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St Mary’s Festival of Learning and Teaching

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St Mary’s Festival of Learning and Teaching

Venue: Waldegrave Suite, St Mary’s University
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St Mary’s University Festival of Learning and Teaching 2019 celebrates excellent practice in two themes – research-informed teaching and inclusive teaching.

These themes reflect current institutional priorities including the Research Degree Awarding Powers (RDAP) process and the development of the Curriculum Framework.

The Festival will celebrate existing practices in inclusivity and research-informed teaching, and provide a forum for debate, showcasing case-studies and hands-on workshops to enhance teaching practice.

Confirmed speakers

  • 'Research-based teaching: Engaging students in research and inquiry'
    Mick Healey (HE Consultant and Researcher and Emeritus Professor at the University of Gloucestershire)
  • 'Inclusive Higher Education, policy and practice'
    Helena Gillespie (Senior Lecturer in Education and Academic Director of Widening Participation at UEA)

Abstracts and biographies for each speaker can be found below.


  • St Mary’s students and staff (ID required): Free of charge
  • Standard ticket: £50

Call for papers

  • Submission of proposals: Monday 3rd June 2019, 12pm
  • Feedback and decisions: Friday 7th June 2019

Please complete and return the call for papers form to

Keynote abstracts

Research-based teaching: Engaging students in research and inquiry
Mick Healey (HE Consultant and Researcher and Emeritus Professor at the University of Gloucestershire)

“For the students who are the professionals of the future, developing the ability to investigate problems, make judgments on the basis of sound evidence, take decisions on a rational basis, and understand what they are doing and why, is vital. Research and inquiry is not just for those who choose to pursue an academic career. It is central to professional life in the twenty-first century.” (Brew, 2007)

In these interactive sessions, we will explore the variety of ways in which research and inquiry-based learning may be integrated into the curriculum, using numerous mini case studies of practices from a wide range of disciplines and countries. The argument is that we need to see our students as producers not just consumers of knowledge, in which the students are engaged in undertaking research and inquiry and producing new knowledge for themselves and, in many cases, contributing to new knowledge for society. The workshop will explore how the ideas discussed in the keynote may be applied at St Mary’s.


Mick Healey is an HE Consultant and Researcher and Emeritus Professor at the University of Gloucestershire, UK. Until 2010 he was Director of the Centre for Active Learning, a nationally funded Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning.  He is currently The Humboldt Distinguished Scholar in Research-Based Learning at McMaster University, Canada. He was one of the first people in the UK to be awarded a National Teaching Fellowship and to be made a Principal Fellow of the HE Academy.  In 2015 he received the Distinguished Service Award from the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning.  Mick has written and edited around 200 papers, chapters, books and guides on various aspects of teaching and learning in HE, including Developing research-based curricula in college-based higher education (Healey M, Jenkins A and Lea J, 2014). He has over 8,750 citations. He was co-editor of the International Journal for Academic Development (2010-13) and is currently Inaugural Senior Editor International Journal for Students as Partners.  He is often asked to act as an advisor to projects, universities and governments on aspects of teaching and learning. 

A full list of publications can be found at

Inclusive Higher Education, policy and practice
Helena Gillespie (Senior Lecturer in Education and Academic Director of Widening Participation at UEA)

A provider of higher education rated TEF Gold must ensure that it enables ‘consistently outstanding outcomes for its students from all backgrounds’. In this way, inclusive practice is an essential part of successful higher education. But how do providers develop effective policy? And what are the barriers to putting policy into practice?

This workshop examines the drivers for inclusive practice and gives an opportunity to discuss how features of inclusion can be implemented and their impact evaluated. The session features some of the latest research in the field and offers the opportunity to discuss inclusion in curriculum, assessment, teaching and learning and the wider university environment.


Helena Gillespie is Senior Lecturer in Education and Academic Director of Widening Participation at UEA. She is also a Principal Fellow of the HEA (PFHEA).

Helena previously held the university wide role of Academic Director of Learning and Teaching Enhancement and before that was Associate Dean for Learning Teaching and Quality in the Faculty of Social Sciences. Helena also teachers in undergraduate and postgraduate courses.

Helena’s research into teaching and learning in Higher Education has been funded by both HEFCE and the HEA, and projects have resulted in publications in peer reviewed journals and conference presentations. Her international work is with UEA's partners as part of the Aurora Network on a project to widen participation in study abroad, which was submitted for Erasmus+ funding. Helena is a member of the committee organising the Annual Conference of Diversity Abroad in New Orleans, LA in March 2020.

Before going into Higher Education, Helena’s professional experience was as a teacher and senior manager in primary schools and she maintains contact with the school sector through School Governor roles. She leads the university network for Governors which promotes strong links between UEA and the local educational community.


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