Academic & Student Affairs

Learning and Teaching Events


 New Academic Year Conference:

harnessing change to improve student learning

23 June 2016

09.30 - 10.00
Registration, Canada Room, QUB

10.00 - 10.15
Opening remarks
Maria Lee
Head of Educational and Skills Development

10.15 - 11.15
Sue Bloxham
Emeritus Professor of Academic Practice,
University of Cumbria
Shifting the balance between teaching and learning:
integrating assessment into the dynamic classroom 

11.30 - 1.00
Catherine Gander, School of English
Using a public-facing QUB blog for formative and summative assessment 

Karen King, School of Biological Sciences
Recognising individual learning in assessment of group work 

Ian O'Neill, EEECS
Using assessment software to create dialogue-based adaptive tutorials 

1.00 - 1.45
Lunch & School posters in Great Hall

1.45 - 3.30
Faculty workshops

3.30 - 4.00
Launch of the Education Strategy 2016 - 2021 

Please register via iTrent - if you have any problems please contact

On the day of the Conference, particpants will be invited to Tweet using #qubharnessingchange. You can follow the twitter stream here:

Higher Education Lunchtime Forums 2016-17

Friday 18 November 2016, 1 pm - 1.55 pm (sandwich lunch available at 12.45 pm)

PeerWise is a tool which allows students to generate a shared learning repository of multiple choice questions.
Dr Elaine Farrell (History, Anthropology, Philosophy and Politics) and Dr Bin Xu (Management School) will discuss how their students have
used it to develop their learning.

Other Teaching and Learning Events for 2015-2016 

Academic Year Structure

As part of the changes to the structure of the Academic Year, academic staff have been asked to streamline the amount of assessment students are required to undertake and to implement more innovative assessment models.

To support colleagues with this work, CED has organised a range of events and workshops. For each Faculty, in the first instance, there was a focussed assessment day led by a specialist in assessment development, as follows:

Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Professor Sue Bloxham, Cumbria University, currently Emeritus Professor in the Faculty’s Research Institute for Professional Learning in Education (RIPLE) and has published widely in the field of Higher Education assessment. 
Developing Assessment for 21st Century for Higher Education, 11 November 2015, McClay Library.

Engineering and Physical Sciences

David Baume, PhD SFSEDA FHEA, is a Higher Education Consultant with many years’ experience as a higher education researcher, evaluator and staff and educational developer. 
Programme Design and Student Assessment, 11 November 2015, David Keir Building.

Medicine, Health and Life Sciences

Dr Kate Exley, Independent Consultant in Higher Education Development. A former Geneticist she has delivered workshops and undertaken projects at more than 60 HE, FE, Medical and Research Institutions in the UK and overseas.
Reviewing Assessment in the Faculty of Medicine, Health and Life Sciences, 16 December 2015, McClay Library.

Queen's staff are able to view a recording of this session here