Learning at City Conference 2014 – Catch up

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DSCF0592The Learning at City Conference is now in its sixth year and continues to go from strength to strength. This year, for the first time, the conference took place at an external venue and was opened up to presenters and attendees from other HE institutions.

The Conference took place on Wednesday 4th June at The Hatton and focused on the theme of Students as partners in learning?

The abstract call this year was extended to external staff and students providing a packed and diverse programme of 19 papers and workshops and 3 posters.

Alongside presenters from City University were staff and students presenting from other institutions including Leeds Metropolitan University, Sheffield Hallam University, Kings College London and the University of Surrey.

“The sessions were well organised… A broad range of speakers and topics ensured a wealth of choice for the delegates”

The day was attended by 129 people including staff and students of City University London and external staff and students enabling the profile of work across the University to be shared externally.

To see a selction of slides, videos and blogs from the day take a look at our Conference Catch-up page.

The conference opened with a plenary titled “It’s goodnight from me and goodnight from him” from James Perkins Vice President Education Student Union during which he explored how the student-staff partnership could be realised.

The keynote following lunch was given by Dr Jenny Hill, Associate professor of Teaching and Learning and Rhiannon Jenkins, undergraduate student, from the University of the West of England (pictured below left) and focused on unlocking best practice around students as partners.

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The day ended with the poster display and drinks reception enabling the conversations and sharing that had been taking place all day to continue. Prizes were awarded to the following people for the best papers and poster:

First prize paper: Gill Harrison and Allison Harris, The use of the “flipped classroom” in a blended learning programme: have we flipped?

Second prize paper: Dr Stian Reimers, Gamifying in-lecture learning with weekly text-message quizzes: implementation, evaluation and potential effects on the partnership between lecturer and student.

Best Poster: Dr Sophie Willis, Dr Nadine Schaefer and Dr Deborah Osberg, Student transitioning: What can the experience teach us?

“Overall I felt that it was very worth my while taking a day out and concentrating on issues to do with teaching”

“A well organised and worthwhile event”


Planning is beginning for the 2015 Conference – if you have any suggestions of themes for the event please do let us know by emailing



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