Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching Conference

Practice and Knowledge Production

Keele University, 9 - 10 April 2019

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At Keele University, we were delighted to host the 2019 Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching Conference. Interdisciplinary teaching, scholarship and research are increasingly prioritised within Higher Education and there are many developing opportunities, programmes and examples of innovative and best practice to be disseminated to a wider audience. Applicants were invited to share their research, practice and interdisciplinary knowledge with us.

The conference themes focused on the design, development and delivery of interdisciplinary study, research, and learning and teaching across the UK.

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Parallel Paper sessions were held on 9th April with a Discursive Panel, and a Student-Led Workshop and poster presentations on 10th April.

You can view the shared papers from the conference, as well as a copy of Dr Machiel Keestra's presentation on the Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching UK website here.

You can download a copy of the conference programme here: Conference Programme

Keynote Speaker - Dr Machiel Keestra

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The future and end of interdisciplinarity. What is implied when we aim for more robust interdisciplinary insights?

Click here for information about this lecture and our keynote speaker. 

Registrations have now closed.

Registration fees are as follows:

  • £60 - External attendees/participants
  • £30 - Keele Staff
  • £20 - Students

The conference registration includes refreshments on arrival, lunch and afternoon tea on Tuesday 9th. 

For further information please contact the local conference organisers:

Dr Andrzej Zieleniec
Interdisciplinary Lecturer
Academic Lead and Programme Director for Liberal Arts
School of Social Science and Public Policy
Institute of Liberal Arts and Sciences (ILAS)

Ella Tennant
HEA Senior Fellow
Language Centre, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
Deputy Programme Director for Liberal Arts
Institute of Liberal Arts and Sciences (ILAS)

Or, visit the Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching UK website here.

Local Hotel Information

Figures in brackets are the distance from Keele University.

The Old School House B&B (0.8 miles)

The Old School, Church Bank, Keele, Newcastle, Staffs, ST5 5AT
Tel: 01782 619638

Borough Arms Hotel (3 miles)

26 King Street, Newcastle, Staffs, ST51HX
Tel: 01782 629421

The Old Hall Country House (3.9 miles)

Poolside, Madeley, CW3 9DX
Tel: 01782 752543

Great National Hotel (4 miles)

1 Clayton Road, Newcastle, Staffs, ST5 4AF
Tel: 01782 613093

Holiday Inn Stoke on Trent, M6 JT15 (5 miles)

Clayton Road, Newcastle, Staffs, ST5 5AE
Tel: 0871 9429077

Premier Inn Newcastle Under Lyme (5 miles)

Talke road, Chesterton, Newcastle, Staffs, ST5 7EH
Tel: 0871 527 8808

Travelodge Newcastle Under Lyme Central (2.5 miles)

Lower Street, Newcastle, Staffs, ST5 2RN
Tel: 0871 984 6446

Wychwood Park Hotel (12 miles)

Wychwood Park, Weston, Crewe, CW2 5GP
Tel: 0871 222 4830

Other Accommodation Possibilities

Keele Village
The Sneyd Arms pub in the village also has rooms, but doesn’t provide breakfast.

Rural B & B s - within 5 miles of Keele and Newcastle
Betley Court Farmhouse

There are also pubs in neighbouring villages that provide accommodation and breakfast too.
The Wheatsheaf Onneley (4.5 miles)
Slaters Country Inn Baldwins Gate (5 miles)

Newcastle B & B
Clayhanger Guesthouse Guest house

More accommodation can be found at

Keele benefits from strong transport links both locally and nationally, with regular bus services to and from the campus and easy access to the local train station. You can find out more on the Keele University website transport page:

Bus Services
Download and access full information on the latest bus services for Keele University at

Here you can access timetables for both First Group and D&G buses

First Bus
No 25 bus service operates from Keele campus to Newcastle bus station, Stoke-on-Trent rail station and Hanley city centre.

