The Keele Institute of Innovation and Teaching Excellence (KIITE), supported by Jisc, is delighted to be hosting the 2021 Change agents’ network (CAN) conference taking place from 1-4 June.

This will be the 8th CAN conference and builds on the successful past co-hosted events celebrating student-staff partnership working.

Ticket Prices:

Until 30 April: Staff £40 | Student £20
From 1 May: Staff £50 | Student £30

This year, Keele University is hosting the 8th Change Agents Network (CAN) virtually taking place on the 1 June - 4 June! This year’s theme is Adapting to Change: Student-Centred Success.

In these unprecedented times, educational organisations are constantly changing to adapt to allow for students and partners to engage. The conferences will uncover how proactive and reactive initiatives have shaped the student educational experiences including the digital aspects.

There will be a range of academic staff presenting what they have done with their students throughout this past year, the learning experience online, and the staff-student partnership. There will be academic staff from all universities across the country, and some are even doing workshops for you to get involved in. It will be very student based – even a Keele Student Ambassador panel!

  • Learn about how other universities are coping with the pandemic.
  • Learn how to get the most engagement out of an online university course.
  • Learn skills that will help you throughout university and your career.
  • It will look great on your CV!
  • Meet new people.
  • Hear other student experiences of the last year.

 Elliot

At Keele, I did my degree in Accounting and Finance and now I am completing my PhD in Management! Following my undergraduate, I became the Education Officer at the Students’ Union. I really enjoy getting involved in youth empowerment projects, providing others the opportunity to make a difference. I became a Jisc Student Partner and have worked closely with KIITE and the Change Agents’ Network. The Change Agents’ Network is collaborative to the core. The way in which it brings together students and staff to discuss a broad range of issues and innovation is inspiring. This provides all delegates the opportunity to reflect on their own experiences and embed substantive and meaningful changes.

Erik

I am an outgoing, confident, and enthusiastic person! Keele University has helped me get out of my comfort zone which is why I wanted to be a part of the CAN conference to do something I would not normally do! I am a MSci Biochemistry student in my third year, so I am really excited to be doing something completely different to my course! Having the role of marketing has been such an amazing experience and I have got to meet some incredible people along the way! I cannot wait for you all to see what we have on the way!

Emily

I am an outgoing, confident, and enthusiastic person! Keele University has helped me get out of my comfort zone which is why I wanted to be a part of the CAN conference to do something I would not normally do! I am a MSci Biochemistry student in my third year, so I am really excited to be doing something completely different to my course! Having the role of marketing has been such an amazing experience and I have got to meet some incredible people along the way! I cannot wait for you all to see what we have on the way! 

Mariam

I am an ambitious and motivated person who is keen on to create something innovative and inspiring. I have grown up in Batumi, Georgia, and after school moved to UK to attend university. Keele gave me opportunity to develop my skills in the business world. with my talented team, I truly believe we can produce a memorable and productive event.

The conference is delivered via Microsoft Teams. If you have any problems with joining the conference, please refer to your confirmation email for the organisers’ details and get in touch.

You can join the event via the link below or by navigating to the CAN 2021 Teams site and joining the event in the designated conference channel - there is one for each day. The channels will be labelled according to the date, for example “Day 1- Tuesday 1 June 2021”.

To ensure that you will be able to access the chat functions, please make sure that you are on the Keele University’s Team site before joining the meeting. Click here to do this.

You should be taken to the designated channel on Teams. Please do attempt to access this page before the meeting to make sure that your experience in the meeting will run smoothly. 

If you can't access this page, then it is likely that you are not signed in to the Keele University’s site.  This should display in Teams in the right-hand corner by the small circle with your profile and the minimise/maximise/close options.  If the name in the top right of teams is your home institution, please make sure to switch to Keele before you join the meeting via the link below.  If this option does not appear from you, please sign out of Teams completely, restart your machine, and then log back in.  If it still does not appear, please refer to your confirmation email for the organisers’ details and get in touch from the email address you are using to access the site.

Please do feel free to pass the meeting link on to colleagues, but if you do so then please also make sure that they sign up to the conference using their email address here.

Please note that when Teams asks if you wish to “Join” a meeting, it actually means start/enter the meeting, rather than add it to your calendar, so colleagues clicking “Join” significantly before the meeting is actually due to start will inadvertently begin the meeting for all participants.  The event organisers will log on roughly 10 minutes before the event is due to start and open the meeting, after which colleagues are welcome to join.

Padlet

Please do tweet about the session using the hashtag #CANConference2021 and introduce yourself to other attendees via Padlet

If you are presenting at the conference, please use the CAN2021 background.

