Keynote speakers

Teaching and Learning Conference

Teaching and Learning Conference speakers

Keynote: Wednesday 14 June 2017 9:30am - 10:30am

Higher education challenges in 2017

Nick HillmanNick Hillman has been the Director of HEPI since January 2014. He worked for the Rt Hon David Willetts MP, now Lord Willetts, the Minister for Universities and Science, from 2007 until the end of 2013, as Chief of Staff and then Special Adviser in the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills. Previously, he was a history teacher and worked at the Association of British Insurers. At the 2010 general election, he was the runner-up in Cambridge.

He has written for a range of think tanks and journals. His more recent writings include articles on the Coalition’s higher education reforms for the Oxford Review of Education (2016), on access to schools and selective universities for Higher Education Review (2014) and on the fifty-year history of student loans for Contemporary British History (2013). He also wrote the authoritative account of being a special adviser for the Institute of Government (2014).

His recent pamphlets for HEPI include an assessment of the impact of students in the general election of 2015, a comparison of the UK and German higher education system, a piece on the educational underachievement of young men and a study on students’ attitudes to free speech.

Keynote: Thursday 15 June 2017 9:30am - 10:30am

Breaking out of the walled garden: expanding horizons of technology enhanced learning

Simon BatesSimon Bates joined UBC in the summer of 2012 and was previously Dean of Learning and Teaching and Professor of Physics Education at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland where he also established and led the Edinburgh Physics Education Research Group (EdPER).

As Senior Advisor to the Provost on teaching and learning he works on a number of academic strategy projects with current focus on educational leadership and learning technology. As Academic Director of UBC’s Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology, a central academic support unit of ~75 FTE, he oversees the provision of academic support services to the teaching and learning community, providing an implementation pathway for these strategic projects.

He is a tenured Professor of Teaching in the Physics and Astronomy department and teaches on the introductory physics courses, co-teaching with a different faculty colleague each year. Recent innovations in these courses have been the introduction of student-generated learning and assessment content, and use of open educational resources as digital content. He has received teaching awards from both the University of Edinburgh (2006, 2011) and UBC (2016). He is currently the academic lead for the Educational Innovation cluster of the Universitas21 global network of research-intensive universities. | @simonpbates