SHED Programme for 2022/23

Hello from the SHED Committee! We’ve uploaded a (short) video to introduce ourselves and what we do…. link is here.

Below are details about SHED events for the academic year so that you can add these to your diary. More detailed information will be sent out before each event but this information gives you an overview of the main SHED events for 2022/23.

9 Sep 2022   9-10.30am, UK timeSHED/CAPED (China) Mentoring conversation Announcing the CAPED-SHED Transnational Critical Friends & Mentors Initiative We are pleased to announce the launch of a collaboration between the China-based Association for Partnership in Educational Development (CAPED) and the Scottish Higher Education Developers community (SHED) focused on virtual critical friend and mentors. The idea is to pair individuals in educational development who want to open, honest conversations about their work, roles and goals with professionals from different contexts.
Online (email to join)
3rd Oct 2022 4 – 5pmVirtual Reading Group with our guest Dr Tim Fawns, University of Edinburgh   We will discuss this article at the meeting: Fawns, T. An Entangled Pedagogy: Looking Beyond the Pedagogy—Technology DichotomyPostdigital Science and Education (2022).  Online (Teams link to follow)
31 Oct 2022 10am – 4pmChallenges and Opportunities for Academic Development across the Scottish Tertiary Sector  

Morning: Panel discussion with Prof Jonathan Powles (UWS), Dr Claire Carney (CGC), Alex Walker (UHI) and Dr Pauline Hanesworth (SRUC)  

Afternoon: SHED Meeting for all SHED: exploring its role and purpose. Group discussions around shared themes: PG Certs, Accredited Schemes, Pedagogic Research

Glasgow Caledonian University, B024, Britannia Building

Also Online (Teams link to follow)
12 Dec 2022Virtual Reading Group. Reading TBCOnline (Teams link to follow)
9 Feb 2023 3.30 – 5pmSHED Scholarly Series: An opportunity for SHED members to share scholarship and research  Online (Teams link to follow)
3 May 2023 10am – 4pm  Partnerships in Academic DevelopmentHybrid: Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh and Online
19 -20 June 2023Residential and Writing Retreat Details tbc nearer the time

SHED Events – Autumn 2021

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Welcome all to SHED! The Executive Committee is delighted to confirm the following events for Autumn 2021. For more information and links please join our mailing list or get in touch with us.

Monday 4th October, 4pm – 5pm: SHED Reading Group (online)

Our text for this reading group should stimulate some interesting discussion:

Anatoly Oleksiyenko, Gerardo Blanco, Ruth Hayhoe, Liz Jackson, Jack Lee, Amy Metcalfe, Malini Sivasubramaniam & Qiang Zha (2021) Comparative and international higher education in a new key? Thoughts on the post-pandemic prospects of scholarship, Compare: A Journal of Comparative and International Education, 51:4, 612-628, DOI: 10.1080/03057925.2020.1838121

Tuesday 5th October, 10am – 12noon: SHED Meeting (online)

Simon Varwell from sparqs will speak on exploring student engagement with academic staff: how to use (and shape!) sparqs’ new staff development toolkit. We will also be joined by some students to give their perspectives on engagement.

Thursday 28th October, 3.30pm – 5pm: SHED Scholarly Series (online)

The inaugural Scholarly Series event, the aim of which is to share our scholarship with one another and make research connections across our institutions. Colleagues from Edinburgh Napier University and the University of Stirling will share findings from research projects carried out last year exploring the impact of the pandemic on staff in learning and teaching.

Tuesday 16th November, 10am – 1pm: SHED Meeting (face-to-face!)

We are planning our first LIVE, in person, meeting in far too long. This will be held at Edinburgh Napier University, with the theme of Sustainability in Education. Our guest speaker Dr Rob Davidson will focus on the future of networking at sustainable academic events. Then several academic colleagues will share their experiences of embedding sustainability in the HE curriculum. We very much hope that you will be able to attend in person, but the sessions will also be recorded for later viewing.

