Keele Foundation Year Network Conference 2021

The Keele Foundation Year Network Conference invites colleagues to share exemplary practices and approaches to navigating through disruption in education and rapid innovation to strengthen and add value to our education provision.

Wednesday 7th and Thursday 8th July 2021

Influence through Innovation and Disruption

Our aim is to help identify road-maps for change, providing inspiration through innovation and disruption. This may be through case studies or personal reflections that honestly embody the challenges to the current educational landscape.

What do we mean by Innovation?

What do we mean by innovation? It seems to be a very overused term. It tends to refer to something new or a change made to something that already exists. During these unprecedented times we have all had to adapt to a brave new world of
educational delivery and how we develop relationships in a digital world. How, as a sector, have we adapted and innovated to deliver a high quality educational experience?

What do we mean by disruption in education?

Disruption isn't just about replacing something that is well defined and embedded but redefining what education should look like in a fast paced complex knowledge based society. The current restrictions to the pandemic have changed the current 'space and place' of working and learning. What have we learnt? What do universities have to offer for the future?

The conference will be online and delivered via Microsoft Teams. We are currently calling for papers. Details of the finalised programme will be released in May.

FY Network Conference Programme


9.30 - 10.00

Conference Introductions Simon Rimmington (Director of Foundation Year, Keele)

Conference Welcome Professor Trevor McMillan, Vice Chancellor, Keele University

  Session A1 Session B1
10.00 - 10.20 Fostering a Sense of Belonging in an Online Learning
Environment: An IFY Perspective
Tina Harvey
University of Cumbria
Redefining 'welcoming' for an online setting- lessons from
outreach and recruitment.
Dr Camilla Priede & Helen Roy
University of Sheffield
10.20 - 10.30 Q&A Q&A
10.30 - 10.50 Responding to informal feedback in an online environment
Bianca Sala
University of Sheffield

From School to Surrey (and everything in-between): digital
resources to support student transition
Gerald Dampier, Sam Hopkins, Thomas Varnes, Emily Shepperd,
Sophie Kellaher, Sara Pervez
University of Surrey

10.50 - 11.00 Q&A Q&A
11.00 - 11. 20 Is blended better? Interdisciplinary provision, student choice and
ambiguous online realities
Zoe Enstone
York St. John University
Maintaining Student Engagement & Interaction
Lorraine Smith & Haruko Okamoto
University of Sussex
11.20 - 11.40 Q&A Q&A
11.40 - 12.00 Time for a Break


  5-minute presentations 5-minute presentations 5-minute presentations
  Session C1 Session D1  Session E1
12.00 - 12.05 Building an oasis of calm in a sea of chaos:
supporting students during COVID disruption
Kelly Edmunds
University of East Anglia
Saving face when face-to-face is cancelled:
Maintaining the personal touch
Dr Rachel Staddon
University of Sheffield
 Students’ perceptions of asynchronous active
student response activities for developing their
Caroline Anderson and Beverley Allan
University of Nottingham
12.05 - 12.10 Teaching Practical Science in Student Kitchens
Bethan Gulliver
University of East Anglia
2020: the lasting impact of the pandemic on HE
Kay Dunn
University of Wolverhampton
 Foundation year innovation, challenges and
opportunities during a pandemic
Dr Matthew Craven
Plymouth University
12.10 - 12.15 Delivering a practical skills module via distance
Karen Vernon-Parry
Sheffield Hallam University

Disrupting assessment in Art and Design
Marie Judge
Sheffield Hallam University

 Blended delivery of group and peer review
activities to support academic writing assessment
Ellie Davison
University of Lincoln
12.15 - 12.20 Disrupting Education with Artificial Intelligence
Thomas Y. Chen
Academy for Mathematics, Science, and
Sudden transition to online learning; a focus group
study exploring foundation year’s students’
experiences about online learning at Keele
Dr Naqash Masood and Dr Laura Hibberts
Keele University
Flipped learning boosts exam performance for
students with lower previous academic
Ellie Davison
University of Lincoln 
12.20 - 12.25 Piloting a new Interdisciplinary Research
Investigation Module Via Remote Teaching
Dr Lucy Atkinson
University of Roehampton
Use of electronic workbooks to support student
on-line learning
Steve Russell
Aston University
 Reflecting on reflections
Pauline Cooke
Keele University
12.25 - 12.45 Q&A Q&A Q&A
12.45 - 1.30 Lunch and Networking


