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Learning and Teaching Matters

Following the introduction of the Teaching Excellence Framework in 2017, UK Universities are continuously improving the quality of higher education learning and teaching and student experience

Date/Time: TBC - This event has been postponed. The new date and time for the session will be circulated when confirmed. Apologies for any inconvenience caused.

Venue: Newcastle University Business School

The goal of this workshop is to deliver an educational experience within a research informed, supportive and engaging academic environment that adds value to learning. Thereby providing students with opportunities to develop both personal and professional skills and attributes, enhancing their career prospects upon graduation, and preparing them for active participation in society as responsible and ethical global citizens.

This workshop invites colleagues from any business and management or social science areas of study to join colleagues at Newcastle University Business School to gain valuable insights into key areas of good practice in learning and teaching from a professional academic standpoint and from an employer perspective. Thereby connecting teaching and learning with the practical needs of employers and student expectations.

The purpose of the workshop is to contribute to the development and dissemination of the requisite professional practices and values universities need to encourage, support and establish, to achieve these aims.

If interested in attending please contact Sarah Carnegie on or 0191 208 1710.

Places are limited.


Thursday 8th March

12.00 – 12.30 - Arrival

12.30 – 1.15 - Buffet lunch

1.15 – 1.30 - Welcome to Learning and Teaching Matters 2018

Session 1 - The Connected Curriculum

1.30 – 2.30 - Professor Dilly Fung, Academic Director of the Arena Centre for Research-based Education at University College London

2.30 – 2.45 - Break

2.45 – 4.15 - Workshop – Implementing the Connected Curriculum, thoughts, ideas, opportunities and challenges

4.15– 4.30 - Break 

4.30 – 5.30 - PRME – why does this matter? Dr Jane Gibbon, Senior Lecturer in Accounting, Newcastle University Business School

5.00 - 6.00 - Networking and Drinks Reception


Friday 9th March

Session 2  - Skills and Attributes - what skills do our graduates need?

10.00 – 10.45 - Context, future skills needed in the North East - Policy Makers View [NELEP / Newcastle University Careers Service]

10.45 – 11.00 - Break

11.00 – 12.30 - Can employability be built into the curriculum? - Business and Academic Leaders View

12.30 – 1.00 - Lunch

Session 3 - Global and Ethical Challenges

1.00 – 2.15 - Professor Monika Foster, Queen Margaret University - Developing intercultural awareness and internationalisation through the curriculum

2.15 – 2.30 - Break

2.30 – 3.00 - Plenary

3.00 - Close

Guest Speakers

Professor Dilly Fung is Professor of Higher Education Development and Academic Director of the Arena Centre for Research-based Education at University College London. A Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, she has led a series of ambitious initiatives designed to advance research-based education at and beyond UCL, including the innovative Connected Curriculum, which aims to bring research and education much closer together for students and for staff at all levels of study.

Drawing on her interdisciplinary roots in English, Political Philosophy and Philosophy of Education and on her long teaching career, Dilly is interested in ideas of what we might mean by ‘good’ education in a diverse and challenging world: what are the relationships between ‘good’ education, research, educational scholarship and academic leadership (Fung 2016)? Her open access monograph (Fung 2017), A Connected Curriculum for Higher Education, explores these ideas, providing a menu of opportunities for creative programme design within and across the disciplines.

Dilly was lead author of a position paper by the League of European Research Universities (LERU) looking at educational excellence in Europe’s leading research-intensive universities (Fung, Besters-Dilger and van der Vaart 2017). She also led a Higher Education Academy-funded study (Fung and Gordon 2016), which analyses ways in which job families and career opportunities are changing in the sector and explores the differences between ‘teaching excellence’ and ‘education leadership’. She speaks regularly in the UK and internationally on these themes.

In May 2018, Dilly will take up a senior leadership role (Pro-Director for Education) at the London School of Economics. 

Professor Monika Foster is a Head of School of Business, Enterprise and Management at Queen Margaret University. Previously, Monika was an Associate Professor and Director of Learning and Teaching at Edinburgh Napier Business School.

Monika has worked in higher education in the UK, Europe and Far East for over 25 years. Monika has successfully led strategic initiatives to enhance the student experience including leading on the School NSS Action Plan, the design and development of the Principles of Internationalisation of the Curriculum and Reflective Toolkit; and an innovative online student induction resource, SPICE International to enhance international student transitions.

Monika’s external profile includes the award of Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and advisory role with HEA to develop a national Framework for Internationalisation, and a title of Visiting Professor from Shandong University of Finance, People’s Republic of China.

Monika’s research interests lie in cross-cultural management, employability, internationalization of higher education, intercultural aspects, and leadership and change management (HR). Furthermore, her research interests lie in international mobility and study destination choices and internationalisation of the curriculum. Monika has led a number of international, cross-institutional and interdisciplinary projects to scope and design mechanisms for assisting students with the transitions.

Guest Speakers - Professor Dilly Fung and Professor Monika Foster

published on: 13 February 2018