South West and Wales: Membership networking seminar

UWE, Bristol, Thursday 30 March 2017 


 Registration with refreshments


 Welcome and introduction


 Vitae update 


 Update on recent policy developments in the UK and Europe

 Participants will also have the opportunity to discuss the changing  landscape of researcher development, taking into account local to  international influence.


 Open discussion of interests and priorities

 Participants are invited to help shape the Vitae programme for 2017/18  by  discussing their interests and raising priority topics for consideration.

 This session will also include a recap of how members shaped  the 2016/17 programme.

 Refreshments available




 Exploration of the theme 

It can be easy to fall into a routine when providing skills development programmes so it is important to take a step back occasionally to review what institutions offer. In this session, a range of speakers will offer different perspectives on how to look at researcher development with fresh  eyes and incorporating flexible pedagogies


  • Dr Paul Spencer, Researcher Development Manager, UWE Bristol - Introduction to the theme and the researcher development context


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  • John Sumpter, Education Innovation Coordinator, UWE Bristol. John is an academic who specialises in the development of Technology Enhanced Learning and innovation in online and cohort based programmes. John is currently registered on a professional doctorate in education (EdD) and will talk about an Intuitive Learning Resources project that enables flexible approaches to learning.


  • Dr. Vivien Rolfe, Associate Head of Department (Applied Sciences), UWE Bristol. Viv is an expert in open education and digital scholarship. Viv will talk about Open Educational Resources and how this can reduce barriers to participation and learning.

  • Dr. Maricarmen Gil Ortega, Senior Lecturer, UWE Bristol. Maricarmen is an academic who specialises in the use of technology enhanced learning especially virtual learning and virtual reality. She will talk about this topic to illustrate how it can be used in a variety of contexts.

  • Dr Joe Nicholls, Lecturer in Medical Education (PGMDE), Cardiff University. Joe specialises in online learning, educational technologies/media and the development of digital literacies. He will be speaking about developing researcher digital literacies