Time 
10:00 - 10:30 Opening Ceremony
10:30 - 11:30 Keynote Speaker: Whose “Student Success” are we striving to achieve? Breaking our University bubbles to become partners in our Students’ Success - Tom Lowe, University of Winchester [Find out more here]
11:30 - 12:00 How are students experiencing learning online - Sarah Knight, JISC
12:00 - 13:00 BREAK
13:00 - 13:15 On the pulse: The need for immediate feedback - Bethan Foweraker and Louise Davies, Cardiff Metropolitan University
13:15 - 13:30 When you can't turn the ship around - Susie Palmer-Trew, University of Northampton
13:30 - 13:45 The answer to all our problems: The implementation of Unitu at St George's - Jeff Saddington-Wiltshire, St George's University of London
13:45 - 14:00 An investigation into staff-student partnerships to create digital content for teaching and learning within higher education - Charlotte Ellis, University of Derby
14:00 - 14:30 Students driving change: what are the brakes and accelerators when acting on student research recommendations? - Lydia Halls, London School of Economics and Political Science
14:30 - 15:30

Keynote Speaker: Students as Digital Producers - Prof. Rafe Hallett, Keele University [Find out more here]

Time 
10:00 - 11:00 Keynote Speaker: The digital Transformation of higher education supercharged by the pandemic - Paul Feldman, CEO of JISC [Find out more here]
11:00 - 11:30 Creating a student partnership team to lead a student conference: Student Futures Day 2021 - Judith Wayte, University of Nottingham
11:30 - 12:00 Partnership in pandemic - Simon Varwell, Student Partnerships in Quality Scotland
12:00 - 13:00 BREAK
13:00 - 13:15 Covid-19 Crisis Response: Planning in Partnership: Keeping the student voice at the heart of decision making - Caroline Cooke, AECC University College
13:15 - 13:30 Staff-Student Partnership: Community Engaged Learning Ambassadors at UCL - Marie Xypakin, Nidal Al Haj Sleiman, Ayse Gur Geden and Viktoria Makai, UCL
13:30 - 13:45 Interactive learning using online collaborative storytelling - Richard Byles and Helena Beeson, The University of Northampton
13:45 - 14:00 Turning Barriers into Bridge - Amanda Millmore, University of Reading
14:00 - 14:30 Collaborating with students to re-brand the Student Voice at Cardiff Met - Bethan Foweraker and Louise Davies, Cardiff Metropolitan University
Time 
10:00 - 11:00

Keynote Speaker: The past, present and future: Being a successful change agent in a rapidly changing world - Jennifer A Marie [Find out more here]

11:00 - 11:30 Student Director's panel
11:30 - 12:00 Whole-institution sustainability through staff-student partnerships - Prof. Zoe Robinson, Alana Wheat and Sarah Briggs, Keele University
12:00 - 13:00 BREAK
13:00 - 13:15 The Difficult World of a SU Sabbatical Officer During Covid-19: Do we need to review the model? - Ashley Storer-Smith, University of Warwick
13:15 - 13:30 Nurturing Doctoral Researchers through a collaborative virtual symposium: a case study - Kiu Sum, University of Westminster
13:30 - 13:45 They've already done it: a peer employability coaching and mentoring initiative - Vianna Renaud, Bournemouth University
13:45 - 14:00 Connected Learning Internships: involving students in moving teaching online during the pandemic - Fiona Wilkie, UCL
14:00 - 14:30 Panel: The Journal of Educational Innovation, Partnership and Change - Simon Walker
14:30 - 15:30 Keynote Speaker: What happens next? Transforming the learning experience through storytelling - Catherine Chambers, Keele University [Find out more here]
Time 
10:00 - 11:00 Keynote Speaker: Shaping the student learning experience - Kerry Pinny [Find out more here]
11:00 - 11:30 Journal submission workshop - Simon Walker
11:30 - 12:00 Student digital capabilities: a journey of digital discovery - Clare Killen, JISC
12:00 - 13:00 BREAK
13:00 - 13:15 Building teaching and learning practice with Student Fellows - Dr Aisling Tierney, University of Bristol
13:15 - 13:30 University Sport: culture, belonging and the effects of Covid-19 - Maria Moxey, The University of Winchester
13:30 - 13:45 Innovative ways to overcome barriers during lockdown - Kelly Edwards, Harlow College
13:45 - 14:00 Student Voice Week: an online student-staff partnership - Rachel Granham
14:00 - 14:30 Virtual Summer Celebration - Gabriella Faulkner, University of Derby
14:30 - 15:30 Keynote Speaker: We are the Champions: Trials, tribulations and successes of building a virtual community of practice - Dr Monica Chavez [Find out more here]

Joining instructions can be accessed via the tabs above. 

Access the CAN website here - there are separate blog posts which include more information about the conference as well as interviews with keynote speakers and the student ambassadors involved in creating the conference.

Conference sessions will be recorded.

We hope to see you there!

Follow on Twitter: @CANagogy #CANConference2021