PedRIO Conference – 'What is Institutional and Subject Excellence?’

PedRIO Conference 'What is Institutional and Subject Excellence?, 29 November 2018.

An increasing focus on Institutional Excellence in Higher Education has led to a proliferation of ‘excellence’ agendas (REF, TEF and, most recently, KEF). Pedagogic research crosses the boundaries between research and teaching and has strong implications for the knowledge exchange agenda and thus is perfectly situated to support (and critique) the excellence agendas. 

In this context, the Pedagogic Research Institute and Observatory (PedRIO) was delighted to announce the conference entitled ‘What is Institutional and Subject Excellence?’. 

Aimed at bringing together leading academics from across the UK and beyond, we presented papers, workshops and posters themed around the following areas: 

  • demonstrating institutional and subject excellence
  • impact and evaluation – linking teaching and research 
  • institutional excellence and policy developments
  • public engagement and pedagogic research for impact
  • widening participation and institutional excellence.

The keynote address was given by Louis Coiffait, Associate Editor, Wonkhe, entitled 'High seas: the shipping forecast for UK HE policy'. 

Biography: Louis Coiffait

Louis is Associate Editor at Wonkhe responsible for ensuring a pipeline of high-quality content: writing, commissioning, editing articles and producing daily email briefings. He speaks at events and leads on some partnerships and consultancy. 

Louis is passionate about education policy and innovation, having researched topics such as the school workforce, access to HE, apprenticeships, selective schools, the impact agenda, employer mentoring, open data, education technology, careers advice, enterprise education, STEM skills, and school programme evaluations.

His career includes working with Reform, The National Foundation for Educational Research, Taylor & Francis, The Careers & Enterprise Company, NAHT Edge, Pearson, the HEA, the TTA, for an MP and for a minister. 

Louis spent three years as Chair of Westminster Students’ Union. He studied at York, UCLA and Cambridge. A committed volunteer, he is an RSA Fellow and amateur photographer. 

Twitter @LouisMMCoiffait

Conference documents