The bus depot at Hanley is the base for National Express services, there is also a service for this at the Newcastle under Lyme bus depot. / Tel: 0871 781 8178

D&G Buses
No 85, 85A and 85B buses run to Crewe, Madeley and Newcastle.

Roseville Taxis are the main supplier of Private Hire Taxi for Keele University.
01782 613456 /

ABC Supreme Cars – 01782 822228 or 632222 /
City Cabs 2000 – 01782 844444 or 888888 /
Sid’s Taxis – 01782 713999/565200
Castle Cars – 01782 631119

National Rail Enquiries – 0845 748 4950 /
Train Tracker – 0871 200 4950

Nearest stations are:
Stoke-on-Trent (4.5 miles), Station Road, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire ST4 2AA
Crewe (11.3 miles), Nantwich Road, Crewe, Cheshire, CW2 6HR

You can find information about places to eat and drink on the Keele campus at

The Refectory
Situated in the Food Court of Chancellor's Building, The Refectory is a large student dining area conveniently located at the heart of campus. Serving breakfast, lunch and evening meals, there's always something delicious on offer all day long. The Made to order menu is available from 12:00 until 19:30.
Semester Opening Times: Monday - Friday 08:00 - 19:30

Chancellor's Bistro
Chancellor's Bistro is a relaxing bistro lounge, conveniently located at the Food Court in Chancellor's Building - next to the Westminster Theatre.
Bistro evening menu is available from 16.30 till 20.45.
Opening Times: Monday - Friday: 08.00 - 21.00 Saturday: 08.00 - 16.00

Lindsay Café Bar
Located at Lindsay Hall of Residence and open to all, Lindsay Café Bar is a licensed bar serving coffee, light bites and traditional pub food. Food is served each day until 21.00, available to eat in or take out.
Opening Times (Term time): Monday - Friday 10.30 - 23.00 Saturday & Sunday 12.00 - 23.00

David Weatherall Café
Situated in the David Weatherall building, near the main university entrance, the David Weatherall Café serves coffee, sandwiches, soups, salads, pastries, pasta, jacket potatoes and a range of hot and cold drinks.
Opening Times (Term time): Monday - Friday 08.00 - 16.00

CB Grab and Go
CB Grab and Go in the Food Court of the Chancellor’s Building offers a range of sandwiches, cold snacks and confectionary items, plus a variety of hot and cold drinks.
Opening Times: Monday - Friday 08.00 - 16.30

Street Food at The Atrium
The Food Court, Chancellor's Building offers a range of takeaway food. The Food Court offers a variety of dishes served from portable carts and freshly prepared each day.
Opening Times: Monday - Friday 11.30 - 14.30

On The Square
On The Square (next to Santander at Union Square) is a place where you can pick up a bite to eat while you're on the go. Serving a range of hot and cold food all day long. Breakfast dishes include bagels, muffins, toasties and wraps, while the rest of the menu ranges from jacket potatoes and salad boxes, to chicken dishes and asian food. The menu includes a number of vegetarian, vegan and halal dishes.
Opening Times: Monday - Friday 10.00 - 20.00 Saturday and Sunday 11.00 - 20.00

Keele Postgraduates Association Clubhouse
All menu items are made on the premises using fresh ingredients
Food served Monday – Friday from 12.00 to 2:30pm and from 5.00pm to 8.00pm.
Daily specials are available.

Keele Students’ Union
Serving a wide range of food including live music in their popular weekly 'Coffee House Sessions' (Monday's from 12pm).

Barnes Bar
Barnes bar offers a range of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks with a regular schedule booked in for a range of weekly events. Features a big screen TV, pool table and music. Open 7 days a week (Term Time). Wednesday to Monday 19:00 - 23:00 & Tuesday 19:00 - 02:00.

