Second keynote speaker announced


Dr Tahir Hanif has been announced as the second keynote speaker for the 2019 UWS Learning, Teaching and Research conference to be held at our award-winning Lanarkshire campus, in partnership with Space Solutions.

He will discuss how modern Universities need to capitalise on their internationally excellent, industry-centred research and development to enrich the learning and personal development of students, informing how we educate future generations to address the global challenges and societal needs of tomorrow.

Dr Hanif said: “Education is and has been an important part of my life and I am honoured to have the opportunity to speak at your conference. I look forward to meeting everyone and sharing our ideas so as to provide a stimulus for future work in this field.”

A project management consultant, lecturer and trainer, Dr Hanif has over 30 years’ professional experience of working on high profile projects in the United Kingdom, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates. Some of the projects worked on have included the T2A Terminal at London Heathrow, Thames Tideway Tunnel and the Doha Expressway Programme in Qatar.

He has a Masters degree in Construction Management from London South Bank University and a PhD in Project Management from Kingston University London. He is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Building, Association of Cost Engineers, Association for Project Management, Institute of Consulting and the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.

Dr Hanif joins our first keynote speaker, David Price OBE, who is an expert in organisational learning for a complex future.  He talks, trains, writes and advises around the world on some of the biggest challenges facing education, society and business: maximising our potential to be creative, innovative and fulfilled citizens and solving the problems of student, civic and employee disengagement.   

He also focuses on understanding the global shift towards open organisations and systems of learning while his recent book, ‘OPEN: How We’ll Work, Live and Learn in the Future’ has been an Amazon best-seller since its publication.

David is a Senior Associate at the Innovation Unit, a not-for-profit social enterprise, and co-founder of We Do Things Differently, a culture change practice.

In addition to his keynote speech, David will also deliver a masterclass on day one of the conference, Wednesday, June 26.

Dr Claire Carney, UWS Associate Vice-Principal (Education), said: “I am delighted to have two excellent keynote speakers for our conference. We look forward to welcoming attendees to what will be an inspiring and thought-provoking couple of days, and I am confident the keynote presentations will provide delegates with valuable knowledge which can be implemented into their own academic practices.”

The UWS Learning, Teaching and Research Conference will offer delegates the chance to:

  • Discover innovation in research, teaching, enterprise and learning
  • Network with colleagues from academia, business and industry
  • Explore the learning landscapes of our new multi-million pound Lanarkshire campus

Registration is now OPEN – go to the registration page to secure your place at this exciting event!

Meet our sponsors and find out about the different prizes available to presenters, from staff and student co-presentations to our postgraduates showcasing their research.

New information about the conference will be released regularly, so please bookmark this webpage and re-visit it to find out about the latest updates. Information will also be communicated via Twitter (@UniWestScotland and @UWS Academy), in addition to the internal UWS ebulletin.


Join us for two days in the stunning learning spaces of our new Lanarkshire Campus to explore innovative research and teaching practices from colleagues in a range of disciplines and interdisciplinary areas.  You can experience the latest in technology-enhanced learning and hear about some of the ground-breaking research projects being undertaken by our postgraduate and doctoral researchers tackling global health, society and sustainability challenges.

The conference is an excellent way to enhance your continuing professional development, network among colleagues and new contributors, and raise your profile while learning of the latest developments in research, learning, teaching and technology at UWS.  A draft version of the programme has been released and will be updated as events are confirmed.



By attending the conference, you will be alongside inspiring keynote speakers and delegates from higher education and industry as well as active, prominent researchers across our various disciplines, institutes and research centres, not to mention expert educators delivering excellent teaching through our five Schools at UWS.


As the title suggests, the conference will focus on the synergies between the related, though often divided practices or functions of research and enterprise, learning and teaching. The conference themes explore the interconnected and complementary practices which embody these areas, allowing you to learn of new developments, share your experience and enhance your own practice.



This year’s event will build on the 2018 Conference which reflected changes to the UWS Corporate Strategy to better align and support the connections between learning and teaching and research. Sectoral developments also highlight the importance of bridging the gap that can exist between these areas; as a result, the 2019 conference will continue to break down boundaries by showcasing the best in research, learning, teaching and enterprise at UWS.

This year’s conference is shaping up superbly and I cannot wait to welcome delegates to what is sure to be a thoroughly enjoyable two days!

Dr. Claire CarneyUWS Associate Vice Principal (Education)

Committee Members

  • Chair: Dr Claire Carney, Associate Vice Principal (Education)
  • Linda Aitken, Projects
  • Dr Sandro Carnicelli, School of Business & Enterprise
  • Carly Dawson, Events
  • Niall Gordon, Marketing
  • Rachel Hill, Academic Life – Education
  • Dr Jane MacKenzie,  UWS Academy
  • Margo MacMillan, SAUWS
  • Claire Mackie, UWS Academy
  • Gavin Morrison, Doctoral College
  • Professor Milan Radosavljevic, Research
  • Karen Shearer, Enterprise
School of Business & Enterprise Students
  • Caitlin Brady
  • Janou Heck
  • Katie Mackenzie
  • Jade McNeill
  • Susan Mitchell
  • Robert Murdoch
  • Rebecca Sloan
UWS Annual Learning, Teaching & Research Conference
Bridging Boundaries: Connecting Learning, Teaching & Research
26-27 June 2019
Lanarkshire Campus

University of the West of Scotland
Lanarkshire Campus
Stephenson Place
Hamilton International Technology Park
G72 0LH

Tel: +44(0)141 848 3000
Email: ltr@uws.ac.uk


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