News and upcoming events from the HEA

September will start with a bang with the announcement of the National Teaching Fellowship Scheme winners and the Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence finalists, days before the NET2017 Conference and the gala dinner which will celebrate the first winners of Global Teaching Excellence Award.

To help ease you back into the swing of things, and plan for your continued professional development throughout the year, the HEA has extended its early bird offer on all 17-18 training and events* if you book before 15 September 2017.

*Excludes NET Conference 2017 and Global Insights USA


Conferences and Events

> NET2017 Conference – LAST CHANCE TO BOOK
5-6 September 2017, Churchill College, University of Cambridge

> Teaching Excellence Programme – First Workshop
7 September 2017, HEA, York

> New to Programme Leadership: Higher and Degree Apprenticeships
12 September 2017, Manchester

> Virtual reading group: September
18 September 2017, Online

> Academic Leadership Programme – First workshop
19 September 2017, HEA, York

> Principal Fellow Writing Retreat
21 September 2017, Friends House, London

> Senior Fellow Writing Retreat
21 September 2017, Friends House, London

> New to Teaching in Higher Education
27 September 2017, HEA, York

> HEA STEM Conference 2018: Creativity in Teaching, Learning and Student Engagement
31 January & 1 February 2018, venue TBC – Call for papers now open

Coming soon – PebblePad V.5


In August 2016, we upgraded to V5 of PebblePad.  Since then, Version 5 has been running concurrently with the ‘Classic’ version, in order to minimise disruption to those staff and students already working within it.

However, the older version will shortly cease to be supported by PebblePad, and we will therefore be switching as an institution to Version 5. The switchover will take place on July 4th at 8:30 a.m.

It’s important to note that the main difference in the new version is its ‘look’, and improvements to functionality – existing assets etc. will remain in your personal spaces. We have been working on a range of supporting materials (for staff and students), and will provide various hands-on sessions: for novice PebblePad users; for those who are transferring to V5; and for those who are already using it and just want to know more – look out for opportunities to sign up for these.

On July 12th, a representative from PebblePad will be at the University and available for Q&A and practical sessions – please get in touch if you would like to know more about this.

Please note that ATLAS is not changing in the short term, and all assessment activity (such as setting up assignments and marking) will continue as before.

Inclusive learning and teaching – free online course

We would like to draw your attention to a free online course ‘Inclusive Learning and Teaching Environments’ beginning on June 5th that is very relevant to HEFCE’s requirement to move towards a more inclusive approach, as well as the cuts in Disabled Students Allowance.

Who is the course for?

This course has been created for teachers and educators interested in inclusive practices, learning technologists and education design professionals. It will also be relevant for marketing and communications professionals working in training situations and those with disabilities who want to understand problems in education and how to overcome them.