How to Contribute

Conference registration is now open

Registration for the 2019 Learning, Teaching and Research Conference on Wednesday 26 and Thursday 27 June has now OPENED.  All UWS staff engaged in or supporting learning, teaching and research are invited to attend this exciting event.

Delegates who are UWS staff or students, both undergraduate and postgraduate, will not be charged a registration fee.

For external participants, the registration fee is £50 per day, which includes engagement with all conference events, a grab-and-go lunch and refreshments throughout the day.  Full details of how to pay will be included on the registration website, Eventbrite.

To book a place at the conference, go to the registration page.

The conference will feature two topical keynote speakers and a range of workshops, presentations, microtalks and poster presentations, all based around the four key themes of the event:

1 – Assessment and feedback

In keeping with this year’s institutional Focus on: Assessment and Feedback work, this theme looks at the impact of assessment and feedback practices on student learning. Relevant topics include:

  • Innovative assessment
  • Effective and efficient feedback practices
  • Assessing work-based learning

2 – Digital learning 

Focussing on digital futures for education, this theme explores how we prepare for and embrace digital learning and the impact digital technology is likely to continue to have on learning, teaching, and graduate futures. Relevant topics include:

  • Preparing for and embracing the future of digital learning
  • Impact of digital technology on learning
  • Digital technology and teaching
  • Graduate futures and digital technology
  • Virtual Collaboration

3 – Research-informed teaching

This theme explores how research and teaching meet in our programmes and modules and how we engage students in enquiry-driven learning processes.  Relevant topics include:

  • Enquiry-based learning opportunities for students
  • How the outcomes of research shape teaching
  • Teaching research methods

4 – Meeting societal challenges: health, society and sustainability

The interdisciplinary nature of research at UWS promotes collaborative working on a global scale with presentations from major research project teams. Proposals should focus on one (or more) challenges in the following areas:

  • Health – including healthcare, digital health, key health challenges, supporting our ageing population, dementia research, aged veterans;
  • Society – including education, equality and diversity, crime prevention, creative industries, immersive technologies, entrepreneurship, game based learning, economic development, offender rehabilitation, Brexit research and the UWS Oxfam Partnership exploring excess mortality at work;
  • Sustainability – including energy, advanced materials, conservation, digital revolution, built environment, agritech.

Research Students

As in 2018, postgraduate and doctoral research students will play an integral part in the conference. There are a variety of potential means of engagement.

Three Minute Thesis (3MT)

Three Minute Thesis (3MT) is an academic competition developed by the University of Queensland, Australia. Its success has led to the establishment of local and national competitions in several countries.

The University’s full-time research students in their third year of study are required to submit presentations for 3MT, with the winning entrant having a chance to progress to the UK finals hosted by Vitae. The competition rules are simple: staff and students undertaking a doctorate have three minutes and one slide to present to an intelligent, lay audience and a judging panel. No gimmicks, props, singing or dancing allowed; just really interesting presentations.

3MT challenges our doctoral candidates to present a compelling spoken presentation on their research topic and its significance in just three minutes. Conference delegates will have the opportunity to attend the finalists’ presentations.

For more information, email

Poster Presentations

Second year research students are invited to present their research at our poster exhibition which will be attended by industry partners and other conference delegates.  There will be a prize of £200 for the best posters in each of the postgraduate research areas of Health, Society and Sustainability.

For more information about presenting at the conference, email

Lay summaries

First year research students are encouraged to submit a short summary of their research topic, written in lay terms.  There will be a prize of £100 for the best summaries in each of the postgraduate research areas of Health, Society and Sustainability.

For more information about lay summaries, email

The 2018 Overall 3MT Winner was Gideon Ayim-Mensah:
UWS Annual Learning, Teaching & Research Conference
Bridging Boundaries: Connecting Learning, Teaching & Research
26-27 June 2019
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