This one-day event has been designed to help colleagues reflect upon and develop their approaches to learning and teaching. It features contributions from sector-leading experts, insights from colleagues at other institutions, and examples of how cutting-edge research here at Bath can help to make university courses everywhere more inclusive and engaging.

EduFest 2021

Thank you to all those who contributed to, or attended,  EduFest 2021, which was held as a one-day online event on Wednesday 5 May 2021. The main theme of our annual learning and teaching conference was: Transitions in Higher Education.

All our sessions were recorded - view the recordings here.

About EduFest

In the changing landscape of higher education, increasing attention is being paid to the ways in which individuals and communities cope with change. Students face the challenge of a new form and level of education, staff are having to negotiate new ways of working and new identities, and leaders are being forced to contemplate rapidly changing demands from all stakeholders. The transitions that will occur in a post-Covid-19 world for both staff and students make such a discussion more relevant than ever.   We look forward to the debate and to celebrating some of the excellent work carried out at the University in this domain.

Sub-themes are:  Transition into university (for example, pre-sessional work; induction programmes; outreach; recruitment; partnerships); Transition through university (for example, approaches to placement; curricula design; student engagement; assessment for learning; learning/curricula partnerships with external agencies) and Transition out of university (for example, working with employers; alumni relations; graduate outcomes; employability; 21st century skills).

Keynote speaker

Dr Luke Millard, Dean of Teaching and Learning, Abertay University   

Dr Luke Millard is Dean of Teaching and Learning at Abertay University and is a Principal Fellow of the UK’s Higher Education Academy.  At Abertay, Luke leads the work of the AbLE Academy and works with the Deans and Senior Management Team to guide activities that seek to improve student and staff experiences, and outcomes, through collaborative engagement.  The Principal Fellowship award was based on his experiences in developing student success through collaborative working with staff and students on the areas of student engagement and co-creation, student employment, transitions and the first year experience. His doctoral research continued this theme and considered the impact of students being employed on campus on students’ learning and their relationship to the institution.

Luke has chaired the European First Year Experience conference; provided a presentation to the OECD in Paris on Learning Gain and chaired a national conference in London on ‘Increasing Student Retention Across Higher Education’. In 2019, Luke delivered a keynote on student engagement and quality enhancement at the University of Tsukuba (Japan) and presented at the Japanese Association of Higher Education Research.  Most recently, he has worked with the University of Szeged and members of the EULOGH university alliance to explore issues around student engagement and success.  Luke has published widely and has substantial experience of developing partnership arrangements with Universities across North America, Asia and Europe as a vehicle to improve institutional performance and the student experience.

Luke continues to investigate and research in the field of student retention and success with a particular focuses on the first year student experience and the addressing of inequalities through course design and student opportunity. Luke has written extensively on student engagement, success and employability.


Our programme

To learn from and celebrate the excellent work carried out here at the University of Bath, we're delighted to announce our EduFest 2021 programme.

9:30 – 9:45   Welcome Address

Prof Peter Lambert, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Learning and Teaching), Annie Willingham, Education Officer, Students’ Union

9:45 – 10:30   Keynote address and Q&A - A Provocation on Student Transitions – Into, Through and Out of University

Dr Luke Millard, Dean of Teaching and Learning, Abertay University

10:30 – 11:00 Coffee break
11:00 – 11:45 Panel session - The University in Transition - adapting to the new normal

Session Chair: Chris Bonfield, Acting Director of the Centre for Learning & Teaching

Panel members: Mike Nicholson, Director of Undergraduate Admissions and Outreach; Catherine Bailey, Deputy Director, Student Services; Louise Oliver (Placements and Industrial Engagement Manager, Faculty of Science, and Dr Philip Rogers (Director of Teaching, Pharmacy & Pharmacology)

11:45 – 12.30 Lunch break
12:30 – 14:00 Talking Points – Parallel session A

Theme: Into University: The role of pre-arrival and early interventions on student experience

TP1: Supporting disabled students’ transition into University

Joel Staley, Student Services

TP2: Pre-arrival telecollaboration for international services

Ana Bertolossi

TP3: Intentionally scaffolding the development of independent learning in first year

Rob Eaton, Briony Frost, Jo Hatt, Abby Osborne


Lightning Talks – Parallel session B (12:30 – 13:15)

Theme: Through University: approaches to innovating the student academic journey

LT1:  Group Design Project Work – online and remote working

Rob Grover, Victoria Stephenson

LT 2: Climate Literacy

Steve Cayzer, Clare Power, Karen Angus-Cole, Monique Clarke

LT3: Building up Online Communities

Janina Hoffmann

LT4: LOIL with large groups

Anna Young


14:00 – 14:15 Coffee Break
14:15 – 15:45 Talking Points – Parallel session C

Theme: Through University: approaches to innovating the student academic journey


TP1: Tutorial team-based learning for enhanced engagement and feedback

Alexander Lunt, Anna Young

TP2: Transition to team working: team commitments

Steve Cayzer, David Hassell, Johnpaul Woodhead

TP3: Supporting effective transitions through writing circles

Otter Baker


Talking Points - Parallel session D

Theme: Transition out of University: developing graduate skills

TP1: On the job teaching for on the job learners: An insight into PGT degree apprenticeships and on-line learning

Alan Hayes, Andrew Chinery, James Davenport, Jo Hyde, Zack Lyons, Christina Keating, Bhagy Patil,  Michael Wright

TP2:  Simulation and practice-based learning to develop graduate attributes

Lyn Hanning

TP3: Vertically Integrated Projects: reflections on introducing VIPs to Bath

Brian Rutter, Sue Watts


15:45 – 16:00  Coffee Break & virtual VIP@Bath Poster Session
16:00 – 17:00 VIP@Bath Student Lightning Talks – Session E

 LT1: Community Engagement

LT2: Community Consultation for Sustainability

LT3: Technology for Social Care

LT4: Sustainable Transport

LT5: Student Wellbeing

LT6: Changing Behaviour to Address the Climate Crisis




EduFest 2019

The second annual EduFest event took place on 9 May 2019. The key theme was Empowering students and staff in the delivery of teaching excellence. The sub-themes - Employability, Inclusivity, Research-engaged learning and Student engagement - reflected fundamental concerns in shaping students’ outcomes and experiences across the University.

Our guest speaker, Dr Camille Kandiko Howson, gave the keynote address, which was followed by a series of panel events, lightning talks, and masterclasses from staff and students from Bath and beyond.

EduFest 2018

The inaugural EduFest event took place on June 7 2018, and was attended by over 100 colleagues from across the University, as well as a number of students and external guests. EduFest 2018 focused on four of the key themes in our Education Strategy (2016-2021): Inclusion; Research engagement; Sustainability; and, Assessment for learning.