Thursday 16th December, 4pm – 5pm: SHED Reading Group (online)

Article to be confirmed nearer the time.

We’re looking forward to seeing you at some or all of these events!
Hazel, Catriona, Susie, Joan & Tom.

SHED Meeting | Thursday 28th May 2020 | 10.15am-3.30pm | ONLINE


Join the SHED Community online for our last meeting of the 2019/20 academic year

Reflect on HE’s response to the current challenges facing the sector and society

Come together to discuss and explore responses, the longer impact and how it may affect the work of universities and educational developers

Remember: you don’t have to be an educational developer to come to SHED!

SHED – May 28th 2020 – Online Meeting



  • 10.15am – Arrival & Login

(Virtual) Tea & Coffee – login, join the meeting, grab a cuppa!

  • 10.15am-10.30am – Welcome & What’s on Top

Fiona Smart, SHED Convenor

  • 10.30am – 11.30am – ‘Going for Gold or Going for Broke?

Susie Schofield, University of Dundee

  • 11.30am-12.30pm – UKPSF Consultation

Kathryn Harrison-Graves, Advance HE

  • 12.30pm-1.15pm – Live Lunch

Bring your packed lunch for casual conversations with colleagues across SHED

  • 1.15pm – 2.15pm – ‘Connecting learning to changing employability, entrepreneurial, and innovation skills’

Chris Cramphorn, Edinburgh Napier University

  • 2.15pm – 3.15pm – ‘”Mutual empowerment”: student engagement and staff development in an era of extraordinary transition’

Simon Varwell, SPARQS

  • 3.15-3.30pm – Wrap up and close

SHED Meeting | Friday 14th February 2020 | Edinburgh Napier University

A very special thank to everyone who braced storm Dennis to join us at Edinburgh Napier on Friday 14th February.

The theme for the day was ‘Inclusion & Diversity’ and we were treated to a great range of presentations and topics from both colleagues at Edinburgh Napier and further afield.

You can find a copy of the agenda below and a collaborative document with reflections, provocations and highlights from the day via our wonderful Wakelet:


10am – Arrival

– Tea & Coffee

10.15am-10.30am – Welcome & what’s on Top

– Fiona Smart, Edinburgh Napier University

10.30am – 11.15am – ‘Being on the outside’

– Albert Atkin, MacQuarie University

Albert Atkin will present on his experiences of attending University from a traditionally underrepresented group. In particular he will discuss how these experiences impacted upon his own education, and how they have shaped his current approaches to promoting and supporting diversity and inclusion in the University sector.

11.15am-12pm – ‘‘Tackling gender-based violence and hate crime on our campuses’

– Mark Wilkinson, Edinburgh Napier University – presentation followed by discussion

Exploring the response to gender based violence and hate crime on our campuses. How are Scottish Universities responding and what opportunities exist within the curriculum and within learning and teaching strategies?’

12pm-12.45pm – Lunch

Please bring your own lunch or purchase on campus

12.45pm – 2.15pm – ‘A social justice approach to assessment’

– Pauline Hanesworth, SRUC – workshop

Assessment in higher education is neither value-neutral nor culture-free. This session will examine how a cross-pollination of universal design for learning and culturally sustaining pedagogy can be implemented to address assessment inequities.

2.15pm – 3.15pm – ‘Embedding Equality and Diversity in the Curriculum: developing a programme     of reflective workshops’

– Joan McLatchie, Edinburgh Napier University – workshop

As participants in the HEA-supported project entitled Embedding Equality and Diversity in the Curriculum, we designed a series of reflective workshops for programme leaders, with the intention that these could be cascaded through programme teams.  In this session, I will explain the project design, and offer a sample of the workshop activities, followed by an opportunity for Q&A. For further information, the case study can be found at

3.15pm – 3.45pm – Research Project – ‘Perceptions of SHED’

