Westminster Higher Education Forum

The priorities for facilitating student success through effective curriculum design - embedding employability, inclusivity and measuring learning gain

Morning, Tuesday, 27th February 2018

Central London


With the subject-level Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) assessment due to roll out from September 2019, this timely seminar will bring together policymakers with leading thinkers and practitioners in the field of learning and teaching to discuss effective curriculum design that can facilitate the aims of inclusivity, graduate employability and significant ‘learning gain’.

It is also timed at a mid-point in the HEFCE-commissioned pilots of different approaches to achieving ‘learning gain’ which include improved measuring of student grade performance over the course, introducing standardised tests and self-reporting surveys evaluating what skills students feel they have gained.

Delegates will discuss how best to design a course curriculum that meets competing pressures to embed concepts such as internationalisation, respecting diversity and inclusivity, staying up-to-date with latest developments in the sector. They will also discuss linking with employers on how courses can be structured to better deliver ‘learning gain’ across the student cohort.

Guest of Honour

Doug Cole

Head of Global Employability and Enterprise, Higher Education Academy

Guest of Honour

Doug Cole

Head of Global Employability and Enterprise, Higher Education Academy

Keynote Speaker

Senior speaker confirmed from HEFCE


Professor the Lord Renfrew of Kaimsthorn

Senior Fellow, McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, University of Cambridge


Hannah Sketchley

Policy Officer, NUS

Dr Mary Deane

Senior Lecturer in Educational Development and Chair, Centre for Curriculum Internationalisation, Oxford Brookes University

Professor Jan Vermunt

Professor of Education and Strand Lead, Learning Gain Pilot Project, University of Cambridge

Samuel Gordon

Research Analyst, Institute of Student Employers

Sarah Davies

Head of Higher Education and Student Experience, Jisc

Professor Peter Francis

Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Learning and Teaching, Northumbria University

Professor Neil Powell

Pro Vice-Chancellor (Academic), Norwich University of the Arts

Jitse van Ameijde

Senior LTD Manager (Design for Learning), The Open University

Cecile McGrath

Senior Research Manager, Ecorys

Professor Hassan Al-Zubaidi

Learning Gain Project Lead, The Manchester College

Dr Nalayini Thambar

Director of Careers and Employability, University of Nottingham and Quality Director, AGCAS