As part of its Learning and Teaching Enhancement work, jointly funded by the QAA and Heriot-Watt, the University holds an annual Learning and Teaching Symposium, chaired by the Deputy Principal (Learning and Teaching), Professor John Sawkins.

The Symposium is an opportunity for colleagues who have led Enhancement projects to disseminate the work that has been undertaken across all Heriot-Watt’s international campuses in the previous year. New funding opportunities to support institutionally strategic Enhancement work are also announced at the Symposium.

The Symposium Programme includes a thematic address by an invited academic speaker, individual Enhancement project presentations and a panel discussion.

The 2014 Symposium took place in October and the theme was “Building New Learning Futures through Student Transitions”.  The invited speaker was Dr Julie Hulme, Discipline Lead for Psychology, The Higher Education Academy, York.  Dr Hulme's speaker Abstract and biography is available.

Below are details of the speakers, sessions and slides (where available):

Time Speaker/session  Slides
09:30 – 10:00 Registration in the PG Centre Foyer  
10:00 – 10:15 Welcome from: Prof John Sawkins, Deputy Principal for Learning & Teaching, Heriot-Watt University in the Auditorium John_Sawkins.pdf
10:15 – 10:45 Centre for Academic Leadership & Development
Dr Irene Malcolm – New Horizons in L&T: What’s been happening and what’s coming up at Heriot-Watt
Nicole Kipar – The revised PGCAP. New Routes to Leadership in Academic Practice

10.45 – 11:15 Invited guest speaker: Dr Julie Hulme, Discipline Lead for Psychology, The Higher Education Academy, York
“Mind the gap”: Transitions To Higher Education in the Auditorium
11:15 – 11:40 Coffee break in PG Centre Foyer  
11:40 – 13:10 Heriot-Watt Enhancement Theme (2013-14): A research-informed and professionally relevant curriculum  
Dr Tadhg O’Donovan - Collaboration across HWU campuses to enhance research-teaching linkages  
Kester Newill - Using Digital Pen Technology to Enhance the Teaching and Assessment of Note-Taking Among Chinese Conference Interpreters Kester_Newill.pdf
Dr James Cruise - On-line Tools for the Teaching of R Programming Language James_Cruise.pdf 
Heriot-Watt Enhancement Theme (2013-14): Student-centred approaches that promote student engagement & leadership  
Prof Jemina Napier - Developing a new online curriculum in research training for LINCS PGR students Jemina_Napier.pdf 
Dr Kirk Shanks - Production of short online videos for non-specialist audiences – an alternative assessment method Kirk_Shanks.pdf 
Olwyn Alexander - Identification of Students' Perceived Needs in terms of Academic Scholarship in Business Management Kate_Hughes.pdf 
Heriot-Watt Enhancement Theme (2013-14): Reshaping the learning environment (for staff & students) through technological mediation and the distribution of learning across global locations  
Dr Ibrahim Motawa - On-line BIM Design Studio for Project-based courses Ibrahim_Motawa.pdf 
Prof Hamish Mair - Consolidating Enhancement of Marine L&T Advances in Linking Edinburgh and Orkney Campuses: Sharing Techniques Developed in Other Enhancement Projects James_Mair.pdf 
13:10 – 13:25 Learning & Teaching Enhancement Fund at Heriot-Watt University Final Discussion
Dr Irene Malcolm, Centre for Academic Leadership & Development;
Dr Julie Hulme Higher Education Academy;
Prof John Sawkins, Deputy Principal, Learning & Teaching
13:25 – 13:30 Close of Symposium; lunch and networking in the PG Centre Foyer