Teachfest 2024: People sat talking around a table.

April 15, 2024, by Laura Nicholson

TeachFest at University Park – We’re in this together

“We’re in this together”

TeachFest@University Park is returning on Friday 5 July to the Sir Clive Granger building.

It is modelled on the annual TeachFest conference each December at Sutton Bonington and these two events together complement the annual Teaching and Learning Conference in April. TeachFest@UP is intended to be a very informal and friendly gathering where people can share something of their own practice (not necessarily ‘best’ practice, though it may be!), discuss what other people have been trying, reflect together on how we might develop the teaching and learning experience at UoN (and beyond), and mull over ideas with supportive colleagues.

Thinking Higher

Our focus this year will pick up from the overall Teaching and Learning Conference theme, ‘Thinking Higher’, with a particular focus on how we can work together, among colleagues and with our students, to mould our teaching for the future, with all the opportunities and challenges we’re likely to face over the next few years. The theme is intended to be broad. TeachFest provides a great context for trying out ideas or having a first go at presenting ‘a paper’ for a teaching-focused conference – together with supportive colleagues and some students. (We can provide certificates of attendance or presentation if requested.)


It is anticipated that papers/ presentations will be around 20 minutes long with a few minutes for questions, and they could be presented by individuals or together by groups (possibly including a student or two). We usually also have workshops, which could be around 25 minutes or around 50 minutes. Guided discussions are another regular feature: these will probably last for 50 minutes. We are open to suggestions for other kinds of contributions (e.g., 5-minute lightning talks/elevator pitches/pecha kucha, posters, or … maybe something we’ve not even thought about!).

We’ll try to come up with a workable schedule to accommodate those proposals we accept. We would be delighted to consider proposals from those who have done little or no teaching so far, through to those who’ve been teaching for many years, as well as from colleagues who support teaching in various ways.

Please submit proposals using this link.* The deadline for these is Friday 31 May.

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