KIITE Student Education Conference 2020

The KIITE Student Education Conference 2020 took place on 29 January, at Keele Hall. The theme of the conference was ‘Sustaining a ‘Healthy’ Curriculum’, and the conference addressed the question what does it mean to build and sustain a ‘healthy’ curriculum?

We were delighted to have the conference keynote from Dr Chi Baik, Associate Professor in Higher Education from the Melbourne Centre for the Study of Higher Education.


09:00 - 09:30   Registration and Refreshments

09:30 - 09:45   Welcome and Introductions

09:45 - 10:30   Keynote: Chi Baik  Enhancing university student wellbeing: What is the role of university educators?

10:30 - 11:30   Parallel Presentation Sessions - delegates will be able to choose from one of the following two sessions:

The Student Voice as a Driver of Healthy Curricula
(Ballroom courtyard side)
3 x 20-minute presentations
The Holistic Approach to Curriculum Design: Physical, Virtual and Community
(Salvin Room)
3 x 20-minute presentations

Say it as it is!
Julie Green

Using video glossaries to support the international student transition: A UK-China case study
Katie Szkornik
Learning from students - evaluating the impact of extracurricular learning development workshops on curricular engagement and self-efficacy.
Kizzy Beaumont & student co-presenters Iona Clayton, Matt Clendon & Michael Brown
Engaging Augmented Environments: Building Immersive Digital Spaces
Steven Rogers & Karl Gimblett
Student Transitions to Science Undergraduate Education
Richard Waller
Why Not Me? Students’ Identity, Community Belonging and Wellbeing in Academic Schools
Michael Fay

11:30 - 12:00   Break and refreshments

12:00 - 13:00   Parallel Presentation Sessions - delegates will be able to choose from one of the following three sessions:

Curriculum and Induction
(Ballroom courtyard side)
5 x 10 minute presentations  
Pedagogy and Practice
(Old Library)
5 x 10 minute presentations
Qualities and Skills
(Salvin Room)
5 x 10 minute presentations
How to Stay Professional on Social Media
Pete Lonsdale
Moving the learning from the Discussion Board to the cloud
Nazim Ali

Supporting academic writing skills development without “killing the golden goose”
Paul Horrocks

Factors Affecting the Implementation of Curriculum Innovation in English Language Teaching in Chinese Higher Education
Xia Liu (KIITE Visiting Scholar)
Supporting international students: lessons learned from a TNE degree
Daniela Plana
Politicising Academia: The Bipolarity Between ‘Us’ and ‘Them’
Mohammed Khan
Academic Reading Retreats: What are we retreating from?
Angela Rhead & Chris Little
A 1000 years of lectures. Is it time to make a change?
Simon Rimmington
Addressing gender balance in Music Technology
Manuella Blackburn
Active blended learning in the veterinary curriculum: Can we train a generation of veterinary graduates to embrace life-long learning from Day 1
Dave Mazzocchi-Jones
Blended Learning: Flexibility in English Language Teaching
Bilkis Usman
Developing resilience and wellbeing in pharmacy students
David Morgan & Karen Anne Gunnell
Tackling inequalities: Building a ‘healthier’ Literature curriculum through feminist reflexivity
Aimee Merrydew
Can we ‘teach’ students to be resilient? Let’s try!
Penny List
What makes a good vet? How perception of prospective students compares to that of employers
Nuria Canedo

13:00 - 14:00   Lunch 

14:00 - 15:30   KIITE - Developments in Curriculum Design 

KIITE - Developments in Curriculum Design
(Ballroom courtyard side)

Health and Wellbeing Strategy
Pauline Walsh

Elective Pathways & Interdisciplinary Education at Keele 
Rafe Hallett, Filippo Nereo, Mark Ormerod

15:30 - 16:00   Keynote: Kate Lister ‘Embedding wellbeing in curriculum, learning and teaching’

16:00 - 17:00   KIITE Carousel 

17:00              Close

16:00 - 17:00   The KIITE Carousel

The final section of the conference will be the ‘KIITE Carousel’. A Carousel is a communicative, interactive opportunity for conference delegates to move around the room, pausing at intervals to meet, comment, discuss and explore the themes of the "stations" situated in the conference hall. ‘Stations’ can be conference speakers (expanding on their presentation), Special Interest Research / Scholarship Groups or Education Services, Networks, Projects or Challenges.

As delegates circulate, they will have the opportunity to interact with each of them, and (variously) offer support to the project, sign up to the group or engage with the educational challenge.

Refreshments will accompany the Carousel.

Global Opportunities
Rachel Skittery, Natasha Corke, Jake Leech
Introduction to Start to Success
Kara Holloway
The Medical School Feedback Portal
Adrian Molyneux
Learning Development in the School of Law
Hannah Gibbons-Jones
Building pedagogic innovation into a contemporary veterinary curriculum
Dave Mazzocchi-Jones
Challenging Dominant Discourses and Decolonizing the Curriculum
Sophia Taha
Team-Based Learning
Graeme Jones
Undergraduate Research in the curriculum
Jonathan Parker
Student Transitions to Science Undergraduate Education - interactive consensus building methodology
Angela Turner
Going in the Write Direction: Supporting a ‘Healthy’ Curriculum through Student Learning Services
Grant Mitchell and Aimee Merrydew
Engaging Augmented Environments: Building Immersive Digital Conferences
Steven Rogers & Karl Gimblett
Using Microsoft Teams to Deliver Highly Engaging Social Learning Environments
Vikki Foley & Matt Street

Subthemes for the 2020 Student Education Conference include (but are not limited to):

  • Embedding wellbeing in the curriculum
  • Inclusivity and diversity in the curriculum
  • Portfolio Health: designing the right ‘diet’ of modules & programmes
  • Education for Sustainability
  • Digital wellbeing and online communities
  • Learning spaces, campus space
  • Embedding confidence and resilience
  • Lean assessment & feedback
  • Encouraging ‘healthy debate’
  • Recruitment, retention (and financial health)
  • Future-proofing the curriculum: graduate wellbeing
  • Making learning & teaching manageable: student & staff wellbeing
  • Student Support and the Curriculum
  • Social & Project-based learning
  • Using data to measure the ‘health’ of a curriculum
  • Evaluating a healthy curriculum: the scholarship of learning and wellbeing
  • Supporting International student experiences
  • Taboo, Controversy, Risk: What shouldn’t be included in a ‘healthy’ curriculum?
  • Creativity and Wellbeing