– Fiona Smart / Cameron Graham, Edinburgh Napier University

3.45pm – Wrap up and close

Daphne Loads (2018) Rich pickings: creative professional development activities for university lecturers. Book review by Hazel Christie

Daphne Loads (2018) Rich pickings: creative professional development activities for university lecturers.  Brill Sense, Leiden – Book review by Hazel Christie, Institute for Academic Development, University of Edinburgh

Every so often a little book crosses your path, stops you in your tracks and encourages you to look at the world around you with a different set of eyes.  Rich Pickings is one such book.  It’s not a conventional academic text in any way, shape or form.  For one thing, it’s concise.  Only 80 pages in total, it’s made up of a series of 26 mini chapters, some of only around 500 words in length.  For another, it’s not heavily referenced.  Here you will find mention of the thinkers, mainly from the humanities, to whom Daphne looked for inspiration in developing her approach to teaching, but you will not find any lengthy investigations about what we might mean by creativity or how to achieve this in our own practice.  And it has illustrations!  Each chapter is accompanied by a line drawing that really enhances its theme and speaks to visual thinkers.  Daphne’s book is a testament to the power of prose that is short and succinct to grab our attention and really make us reflect on what we’re doing in our campus classrooms.

For this is undoubtedly a book about face-to-face teaching and the kinds of activities that Daphne has a long track record of using to great success in her own classrooms.  We are asked to enter a world that many of us are unfamiliar with – one that she encourages us to approach with an open mind – and to concentrate on the beauty and joy of university teaching.  For Daphne, this is found in many of the practices that are more familiar to academic developers with a background in the arts and humanities.  Thus, for example, she looks to textual practices such as collaborative close reading, collage making and poetic transcription to ‘offer both inspiration and practical advice to academics who want to develop their teaching in ways that go beyond the merely technical’ (pp.1).  This, clearly, is a book that begs us to read it if only to find out what collage has got to do with academic development.

Throughout the book Daphne asserts the role of creative practices in engaging students.  She wants teaching to be about both mystery and mastery and illustrates this in a series of ways.  You could, perhaps, read a policy document as if it was a piece of literature.  What might this reveal to you about its authentic meaning?  Or you could read a journal article slowly and deeply instead of widely, really pausing to stop and make connections that capture the nuances and associations of the words.  The imaginative leap here is to use this reflective reading to make connections with the teaching identities and teaching practices of the students.  Another suggestion is to slow down and really immerse ourselves in our activities – whether it’s reading a book or viewing a painting – and to close off the continuous distractions that beleaguer us.  Daphne urges us to stand back and contemplate what we’re doing with a view to encouraging us to rethink who we are and what we do in our classrooms.  This is essential to warding off some of the worst excesses of the accelerated academy.

The book is great fun, indeed Daphne describes it as a joy to write.  I especially liked the chapter on how to make a Dadaist poem as well as the invited contribution by Amy Burge on threshold concepts and the student-as-vampire.  Read it – you will never look at a student again without thinking about if, and how, you invite them in to your classroom.  It’s polemical too.  Daphne takes issue with the urge that many university managers have for innovation.  What, she asks, about the things we do really well?  Should we not be thinking about conserving, maintaining and restoring our existing practices?  And we should caution students on our PgCAPs that they read educational literature for affirmation of what they do just as much as for what they might choose to do differently.  Maybe if we did this the mental health of the profession would be improved.

Throughout the book the emphasis is on playing with words – what do they mean, and how might we trouble or disrupt them in ways that create new associations and meanings?   Indeed, Daphne suggests that by paying attention to language some of the simplistic dichotomies between surface and deep learning disappear as we generate fresh insights and ask important questions.  I loved the tantalising chapter titles (You gotta have soul; Trouble; Taming the wild profusion of existing things) and the illustrations with went with them.

