HEA Wales Future Directions Conference Special Issue - Guest Editorial;

Helena Lim, Nick Potter


This special issue of PESTHLE features a small selection of the work presented at the 2014 Future Directions conference. We hope it gives you a flavour of some of the exciting and innovative learning and teaching developments across Welsh HE and promotes further discussion in how together, we can meet the challenges set by a rapidly-changing world and to be able to take advantage of the opportunities that world affords.

On 2nd and 3rd April 2014, the second biennial conference in the series Future Directions for Higher Education in Wales took place at Aberystwyth University. Over 200 delegates from across Wales and beyond gathered for a series of sessions in the areas of Distinctive Graduates, Inspiring Teaching, Learning for Employment, Students as Partners, and Learner Journeys. A wide variety of sessions featured including, keynotes from Professor Ron Barnett, Emeritus Professor of Higher Education at the Institute of Education, University of London and Professor Shân Wareing, Pro Vice Chancellor Learning and Teaching at Buckinghamshire New University, student panels, workshops, nano-teach sessions, discussion sessions, paper and poster presentations. Each session was practice-based; contributors were encouraged to discuss their experience, including their reflections on the literature, their discussions with colleagues and with their students in their continued efforts to further develop the learning experiences they offered.

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