Vice-Chancellor's 16th Annual Teaching and Learning Conference
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The annual Vice-Chancellor's Teaching and Learning Conference takes place at the University in June.


  • Research teaching nexus
  • Co creating curriculum with students
  • Enhancing students’ digital opportunities


Professor David Sadler, Deputy Vice-Chancellor Education, University of Western Australia: 'Innovation in Higher Education'


  • Jo Sellick, Associate Dean for Teaching and Learning, Faculty of Business, University of Plymouth
  • Carole Sutton, Associate Professor (Senior Lecturer) Sociology (Quantitative Methods), School of Law, Criminology and Government, University of Plymouth
  • Emma Purnell, Senior Learning Technologist, ASTI, University of Plymouth
  • Anne McDermott, Research Fellow, ASTI, University of Plymouth


The call for abstracts is now open. Please submit an abstract via the above link before the deadline of Friday 27 April, 12:00.

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Digital capabilities are essential skills for those teaching, learning and working in a connected world. There are concerns that the UK Higher Education sector is “missing vital opportunities to equip our students with the digital skills they need in the modern workplace” (Jisc, 2015) that enable them to maximise their potential as global citizens. Graduate attributes are widely used as a means of summarising the qualities that undergraduate students will develop during their study. Given that around 80% of jobs require some form of digital capabilities (Barclays, 2016) this makes it a critical graduate attribute to which HE institutions need to respond (Beetham et al, 2009).

The keynote will report on a University of Plymouth Pedagogic Research and Teaching Innovation (PRTI) project building upon the Jisc Digital Capabilities Framework (2017) to create innovative, accessible resources for teachers and learners to self-assess and develop their digital capabilities in a number of domains, and a tool to assess and articulate digital capabilities in curriculum design. The capabilities include ICT proficiency; digital creation, problem solving and innovation; communication, collaboration and participation; learning and development; identity and wellbeing; and information, data and media literacies.

Keynote title: 'Digital capabilities and beyond...'

The keynote will be given by Jo Sellick, Carole Sutton, Emma Purnell and Anne McDermott

Biography: David Sadler

David Sadler was appointed to UWA as the Deputy Vice-Chancellor Education in October 2017. He was previously the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Students and Education) at the University of Tasmania from early 2011 and led many initiatives around infrastructure for education, student experience, curriculum renewal and especially the educational attainment agenda, leading the Children’s University, Tasmania. He served on the Office of Learning and Teaching Strategic Advisory Board and is an elected member of the Universities Australia Deputy Vice-Chancellors Executive. 

David led the UA working group on student academic integrity and also the DVC network on the quality assurance agenda and relationships with TEQSA. He is a life fellow of the RSA and a former Council member of the AICD. 

As a political scientist specialising in international security, David worked for the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office as a Senior Research Officer in Arms Control and Disarmament. He had senior academic roles in Social Science at the University of Birmingham and was Director of the Higher Education Academy leading initiatives around student experience and educational excellence across all UK universities. 

Biographies of joint presenters

Jo Sellick is the Associate Dean for Teaching & Learning in the Faculty of Business at the University of Plymouth and former Principal Lecturer in Learning & Teaching and Head of the Law Learning Technologies Unit Wolverhampton University with many years' programme management experience. She has received awards for teaching practices including Wolverhampton University Teacher of the Year 2002 and the UPSU STARR Award for Best Feedback 2014. Jo has worked on UKCLE (HEA for Law) projects and has pedagogic publications and conference papers on, for example, embedding sustainability in the law curriculum and introductory immersive experiences in the transition to HE.

Carole Sutton is an Associate Professor (Senior Lecturer) Sociology (Quantitative Methods) in the School of Law, Criminology and Government at the University of Plymouth. Carole is a Senior Fellow of the HEA, and has a sustained track record in pedagogic developments in developing innovative approaches to teaching, learning and student experience, particularly in relation to teaching research methods and the use of new technologies in research. She has been involved in a number of cross-institutional research projects including the ESRC Quantitative Methods initiative and internal projects on examination feedback.

Emma Purnell is a Senior Learning Technologist at the University of Plymouth. She has a PGCE in Post Compulsory Education and Chartered Membership for the Association of Learning Technologists. She is part of the central Academic, Support, Technology and Innovation team. Emma supports all areas of technology innovation including the use of tools within the Digital Learning Environment, such as Moodle, Turnitin and PebblePad. Emma works with staff in the design, development, implementation and evaluation of Technology Enhanced Learning. She is also involved in a number of cross institutional projects in areas such as eAssessment and ePortfolio based learning.

Anne McDermott is a research fellow with the University of Plymouth's Academic, Support, Technology and Innovation team. Her role is to investigate innovative technological developments and help to assess their potential benefits and impacts on the Plymouth student experience. She has been joint principal investigator for numerous externally funded technology enhanced learning projects. Recent areas of work include the application learning analytics to improving student retention and outcomes, and developing the digital capabilities of learners, teachers and support staff.

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