Whatever practice you choose, Daphne is clear that teaching has to be a carefully managed and guided process.  Herein lies one of the book’s real strengths – the wealth of carefully curated and illustrated examples of what you can do to enhance the role of creativity of your classrooms.  We hear more about some approaches than others.  For example, there’s a detailed description of how you might undertake a collaborative close reading but relatively little on how to read a policy document like a piece of literature.  But, throughout there’s an emphasis on doing stuff with our students that troubles their understandings of texts in ways that communicate insight and wisdom.  In short, Daphne is urging us to change who we are and how we think about the world in order that we might become better teachers and that our students become better learners.  What Daphne doesn’t tell us is just what a skilled academic developer she is to be able to pull off these kinds of approaches in her classrooms.

I read this book in one greedy sitting.  I was at my kitchen table, the radio was on and I had a big smile on my face.  Read it.  It will brighten your day and make you think differently about who you are and how you teach.

SHED Residential 2019 | University of St Andrews

On behalf of the SHED Executive Team, it is our great pleasure to declare the 2019 Residential event a roaring success!

Participants were treated to a rich and thought-provoking programme that touched on a number of themes of relevance to academic development in Scotland and further afield.

Huge thanks are due to everyone who contributed to the event, including the organisers and our colleagues at St Andrews who made all the delegates feel so welcome throughout!

You can still join the discussion Twitter using the hashtag #SHEDRes2019 

SHED’s Secretary Amanda Pate has also curated a wonderful ‘Wakelet’, that captures the essence of the event:



SHED Meeting | Friday 27th September 2019 | Royal Conservatoire of Scotland



We hope you can join us for our next meeting of SHED, which is taking place at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow on Friday, September 27th 2019.

Our theme for the day will focus on ‘Identifying Priorities for Practice in 2019/20’.


The meeting will take place in the Café at RCS at 10am, directions to the venue are available here.

If you would like to attend and have not already confirmed your attendance please email: Amanda Pate (SHED Secretary).

SHED is the community of people involved in developing the educational potential of others in Scotland. You don’t have to be an educational developer to participate in SHED and we would warmly welcome you to share this invitation with colleagues!


10.00am – Arrival & Open

  • Tea & Coffee

10.30am – What’s on top (Fiona Smart)

  • Recap of previous session’s SHED events
  • Sector Updates
  • SEDA/SHED Conference 2020 (Peter Hartley)

11am – Researching student criticality: implications for academic practice (Cameron Graham)

  • Brief overview of recent doctoral research around the development of student criticality
  • Identification of key themes from data and implications for education developers: student learning and staff development
  • Discussion and ideas for constructive intervention and impact based on data.

12pm – Priorities for RCS: colleague coaching & what makes a good teacher/learner (Jamie Mackay)

  • Outlining the key transferable priorities for RCS for session 19/20.
  • Discussion around supporting PgCert students, how to best utilise digital technologies in supporting learning and what makes a good teacher and learner.

1pm – Lunch

2pm – In review: SHED reading group (Catriona Cunningham)

  • Overview and recap of SHED reading group and activity in 18/19.
  • Face to face group book review

3pm – Snakes and Ladders for Educational Developers (Fiona Smart)

3.30pm – Round up & Close

Meet our new Vice-Convenor!

On behalf of the SHED Executive, we are all delighted to welcome Hazel Christie to the role of Vice-Convenor. Hazel is taking over from Sam Ellis, who stepped down following his appointment as Associate Head of the BMus Programme at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. We wish Sam the very best and thank him for his excellent service.

While many of you will be familiar with Hazel from her involvement in the Scottish academic development community, she recently took the time to introduce herself to the SHED blog:

Hazel Christie profile
 Dr Hazel Christie –
Programme Director, PG Certificate in Academic Practice, University of Edinburgh

