Friday, 26 February 2016

Wales NEXUS Conference 2016

The Wales NEXUS Conference 2016 is the annual learning and teaching conference of the University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD), in association with the University of Wales, and will be taking place over two days on 23-24 March in Carmarthen.

The Wales NEXUS Conference provides a platform to further develop the links between research, professional practice and teaching in Higher Education. Linkages between research and teaching are defined broadly to include the scholarship of learning and teaching, research-informed teaching, enriching the student experience, and the learning and teaching in general. The NEXUS integrates subject- and multidiscipline-based research with curriculum, teaching and learning.

The Conference, which will be chaired by Professor Simon Haslett PFHEA who is Pro Vice-Chancellor (International and Enhancement), includes a number of keynotes, symposia and workshops, including themes such as:

Bilingual education, a workshop facilitated by Gwenllian Beynon of the Faculty of Art and Design at UWTSD and also Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol.

Education for sustainable development and global citizenship (ESDGC) theme will be kicked off by chaired by Dr Carolyn Hayles of INSPIRE and the UWTSD ESDGC Enhancement Group featuring a workshop and symposia on behalf of the HE Future Generations Group (HEFGG) and a keynote by Dr Alex Ryan (Director of Sustainability at the University of Gloucestershire).

Equality in education, a symposium chaired by Professor David Egan of the Wales Centre for Equity in Education.

Life Design, which is UWTSD’s current enhancement theme and programme that is designed to help students make the most of their time at university and prepare them for their future. Life Design is also the University’s contribution to the sectors Transition, Retention and Attainment (Wales) Strategic Enhancement Programme. The symposium will be chaired by Professor Andy Penaluna (Research Director of the International Institute for Creative Entrepreneurial Development and chair of the Enterprise and Employability Skills Enhancement Group at UWTSD).

Student partnerships, a workshop facilitated by the Wise Wales Project and chaired by Rhys Dart, Chief Executive Officer of the Trinity Saint David Students’ Union.

Other sessions include keynotes by Luci Attala (winner of the Sustainability Champion Award (staff) of the Green Gown Awards 2015) and Professor Simon Haslett, an academic publishing workshop facilitated by the University of Wales Press (and the relaunch of the Wales Journal of Education), a learning and teaching symposium chaired by Dr Erietta Bissa, a research-informed teaching symposium chaired by Rob Charters, and a technology-enhanced learning workshop and symposium chaired by Professor Tony Toole.

Registration is now open to all and delegates should register using this link by 5pm Friday 11th March 2016.

A Conference Proceedings will be published in due course as a special issue of the Wales Journal of Learning and Teaching in Higher Education and submissions are welcome from all conference delegates.

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