4th AUA Regional Symposium: Embracing Change

AH3.31 Teaching Terrace, Canterbury Christ Church University

Wednesday 26 June 2019

09:30 to 15:30

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4th AUA Regional Symposium: Embracing Change

26 June 2019 | 09:30 – 15:30 | AH3.31 Teaching Terrace, Canterbury Christ Church University
Free to members and non-members

This is a free-of-charge, one-day continuing professional development event for existing AUA members. Non-members are welcome to attend, free-of-charge, in order to experience the benefits of AUA membership.

This event aligns with the AUA’s professional behaviours and this symposium will develop understanding around the theme of embracing change. This event will allow members to develop individual understanding and share best practice which may be applicable to your organisation and the people you with.

Details of travel to Canterbury Christ Church University are available here. You can also view a Canterbury City Centre Map here and view where Augustine House on Google Maps here. Car Parking is available in Holman’s Meadow Pay-and-Display Car Park.


TEF and the Subject Pilot – Professor April McMahon 

The Teaching Excellence and Student Outcomes Framework (or TEF to its friends) is currently in the second year of testing pilot options for subject level assessment. This presentation will outline what TEF is, how it works, and what it is for, and consider some of the challenges and benefits of including a subject level perspective. April will discuss some of the work we are doing at the University of Kent to prepare for subject level TEF, and how important it is to approach this as a University community, with academic, professional and student perspectives all contributing and everyone having a role to play. 

TEF Action Planning  – James Popple – Canterbury Christ Church University 

As professional service staff, what role can we play in supporting the Subject Teaching Excellence Framework? This interactive session will build upon the themes developed by Professor April McMahon and using groupwork we will define and design actions that can support the delivery of subject TEF in our own institutions. 

Academic Advisors – Dr Samantha Winter 

Personal academic tutoring or advising is commonly offered to students in the HE sector, but the nature of this offer can be varied.  The support provided by a personal academic advising system can be crucial in addressing attainment gaps, and issues of retention and student satisfaction, but academic buy in is essential to achieve these positive outcomes.  This interactive session will consider a case study involving the implementation of a new academic advising system and how such changes can be managed to ensure academic buy in. 

Starting with the end in mind: University strategy and planning during times of change – Amy Bray

Planning should be the navigational toolkit for a University: the compass and map that guides the traveller through the landscape. But what happens when the conditions change, or when the terrain differs from the map? That’s when the ability to flex the route, and go with the terrain, becomes fundamental to reaching the destination.

Planning in HE has never been more challenging – or more essential – as the higher education landscape shifts. In this session, we will consider the fundamentals of both strategic and operational business planning, and discuss the risks of planning during periods of uncertainty. We will reflect on the approaches we can adopt to embrace this environment, and successfully navigate the terrain.

We will also focus on how Business Planning can aid organisational resilience, through clarifying purpose, enhancing confidence, and embracing adaptability and support networks.

AUA CPD Framework and Professional Behaviours – Jo Forsyth

A brief overview of the AUA CPD Framework and Professional Behaviours and  how these  can be used for your own personal and professional development. 

Professional Development discussion with Q&A – Anna Johns, Charmian Cowie, Kellie Schafer & James Redmond

Anna Johns (Canterbury Christ Church University) and James Redmond (University of Kent) will lead a question and answer session with recent AUA fellows and PgCert graduates on their AUA journeys. 

Attendees can explore how the AUA can support personal and professional development and how mentoring and coaching can assist in the attainment of sector wide professional recognition. 

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