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Events and News

Events and News

Events and News

Events and News

Events and News

Events and News


Future Meetings

We invite you to take a break from it all and come along and spend some time playing games with us during our inaugural Playful University Game Night/morning on zoom. We will be hosting one session in the evening and one in the morning - playing short collaborative ice-breaker type games like ‘Just One’, ‘Ultimate Werewolf’ and ‘Drawful2’.

If you have any suggestions or requests, let us know by emailing Maarten Koeners.

Could you please signup for tickets below so we have an idea of the number of players? If you cannot make it – don’t worry you might be able to join the fun next month.

Game Night: 13th August 19:00 – 20:30 (UK time)

Game Morning: 20th August 10:00 – 11:30 (UK time)

CEMPS want to invite you to sign up to a one-day Digital Learning Writing Retreat that we are jointly running on 24th August, 09:30 - 16:30.

The retreat will provide a dedicated space where attendees can discuss how we – as a community of academic and professional services staff – can best design, use, and evaluate ELE modules.  

The event will have four focused-work periods linked to different elements of designing and using ELE, as well as Digital learning Developers who will be able to provide 1:1 expert and troubleshooting support.

The primary outcome of the event will be that you will have set up one of your modules on ELE and have a much greater understanding of the ELE formatting process. 

If you can join us at the event, please claim your ticket here. If you have any questions, please do get in touch at the or read the Joining Instructions here.

We invite you to join us for our inaugural Playful University Club - Monthly Meeting on the 26th August from noon to 1:30pm on zoom.

These monthly meetings are open to whole University and will be informal meetings with invited speakers and guests with the aim to support a compassionate community using play.

We are incredibly excited to have Ian Gilbert as our first invited speaker. Since founding Independent Thinking in 1994, Ian has built a global reputation as an educational thinker, innovator, entrepreneur, speaker and award-winning editor and writer. He was listed by the IB magazine as one of their top 15 ‘educational visionaries’. Never happier than when he is making children’s brains hurt, he has a unique first-hand perspective on the world of education having lived and worked in schools and universities in the UK, the Middle East, South America and Asia. See here for his TEDx talk in 2012.

If you are interested, please email sign up for a free ticket here.

If you cannot make it – don’t worry you might be able to join the fun next month.

 Speaker at upcoming Playful University event


Previous Meetings

The Exeter Spectrum Project is holding a conference on Friday 31st July 2020 which is open to all who are interested in autism in HE, whether they are educators, researchers or students. 

Abstracts are being welcomed until 30th June 2020 - email to 

Contributions are sought in the following topics, or other relevant areas:

  • Supporting transitions, e.g. from school to university, or from university to workplace
  • Inclusive course and assessment design and delivery 
  • Understanding and embracing neurodiversity
  • Communication strategies
  • Socialising at university
  • Creating community and belonging

Poster for the conference

This year, the first online Incubator Café took place between 6th-10th July 2020.

It was an extremely popular event with over 750 session attendees at 132 sessions, which allowed our Incubator Fellows to communicate their work, and network with colleagues and guests online using Microsoft Teams. 

In each of the 30-minute sessions, current and future fellows presented their Education Incubator projects, before inviting the opportunity for questions and discussion about their work. We were also lucky to be joined by staff from Academic Development and the Grand Challenges to present on their own work, signalling an area for development and growth in 2021.

To learn more about what projects featured at the Café, please click here.

At he halfway point in the Education Incubator year we were delighted that this year’s fellows presented their work in a series of Work in Progress sessions. 

The project leads updated us on their work to date, and explained what they planned to do withh the remainder of the year. Afterwards, there was space for conversations about their projects, their plans, and potential for collaboration and increased impact.

Unfortunately, some of the Work in Progress sessions were unable to take place due to Covid-19 restrictions. Those that took place are listed below:

Weds 12th February


Forum Seminar 3

Layal HakimThe Exeter Spectrum Project – read their blog for more information about this fascinating project which aimed to improve the experience of students with autism spectrum conditions.

Matt FinnUsing video content to enhance student learning – Matts project aimed to produce video content to support flipped learning in research design skills.


Matthew Rogers & Michael Leyshon presented a paper at the annual MeCCSA conference in Brighton. Designing for Inclusivity - Platforms of Protest and Participation 

Emma Taylor is presenting her APPLE form at the Advance HE Annual STEM conference 


The 'APPLE' form as a vehicle for the identification, development and articulation of student skills and attributes

Undergraduate students often find it difficult to extract transferable skills and attributes from their academic and extra-curricular activities or, conversely, to articulate these effectively for the graduate job market. We have developed the APPLE (Academic, Personal and Professional Learning Evaluation) form to address this issue, with students completing an ongoing reflection upon the most commonly-required employability skills and providing their current best evidence for each. This informs discussion with their tutor, who can use the form to signpost the student to development opportunities or mentor the student to evidence their skills more effectively, offering a more equitable tutor experience.

Incubator fellows have attended conferences, shared posters, and devised creative ways to communicate their findings.


Visit our archive to be inspired by the work of previous years' Incubator Fellows


Bursary Opportunities

If you would like support to attend a scholarship or pedagogy conference, please get in touch to discuss this.

Please email with details of your proposed conference and one of our Higher Education Project Officers will reply to you shortly.


Incubator News

August 2020

We are delighted to announce that Maarten Koeners ('The Playful University' Project) has been selected for an Arts and Culture Creative Fellowship from over 200 applications.

Working with artist Andy Field, Maarten's Fellowship will run from September 2020 to July 2021, and are concerned with researchers and artists engaging in collaborative and creative working practices.

For more detail on this click here, and for a monthly update on their progress join the Arts and Culture mailing list here.


Contact for further information and queries.