Programme - Day 1

Updated 3 November 2016 - the programme should now be considered as fixed.

7th November

Afternoon and evening - Inverness College
1315-1400 Postgraduate Students registration (note: light lunch available from 1315) Atrium

Postgraduate Session 1 - Communicate – Ice Breaker and Student Presentations 
Session led by Mary Doherty (Head of Postgraduate Development) and Val Cooper (Graduate School Training Officer)
- Informal ice breaker 
- Student presentations - 3 minutes each
- Handout of voting forms for best presentation (prize awarded at Conference Dinner)

Lecture Theatre
1515-1540 Tea/Coffee and networking The Corrie
1540-1630 Postgraduate Session 2 - Connect and Collaborate – Student Presentations 
Session led by Mary Doherty (Head of Postgraduate Development) and Val Cooper (Graduate School Training Officer)
- Student presentations - 3 minutes each  
- UHI Careers Service information; led by Rosie Alexander, UHI Careers Manager.
Lecture Theatre
1630-1700 Postgraduate Session 3 - Student only session
Q&A session led by Luke Humberstone, HISA president
Lecture Theatre

General conference registration - Inverness College

Refreshments available in 'The Corrie'


Special interest and 'Fringe' parallel sessions for staff and student delegates:

1) Research Strategy in the light of BREXIT, including an update on REF 2021 and the use of PURE

Five months after the narrow vote to leave the European Union, there is still little clarity on how this will affect research In the Scottish University sector. We know that there will be challenges. Can these be turned into opportunities through innovative thinking? Just what are our options as we head into new territory? Will it really mark the beginning of a new “Dark Age” or can there be a new enlightenment? We do know that the present uncertainty is causing difficulties in planning for the future and it is necessary to make some informed guesses about the future research landscape.  Also, the Research Excellence Framework presents a vital short to mid-term target and we will be conducting an audit of our position during 2017, which will help us to identify any necessary “mid-course” corrections in our thinking. Effective use of PURE should minimise the disruption this will cause and give us an early indication what is ahead of us in our submission in, I assume, 2020”. 

Session led by Professor Ian Bryden and Stuart Knight
Note: the room is limited to 30 participants on a first-come, first-served basis.

Room 202

2) LTA opportunities, the ALPINE Framework, and RTL Project 

There is a great deal happening in and across the University to support colleagues in sharing, further developing, and being recognised for their teaching and educational research activities.  This session seeks to present a number of those initiatives, many of which are to be found in the context of the Learning and Teaching Academy (LTA) which has been developed as a hub for supporting educational practice, scholarship and research.  Participants will hear something about the work of the LTA and how they can become involved in its activities, gain access to its provisions, and contribute to its development going forward.  The session will also present the ALPINE Framework, through which the University is able to peer assess contributions of academic staff (and academic support staff) for professional recognition as Associate Fellow, Fellow and Senior Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy.  Last but not least, the session will introduce the new Research Teaching Linkage (RTL) project that is currently being piloted, in an initiative that is seeking to engage students and staff in research development activity and in real engagement with research projects, as co-producers of research and scholarly outputs that will be of use to the region in which we live, study and work. 

Session Leads: Professor Keith Smyth, Dr Gary Campbell and Michael Rayner     
Note: the room is limited to 25 participants on a first-come, first-served basis.  

Room 205

3) Tour of Inverness College Campus and An Lóchran - led by Dr Melanie Smith, meet at reception.

Meet at the conference registration desk in The Atrium

1800-1810 General Welcome, announcements and introductions
Diane Rawlinson, Principal, Inverness College,
1810-1815 Welcome and Introduction of Plenary Speaker
Professor Clive Mulholland, Principal and Vice Chancellor.

Plenary Address - The Impact of Research: 'Making a Difference'
Professor Alice Brown, Chair, Scottish Funding Council for Further and Higher Education
Chaired by Professor Ian Bryden, Vice-Principal (Research)

(note: there will be an opportunity for questions and answers following the presentation) 

1900-1915 Vote of Thanks
Professor Ian Bryden, Vice-Principal (Research), 
Introduction to next day's events
Michael Rayner, Dean of Research

Performances by arts students 

Networking opportunity

Performing arts studio

The Corrie


Drinks reception and buffet suppers

Suppers served at 1930 and 2000

The Corrie
2030-2100 Departure to Hotels