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.

Save the date!

We're delighted to announce that next year's EduFest will be held on Tuesday 5 May in The Edge. The main theme of our annual learning and teaching conference will be: Transitions in Higher Education.

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. 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: Professor Liz Thomas.

Liz is an independent researcher and consultant for higher education and Professor of Higher Education at Edge Hill University. She has approximately twenty years’ experience of undertaking and managing research about widening participation, student retention and success and institutional approaches to improving the student experience and outcomes. She is committed to using research to inform national and institutional policy, practice and evaluation, and has developed and led change programmes to facilitate this. 

Once again, a programme of EduFest follow-on events will be scheduled to continue the debate and discussion.

Now open! Call for Participation for Talking Points and Lightning Talks

To learn from and celebrate the excellent work carried out here at the University of Bath, we are inviting colleagues to submit proposals that reflect on these challenges for the following sessions:

  • Lightning Talks – fast and furious at just 5 minutes per lightning talk! They offer an opportunity to showcase effective learning and teaching practices.
  • Talking Points – these 30-minute sessions offer an opportunity to present a 15-minute conference-style paper that details innovation in practice, ongoing pedagogical research and policy developments. Each presentation will be followed by 15 minutes of discussion.
  • Posters – a lunchtime showcase of good practice in learning and teaching for students and staff.

If you would like to submit a proposal for any of these sessions, please complete the attached Call for Participation form and return to

The deadline for submission is Monday 16 March.

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.