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.



SHED February 2019: The Skills Paradox

SHED members convened at the University of Edinburgh today to discuss the Skills Paradox, with a discussion prompted by a presentation by Wendy Alexander.

A commentary of the day’s events and activities can be revisited via our Wakelet feed, available at:

Thanks to all those who travelled from far and wide to make this such a successful event.



SHED 22nd February 2019 – the Skills Paradox and its Impact on University Priorities – University Of Edinburgh

Join SHED at our next meeting which will focus on the skills paradox and its impact on University policies in Scotland.

We are absolutely delighted to announce that Wendy Alexander will deliver the keynote address and provide the platform for exploring what the skills paradox is and how it will affect the work of educational developers in Scotland.

Wendy is Vice-Principal (International) at the University of Dundee and a member of the Universities Scotland’s International Committee. She is a member of the Enterprise and Skills Strategic Board and it is from this perspective that she will be challenging us to examine our thinking as it concerns topics such as:

  • Ensuring that we have a demand led skills system that is flexible and highly responsive to industry and learner needs, underpinned by robust evidence on employer demand, and access to lifelong careers advice.
  • Embedding a culture of lifelong learning at all stages of an individual’s career, including a stronger emphasis on work-based learning to better respond to the current and future skills needs of industry and learners

Joining Information

The meeting will take place in Room G.43, Paterson’s Land, Holyrood Road, EH8 8AQ.

The draft schedule for the meeting is as follows:

  • 10.30am – Arrival w/ tea & coffee
  • 11am – Welcome and introduction
  • 11.10am – Wendy’s presentation and workshop including questions
  • 12.40pm – Lunch
  • 1.30pm – Discussion around guest speaker topic and presentation
  • 3.30pm Close

To have an indication of numbers can you please email SHED Secretary Amanda Pate to confirm your attendance.

SHED is the community of people involved in developing the educational potential of others in Scotland. Please note: you don’t have to be an educational developer to participate in SHED!

SHED Residential 6/7th November @SAMS, Oban

This year’s SHED Residential will be held on the 6th and 7th November, 2018, at the Scottish Association for Marine Sciences, Oban.

View draft programme | Register here to attend in person or online

During this 2-day CPD residential event we will have an opportunity to come together as a community of practice to explore a range of topics related to academic development. Even if you are unable to make both days, you would be welcome to join us as and when you can!

The event is a wonderful opportunity to come together to learn and to reflect on our own and others’ practice in a warm (notwithstanding the November weather in Oban!) and supportive environment. This year we have a number of international participants and presenters including Klodiana Kolomitro from Queens University, Canada and Charlie Reis from Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University.

The event will be hosted at the Scottish Association for Marine Sciences, part of the University of the Highlands and Islands. Here are directions of how to get there.

Please note: Over the course of the 2 days tea and coffee will be provided but we will ask people to bring their own lunch with them or eat on campus.

For residential participants we have secured special rates at two local hotels:

The Columba Hotel, North Pier, Oban PA34 5QD Oban Bay Hotel, Corran Esplanade, Oban, PA34 5AE
£65.00 (£10 seaview supplement)

Single occupancy in a double/twin room with breakfast arriving on Tuesday 6th November for one night.

All reservations must be guaranteed by credit card details and payment has to be arranged before or on arrival, latest on the day of departure. Flexible cancellation applicable only on multiple room bookings, ask for details when booking.

When booking quote “University Conference 11/2018”

Contact – call 01631 562 183 or email Karina Tvrda (

£70 (non refundable rate)

Single occupancy in a double/twin room with breakfast arriving on Tuesday 6th November for one night.

Rooms held until 2 weeks prior, leaving a few for any late bookers (subject to the hotel still having availability when they reach this point)

When booking quote “SHEDUHI”

Delegates to book their own accommodation – credit card details will be taken upon booking

Contact – call 01631 564395 direct for bookings


For those of you who do not wish to stay over or plan to attend single days, you are welcome to join us for dinner at the hotel – please book direct with the hotel.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with the CPD Co-ordinator, Cameron Graham.


View draft programme | Register here to attend in person or online