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University of Edinburgh Learning & Teaching Conference

Learning & Teaching Conference 2021 - Curriculum as a site for transformation

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Booking Information

Booking for the conference will open at the end of April 2021. 

The annual University of Edinburgh Learning and Teaching Conference brings together staff and students to celebrate and share good practice and innovation in learning and teaching. 

The University of Edinburgh Learning and Teaching Conference 2021 will be hosted online and will run over 3 days.  The first day will also be open to colleagues outside the University to attend:

  • Tuesday 15 June
  • Wednesday 16June
  • Thursday 17 June  

This year's conference title is, 'Curriculum as a site for transformation' and we are delighted to have the following keynote speakers:

Professor Kerri-Lee Krause, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Students), University of Melbourne, Australia

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Speaker biography

Professor Kerri-Lee Krause (PhD, PFHEA, FSRHE, MAICD) is Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Student Life) and Deputy Provost at The University of Melbourne where she is accountable for the quality of the student experience, wellbeing and outcomes across all elements of the student life. She is an experienced university executive who is internationally recognised for her contributions to higher education policy, research and practice. Professor Krause is an Honorary Professorial Fellow, Melbourne Graduate School of Education, a lifetime fellow of the international Society for Research in Higher Education and a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Her research program spans higher education curriculum renewal, the changing nature of academic work, and factors influencing higher education quality and standards.

Professor Krause holds the Ministerial appointment of Deputy Chair, Higher Education Standards Panel and also led the Ministerial Implementation Working Group for the Transparency of Higher Education Admissions.  Recent sector-wide leadership roles include Chair, Universities Australia Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic) Committee and co-Chair, Universities Australia Executive Women’s Committee.

Professor Krause has a track record of leading university-wide strategic change and organisational renewal, underpinned by a deep commitment to engaging students and staff through cultural transformation. Experience includes: systemic improvement of the student experience and outcomes; whole-of-university curriculum renewal; and extensive work on reshaping academic staff promotion policies and processes to recognise and reward contemporary academic work.

Keynote Information

Curriculum Considerations in supercomplex times

This keynote will explore some of the key curriculum challenges and opportunities facing higher education institutions, students and staff as we transition to a ‘post-COVID normal’ context. The presentation will reflect on change vectors shaping undergraduate university curricula, not the least of which is the impact of the global ‘pivot’ to online and blended curriculum design and delivery that has occurred as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. We will consider ways in which higher education curricula function as bellwethers and barometers in a supercomplex, ever-changing environment. Whether these changes result from government policy shifts, sociopolitical and labour market forces, or economic imperatives, curricula are not immune from the impact of such changes. In this context, a fundamental question arises: how shall we make prudent decisions about what to change and what is enduring in higher education curricula in tumultuous times?  The keynote will conclude with practical suggestions for students and staff to consider as they engage in the important work of curriculum co-creation and transformation.

Professor Rowena Arshad CBE, FEIS, Chair in Multi-cultural and Anti-racist Education, University of Edinburgh

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Speaker biography

Rowena is Professor Emerita with the University of Edinburgh. She has a personal Chair in Multicultural and Anti-Racist Education. She currently co-convenes the University Race Equality and Anti-Racist Sub-Committee. Previously she was Head of the Moray House School of Education and Sport (till September 2019) and convened the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Committee for the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. She chaired the Working Group for the Scottish Government on Diversifying the Teaching Profession (till March 2021) and her report Teaching in a Diverse Scotland has recently been cited as a crucial report in Scotland's national journey to helping school leaders and system leaders understand the lived experiences of black and minority ethnic teachers and the barriers they face moving into leadership posts. Rowena has spent her working career raising awareness on social justice and anti-discrimination issues. Now, retired, she spends most days in the hills of Argyll and Bute with her two border collies, Sara and Ben.

Keynote Information

Diversity in learning and teaching: Is inclusion truly achievable? 

It used to be that you taught your subject area to the best of your ability. Now, there is a need to consider increasing student diversity, to pay due diligence to the content and processes of curriculum from different perspectives while ensuring that ethos of the face to face and online environment is culturally and pedagogically responsive. In addition, as teachers we are asked to detect and address corrosive behaviours and attitudes, such as microaggressions and alienating comments. Can we really make every issue and incident a teachable moment?  This session reflects on whether it is genuinely possible, given external and internal challenges to deliver for inclusive learning and teaching while embracing individual learners and their individual differences.  


Presentations will focus on 'curriculum as a site for transformation', and the following sub-themes:

  1. Building community 
  2. Innovation in science teaching 
  3. Equality, diversity, inclusion and social justice 
  4. Experiential, place-based and problem-based learning  
  5. Assessment and feedback for the future 
  6. New lessons in digital teaching – insights from hybrid and online learning  
  7. Student engagement and involvement 
  8. Interdisciplinary learning and teaching: local and global challenges 


Call for Proposals - NOW CLOSED

The call for propsals for the Learning and Teaching Conference 2021 is now closed.  If you have any queries regaring an existing submission or would like to contact the Learning and Conference team, please email ​

Please note, we are only accepting proposals from University of Edinburgh staff and students.

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If you have any questions about the submission process or the conference, please contact

You can also view resources and previous conference programmes below:

Learning and Teaching Conference Equality Impact Assessment


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