Day 2 – SDF’s Festival 2020

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SDF’s Festival of Learning and Development 2020

Date: 23rd to 27th November 2020

Venue: SDF zoom and AdvanceHE connect

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Welcome to DAY 2 for the 2020 SDF’s Festival of Learning and Development.

Please browse the information regarding our speakers to help tailor sessions to your interests and build connections within the #SDFest2020 community.

Welcome to SDF’s Festival

SDF Executive Introduction

9:45 to 9:50


Keynote Stream 2

Strengthening our stance, response and leadership with a human-centered approach Magdalena Bak-Maier

9:50 to 10:45

Magdalena Bak-Maier  – Make time count

Synopsis: The pandemic has seeded the sector with stress, anxiety and fear that cripples effective response and forward movement. Learn how using trauma-informed education, we can boost resilience by addressing two key variables: burnout levels and resourcefulness. Take three practical tools to help you and others feel calm, collected and empowered.


Pecha Kucha Session

  1. Exploring systemic inequality in HE: Hearing the voices of the disabled, Dr Martha Kember – University of Hull
  2. LJMU’s virtual Express CPD Sessions, Michael Monagham – Liverpool John Moores University
  3. Once upon a time in a wonderful world of lean, Christine Steward – Macresco Ltd
  4. Why change when we can evolve our live teaching practice?, Steve Creffield – Evolve Integral

11:00 to 11:45


Workshop Stream 1

Helping teams weather the storm

14:00 to 14:45

Jo Keeler – Belbin

Synopsis: Remote working throws us many challenges. Here at Belbin we have been working with remote teams for years, and have transferred our learning and experience to help teams work through this storm. We would like to highlight some of the key elements of successful virtual teams – what do they do to help them navigate together.


Workshop Stream 2

Managing the wellbeing of remote staff

15:00 to 15:45

Neale McArdle, Darryl Partridge and Samantha Bright – Association for Accredited Learning

Synopsis: 2020 has been a turbulent year for our sector. We have seen unprecedented shifts in working patterns with very little time to prepare managers for the challenges this poses. Our symposium will help managers consider how best to support remote workers; exploring techniques for ensuring mental and physical wellbeing.


Tuesday’s Festival Celebration

Michael Monaghan – Liverpool John Moores University

16:00 to 16:45

Music, games, small gifts from the SDF.


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