Teaching students

Call for papers

Call for papers has now closed.

The submission process is open to all LJMU staff, students and collaborative partner institutions. Additionally, we warmly invite any colleagues working in post-16 education to submit an abstract.

We are seeking short presentation submissions on teaching innovations, interventions and practice that enhance learning, or that debate current issues in higher education teaching related to the conference theme. We particularly welcome presentations from, or in partnership with, students or cross-school/faculty/institutional collaborations. 

The theme for the 2020 Teaching and Learning Conference is ‘Closing the Gap’. With a focus on addressing the barriers to students’ success, the event will showcase initiatives and interventions from across the University designed to tackle inequalities and disparities in student achievement. The University’s recently published Access and Participation Plan demonstrates LJMU’s commitment to supporting groups underrepresented in HE, including:

  • Students from areas where a low percentage of young people go into HE (POLAR)
  • Students from low socioeconomic status households (Index of Multiple Deprivation, IMD)
  • Black, Asian and minority ethnic students
  • Mature students
  • Disabled students
  • Care leavers
  • Students estranged from their families
  • Northern Irish Students
  • Students from Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities
  • Refugees
  • Children of military families

The plan, highlights particularly large gaps in the continuation and attainment of white working-class male students (6.1% awarding gap) and in the attainment of black students (31% awarding gap) and Northern Ireland domiciled students (9% awarding gap).  

Session topics could include innovative ways in which awareness of the gaps has been raised with staff and/or students; how we work with students to explore and increase the diversity/inclusiveness of the curriculum; innovative examples of how teaching approaches or curriculum design can improve the student experience for students from underrepresented groups. 

We would be particularly interested in showcasing through the conference:

  • Ideas that have cross-disciplinary interest, or transferability
  • Approaches to support the inclusion and achievement of underrepresented groups
  • The application of the student voice to enhance the learning experience
  • Initiatives for engaging students
  • Interesting and effective use of technology to engage students on and off campus
  • Methods by which staff are developing their own practices individually or in collaboration

Please note, owing to the expected volume of interest, a submission does not guarantee a place on the programme; all abstracts will be considered by the Shortlisting Panel and outcomes will be communicated to lead presenters only.