The annual University of Sussex Teaching and Learning Conference was held this year on March 25th with an exciting programme of both internal and external speakers. The conference theme this year was – 2015 – 2020: Strategies for student engagement at Sussex. Pro Vice Chancellor Claire Mackie gave a welcome speech and then introduced the keynote speaker, Professor Sally Brown, Emerita Professor of Higher Education Diversity in Teaching and Learning at Leeds Metropolitan University, who gave an inspiring talk on “how can we better engage students to maximise student retention and achievement as well as fostering intellectual curiosity and (dare we say it) the joy of learning?”
During the day there were a selection of exciting workshops to attend, one of which was given by Diane Simpson-Little – course convenor for product design – who spoke on utilizing creative visualisation, mindfulness and image for enhanced and deeper learning. At the end of the day certificates were presented for the Student Led Teaching Awards 2014. Our School received three – Diane Simpson-Little (product design), Bill Keller (artificial intelligence) and Harri Koivisto (mechanical engineering) for Outstanding and Innovative Undergraduate Teaching.
Very well done to you all!
(photos by Stuart Robinson)