T&L Conference 2008

Teaching & Learning Conference 2008, University of Glasgow, UK.

With research-led universities garnering much criticism in recent months for being too research-focussed, Universitas 21 was delighted to have the opportunity to show that its members are taking Teaching and Learning as seriously as research in its fourth international conference on the subject. Participants represented Australasia, Europe, Asia and the Americas in the two-day conference hosted by the University of Glasgow from 21-22 February.  This was the first U21 teaching and learning conference to focus on a variety of subject areas and include delegates from a wide range of disciplines and has set teaching and learning firmly on the network's agenda.

The conference focussed around two key themes – Internationalisation and The First Year Experience – and with highly-regarded keynote speakers from around the world (Dr Diana Oblinger, CEO of EDUCAUSE; Dr Marcia Devlin, University of Melbourne; Professor Kerri-Lee Krause, Griffith University and Professor Ron Piper, St Andrews University) stimulated a great deal of discussion, debate and enthusiasm.

With over 70 participants, a great deal of common ground was found and projects are now being formulated by the conference’s academic leads, Professor Andrea Nolan of the University of Glasgow and Dr Philip Nolan of University College Dublin, to take ideas and collaborations forward within the Universitas 21 network and run alongside the research projects which already feature highly on the network’s strategic plan.