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Academic forum

The 2018/19 Academic Forum events will occur on:

  • Thursday 11th October 2018
  • Thursday 27th February 2019

Further information

Previous open forum events

Information from previous Academic Forum events is available via the links below:

Enhancing Effectiveness through Enterprise Education: November 2017

Academic Forum Nov 17 (PDF, 589 KB)

What's the use of lectures? 09 November 2016

Beginning with a brief overview of Donald Bligh’s research in his book ‘What’s the use of lectures?’ the focus of this event was to explore different approaches of ‘doing’ lectures, and to explore the effectiveness and applicability of these different approaches. Participants were given an opportunity to discuss and share their ideas and thoughts in small groups. Slides for three presentations (PDF, 2,481 KB) are three presentations (PDF, 2,481 KB), as well as a video for the fourth presentation.


Teaching-led research: 17 February 2016

Teaching and research go hand in hand at St Andrews and we often speak about research-led teaching. Does inspiration also flow in the other direction? How often is our research led into new areas or enlightened by our teaching? During this event, our speakers explored this question taking examples from their own practice. A keynote address by one of our most successful and prominent researchers, Professor Steve Reicher FBA of the School of Psychology and Neurosciences, opened the event. His talk was followed by four short presentations in which recipients of the University’s Teaching Development Fund discussed the relationship between their teaching and research, referring to the projects that were funded by their awards.
The aim of the event was to share ideas, celebrate good work, encourage Teaching Development applications and inspire further connections between the two most important aspects of the University’s mission.

Diversity and inclusion in learning and teaching within Higher Education 11 November 2015

The focus of the academic forum held in Semester 1, AY 2015/16 was diversity and inclusion in learning and teaching within Higher Education. Professor Ann Phoenix from University College London explored some of the issues and challenges faced by institutions in this area. As a result of this event, the University is now looking at ways to address some of these issues at a practical level.  The presentation slides are available here: Diversity & Inclusion (PDF, 1,437 KB)

Making assessment feedback work for you 18 February 2015

In response to the need to improve student engagement and satisfaction with feedback, and to encourage the provision of feedback that supports longitudinal development, an open forum held in December 2012 was dedicated to the use of feedback for learning; drawing upon an interactive student workshop designed by Edinburgh Napier University called 'Making feedback work for you'.

The workshop did not cover the well-trodden territory of what constitutes well designed and delivered feedback, but instead addressed some of the key psychological aspects that effect how receptive and self-motivated a student may be to acknowledging and acting upon feedback. The workshop and its key concepts were extremely well-received, and the intervention was subsequently piloted in the Schools of Classics and Computer Science in Academic Year 2013-14.

An open forum was held in February 2015 to update participants on the outcomes of the pilot project, and explore ways in which aspects of the intervention could be offered to all students in the University. There was wide spread support for rolling out the intervention, either by embedding in the curriculum, or as a bolt-on via workshops delivered by Academic skills Coordinators. These ideas and other considerations raised at the event are currently being explored by CAPOD in consultation with the Proctor's Office.

Further information on the pilot is available via the evaluation report (PDF, 1,011 KB) and the presentation slides (PDF, 483 KB) from the open forum held in February 2015.

'Diversity in Learning and the Academy' 23 April 2014

The focus of this Open Forum was to discuss issues related to diversity and ethnic disadvantage within the UK HE sector and how the University is attempting to address diversity related issues (eg ATHENA SWAN), respectively.

Professor Andrew Pilkington (University of Northampton) and Sukhi Bains (Equality and Diversity Officer, University of St Andrews) presented on these issues.  At a later LTC meeting, it was agreed to create more opportunities to discuss diversity in learning and teaching pedagogy and ways in which to create an intellectual environment and culture that supports diversity.  For more information contact Dr Gurch Sanghera,

The developing use of technology in teaching at St Andrews’: 24 April 2013

The focus of this Open Forum was to discuss the current and future desirable uses of technology in learning and teaching, and what the University needed to put in place to allow this to happen.

A number of presentations highlighted some of the useful things currently being done with assistance from technology, and colleagues discussed where we as an institution may wish to go. The presentations were followed by a number of group discussions.

‘Making Feedback work for you’: December 2012

The focus of this Open Forum was to discuss ways to improve students’ action-orientated responses to academic feedback. The session was presented by Anne MacNab from Edinburgh Napier University.

Since the Open Forum, two Schools have participated in a pilot scheme introducing both staff and students to the key principles of the intervention during Semester 2, AY 2013-14. More information is available from Ros Campbell in CAPOD.

The presentation is available here: Feedback for learning (PowerPoint, 2,948 KB)

General enquiries

Ros Campbell
Academic Monitoring & Development Adviser, CAPOD
+44(0)1334 467158