“I’m based in the Institute for Academic Development at the University of Edinburgh where I’m a lecturer in University learning and teaching. My major role is Programme Director for the Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice. It’s incredible to work with colleagues on the Programme – they are so knowledgeable, energetic, enthusiastic and committed to their roles. I particularly love the interest they have in their students and in thinking about how best to create the high quality learning environments that help our students to excel here at the University. One of the great things about the Programme is the opportunities it brings for colleagues to network and share ideas about the practices used in their Schools. I find it especially inspiring to hear about all of the exciting things our staff are doing in their classrooms and it’s really rewarding to have a hand in supporting others to learn from those experiences. I’ve done a lot of research over the years on the changing nature of the student experience in higher education including work on: student retention; success at university; and on the longitudinal transitions that students make through university. I’ve got two new projects on the go at the moment. One is on blogging as a form of assessment and it’s quite the most lovely piece of research I’ve ever done because students being assessed by blogs love it! They find it innovative, creative, personalised and they even used the F word to describe it as FUN. My other new piece is looking at the PgCAP and finding out about how our graduates use their new knowledge and understanding to become agents of change around learning and teaching. I look forward to discussing all of this new work with my SHED colleagues.”

You can meet the other members of the Executive team and all of the wonderful colleagues who contribute to the Scottish academic development community, at the next SHED meeting in September!

SHED Residential 2019/20: October 31 – November 1, 2019: University of St Andrews, St Andrews

OUR Residential event for 2019/20 will take place in St Andrews.

Residential 2019 w timings

Further details of the event are as follows:

Presenters and Session Outlines 

Thursday 31st October – 11am-5pm

Julia Fotheringham, Edinburgh Napier University
‘“You’ll remember we did this last year ….” Small changes to academic practices in university bring big benefits to students in transition from college’

Workshop – 60mins


This workshop is based on research findings from a longitudinal study of students making the transition from four partner colleges as direct entrants to third year of Edinburgh Napier university. Data from interviews with staff and students suggest that although students are offered pre-entry transition support while they study at college, they face challenges, particularly in relation to assessment, when arriving at university. Findings indicate that college lecturers who share their experience of university study, who encourage students to practice independent learning and who promote academic writing protocols consistent with undergraduate study. help to shape students’ expectations in ways they find extremely valuable. Furthermore, university lecturers who make their requirements explicit and create opportunities for students to understand what is valued by the university provide the key to successful transition. This workshop invites delegates to draw from their own experience to:

  • Identify common practices which present challenges to students coming from college
  • Make suggestions in respect of the small changes which lecturers can make to benefit students coming from college
  • Discuss possibilities for shared CPD between colleges and university academics.

Sarah Floyd & Vicki Davies, Ulster University
‘Feeding the neighbour’s cat’

Workshop – 60mins

Vicky Davies PFHEA & Dr Sarah Floyd PFHEA
Ulster University
Session Learning Outcomes

By the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  • Comprehend the potential for using professional development of this nature with doctoral researchers
  • Reflect on and discuss the impact professional development as an educator can have on doctoral researchers’ future employability in academia
  • Reflect on the challenges to resources in providing professional development for this transitory labour pool
  • Reflect on the institutional gain from engaging in this provision

Session Outline

Previously, doctoral study was perceived as a necessary apprenticeship for subsequent academic careers, with the expectation that PhD researchers would be able to learn all they needed about this future employment from their supervisors (McAlpine & Åkerlind, 2010). However, the last decade has seen a significant shift from the elite few achieving this highest-level qualification to the massification of global doctoral opportunities, implying an attendant divergence of employment opportunities for graduates (Kehm et al, 2018). Commensurate with this, early career opportunities in academia have become scarcer, more demanding in expectations and often precarious in nature (Pitt & Mewburn, 2016). Regardless of this changing context a significant proportion of doctoral candidates – 51% according to Advance-HE’s 2018 Postgraduate Research Experience Survey – continue to visualize themselves as career academics (Beaton, 2017; Chadha, 2013; Edwards et al, 2011).
To gain insight in to current UK recruitment expectations for early career academics the authors conducted a snapshot review of lecturer and teaching fellow posts advertised on the recruiting site The posts, ranged from research-intensive institutions to teaching focused ones, all used language clearly indicating that they were targeted at applicants who were recent doctoral candidates: 95% of advertisements expected applicants to have a proven track -record of HE teaching.

