UCB staff share research and ideas in annual conference
UCB staff, lecturers and academics held their annual two-day inter-departmental conference at McIntyre House with this year’s overarching theme being the student experience.
The conference is a platform for the exchange of research and ideas across the university. It shows the breadth of interests and research going on throughout the institution and beyond.
The conference had two key note speakers. The first was Neil Rami, Marketing Birmingham’s Chief Executive, who shared the strategies that are being used to attract investment and raise the city’s profile. The second was Janine Dodds, Deputy Head at Oaks Primary School, who discussed the challenges facing educators seeking to raise the aspirations of young people in Birmingham and encourage them to engage with their education.
This year the conference was combined with school planning sessions, meaning that morning presentations comprised of UCB academic research papers and the afternoon sessions were dedicated to school specific input.
Sixteen presentations were given on a range of subjects, from ‘The role of admissions in the application process’ to ‘UCB and internationalisation: definitions, developments and challenges’.
The afternoons were dedicated to school planning sessions where the different schools at UCB each gave their own lectures in a variety of areas, looking at improving assessment feedback, future developments in English language and the launch of e-learning staff development.
The 2015 UCB Research Conference was a great success. The two Keynote speakers were very well-received and then staff presented work that covered interesting, current and challenging areas for debate. It is important that UCB continues to showcase the quality and quantity of research our staff undertake. The conference is an ideal place to do just that.