Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law

School of Education

Research Students' Education Conference 2018

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The School of Education at the University of Leeds is pleased to announce the Research Students’ Education Conference 2018 (RSEC) on the topic of INNOVATION. PGR students from across the WRDTP (the University of Sheffield, University of York and the University of Leeds, University of Bradford, Sheffield Hallam University, University of Hull, and Manchester Metropolitan University) are invited to participate and attend.

This annual conference provides an open and supportive environment where students can share different aspects of their research journey. This year students have the opportunity to share innovation on any aspects of their work, for example:

  • Experiences in creating a theoretical background
  • Data collection or analysis
  • Using specific software
  • Research methods
  • Limitations of your research
  • Impact of your research

We welcome submissions of abstracts from postgraduate research students within this theme. Presentations will be 15 minutes with 5 minutes following for Q&A. Abstracts should be no longer than 250 words. Please submit your abstracts latest by 16th April 2018 to edursec@leeds.ac.uk.

Dowload the conference poster here

For further information email edursec@leeds.ac.uk.

Professor Rowena Murray: Looking for innovative thesis writing strategies

In this keynote, I will discuss three innovative strategies for thesis writing: (1) developing a repertoire of writing strategies, (2) using goal setting for writing and (3) social writing. While these strategies are familiar in some fields, they are innovative in the sense that they usually involve conceptual and/or behavioural cha

nge. While these strategies are gaining traction in many higher education cultures – particularly writing retreats – there is still scepticism in some places about why doctoral students – and academics – should ‘need’ any writing support at all. My view is that we are all learning about writing all the time, and that we can usefully learn about writing practices that help us manage this complex process. These strategies are therefore innovative in the sense that they interrogate assumptions about how a thesis gets written. My research suggests that although writing is an individual sport, thesis writers can benefit from social writing, particularly those doing a PhD part-time.

About the speaker

Rowena Murray is Professor of Education, Director of Research at the University of the West of Scotland, UK and Principal Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy. Rowena is also the author of the bestselling books, How to Write a Thesis and Writing for Academic Journals, both published by Open University Press.

Recent publications

  • 4th edition of How to Write a Thesis
  • Writing in Social Spaces
  • 'Writing prolifically' in S Carter and D Laurs (Eds) Giving Feedback on Research Writing: A Handbook for Supervisors and Advisors.
  • Writing by academics: A transactional systems model for academic writing behaviours (with Kempenaar), Higher Education Research and Development, 35(5): 940-950.

Dr Chrissie Nerantzi: What fuels pedagogic innovation?

In this talk, we will explore the beliefs, attitudes and values of pedagogic innovators, their conceptions of pedagogic innovation and the enabling and prohibiting factors of becoming pedagogic innovators. Related findings from the Pedagogic Innovators (#pin) project will be shared. What role do curiosity, imagination and creativity play as well as open and social practices to make innovation happen? What is needed in our universities to empower academics and other professionals who teach or support learning to innovate in their teaching? Come along to discuss.

About the speaker

Chrissi Nerantzi (@chrissinerantzi) is an open practitioner and researcher working as a Principal Lecturer in Academic CPD in the Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching at Manchester Metropolitan University. She leads on creativity and innovation in learning and teaching, open education and recognising and rewarding teaching excellence. She has initiated a range of open cross-institutional professional development opportunities that provide alternative ways for diverse and cross-boundary collaboration and personal and collective growth for academics and other professionals who teach or support learning. An example is the open community Creativity for Learning (#creativeHE). Chrissi is a National Teaching Fellow and the Learning Technologist of the Year 2017.

In her doctoral studies, Chrissi used phenomenography to explore the lived experience of open learners who were learning collaboratively in open cross-institutional professional development courses. Through this work she discovered new insights into the patterns and nature of collaborative learning and developed an empirical design framework for cross-boundary collaborative open learning. Currently, Chrissi is involved in research in the area of pedagogic innovation, play in higher education and further work in open education.

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