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AISHE/SEDA Spring Conference 2005
Inspiring Learning: Diversity and Excellence
Thurs 12 - Fri 13 May 2005
Wellington Park Hotel, Belfast


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Conference Aim

In any lecturing, teaching, training or facilitating we do, our ultimate aim is to inspire learning. The focus of the AISHE/SEDA Spring Conference is on what this entails. Is there one identifiable, excellent way of inspiring learning; whoever the learners might be, whatever the setting, or whatever is being learnt? Or might it be that diverse learners, settings and learning require diverse approaches, methods and motivations? Is the identification and promotion of specific teaching excellence ill-founded if every different context requires diverse means to inspire learning? How can we maintain and promote diverse ways of inspiring learning? These are taxing yet vital questions in an environment of burgeoning projects, nationally and internationally, aimed at delivering excellence in learning and teaching.

Conference Themes

Proposals for sessions are invited that address the key theme of how we can inspire learning. Sub themes which could be addressed include:

The Conference Experience

Both AISHE and SEDA pride themselves on creating a relaxed, welcoming and positive atmosphere at conferences, which encourages open, constructive and supportive sharing of ideas, experience and practice.


The conference is to be held at a new venue, the Wellington Park Hotel, Belfast, with additional accommodation at the Malone Lodge. All bedrooms in both hotels are en-suite. The conference dinner will be held in the Great Hall of Queen's University. We have also arranged for accommodation to be available to speakers and delegates after the conference in order to explore the area at their leisure.

Who Should Participate?

The conference will be of particular interest to all those involved in the inspiration of learning and various initiatives to promote or disseminate excellence in HE provision [in HE or FE], in fact, anyone who has a commitment to enhancing the quality of Higher Education. This includes:

Call For Contributions

Session Formats

We welcome proposals which:

The emphasis should be on reflection and evaluation rather than merely on describing what is happening. It is also a long-standing tradition at SEDA conferences to have sessions which involve delegates in active participation and, consequently, preference will be given to proposals that reflect these emphases.

We are designing the conference around the following activities:

Submitting Your Proposal

Please download and complete the electronic proposal form (MS-Word format). The deadline for submissions is Friday 18th February 2005. They should be no more than 300 words in length. Please send an electronic copy of the form in Word or WordPerfect to the address shown on the form and specify which of the session formats listed above you would prefer, together with your proposal.

Proposals should include the learning outcomes of the session and an outline and format for the discussion.

It is normal practice at AISHE/SEDA Conferences to accept only one contribution from an individual so as to provide the opportunity for as many people to contribute as possible.

Acceptance Criteria

Each proposal will be reviewed for acceptance at the conference against the following criteria:

Please note: It is a requirement that all presenters register as conference delegates either for the whole event or for the day of their session.


To register, please download, complete, and return the conference registration form:

Please return completed registration forms by 15th April 2005, to avoid late registration administrative charge.

Further Information

The conference administration and secretariat is based in SEDA: please contact them directly for further information:

  SEDA Administration Office
  Selly Wick House, 59/61 Selly Wick Road
  Selly Park, Birmingham B29 7JE

  Tel: 0121 415 6801
  Fax: 0121 415 6802

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