HE Research conference 2015

"First scholarship conference a success at engaging institutional leaders and students"

The college higher education (HE) sector held its first Research and Scholarship Conference in London on Wednesday 24 June. Over 40 excellent abstracts were submitted and the breakout sessions presentations indicate the richness and diversity of scholarship practice in the sector.

Papers, presentations and posters from the event have been combined into the first Research and Scholarship Conference Publication.


Keynotes were provided by John Lea, Project Director, explaining the research and conceptual underpinnings of the project; Julian Gravatt, AoC Assistant Chief Executive, exploring the FE and HE policy and funding landscape; Debbie McVitty explaining NUS view of HE co-learning and Eric Aldewereld describing the work of the Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences Academy.


Dr Rachel Williams, Programme Leader, Kingston Maurward College - “This was a truly fantastic conference and I got so much out of it, which I have now fed back to my colleagues. I feel as though I took a lot away from the sessions, and I will be able to use the information and suggestions to enhance the student and staff experience at our college - particularly in terms of student engagement and allowing time for staff CPD and scholarly activity. It became very clear to me that these two aspects should go hand in hand.”

John Fitzsimons, Programme Leader, Exeter College - “Tremendous energy and enthusiasm for this initiative was evident throughout the day. This is a fabulous opportunity for scholarly development for FE and HE staff. I recommend that anyone teaching HE in FE attends next year, and gets involved.”