Teaching and Learning Conference 2017

7th London School of Business and Management

Teaching and Learning Conference 2017

Taking Education Further!

4 July 2017, London, UK

Council Chamber, Congress Centre, 28 Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3LS


Read our blog post, LSBM Teaching and Learning Conference 2017 – It Took Education Further! which reflected post-conference on the event.

The annual London School of Business and Management Teaching and Learning Conference brought together established and emerging academics, practitioners and policymakers interested in teaching and learning in a widening participation context. Our 7th conference served as an exploratory platform for sharing ideas, research and experience with professionals from across the Higher Education sector. Additionally, it offered great opportunities to extend professional networks, forge new collaborations, broaden core expertise and, most importantly, foster reflection on improving current practices of teaching and learning.

The programme of the conference reflected the following theme: Taking Education Further!

It focused on:

  • Students as Partners
  • Curriculum Design and Innovation
  • Educational Technology and Engagement
  • Enterprise and Employability
  • Assessment

With the launch of the Teaching Excellence Framework by HEFCE, UK Higher Education institutions are reflecting on their teaching practices to highlight the strengths of what they do and how they provide for and support their student populations. The Taking Education Further theme aimed to tease out such reflections to celebrate the good practice and innovation across the sector and to give these a professional platform to be shared across the community.

This conference focussed on the extent to which educators and institutions must go to provide a rich student experience and an engaging and inclusive learning environment for all. The conference covered a range of topics directly related to teaching, learner support, engagement, design and delivery methods, as well as technological innovations leading towards efficacy in teaching and learning.

We invited contributions from educators who are pushing boundaries, innovating and redefining their teaching to positively impact the futures of those in higher education.

We had three keynote speakers for the day:

Professor Ale Armellini from the University of Northampton.  Professor Armellini's talk was entitled 'Active Blended Learning as our New Normal'. 

The second keynote by Dr Melanie Crofts was entitled 'New Spaces: Safeguarding Students from Violence and Hate'. 

Our final keynote was by Professor Jacqueline Stevenson from Sheffield Hallam University.  Professor Stevenson's talk was entitled 'Developing a Sense of Belonging and Mattering'.

Keynote Speakers:

Alejandro Armellini

Professor Alejandro Armellini is the Dean of Learning and Teaching and Director of the Institute of Learning and Teaching in Higher Education at the University of Northampton. The mission of the Institute is to enable transformational learning experiences through inspirational teaching. Ale's key role is to provide leadership in the area of learning and teaching across all schools and services.

Three aspects of Ale's work are:

• Leading the University's pedagogic redesign agenda towards Active Blended Learning.
• The development, implementation and evaluation of Northampton's Learning and Teaching Plan.
• The development of a robust CPD framework for academic staff.
• Fostering evidence-based, innovative practices in both campus-based and online learning and teaching.

Ale has extensive international teaching and programme development experience across different education sectors. Over the years, he has used, researched and refined the structured CAIeRO process (elsewhere known as Carpe Diem) and other evidence-based design-for-learning interventions to promote positive change in HE provision across modes of study. He is active in consultancy work globally. His research focuses on learning innovation, online pedagogy, course design in online environments, institutional capacity building, open practices and pedagogical design

Professor Alejandro Armellini - Biography and Abstract

Melanie Crofts  

Dr Melanie Crofts studied Law and History at University College Northampton and went on to complete her LLM at the University of Northampton, graduating in 2002.  She started teaching Law at the University of Northampton in 2001. 

Melanie was awarded her doctorate in 2014 which focused on the implementation of the Public Sector Equality Duties within higher education, with a particular emphasis on race and disability.  The research, which was based on a case study, involved interviewing staff and students about their experiences.  The research also considered a number of broad policy implications in relation to the implementation of equality legislation in higher education.

Melanie has taken an active role in furthering the equality agenda within higher education and within her own institution.  She was the Equality and Diversity Representative on the University and College Union Branch Executive Committee for over 10 years as well as a Senate Representative for 2 years. She currently sits on the Inclusive Student Experience Group. 

Dr Melanie Crofts - Biography and Abstract

Jacqueline Stevenson


Professor Jacqueline Stevenson is Head of Research in the Sheffield Institute of Education, Sheffield Hallam University. She is a sociologist of education with interests in equity and diversity, widening participation, and student success. Her research focusses, in particular, on the differential higher education experiences of students from black and minority ethnic backgrounds, religious students, international students, and refugees and other forced migrants. She draws on the theoretical lenses of resilience, belonging, mattering, time, temporality and future selves. Her research is primarily qualitative, using biography, narrative inquiry and life history. She was previously Professor of Higher Education at Leeds Beckett University. 

Professor Jacqueline Stevenson - Biography and Abstract

Conference Programme

9:30 - 10:00


10:00 - 10:10

Conference Opening

10:10 - 10:50

Opening Keynote: Professor Alejandro Armellini

Active Blended Learning as our New Normal

10:50 - 11:20

Enhancing community engagement in online social networks - Howard Scott (Abstract) Impact of self-regulated assessment and formative feedback in HE - Asif Sadiq (Abstract - Presentation Slides PDF)
11:20 - 11:40 Tea and Coffee

11:40 - 12:10

'Go Places': An inclusive curriculum approach to personal and professional development - Rachel Challen (Abstract - Presentation Slides PDF) Four drivers of employability: PACE - Usha Mistry (Abstract - Presentation Slides PDF)

12:10 - 12:50

Midday Keynote: Dr Melanie Crofts

New Spaces: Safeguarding Students from Violence and Hate

12:50 - 13:10

13:10 - 13:30

13.30 - 14:20

VitalSource Best Learning Technology Practitioner

Teaching and Learning Awards and HEA Fellowships

Lunch and Performance by Testimony

14:20 - 15:00

Afternoon Keynote: Professor Jacqueline Stevenson

Developing a Sense of Belonging and Mattering

15:00 - 15:30

Belonging and Mattering: Reflection

15:30 - 15:45

Tea and Coffee

15:45 - 16:15

CIMA business game and employability skills - Usha Mistry, Jason Nye (CIMA), Mihaela Neata, Mihaela Patratanu, Virgina Manadachi (Abstract - Presentation Slides PDF)

Disciplinary and interdisciplinary learning and teaching at LSBM - Dr Bala Chandramohan and Arif Zaman (Abstract - Presentation Slides PDF)

16:15 - 16:30

Closing Session

16:30 - 18:00

Post-Conference Drinks Reception




The Gold Sponsor of the 2017 conference was VitalSource. Additional sponsor was MillGate.

If you have any questions about the conference, or are interested in taking part in next year's event, then please email tlc@lsbm.ac.uk

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