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Record number of Teaching Centres attend 2019 Symposium

80 delegates from 26 countries gathered in Senate House to discuss issues around the theme of enhancing the student journey. 

Written by Chris Jenney |

Attendees at the 2019 Teaching Centres Symposium
"A number of delegates gave presentations which inspired further discussions on best practice, which is exactly what we had hoped to encourage."

Following the University of London Graduation on Tuesday 5 March, we held the biennial symposium for our Teaching Centres, the theme this year being ‘Acquisition, Experience, Outcomes: Enhancing the Student Journey’.

We were delighted to host some 80 delegates representing 47 of our Teaching Centres (a record number) from 26 countries.

We created a programme specifically aimed at generating participation among our guests, and a number of delegates gave presentations over the two days which inspired further discussions on best practice, which is exactly what we had hoped to encourage.

Michael Hayman (Honorary Professor of the Purpose Economy at SAS) was the keynote speaker on day one, while Professor Zimmer from Goldsmiths closed the symposium with a talk on ‘Learning in the 21st century: how technology can help add to your students’ experience now and in the future’. 

A total of eight plenary and 10 programme specific sessions covered topics such as the student experience, marketing, employability, exam preparation, Teaching Centre exchanges, plus an opportunity to experience the award-winning ICARUS business simulation given by the MSc Professional Accountancy Programme Director, UCL’s Dr Lynsie Chew. 

Lunchtime drop-in sessions included a demonstration of Virtual Reality research at Goldsmiths and a session on student transfer options courtesy of the University of London in Paris. There were also the customary – and much valued – operational surgeries covering admissions, fees, registry, exams and assurance, as well as updates on existing programmes, new programmes and future programmes. 

At a welcome reception on the first evening, the University of London’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Peter Kopelman, was introduced by Professor Mary Stiasny and formally welcomed guests, delegates, staff from member institutions and other University of London staff. 

Following a drinks reception, videos made by current students and graduates from 11 Teaching Centres were shown, based around the theme of ‘Student of Today, Alumni of Tomorrow’. 

ROOTS DHA from Pakistan won the vote for best video and were presented with University of London prints, a Fortnum’s hamper, plus a copy of Michael Hayman’s latest book.

Huge thanks to all the presenters, helpers and Global Engagement colleagues – and special thanks to Luisa Neto, a new member of GE who worked tirelessly to get all the support functions up and running. It was a fantastic two days of talks and discussions which all of the delegates greatly enjoyed, with our much valued Teaching Centres connecting with University of London staff and with each other, just as we had hoped. 

  • Chris Jenney is Head of Teaching Centres, University of London.