Institute for Academic Development
Institute for Academic Development

Edinburgh Network: Growing Approaches to Genuine Engagement (ENGAGE)

A network for students and staff interested in student engagement.

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Who is the network for?

The Edinburgh Network: Growing Approaches to Genuine Engagement (ENGAGE) aims to bring together students and staff interested in creating genuine and meaningful interactions between students and staff focused on learning, teaching and assessment. Meetings focus on sharing ideas, research and practice, and offer space for discussion and collegial support. Whether you are interested in enhancing student engagement in learning and teaching from the student or staff perspective, you are welcome to come along.

How often does it meet?

Approximately monthly.


The following sessions are currently available for booking:

Using cognitive load theory to help students learn more effectively

Date:                 Tuesday 28th January 2020

Time:                 13:00-14:30

Venue:              Room B.09, Institute for Academic Development, 1 Morgan Lane, EH8 8FP

Booking Link:

Michael Seery - Cognitive load theory provides a useful framework for thinking about how we present and use information in teaching. I have found it powerful as a way to consider and check the extent and volume of information available for learners to draw on in given scenarios. This has led to approaches in my own practices grounded in enabling preparation by learners, so that any activity conducted by learners in a classroom setting can be more accessible to all.


Date:                 Tuesday 05th May 2020

Time:                 12:30-14:00

Venue:              Room B.09, Institute for Academic Development, 1 Morgan Lane, EH8 8FP

Booking Link:

How can we engage students better in lectures?  Prof Heather McQueen, University of Edinburgh’s newest National Teaching Fellow, has developed ‘Quectures’, a mix of traditional lecturing and interactive learning, including peer instruction.  She will share her method and research findings about the approach.

Supporting autistic students and colleagues

Date:                 Thursday 04th June 2020

Time:                 12:30-14:00

Venue:              Room B.09, Institute for Academic Development, 1 Morgan Lane, EH8 8FP

Booking Link:  

A joint presentation, from an autistic member of staff and an autism researcher, will combine relevant evidence from research with personal experience and insights to make effective recommendations for best practice in working with autistic students and colleagues.  Unsurprisingly, many of these can have widespread benefits for the entire student body.

How do I join?

If you would like to be added to the mailing list to receive more information about events please contact Rosie Bree:

Rosie Bree

Head of Event Management

Contact details

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Previous engage events and resources

Academic year 18/19

Thurs 6th June 2019, Student-staff co-creation of assessment

Dr Catherine Bovill, IAD   

Slides from the session - Dr Cathy Bovill (PDF)

Handout - A Practitioner's Guide to Choice of Assessment Within a Module: Case Studies from University College Dublin (PDF)

Thurs 16th May 2019, Student engagement article, group discussion

Tanya Lubicz-Nawrocka, PhD student Moray House School of Education and Sam Dvorakova, PhD student, School of Physics

'Enhancing outcomes and reducing inhibitors to engagement of students and staff in learning and teaching partnerships: implications for academic development'.

The paper is available here:

Slides from the session - Tanya Lubicz-Nawrock & Sam Dvorakova (PDF)

Mon 25th March 2019, Embedding democratic learning principles in neoliberal times: the story of the MSc Transformative Learning and Teaching

Dr Aileen Kennedy, Kat Brack, Kirstie Fairnie

Slides to follow

Wed 13th Feb 2019, Student engagement in lecture capture

Anne-Marie Scott, Information Services

Slides from session - Anne-Marie Scott (PPT)

Mon 14th January 2019, Building community and relationships between staff and students in Schools

Dr Esther Mijers and students from History Classics and Archaeology and Dr Chris Mowat and students from Chemistry

Slides from session - Chris Mowat (PPT)

Slides from session - Ester Mijers (PPT)

Wed 12th December 2018, Complicating inclusivity and diversity in student engagement and partnership: Whose voice gets heard?

Dr Lucy Mercer-Mapstone, IAD

Slides from session - Lucy Mercer-Mapstone (PPT)

Tues 4th December 2018, Analysing NSS results and implications for student engagement

Dr Alex Buckley Strathclyde University; & Dr Jill MacKay Vet School, Dr Kirsty Hughes Vet School, Dr Neil Lent IAD

Slides from session - Alex Buckley (PPT)

Slides from session - Jill MacKay and colleagues (PPT)

Wed 14th November 2018 - Online Learning Network and engage: Engaging Online Students 

A joint Online Learning Network and Engage Network event.

Slides from session - Intro (PPT)

Slides from session - Eli Appleby-Donald, student perspectives (PPT)

Slides from session - Elizabeth Mortimer, Edinburgh Award (PPT)

Slides from session - Tim Fawns et al, community building online MSc (PDF)

Collated post it notes (MS Word)

Academic year 17/18

Tues 29th May 2018 - In conversation about internationalising and diversifying the curriculum in partnership with students  Dr Wendy Green, University of Tasmania; Ms Sarah Moffat, Edinburgh University Students' Association; Dr Catriona Cunningham, University of Stirling

Slides from session - Wendy Green (PDF)

Slides from session - Sarah Moffat (PDF)

Slides from session - Catriona Cunningham (PDF)

16th May 2018 - Discussion of two student engagement articles    

Slides from session (PDF)

Articles under discussion:

Anonymous academic (2015) My students have paid £9000 and now they think they own me. The Guardian Friday 18 December.  Chickering, A.W. and Gamson, Z.F. (1987) Seven principles for good practice in undergraduate education. AAHE Bulletin March, pp3-7.

9th April 2018 - Student-staff co-creation of a course: Understanding Gender in the Contemporary World

Slides from session (MS PowerPoint)

15th February 2018  - Making curricula inclusive and engaging  

Slides from session (MS PowerPoint)

19th January 2018  - Learner engagement: In Conversation with Peter Felten and Meredith Piatt

Tanya Lubicz-Nawrocka's blog - event overview (external website)

Notes - Peter Felten & Meredith Piatt, in conversation (MS Word)

Cathy Bovill - Language & Behaviour of Engagement (MS PPT)

Kate Wall - Catalytic Tools for Encouraging Metacognitive Engagement With Pedagogy (MS PPT)

Mark Huxham - Engagement at Scale (PDF)

Susan Deeley - Co-design of Assessment (PDF)

12th Dec 2017 - Introducing Piazza - a tool for students to ask, answer and discuss questions with staff input where needed

Slides from Alan Murray (MS PPT)

Slides from School of Mathematics (MS PPT)

Piazza - find out more (external website)

17 Oct 2017 - The Launch: 10 Ways to enhance student engagement in learning and teaching

Video of the Engage launch

Launch event slides - 10 ways to enhance student engagement (MS PPT)

More student engagement suggestions, adaptations and ideas co-created by the event participants (MS Word)