Keele Hall
Lunch at the University Common Room - Open to all from 12 - 2pm Monday to Friday, the UCR serves a range of lunchtime dishes, from sandwiches and baguettes, to soup and salads. No need to book a table, simply place an order at the SCR Bar and then find a table for you and your guests (either in the UCR or the SCR bar). Discounts apply when paying by Keele Card.

Lunch at the Terrace - Open to all from 12 - 13.45pm Monday to Friday. The Terrace serves the same menu as the SCR but is waiter served for convenience. It is essential to book at least 24 hours in advance.

The Campus Store
The Campus Store is a licensed convenience store selling a range of fresh, convenience grocery and non-food products. Delivered daily, the chilled range includes fresh fruit, vegetables, sandwiches, pastries, ready meals, bread and milk. Frozen products include pizzas, ice cream. Low fat and ethnic products are also available.

Term Time Opening Times
Monday 8.00 - 22.00
Tuesday 8.00 - 22.00
Wednesday 8.00 - 22.00
Thursday 8.00 - 22.00
Friday 8.00 - 22.00
Saturday 8.00 - 22.00
Sunday 10.00 - 22.00

Lindsay Shop
Ideally located for those living in Lindsay Halls of Residence, Lindsay Shop (situated inside Lindsay Café Bar) supplies a wide range of sandwiches, pastries, crisps, confectionery and soft drinks.
Opening Times
Monday to Friday 10:30 - 22:30
Saturday & Sunday 12:00 - 22:30

Vending machines
There are over 30 vending machines on campus, offering a variety of snacks from hot and cold drinks, to snacks and confectionery.

Public Houses
The Sneyd Arms, The Village Green, Keele – 01782 614533
Dick Turpin, Gallowstree Lane, Newcastle – 01782 626752
The Old Swan, Crewe Road, Madeley Heath – 01782 751199
Hand and Trumpet, Main Road, Wrinehill – 01270 820048

Regent Chinese Restaurant, 12 High Street, Newcastle, ST5 1RA – 01782 634351
Peaches Restaurant, Silverdale Road, Newcastle, ST5 2TB – 01782 715098
The Arch Restaurant, 1-3, The Mall, 11 Brunswick Street, Newcastle, ST5 1TA - 01782 630 849
Oriental Chef, The Parade, Silverdale, ST5 6LQ – 01782 611172 (take-away)
Sizzling Wok, Clayton Lane, Stoke-on-Trent, ST4 6PQ – 01782 712888 (take-away)

Jalsa Indian Restaurant, 19-21 George Street, Newcastle, ST5 1JX – 01782 611551
Koh-I-Noor. 7 Liverpool Road, Newcastle, ST5 2AU – 01782 626359
Alessi, 50-54 Church Street, Audley, Stoke-on-Trent, ST7 8DA – 01782 720845
New Royal Balti, 35 Church Street, Audley, Stoke-on-Trent, ST7 8DA – 01782 723988

Amore Italian Restaurant, 5 Pepper Street, Newcastle, ST5 1PR – 01782 943541
Pasta Di Piazza, High Street, Newcastle, ST5 1PS – 01782 617610
Pizza Hut, Unit 2 The Square, 98-104 High Street, Newcastle, ST5 1PT – 01782 635793
Domino’s Pizza, Unit 3, Barracks Road, Newcastle, ST5 1AW – 01782 660440 (take-away)

McDonalds, 82-86 High Street, Newcastle, ST5 1PT
Subway, 98-104 High Street, Newcastle, ST5 1PT


Morrisons (2 miles), Lower Milehouse Lane, ST5 9AL or Goose Street, Newcastle ST5 3HY
Aldi (2 miles), Blackfriars Road, Newcastle, ST5 2RN
Lidl (2 miles), Lower Street, Newcastle, ST5 2RS
Tesco (2.5 miles), 291 Newcastle Rd, Stoke-On-Trent, ST4 6PL
Sainsbury’s (3.2 miles), Liverpool Road, Newcastle, ST5 2AF

On-line store delivery: Ocado