SEDA and SEDA Scotland Conference 2001

Challenge to Change: enhancing the practice and scholarship of learning and teaching

02 April 2001 - 03 April 2001

Location: Glasgow

Conference Aim
The conference aimed to bring together colleagues involved in staff and educational development in higher education. The participation of all parts of HE which are involved in the strategic planning, management, implementation, evaluation and practice of change in the area of learning and teaching was encouarged.

Conference Themes
The organising committee interpreted the title "Challenge to Change" to cover the following themes:

  • Changing  Roles of Staff and Students
  • The Role of C&IT
  • Increasing Diversity in the Learner Population
  • Changing Structures
  • Quality Issues
  • Research and Evaluation of Change
  • Changing Delivery Systems
  • The Learners' Perspective

Format and Programme
The format of the conference comprised parallel sessions of workshops, seminars and paper presentations.

Speakers at the event were Professor Alistair MacFarlane, Acting Chief Executive of the University of the Highlands and Islands Project, and Dr Peter Wright, Assistant Director of the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education.

Conference Venue
The venue for the conference was The Kelvin Conference Centre at The University of Glasgow. SEDA Scotland are delighted to have hosted this event at The University of Glasgow as 2001 sees the institution celebrate its 550th anniversary. In 1451, the Scottish King James II persuaded Pope Nicholas V to grant a bull authorising Bishop Turnbull of Glasgow to set up a university. Glasgow became Scotland's second University, and the fourth in the UK. Modelled on the University of Bologna, Glasgow was, and has remained, a University in the great European tradition. The conference dinner (on the 2nd April) took place in the University Dining Rooms on the main University campus.
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