#SDF2017 Conference Programme

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Conference Programme – Adapting Learning in a changing HE environmentBelbin Conference Sponsor



Date :Wednesday 29th –Thursday 30th November 2017
Venue : Hyatt Regency Birmingham

We continually need to adapt the way we lead learning and development in an ever changing HE environment.  In these times of constant change and new challenges, we need to develop our development professionals for an increasingly uncertain future.

The conference will specifically look at five key themes:

  • Coaching
  • Enhancing our development toolkit
  • The current challenges we face
  • Leading differently
  • Learning technologies

These themes will be explored through plenary sessions, debate, workshops and conference exhibitors from a variety of industries and professional capacities.

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Day One

10:00 Arrival, registration and coffee/tea (Foyer Area)

10:15 Welcome and SDF updates (Symphony Room)

10:30 Keynote 1: Vijaya Nath, Leadership Foundation for HE (Symphony Room)

11:15 Refreshments and exhibits (Foyer Area)

11:45 Keynote 2: David Clutterbuck, David Clutterbuck Partnership (Symphony Room)

12:45 Lunch served in the foyer

13:45 Parallel sessions – Workshops (1 – 5)

1. Developing a coaching culture at University of Westminster – Jean Harrison, Nick Kapoutzis, Steph Cowell

2. Harnessing Individual and Team Strengths – Jo Keeler

3. How does OD/L&D balance client demand versus being a finite resource? – Ian Whiting

4. Know your place: Civic and place based leadership for OD or not OD? – Tracy Bell-Reeves, Professor Paul Gentle

5. Digital capability. Why bother? – Sarah Simpson

14:45 Refreshments and exhibits (Foyer Area)

15:15 Parallel sessions – Workshops (6 – 10)

6. Team Coaching – Sandra Booth

7. Professional recognition for all who support learning and teaching: does that mean me? – Caroline Ackroyd, Sally Bradley

8. A different way to work and live – Miles Seecharan

9. Using Appreciative Inquiry as a tool to support academic leaders to lead and manage change more effectively – Laura Bramhall

10. Making the best use of different learning technologies within staff development – Jim Atkinson

16:15 Keynote 3: Dr Joe Jordan, Smithfield Performance (Symphony Room)

17:00 Recap and reflections of day 1 (Symphony Room)

17:15 End of Day 1 Christmas Markets/bar/relax

19:00 Drinks reception sponsored by Marshalls (Upstairs Foyer Area)

19:30 Conference Dinner (Asian Buffet), Conference Drinks sponsored by Video Arts. Followed by Awards sponsored by GoodPractice (Symphony Room)


Day Two

09:00 Welcome to day 2 Over-view of day (Symphony Room)

09:05 Keynote 4: Jonathan Stebbings, Mythodrama (Symphony Room)

10:30 Refreshments and exhibits (Foyer Area)

11:00 Parallel sessions – Workshops (11 – 15)

11. mBraining Neuroscience applied in coaching – Reb Veale

12. Developing with Psychometrics – Justine Ross

13. Making Training Socially Acceptable: Applying two Japanese concepts to the promotion and execution of support for teaching staff’ – Sylvie Donna

14. Stability, Trust, Engagement and Direction: Preparing the Oxford Brookes Business School to be move-ready – Kathy Greethurst

15. How to stop wasting your training budget – Paul Matthews

12:00 Parallel sessions – Workshops (16 – 20)

16. Coaching for resilience – Gillian Johnstone

17. The Professional Doctorate. Vanquishing the demons – Martha Kember

18. Discussion Group on Apprenticeships – Meriel Box, Rebecca Coles

19. Leading in a VUCA world- what we can learn from bees – Craig Smith

20. Video for learning: Where to find it, how to use it – Martin Addison CEO

13:00 Keynote 5: Paul Matthews, People Alchemy (Symphony Room)

13:30 Lunch (Foyer Area)

14:15 Two sessions to be run to end the conference: Networking fun activity (Symphony main room) Mindfulness session (Sonata Room)

15:00 Nick Gallagher-Hughes closing remarks and prize draw for Exhibitor Bingo

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