This interactive session will illustrate, through a longitudinal case study of postgraduate teaching assistants (PgTAs) based in a large UK university, that focusing on developing professional capabilities and experience as HE educators during doctoral study, not only assures the quality of their current teaching but prepares and enhances the employment potential of those committed to transitioning to a career in academia. The Advance HE accredited programme for PgTAs (D1) at Ulster has, since 2011, supported doctoral researchers to develop not only their skills as educators but also their academic identity, voice and resilience, thus positioning them with the potential and cultural capital to survive as more rounded early career academics. Whilst responding to the immediate professional development needs and the potential future employability of PgTAs, these transient colleagues seek employment, in the majority of cases, at another institution: any longer term return on the investment in their development is therefore lost to the current HEI. Educational development units, where resources are frequently overextended, are expected to prioritise staff development: in resourcing anything more than the basic level of development for this continually changing PgTA workforce, are we overstretching ourselves simply in order to feed the neighbour’s cat?

Advance-HE (2018). Postgraduate Research Experience Survey. Advance-HE, York. Retrieved from: 20/11/18
Beaton, F. (2017). Just in time and future-proofing? Policy, challenges and the professional development of part-time teachers. International Journal for Academic Development, 22:1, 19-30. DOI: 10.1080/1360144X.2016.1261354
Chadha, D. (2013). Reconceptualising and reframing graduate teaching assistant (GTA) provision for a research-intensive institution. Teaching in Higher Education, 18:2, 205-217. DOI:10.1080/13562517.2012.696537
Edwards, D., Bexley, E., & Richardson, S. (2011). Regenerating the academic workforce: The careers, intentions and motivations of higher degree research students in Australia: Findings of the National Research Student Survey (NRSS). Retrieved from 07/08/18
Kehm B.M., Freeman R.P.J., Locke W. (2018) Growth and Diversification of Doctoral Education in the United Kingdom. In: Shin J., Kehm B., Jones G. (eds) Doctoral Education for the Knowledge Society. Knowledge Studies in Higher Education. Springer, Cham pp105-121
McAlpine, L. & Åkerlind, G. (2010) Academic Practice in a Changing International Landscape in McAlpine, L. & Åkerlind, G. (Eds) (2010) Becoming an Academic: International Perspectives. Basingstoke, Palgrave McMillan. pp1-15
Pitt, R. & Mewburn, I. (2016). Academic superheroes? A critical analysis of academic job descriptions, Journal of Higher Education Policy and Management, 38:1, 88-101. DOI: 10.1080/1360080X.2015.1126896
Wilson, R (n.d) The Profile of a Modern Teacher accessed 21/11/18
Vicky Davies BA (Hons), MA, MSc, PgCUT, PFHEA, SFSEDA
Vicky started her career in Further and Higher Education 30 years ago as a lecturer in modern languages, moving in to educational development following involvement in national and institutional educational initiatives. For the last 17 years she has worked as a staff and educational developer at Ulster University and id the Course director for the PgCHEP, as well as the Programme Lead for First Steps to Teaching (FST). She also contributes to the institutional Advance HE accredited ENHANCE scheme and supports internal staff interested in developing and seeking recognition for educational excellence. She has also been an Advance HE accreditor and associate since 2012 providing support to many UK and international HEIs and assessing direct fellowship applications. Recent research includes projects exploring the use of dialogue in professional recognition and staff perceptions of engaging with fellowship.

Dr Sarah Floyd BSc (Hons) PGCE PhD PFHEA
Sarah started her career in Higher Education 30 years ago as a lecturer in environmental science and geography, moving in to educational development following involvement in national and institutional educational initiatives. For the last 14 years she has worked as a staff and educational developer at Ulster University and now leads the institutional Advance HE accredited ENHANCE scheme and teaches on taught routes to fellowship. She supports internal staff interested in developing and seeking recognition for educational excellence and manages the Ulster Education Excellence Awards. She has also been an Advance HE accreditor and associate since 2012 providing support to many UK and international HEIs and assessing fellowship applications. Recent research includes projects exploring the use of dialogue in professional recognition and staff perceptions of engaging with fellowship.

