EI Steering Group

The U21 EISG oversees activities in the U21 Educational Innovation (EI) cluster.

The EI cluster includes the existing activities of the Teaching and Learning Network (TLN), the Learning Environments group, the Deans of Education group, the Careers Group and the Forum for International Networking in Education (FINE).

The EI Steering Group (EISG) aims to connect key institutional leaders in teaching, learning and innovative educational practices across U21 universities in order to promote collaboration, share good practice and combine resources with the common objectives of enhancing student learning in research-intensive universities.  A broad set of Strategic Priorities have been identified and activities within the cluster will seek to address these issues within their unique areas of activity.  Periodically, these priorities will be reviewed for relevancy to the current issues facing the research-intensive universities as they seek to enhance student learning in a global society.

The Strategic Priorities, as currently identified, are:

  1. Effective and sustainable approaches to learning and teaching in a rapidly changing digital environment (including through MOOCs, online and blended learning);
  2. Broadening of the educational experience and strengthening of student engagement through a shared focus on global citizenship;
  3. Strengthened teaching-research nexus, supported by contemporary scholarship;
  4. Effective virtual and physical learning environments, adaptable to changing learner needs.

The EISG will:

  • develop a strategy and prioritized programme of activities for the U21 Educational Innovation cluster, identifying key themes in educational innovation through which the broader aims of U21 will be realized;
  • promote the activities of the Educational Innovation cluster within U21 member institutions and more widely;
  • ensure the activities of the Educational Innovation cluster generate agreed deliverables;
  • work collaboratively with other clusters in pursuit of shared priorities; and
  • support any working groups, master classes and local organising committees in managing specific activities of the cluster.


The Steering Group has such membership as may be determined by the EISG Chair in consultation with other existing members of the Steering Group. Appointments will be made to ensure broad coverage across member universities and domains of EI activity.  The Steering Group meets at least four times per year by teleconference, and twice a year at face-to-face meetings in conjunction with other EI events.  The EISG is chaired by Professor Simon Bates, Academic Lead of the EI cluster, and is supported by the U21 Secretariat. 

Lavinia Winegar Gott
U21 Educational Innovation Manager