The 2023 University of Edinburgh Learning and Teaching Conference brought together staff and students to celebrate and share good practice and innovation in learning and teaching around the theme:


Please find links below to the Conference recordings and resources, which enable continued engagement with ideas and insights shared during the Conference.

Day 1 (In-person) Recordings

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Keynote Talks

Keynote 1: Professor Heather McQueen, Jessica O’Loughlin and Sophie Luc – “SoTL: A Place for Everyone”

Keynote 2: Dr Irma Meijerman – “Supporting inquiry into student learning: the hands-on Utrecht Roadmap for SoTL (UR-SoTL)”

Keynote 3: Professor Gert Biesta – “How much research does teaching need? A case for thoughtful teaching”


Breakout Session 1: Larch

Panel: Supporting African students from 2016 to 2030: what has changed and what needs to change – lessons from the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program (Pete Kingsley, Charlie Bevan and Sharon Boateng)

Panel: Adventures in the archives – methodologies for teaching creative practice using the Heritage Collections at The University of Edinburgh (Lucy Roscoe, Elizabeth Quarmby-Lawrence, Jane Hyslop and Jenny Nex)

Breakout Session 1: Oak

Paper: To Grade or to Ungrade, that is the question! (Dave Laurenson, James Hopgood and Itamar Kastner)

Storytelling: A practical case of the adaption and implementation of innovative evidence-based teaching practices in Engineering: Electrochemical Engineering (or how to survive Covid-19 and curriculum renewal at the same time) (Ignacio Tudela)


Breakout Session 2: Larch

Panel: Student Partnership Agreement funded projects 2022-23 (Catherine Bovill, Jaime Llorente Prada, Fiona McNeill, Niki Taylor, Inga Ackermann and Erin MacLeod)

Panel: Academia and Industry – the power of collaboration in the world of data science (Kit Daniel Searle, Lars Schewe, Rosie Wilkie, Skarleth Carrales, Kal Bukovski and Scott Jenkins)

Breakout Session 2: Oak

Paper: Living together as equals (Rayya Ghul and Jing Hu)

Short Talk: Widening the student network (Graeme Trousdale and Ellie Parker)

Short Talk: A partnership approach to enhancing student experience (Jennifer Yule and Pauline Ferguson)


Breakout Session 3: Larch

Panel: SACHA Think Tank: using experiential learning as a tool for co-creation in curriculum transformation (Ruth Donnelly (Chair), Jon Turner, Lesley McAra, Jasmine Patel, Amer Khushman and Haolan Tu)

Breakout Session 3: Oak

Short Talk: Development and effectiveness of test-enhanced learning strategy in undergraduate medicine (David Kluth)

Short Talk: Practical approaches to freeing university material stockpiles (Vidminas Vizgirda and Fiona McNeill)

Day 2 (Online) Recordings

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Parallel Sessions A2, B2, D2, E2
Parallel Sessions A3, B3, C3, D3, E3
Parallel Sessions A4, B4, C4, D4, E4
Parallel Sessions A5, B5, C5, D5, E5
Conference Closing Panel: Lucy Patterson, Mark Hoelterhoff, Andy Cross, Beth Christie, Isla Miller, Laura Noctor-King and Jo Archibald – “Experiential, Collaborative and Contemplative Pedagogies for Innovative Curriculum Themes: Environmental Sustainability, Wellbeing, and Wicked Problems”

Conference Posters

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5 Practical actions to embed environmental sustainability (Lucy Patterson)

Copy That! (Nicky Melville)

Cultivating global citizenship in studying abroad: the International Asian Students’ Perspectives (Jiaying Lin)

Designing a Course and Teaching Evaluation Platform for the School of Informatics (Selina Zhan and Cristina Alexandru)

Designing Useful Learning Analytics: Developing an Adaptable LA Dashboard for the School of Informatics (Stefania Sandu, Pavlos Andreadis and Cristina Adriana Alexandru)

Prioritisation of Institutional Strategy and Imagination of Student Benefits in Student Partnership Practices – Perspectives of Partnership Scheme Leaders (Daisy Bao)

Evolving Partnerships: From Service User and Provider to Critical Friends (Fiona Buckland, Beth Christie and Lizzy Garner-Foy)

How Learn Ultra Course View can support innovation and creativity in digital teaching practices (Stuart Nicol and Lee-Ann Simpson)

Improving the online PGT experience by developing regional Alumni and student networks: Lessons from the Usher Masters Alumni (UMA) network in Africa (Paineto Masengere, Emilie Mcswiggan, Nynke Halbesma and Clare Bukirwa)

Introducing Anthology Ally: adding to our accessibility toolkit (Karen Howie and Sean Sweeney)

Introduction of a new captioning service (Stephen Donnelly)

Makerspace: A tool for in-curriculum interdisciplinary experiential learning (Amer Syed)

Students’ perspective on co-creating curriculum in international classrooms (Jingyi Li)

A comparative analysis of reading list author and student demographics (Sarah Gregory)

English Language for Widening Participation at the University of Edinburgh (Amelia Harker)

Growing a Growth Mindset: Tabletop Simulation Game-Based Learning (Samantha Hopkins)

Leading Professional Learning: participatory research with students who are simultaneously applying course learning in the workplace (Hannah Grainger Clemson)

Mapping the moves: Considering transparency and accessibility as guiding concepts when writing academic abstracts (Barbara Reschenhofer)

Statistics minus anxiety (Kevin Ralston)

Virtual Atlas of Veterinary Anatomy (VAVA) (Michelle Davidson)