Friday 1st November – 9.30am-3pm

Helen King, University of the West of England
‘Exploring the Characteristics of Expertise in Teaching in HE’

Workshop – 90mins

This workshop explores the characteristics of expertise in teaching in HE including looking at reframing how we conceptualise professional development. This will be an interactive workshop which will hopefully give colleagues some practical ideas for using this in their contexts.

Kay Steven, Advance HE
‘An overview of the Equally Safe strategy: considering gender based violence in Learning, Teaching and the Curriculum’

Workshop – 2 hours


This workshop will focus on:

  • An overview of the Equally Safe strategy to eliminate gender-based violence in Colleges and Universities
  • Consideration of gender-based violence in learning, teaching and the curriculum
  • A discussion on implementing Equally Safe as an educational developer.


If you would like to attend, please email SHED Secretary Amanda Pate.

Special rates for booking are available from Ardgowan Hotel in St Andrews until July 7 using booking reference: BK38535.

SHED: Friday, May 17, 2019 – the 2020s and Life Ready Learning: Students as Co-Creators – University of Aberdeen

SHED is set to look at making the link between educational development practice and how we translate ‘meta-skills’ (or graduate attributes) into the curriculum, as well as engaging our students.

We will be meeting at the University of Aberdeen on Friday, May 17, from 10.30am until 3.30pm. The venue is Room 266 (2nd floor) in the MacRobert Building (number 17 on the Campus map)

The day will feature two presentations, followed by a workshop discussion focussing on these two inter-related areas, followed by our usual sector updates.

A key feature of the SHED programme at the University of Aberdeen is an interactive, pre-event activity that involves validating and refining a unified model of graduate attributes, which should take less than 30 minutes:

Our schedule for the day is as follows:

10.30am – Arrival & Open

11am – What’s on top (Fiona Smart)

11.10am Graduate Attributes: Searching for a Common Language (Gabi Lipan) Progress in the area of graduate attributes (GAs) has been described as “slow” and “patchy” (de la Harpe, 2012). While there has recently been a resurgence of research on GAs, there is still no agreed list of these attributes nor clear definitions for them. Our aim is to bring together a variety of perspectives to help build a universal, clear and comprehensive model of graduate attributes. This new framework has a role to play in shaping our thinking to help prepare life ready graduates. I will present and discuss our findings to date and go over the plan for the next stages of development.

Further reading:

Osmani et al. (2015):


12.10pm – Student Co-Creation (Cathy Bovill)

o How can we meaningfully develop and incorporate graduate attributes in programme mapping, design/re-design?

o How can students be involved in these processes?

o What attributes do students who participate in co-creation of learning and teaching develop through their involvement?

1.10pm – Lunch

1.50pm – Sector updates (Fiona Smart / Sector Representatives)

2.05pm – Discussion Groups – Life-Ready Learning for 2020s

2.50pm – Discussion:

  • Splinter Groups, and
  • SEDA/SHED Conference 2020

3.20-3.30pm – Round up & Close

Getting there:
From Aberdeen railway station it is a 30 minute walk to our campus, alternatively a taxi will cost you about £10 or catch the number 1 or 2 bus from Union Street (ask for Regent Walk).
If anyone is coming by car please let us know and provide details when confirming your attendance and we’ll reserve you a parking space.
Available for purchase in the Union Building.  A range of hot and cold food, with vegetarian and vegan options, will be available.

If you would like to attend please email SHED Secretary Sean Morrissey to confirm your attendance, or to send your apologies.

SHED is the community of people involved in developing the educational potential of others in Scotland.

You do not have to be an educational developer to participate in SHED and we would warmly welcome you to share this invitation with colleagues.