Time              20-minute presentations         20-minute presentations    
  Session F1 Session G1
1.30 - 1.50 Large-scale delivery of Mathematics to mixed ability
multidisciplinary scientists in a lockdown
Jeff Neat and Dr Adam Wootton
Keele University
Applying laboratory skills in a home environment.
Michael Dibb-Fuller
Durham University
1.50 - 2.00 Q&A Q&A
2.00- 2.20 Virtual laboratories: Is there a place for them within STEM
learning and teaching?
Dr Amy Patten, Dr Rebecca Broadbent and Dr Darren Campbell
Aston University

Exploring the research teaching nexus through a physics
foundation year module.
Dr Carol Davenport and Dr Antonio Portas
University of Northumbria

2.20 - 2.30 Q&A Q&A
2.30 - 2.50 Collecting fieldwork data as a remote student: using photoediting apps
Helena Batalha
University of East Anglia
Building the Foundations
Jason Cook
Estelle Damant
Loughborough University
2.50 - 3.00 Q&A Q&A
3.00 - 3.30 Time for a Break

3.30 - 5.00 AGM
7.00 onwards Social, networking



Time                                                                      Workshop sessions - ZOOM
  Session A2 Session B2 Session C2
9.00 - 10.15 WORKSHOP– 1 – HEA Fellowship
Tracey Coppins
Keele University
WORKSHOP – 2 Authentic assessments
Dr Adam Wootton
WORKSHOP 3 - The Pitch – Research and
Scholarship group
Simon Rimmington
Keele University
Rachel Dunn
Durham University
10.15 – 10.30 Time for a Break




Time 20-minute presentations    
  Session D2 Session E2
10.30 - 10.50 It’s the journey not the destination; Personal Academic Coaching
and Foundation Year Students
Marie Clifford and Emma Wheeler
University of South Wales
Virtual communities of learning.
Dr Darren Campbell,
10.50 - 11.00 Q&A Q&A
11.00 - 11.20 Lessons from group work on Zoom - bringing compassion into the
foundation year
Fiona Elsted
University of Essex

‘Multiflexing’ – teaching online and in-person at the same time
Dr Doug Ingram and Dr Peter Watts
University of Nottingham

11.20 - 11.30 Q&A Q&A
11.30 - 11.50                                                                         Time for a break




  Session F2 Session G2
11.50 - 12.10 Maximising Student Engagement in Pre-recorded Lectures
Amy Stickels and Anna Tranter
Warwick University
Active learning and the online flipped classroom.
Dimitrios Roxanas
University of Sheffield
12.10 – 12.20 Q&A Q&A
12.20 – 12.40 On or about March 2020, the world changed: Teaching Modernity
during COVID-19
Dr Madeleine Newman and Dr David Ibitson
Leeds University

The Prevent duty in the digital learning environment: Managing
disruption and finding solutions.
Rachel Sankey
Arden University

12.40 - 12.50 Q&A Q&A
12.50 – 13.30                                                                      Lunch and Networking



 1.30 - 3.00 Discussion panel – Lessons learnt. Looking to next year and next five years.
Panel members representing – student support, student voice, university educational strategy and operations, fy strategy & FY Network
Simon Rimmington (Chair)
Prof. Kris Spellman-Miller - PVC Education (Keele),
Dr Katie Szorknik - Dean of Education (Natural Sciences - Keele),
Katie Laverty - Director of Student Services (Keele),
Jan O'Driscoll - Director of Foundation Years (Chester) and Chair of FY Network Executive,
Marie Chappell - former SU Education Officer Keele and former Keele FY Student, now at Chester,
Prof. Jonathan Wastling - Pro Vice-Chancellor and Executive Dean of the Faculty of Natural Sciences.
3.00 - 3.15 Time for a break
3.15 - 4.00 Final words and hand over to next year!                      

Simon Rimmington - Chair of Local Organising Committee-
Tracey Coppins -