Pro-Vice Chancellor appears as keynote speaker at annual teaching conference

Alison Halstead
L-R: Prof Ruth Farwell, Buckinghamshire New University's Vice Chancellor; Prof Alison Halstead; Ken Marsden, Head of Learning & Teaching at Buckinghamshire New University

15th July, 2010

Aston University's Pro-Vice Chancellor for Learning and Teaching Innovation, Alison Halstead, appeared as the keynote speaker at the Third Annual Learning and Teaching Conference at Buckinghamshire New University.

The conference, entitled Feedback Matters!, provided a platform for those who teach, or support teaching, to share their experiences, knowledge and expertise and showcase innovative ways in which students engage in the learning and teaching process.

Attended by around 100 delegates and employees, many from Bucks New University, attendees received several presentations throughout the day.

During her keynote speech, Professor Alison Halstead said that Bucks should be proud of its approach to working with students.

She said: “What you do here for students is a lot better than many other areas within the sector. Peer mentoring, feedback, maths support, the personal response to the first-year experience, staffing at years one and two – you are doing terrific things here.”

Alison also said the University must adapt to huge technological changes but praised Bucks for their attitude towards putting students first and valuing the student experience.

Ken Marsden, Head of Learning and Teaching at Bucks, said Alison had provided an “inspiring start to the conference”.

He added: “Alison was forthright, inspirational and succeeded in stimulating some interesting discussions amongst colleagues throughout the day. Her comments about Bucks were well-received and it was great to hear such positive feedback from a leading figure at one of the country’s leading universities.”

Professor Ruth Farwell, Vice Chancellor at Bucks; Chris Clark, Vice President - Education of Bucks Students’ Union, and Ken Marsden delivered the opening addresses of the day.


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