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Here is the programme from 2023's Engage conference:

9am: Arrival/refreshments

9.30am: Welcome and VC address (Alex Moseley / Roderick Watkins)

9.55am: Relaunch of the Centre for Innovation in Higher Education (Simon Pratt-Adams, Mark Warnes & Uwe Richter)

10am: Keynote: Claire Loughlin-Chow, CEO of SRHE: Supporting Researchers in HE and Publishing your Work Open Access 

10.45am: Break

11am: Parallel Sessions 1

1 Relaunch of the Centre for Innovation in Higher Education (Mark Warnes, Simon Pratt-Adams & Uwe Richter)
2 Making the global personal: lessons from transformative sustainability education (Parminder Summon)
3 A dialogic approach: powerful talk = deeper learning (Joanne Bowser-Angermann)
4 Achieving Advance HE Fellowship (AFHEA/FHEA/SFHEA/PFHEA) workshop (Jamie Heywood)
5 Playing with Playmobil: a practical approach to building belonging and learning (John Parkin)
6 Ready, steady, escape! (Kari Morley & Christina Harbour)
7 The wizards of assessment: peel back the curtain and experience the art and science of developing authentic and engaging assessment (Sian Shaw & Shaun Le Boutillier)
8 ARU Learning Spaces: Classrooms and social spaces – A panel discussion (Alex Moseley & Andrew Middleton)

12.05pm: Parallel Sessions 2

9 Peer support groups as an alternative for assessed group work (Isobel Gowers)
10 Using pre and post positioning statements for summative assessment (Nicky Milner, Michelle Hawkins & Jane Shelley)
11 Strategies to improve the academic abilities for minority ethnic social work students: the provision of a triad of support: study skills, library support, and community cultural wealth (Jas Sangha)
12 Diversification toolkit for STEM subjects (Lata Gautam, Asma Arshad & Hanna Opoku)
13 Likes and reactions: engaging and inspiring students in online spaces (Poppy Gibson)
14 The role of logic in teaching law to undergraduate students: a forgotten pedagogical legacy (Imranali Panjwani)
15 Using video abstracts to enhance reading list engagement (Gareth Bates)
16 Learning design for learning analytics (George Evangelinos & Neil Dixon)

12.30pm: Lunch and networking (foyer)

1.30pm: Welcome back, lecture practitioners, and inaugural Module Leader Live Briefs Awards with Professor Aletta Norval, Deputy Vice Chancellor (Education) 

1.45pm: Keynote: Rosie Jones, Director of Student and Library Services at Teesside University: Rethinking Spaces 

2.30pm: Parallel Sessions 3

17a Transitioning into Pedagogic Research (Simon Pratt-Adams & Mark Warnes)
17b Co-creation in HE: is it really about value? (Austin Brown)
18a The hero’s return: mapping spaces for liminality in Ruskin Modules (Elaine Brown)
18b Embracing interdisciplinary pedagogy through collaborative CPD: personal reflections on the ‘wicked problem’ of designing and leading a Ruskin Module (Deborah Caws)
19a How do social work students develop skills for practice as a result of using practice-based scenario immersive technology? A UK Higher Education institution case study: a presentation of findings so far (Vanessa Ferguson)
19b A new app for diversifying the curriculum (Rohan Kariyawasam, Nidhi Chaturvedi, Maria Smith & Chisom Ugwu)
20a Promoting student and staff sense of belonging in ARU (Lata Gautam, Yemi Akande & Mila Koleva)
20b Let's make a classroom: student/staff partnerships to develop a simulated primary school classroom (John Parkin, Sue Kitchin & Kerry McMichael)
21 Beyond a resource repository: engaging students on Canvas (Isobel Gowers)
22 Could AI Pass This Assignment? (Shaun Le Boutillier & Bek Genery)
23 Get that application done! Sparking your professional accreditation and awards mojo (Beatriz Acevedo & Jamie Heywood)
24 Exploring teamwork to embed interdisciplinarity into the curriculum: benefits and challenges (Uwe Richter, Victoria Tait & Helen Benton)

3.30pm: Break and networking

3.45pm: Parallel Sessions 4

25a University Sabbatical Scheme Education (Learning and Teaching)
25b Student employability: a collaborative approach
26a A new pedagogy: creating and delivering simulated placements for student nurses
26b Analysing Level 4 student performance data in multi element assessment modules to evaluate the impact of two-part assessments
27a Student experiences of Ruskin Modules: tales and triggers of transforming perspectives
27b The success story of student development leads in FBL: enhancing student engagement and continuation rate through a bespoke intervention strategy
28a Enhancing resilience to promote employability: a pilot with psychology students
28b Evaluation of faculty student-led clinical scenario writing activities to promote the value of interprofessional learning (extra-curricular/ interprofessional learning)
29 Cultivating compassionate resilience in learning and teaching
30 Exploring whiteboarding: a tool to encourage students to learn from each other
31 Has it clicked yet? Student engagement and Canvas new analytics for the non-analytical (please bring a laptop)
32 Where I learn: defining learning space from experience

4.45pm: Closing plenary