The Forum

Conference highlights the Student Experience

Every year an internal conference brings together 200 University of Exeter academics, professional staff and students for an intensive day of ideas sharing and planning. This year, on Friday 4 May, the Education Conference focuses on ‘The Student Experience: 2012 and beyond’. It will be held in the Forum and presents a first opportunity for Exeter staff and students to meet and work in this exciting new learning environment.

The conference is open to academics, professional staff and students with an interest in discussing and disseminating good practice about student experiences and how these might evolve going forward.

David Allen OBE, Registrar and Deputy Chief Executive, says: “The University of Exeter has a strong tradition of providing its students with an excellent experience. This is a result of the integrated way in which academic, co-curricular and extracurricular activities are provided throughout the student journey. The conference highlights our successes, addresses our challenges and considers the plans we are making for the future.”

14 workshops will cover topics including feedback, research, tutoring, outreach, technology, students’ stories and experiences, challenges, and the transition to higher education.

Keynote speakers are Steve Edwards, philanthropist and activist, who will be speaking about social mobility, fairness and discrimination in Higher Education; and Kenyon Bonner, Associate Dean of Students and Director of Student Life, University of Pittsburgh, who will address the various and interesting ways in which his University engages its students in ways that are designed to improve student retention, increase student satisfaction, actively contribute to the education of the whole student and prepare students to be successful in the global community.

The Education Conference is on Friday 4 May, 9:15 – 4:30, in the Forum, Streatham Campus. A full breakdown of the day can be found online.

There are 20 places remaining for the full conference, although all are welcome to the keynote and ‘The Exeter Grand Challenge 2013...The Summer Experience’ presentations in the Auditorium. Please contact the conference organiser Liz Hegarty ( if you wish to attend the presentations.

Date: 25 April 2012

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