pedagogy and technology to provide an engaging, personalised learning experience that supports all students to achieve their potential. However, an effective flexible learning model requires consideration of the differing needs of academic and professional staff and students. This symposium aims to explore the issue holistically from all perspectives to inform whole-university approaches to overcoming challenges and enhancing the student experience. The symposium, via keynotes, oral presentations and workshops, will bring together experts in Flexible Learning, alongside practitioners from the sector, to share the latest ideas, initiatives and best practice.

Sustainability Conference 2024: From Vision to Impact (Advance HE)
Location TBC
12 June 2024
Aimed at senior and strategic leaders within HE, this conference will focus on the sector’s responsibilities in relation to the UN SDGs, civic responsibility, new sustainability initiatives and research. By way of keynote speakers, panel sessions and workshops, this conference will provide a forum for learning about evidence-based and co-produced initiatives that engender real change, and offer a safe space for discussion on how to achieve your institution’s sustainability targets.

HEPI Annual Conference
London (venue TBC)
13 June 2024
Further details to be released. Please continue to check the HEPI webpage for updates.

2024 Learning and Teaching Conference (University of Worcester)
University of Worcester, St. John’s Campus
17-18 June 2024
Submissions due by 17:00 on 15 March 2024
The Call for Papers for the annual University of Worcester Learning and Teaching Conference is available via the Conference webpage and submissions are now open. The theme of ‘A Community of Learning’ will be explored through oral presentations, posters, workshops and student lightning presentations. For queries, please contact ltconference@worc.ac.uk.

July 2024

Teaching and Learning Conference 2024 (Advance HE)
2-4 July 2024
Nottingham Trent University City Campus
Our flagship three-day conference, attracting HE practitioners involved in teaching and learning from the UK and overseas, will provide a forum for delegates to share latest research, project outcomes and initiatives that improve teaching and learning practice. The conference will include keynotes and panel sessions, plus a vast range of peer-led oral presentations, ignite sessions, roundtable sessions and interactive workshops. Teaching and learning in higher education continues to be an area of constant change as we continuously strive to improve the learning and experiences of our students in an ever-changing world. Join us at the Advance HE Teaching and Learning Conference 2024 to discuss how we can work together to overcome challenges, learn from the work of others, and look to the future of teaching and learning in higher education across the globe.

September 2024

BERA Conference 2024
8-12 September 2024
University of Manchester
Submissions due 31 January 2024
For educational researchers the BERA Annual Conference is an important date in their professional year. It provides the opportunity to:

  • network with existing colleagues
  • support new colleagues at the start of their careers
  • establish the beginnings of new collaborations
  • exchange ideas with like-minded colleagues; and sometimes more profitably, with non-like-minded colleagues
  • make new links with potential publishers or funders
  • learn about research outside your own area and investigate possible connections
  • indulge in discussions of ‘blue sky’ research that reminds you why you are a researcher

There is no overarching theme for the conference. When submitting an abstract you will need to select up to 2 themes to align your abstract to.