Published: 8 November 2021
Last month, Dr Giuseppe Cantafio and the Academic Development Team (ADT) hosted the first annual University of Sunderland in London Teaching and Learning Symposium.
Gathering lecturers from across departments, the event aimed to foster an academic teaching and research culture on campus.
"It is important for our students to be part of an innovative institution like the University of Sunderland in London that puts students at the centre of teaching strategy. Events like the Teaching and Learning Symposium can help the academic body share best practices to improve the student experience." said Dr Cantafio.
The symposium created a space for our academics to discuss issues like student retention and attainment, employability and opportunities to help build an even more thoughtful and engaged community with one goal in mind – making the student experience better.
Held both online and in-person it was a model for amplifying as many voices from within the University as possible, regardless of space restrictions and pandemic concerns.
No worries, here you go: In his opening remarks, Dr Geoff Paul (Assistant Director Academic) said: “This inaugural symposium is a celebration of the teaching, learning and research expertise of our lecturers here at the University of Sunderland in London. It is a particularly exciting opportunity for academics across the various disciplines to collaborate and share their experiences and discuss how these new ideas can improve the student experience. Congratulations to all the presenters and attendees as we work together on this special occasion.”
Attendees heard about topics as diverse as why assessments are an important part of the student journey by Dr Theo Ammari, seeing students as partners in their education along with their lecturers by Dr Peter Mogaji, and the impact of COVID-19 on higher education by Dr Solomon Afework.