Centre for the Enhancement of Learning and Teaching

Learning and Teaching Conference

Learning and Teaching Conference

USW holds regular Learning and Teaching conferences to celebrate and share the good practice in learning, teaching and assessment undertaken across the University group and its strategic partners.

After the success of the inaugural 2015 conference the event became annual and additional, specialist, conferences are also held at different points in the year for senior managers and for specific subject disciplines.

USW Learning & Teaching Conference 2024: Embracing challenge-based learning


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How does challenge-based learning shape the educational landscape for both educators and learners at USW?

USW’s Learning and Teaching Conference 2024 at the Atrium campus, Cardiff, builds on the success of last year, centring on Challenge-Based Learning to explore transformative educational practices. This in-person event aims to integrate theory and practice, providing a platform for colleagues to explore how authentic, unsolved problems are embedded into curriculum and assessment practice.

Aligned to our Curriculum Design Principles, this year's conference follows a format of thought-provoking provocations followed by colleagues sharing practical experiences and activities. The opening and closing sessions, led by the Deputy Vice Chancellor, will emphasise the conference's pivotal role in supporting USW’s strategic educational goals.

Attendees can anticipate intellectually stimulating sessions, networking with partners, and a celebration of our excellent education practice.

Call for poster contributions: USW Learning and Teaching Conference 2024

Learning and Teaching Conference Poster proposal

Academic Poster Guidance

Details of past conferences, along with any programmes, recordings, posters and images from the day are available below.

2023: Provocations, Practice and Partnerships 


The annual learning and teaching conference for 2023 will be an in person event held at the Newport campus. 

The conference will focus attention on three key areas – student retention, student experience and student achievement. Our programme includes time for networking with over twenty partners who will be in attendance on the day as well as sessions for wellbeing and quiet spaces. 

The format of the sessions will be a provocation on the topic area followed by speakers sharing their practice. 

2022: USW 2030 Strategy in action: engagement and collaboration at USW 

20 - 23 June 2022

Schedule 2022

This year’s conference, supported by USW’s Communities of Expertise, focuses on the theme ‘engagement and collaboration’. The conference represents a fantastic opportunity to share how collaborative relationships, networks and partnerships are providing solid foundations for enabling the University’s 2030 Strategy.  The conference will also encourage us to reflect on the new understandings and perspectives we have gained during the global pandemic. We will share your practices, successes and challenges, explore what engagement and collaboration mean within increasingly flexible, blended and hybrid environments, and celebrate your positive impact for our learners, partners, and communities. 

Conference themes 

  • Community engagement and collaboration - within and across local, national and international levels. 
  • Learner engagement and collaboration - in and beyond the curriculum; research communities; local community/civic engagement; work-based learning/work-integrated learning. 
  • Collegiate engagement and collaboration – inter/transdisciplinary working between colleagues in, across and beyond USW and Partner Colleges. 
  • Engagement and collaboration beyond USW – building collaborative relationships with industry, businesses, professional bodies, and other organisations. 

2021: Envisioning USWs 2030 Strategy in our learning and teaching.

05 - 08 July 2021

This year’s conference, supported by USW’s Communities of Expertise, will encourage us to consider how the operationalisation of the University’s 2030 vision for graduate success and opportunities might become evident across it’s learning and teaching offering. The themes are set out below but we would encourage you to interpret these broadly:

Conference themes:

  1. The place of the digital in extending the reach of our learning and teaching;
  2. Engaging with communities locally, nationally and globally;
  3. Preparing students for an indeterminate future;
  4. Learning and Teaching that contributes to the meeting of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals;
  5. The role of creative disciplines in a global 21st Century;
  6. Interdisciplinary learning and teaching ambitions.

2020: ‘Building Connections and Embracing Diversity’ – How does technology help?

14th – 16th July 2020

This year’s conference was about forging networks in an increasingly diverse higher education environment. We explored the place of technology in its broadest sense, from ‘low-tech’ to more complex scenarios, in enabling the University’s 2030 vision. We were particularly interested in hearing about examples and lessons learnt that exemplify collaboration, inclusion and sustainability.

As we could not run the conference in the usual format, we used this as an opportunity to share and reflect on how everyone has enabled learning to take place in exceptional circumstances.

The theme remained the same, but we wanted to create a Festival of Learning where we celebrate how we have all engaged with technology in ways we could never have imagined previously.

The conference ran over 3 days with keynotes, webinars and workshops, alongside some Faculty focused sessions. All sessions will be available online for you to watch at a time to suit you.

2020 Schedule

2019: "USW, an engaging University”

The 2019 USW Learning and Teaching conference had an overarching theme of Engagement:

2018 Conference

The Learning & Teaching Conference 2018 was held at Treforest Conference Centre on June 29th 2018.