SHIFT, 11-12 January 2023

This year’s conference draws together four very topical strands that will give educators and students alike an opportunity to showcase their innovative approaches to learning and teaching over the past year.

Our annual conference of Learning and Teaching is now into its 16th year. As ever, the title of our conference series – SHIFT – reflects the changing HE landscape.

Submissions are now open

We are pleased to announce that the call for papers for SHIFT, our annual SHIFT  learning and teaching conference is now open. This year, SHIFT will be a two-day event, 11-12 January 2023. SHIFT welcomes submissions from students, academic and professional staff, both from our University and across the sector.

Submit your proposal by Friday 4 November 2022.

Our themes

This year's conference themes have been carefully selected by our organising committee and reflect the current innovation and challenges in learning and teaching.

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI)

Inclusivity in learning and teaching centralises respect for our diversity and recognises that all students can engage in different ways which are equally valid. This theme encourages contributions that emphasise embedding approaches of equality, diversity and inclusion into all aspects of learning and teaching.

Example topics may include… decolonisation of the curriculum, critical engagement with EDI as a topic, accessible teaching/resources, Universal Design for Learning, changing mindsets


Providing feedback on assessments is a pivotal part of the learning process and the development of students. But despite decades of research into the topic, ensuring feedback is effective remains a significant challenge. This theme invites explorations of effective practices in feedback, including practical examples and key principles.

Example topics may include… feedforward, self-efficacy, use of technology for feedback, student engagement in feedback, personalisation.

Practice-based learning

Universities have been engaging in work-related learning since their inception, but a hands-on, work-orientated, or ‘real world’ type of learning has had a renewed focus in recent years. In this theme, we invite delegates to share examples of ways in which an authentic sense of practice is embedded into their teaching and learning.

Example topics may include… simulations, service learning, field trips, workplace learning, authentic assessment, communities of practice, theory into practice

Relational pedagogy

As we emerge from the pandemic, empathy and community are more important than ever to learning. This theme explores how we build and sustain positive relationships between teachers and students that cognitively and emotionally support students through their journeys together. Relational pedagogy glues together many key student outcomes, such as student satisfaction, well-being, retention, and academic performance.

Example topics may include… community building, co-creation with students, pedagogies of care, pastoral approaches, mindful pedagogies

Proposal Formats

We invite scholars and practitioners to submit proposals aligned to the conference sub-themes and in the following formats:

Presentation (15 minutes with 5 minutes of questions)

A traditional conference presentation for sharing ideas with the audience. This can be about a research project (whether complete or in progress) or an example of teaching practice that you want to share. We encourage staff presenting about their practice to consider co-presentation with students.

Workshops (40 minutes)

Interactive sessions based around engaging the audience with a key idea, practice, tool or research outcome. Workshop facilitators may utilise their own practice, research or scholarship as a basis for the workshop. Your proposal must outline how you intend to encourage participation in your session (e.g. through specific activities).

Showcase (20 minutes)

Discussion sessions featuring a group of colleagues (around 2-5) from the same programme or school. These informal sessions will share a variety of practices with an emphasis on how they connect. We encourage staff presenting about their practice to consider co-presentation with students.

Lightning talks (7 minutes)

A very short presentation on a topic of your choice. This can be about some research (particularly in progress), new ideas or sharing expertise in a quick, insightful and easily digestible format.

Submit your proposal by 11pm Friday, 4 November 2022.

  • All session types should provide a 250 word proposal.
  • Effective proposals will draw upon relevant learning and teaching literature.
  • Examples provided above are indicative and we encourage any ideas which fit these themes
  • Proposals that align well with our conference themes will be prioritised
  • Please submit your proposal at this form.

Review process and dissemination routes

All submissions will be blind peer-reviewed, and authors will receive feedback and be provided the opportunity to resubmit if required. All proposals will be made available to delegates and selected ones will be encouraged to contribute a full paper to Compass: Journal of Learning and Teaching. All accepted proposals are invited to be submitted as a blog (1000-1500 words) (For an example, see the L&T Festival blogs). More information on the blog submissions will follow after the proposal review process.

Key Dates for SHIFT 2023

Submissions openThursday 29 September 2022
Delegate registration opensMonday 10 October 2022
Proposal submission deadline  Friday 4 November 2022
Authors receive feedback on proposals Friday 18 November 2022
Re-submissions deadline Friday 25 November 2021 

Publication of full conference programme

Wednesday 7 December 2021 
Delegate registration closesFriday 16 December 2022
Submission of presentationsWednesday 4 January 2023
Conference Wednesday 11 January 2023 (online)
Thursday 12 January 2023 (Greenwich campus)


Please follow this link to view the conference programme.

If you have any queries, please contact

Further Information.


Privacy Notice

When you book this conference we process information about who you are and your contact details; information that you provide on adjustments that may need to be made to enable you to attend and your dietary requirements. This information will be used by relevant University of Greenwich employees to manage your attendance and participation at SHIFT 2023 and enable you to provide your feedback afterwards. The data that you provide will be held for a period of 5 years and will not be shared with third parties. General information about the university's approach to data protection and to your rights can be found here.