Wales Nexus Conference 2018


The Wales Nexus Conference is the annual learning and teaching conference hosted by the University of Wales Trinity Saint David and is due to take place on 3rd – 5th May 2018 at the Dylan Thomas Centre in Swansea.

The conference will be chaired by Professor Simon Haslett, Pro-Vice Chancellor with responsibility for international and enhancement activities. He said: “this is the third Wales NEXUS Conference to be hosted by the University of Wales Trinity Saint David and I’m very excited to be chairing it once again. Although the conference is organised by UWTSD, it is open to all higher education staff and students from across Wales and beyond and offers an opportunity to disseminate ideas and network with colleagues. I very much look forward to welcoming colleagues to Swansea for what is becoming an highly anticipated annual event”

The conference provides an exciting platform to further develop the links between research, professional practice and teaching in Higher Education. Links between research and teaching are defined broadly to include the scholarship of learning and teaching, research-informed teaching, enriching the student experience, and highlighting student research. As well as providing a forum for research and scholarship in this area, it also provides the opportunity for professional development by focusing professional development on agreed enhancement themes, allowing individual staff to keep abreast of new developments, to refresh existing and develop new skills, and to reflect on their professional practice in general.

This year’s key themes include:

  • Research and scholarship – including a key note speech from Professor Alma Harris and Dr. Michelle Jones from the University of Bath ‘Research and teaching in Higher Education – a critical examination of assumptions, perceptions and policies underpinning the two practices.’ There are also two symposia entitled ‘Exploring the nature of arts for wellbeing in Wales’ and ‘Supporting practice-based research.’
  • Perspectives on business and leadership in which we are delighted to welcome guest lectures from the London School of Commerce and the Chelsea Health Club.
  • Perspectives on learning, teaching and sustainability which includes guest papers from the University of Gloucestershire and the International University of Malaya-Wales, as well as a workshop from UWTSD’s INSPIRE entitled ‘Sustainable development and the well-being of future generations.’
  • Enterprise, Entrepreneurship, and Employability – Futureproofing Education which includes a presentation by UWTSD’s Professor Andy Penaluna on his work with the Quality Assurance Association in producing the QAA Enterprise Education Guidance for HE Providers 2018.


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