8th Annual SEDA Conference 2003

Values and Change in Higher Education

18 November 2003 - 19 November 2003

Location: Birmingham

Conference Theme
The theme of the conference is how, in a period of accelerating change for Higher Education provision, we can ensure change is underpinned by good educational and professional values. With change coming so fast for HE providers, it is very easy to ignore important underlying values and to be swept along by events. So how can we ensure the centrality of, and even further develop and implement, our values as educators and facilitators of learning as we face increasing pressure to adapt?

Key values identified by SEDA are a commitment to:

  • An understanding of how people learn
  • Scholarship, professionalism and ethical practice
  • Working in and developing learning communities
  • Working effectively with diversity and promoting inclusivity
  • Continued reflection on professional practice
  • The development both of people and educational processes and systems

The Conference
The format of the conference will comprise keynote address, parallel sessions of workshops, seminars and paper presentations. The aim, as ever, will be to share practice, research, evaluation and experience in all aspects of staff and educational development in an open and constructive atmosphere.

The Participants

The conference will be of particular interest to all those who act as agents of educational change in HE provision and anyone who has a commitment to enhancing the quality of Higher Education. This includes:

  • Policy makers
  • Educational developers
  • Staff trainers and developers
  • Members of student support services
  • National and institutional teaching fellows
  • LTSN Centre staff
  • Learning and teaching centre staff
  • Educational technology unit staff
  • Managers of academic departments
  • Widening participation project workers
  • Course leaders for HE in FE.

Conference Venue
This year's conference will be held at a new venue, the Birmingham Centre Novotel. It is located on Broad Street in the heart of the City Centre, close to Symphony Hall and the canal-side restaurants and bars of Brindley Place. Fully residential delegates will be accommodated on-site and all bedrooms have en-suite facilities. The SEDA conference will have sole use of the hotel's conference facilities.

Birmingham is well served by the motorway network and there is parking available on-site. New Street station is a short taxi ride away, with regular rail link to Birmingham International Airport.

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