Festival of Learning

The UWE Bristol Learning and Teaching Conference was first held in 2011 and became an annual event. Now the Academic Practice Directorate is excited to build on its success with a new style of event.

The Festival of Learning will continue to provide a platform for those involved in teaching and supporting learning to communicate and share ideas about scholarship and good practice.

In response to your feedback, we came up with a new event format which allowed us to take advantage of the facilities at several sites, as well as giving you the opportunity to cherry-pick events to fit in with your existing commitments. You can attend as much as you like in this flexible programme. The Festival of Learning is free to attend.

Festival of Learning, 1727 June 2019

Building on the success of the February Festival of Learning, we are holding an extended Festival in June with the key themes being inclusivity and digital learning.

View the Festival programme for full details of the events and sessions taking place during the fortnight. The programme also contains links to session booking forms.

Download the Festival programme (PDF)

There will be plenty of interactive activities in an attempt to reduce the focus on the standard presentation format: writing cafes, book club, networking 'mingles’ and, back by popular demand, games for learning. There will also be a Festival Fringe of sessions run by faculties. Sessions include:

  • keynote by Professor Jane Setter, University of Reading: “A thousand words: BAME student life through a lens”
  • keynote by Professor Osama Khan, Pro Vice-Chancellor, Students and Teaching, Solent University, on digital learning and learner analytics
  • practical sessions on inclusivity for learning
  • sessions run by the Learning and Development Centre to support learning, eg Event Capture from beginner to advanced, digital tools to support file sharing and webinars
  • Programme Leaders’ workshops
  • HEA Fellowship information session
  • UWE CPD Fellowship celebration.

If you have any queries, please contact academicpractice@uwe.ac.uk.


Attendees at the February 2019 Festival of Learning said:

“I attended the two keynotes which both taught me things that I will put into practice. I liked the flexibility of the event, that I did not have to attend whole days.”

“Thank you for organising this event! I had a lot of great discussions with colleagues and met quite a few new people.”

“It's nice to take time out and think about teaching - a good example of peer learning with quiz software in David Read's session was something I'll use.”

“It has given me lots to think about in terms of widening participation and inclusivity. There were lots of useful examples of making lectures/teaching sessions more interesting using simple technical tools some of which I have used, before, but in a slightly different way. Also, there were some really good ideas about adapting space to suit particular learning requirements."

View resources from previous events

View presentations, and download posters from this year's conference. Access conference resources.

Back to top