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Learning at City Conference 2015

Learning at City Conference 2015 - Is Learning for Everyone?

Date: 3rd June 2015

Venue: The Hatton

Conference Programme and Proceedings

This year's Conference Programme featured two keynote presentations, a poster session, as well as three parallel Workshop/Paper sessions. You can access the full Conference brochure here.

This year's Conference is focused on sharing good practice, innovation and research in the field of Inclusivity in Higher Education. this topical theme provided excellent opportunities for discussion and debate during the conference.

Keynote Speakers

Lydia Pell opened this year's Conference with a keynote titled "Is Learning for All? Removing Barriers, Keeping Boundaries"

Lydia is the current Chair and trustee of the University Mental Health Advisors Network (UMHAN) and has been since 2013. She is also the Mental Health Co-ordinator at City University within the Student Counselling and Mental Health Service. She was the Mental Health Coordinator at the University of East Anglia from 2010-1014. Previously she has worked in emotional and behavioural support in further education and secondary schools and as an Art Therapist in primary settings. She is trained as a Psychodynamic Art Therapist and has an interest in how emotional and mental health issues are supported in an educational setting and the links with mental health problems and other disabilities.
She particularly likes the overlap of the Mental Health Advisor role of being able to think about equality and inclusion and wellbeing, with a great opportunity for multi-disciplinary working both within the Higher Education Institution and with those outside.
In her role as UMHAN chair she sits on the Disabled Students Stakeholder Group for Student Loans Company, is on the advisory group for the Students against Depression website, and the Alliance for Student Led Wellbeing.

Rosie Tressler from Student Minds delivered the afternoon Keynote titled "Supporting good mental health: The student experience"

Rosie is the Networks and Projects Manager at Student Minds, the UK's student mental health charity. She has been working on the issue of student wellbeing for 4 years, first as the University of Nottingham SU Equal Opportunities and Welfare Officer, before going on to run Mental Wealth UK as the charity's Development Officer and joining Student Minds during the merger in October 2013. Currently, Rosie is leading a research project scoping the concept of a 'Quality Framework' for student mental health.

In her talk, Rosie will introduce Student Minds' research into the grand challenges for student mental health and the impact of University transitions. Delegates will be updated on campaigning work to influence the commissioning process, as well as other recent developments in the area of student wellbeing. There will be the opportunity to hear about the student perspective and the work that Student Minds is doing within institutions to support and equip students to bring about positive change in the state of their peers' mental health.


* Promoting inclusivity across the student life-cycle
* Everyone’s a winner: Student Ownership of Effective Learning Methods
* Encouraging inclusivity and participation through monitored online in-class polling
* Inclusivity made simple: Simple ways to increase the accessibility if your videos
* Leadership is for everyone
* Active learning for inclusivity (Small & large group teaching activities and Active learning technologies)
* The use of old age and bariatric simulation suits in nursing education
* Engaged students are included students: how peer-assisted study support (PASS) can boost inclusivity
* What can non-native scholars’ experiences of plagiarism tell us about building an inclusive learning community?
* How can simulated practice be inclusive by design and encourage inclusive professional practice?
* Is this the real life? – living a year in the life of a student
* Are you conscious of your unconscious bias?


* Inclusive relationships with service users: What are the benefits?

* Designing an inclusive online learning environment.

* All-inclusive: Multimedia Theory-based learning resources for learning differences and beyond.

* Building an inclusive learning community through adopting inclusive assessment strategies.