Academic Practice Network (APN)

The University of Exeter's Academic Practice Network (APN) offers a flexible space for colleagues to meet, share and celebrate good practice through flexible seminars, workshops and other events.  The current schedule of events is listed below.

Mailing List & Blog: To be kept up-to-date with the latest additions to the APN events schedule, as well as innovative practice and resources across the university and beyond:

Expressions of Interest: The APN is always looking for colleagues to share their practice. The format is flexible, and could accommodate workshops, discussion groups, presentations of research findings, etc. Sessions are usually 50 minutes long, with a member of the Academic Development team present to help facilitate discussion and any activities (as needed). If interested, please contact to register your interest and for further information.

Schedule: All sessions are open to all colleagues, and there is no need to book unless stated otherwise.

Date & Time


Speakers & Topics


Thu 27 Sept 2018


Penryn: Exchange Green

Cornwall Campuses Teaching Forum

Organised by Aveen Hameed (Camborne School of Mines)


Mon 22 Oct 2018


Streatham: Building:One Pearson Teaching Room

Unfortunately, this session has been cancelled and will be rescheduled for later in the academic year.

Distributed leadership in HE

Dr Beverley Hawkins (Senior Lecturer in Leadership/Organisation Studies, and DoE Management/Organization Studies)


Fri 2 Nov 2018


Streatham: Old Library Seminar A/B

Does RECAP (lecture capture viewing) help students perform better?

Dr Carlos Cortinhas (Associate Professor of Economic)


The arguments for and against lecture capture have been going for some time and the debate is far from being settled definitely either way. Most of the existing research about the impact of lecture capture on student attainment seems to show negligible or little effects while examples of a negative relationship between lecture capture and learning outcomes abound. 

The main purpose of this study is to add to the existing literature by conducting a large scale investigation involving more than 2400 students in about 70 modules (involving more than 10,000 observations) offered by the economics department on whether lecture capture improves student performance. A secondary objective is to determine whether some groups of students use lecture capture more than others and whether lecture capture can lead to differing benefits for students in different types of subjects.

Some of the results  are in line with previous studies; for example, certain groups of students use lecture recordings significantly more than their peers (e.g. female students, international students, etc). Other results are totally unexpected. For example, disabled students (including the sub-group of dyslexic students) were found not to not use lecture recordings more than others. 

In this session I will be presenting the full set of results and drawing conclusions that are relevant for our academics, students  and policymakers.


Thu 8 Nov 2018


Streatham: Location TBC

Employability Support

Oliver Laity (Careers Information and Systems Manager) and Matthew Taylor (Destinations Survey Manager)

This workshop will explore the ways that we are currently using the Career Registration survey, a powerful tool that allows HEIs to tailor the provision they offer according to their students’/graduates’ self-assessed stage on the career planning journey. Originally a single question asked annually, the survey now includes eight questions that are asked at both enrolment and graduation. Since the survey’s introduction the University of Exeter’s careers service has been looking at innovative ways to use this data to provide a tailored service both to students, graduates and academics. Currently we utilize this information in, for example, dashboarding and developing bespoke marketing that reduces ‘noise’ and offers students a more personalized experience. This session will think about how academics can also engage with these data to improve the student experience.


Thu 15 Nov 2018


Streatham: Streatham Court 0.28

Student Engagement with employability: can we close the loop?

Julia Paci (Employability and Outreach Manager)

Many SSLCs have Employability reps and even separate employability committees. Most departments have an Employability Manager and departmental Academic Employability officers or tutors. What is the best way to work together effectively? In this discussion forum, the SSIS Employability Manager will chart the journey she’s taken trying (and often failing) to make these roles work and offer suggestions on ways of making conversations meaningful and contribute to some student outcomes needed for TEF. Through active discussion, we aim to develop and put forward some good practice points we can share and take forward in to our Colleges / Departments.


Wed 21 Nov 2018


Streatham: Forum Seminar Room 07

Developing authentic assessment in research intensive institutions

Alex Janes (Senior Lecturer in Strategy)

Although it is nearly 30 years since Grant Wiggins (1989) first wrote about authentic assessment, for HEIs in the UK it has even more significance thanks to the introduction of the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF). Wiggins’ view that the tasks set for this sort of assessment should “involve students in the actual challenges, standards, and habits needed for success in the academic disciplines or in the workplace” (1989: 706), suggests that this form of assessment is as relevant to research intensive institutions as it is to those with a more vocational focus.

This workshop will explore ways in which staff at research intensive HEIs can develop and integrate authentic assessments to enhance both the research and teaching elements of their mission. The presenter will outline his own experience of developing authentic assessments for both postgraduate and undergraduate modules before facilitating a series of discussions and activities. Attendees will have the opportunity to share their own view of authentic assessment and their experiences about the specific issues introducing this form of assessment produces in research intensive contexts. The workshop will end with a guided session looking at how to re-align modules from a more traditional to an authentic form of assessment.


Mon 26 Nov 2018


Streatham: Peter Chalk 1.5

Team Science Education

Dr Sawsan Khuri (University of Exeter Medical School) will give an interactive presentation on Team Science Education and Training.

Team Science is a term used to refer to a group of researchers working on a scientific project. More often than not these teams are cross-disciplinary, sometimes they include non-science colleagues and/or non-academic partners and stakeholders. The term was coined by the National Institutes of Health in the US, and is becoming more widespread in research communities tackling large, complex global challenges. With the prevalence of team science in today’s research world, and the increase in the number of authors and disciplines per high-impact scientific paper, many scientific institutions are providing formal, structured training for students and early-career researchers in collaborative work. The curricula go beyond small group learning initiatives and use material from the business community which has been adapted to an academic research context. These are delivered mostly through either workshops or layered onto topic-specific modules. This presentation will start with an introduction to team science, go on to highlight education and training efforts in team science in the US and the UK, and include interactive discussion points and activities to engage APN colleagues in the topic and its evolution in HE.


Wed 05 Dec


Penryn: Tremough House Seminar Room Y

Planning Tutorial Meetings  

Michelle Trottier (Academic Developer, Academic Personal Tutoring)

This event is intended for tutors or staff members to consider the impact of one-to-one and group tutorial sessions. The workshop will explore re-thinking session goals, how we evaluate the success of  tutorials, and thinking collaboratively about structuring sessions to best support the student learning experience. Please bring along any resources that you use in student tutorials (or as part of general student meetings) and be prepared to share. Time will be allocated to building materials and thinking about the usefulness/application of resources created.

Any questions ahead can be emailed to


Fri 7 Dec 2018


Streatham: Queens MR2&3

Encountering Emotions in Academia: “Breaking Boundaries”

Dr Donna Poade (Lecturer in Management)

This event has limited spaces available.  Booking will open here soon (please sign up to the APN mailing list, above, to be notified when booking opens).

You are warmly invited to participate in a day of exploring and engaging emotionally and bodily with the effects of researching and teaching of sensitive issues. Despite the growth in publications focusing on the role of emotions in different contexts including academia, this research is under-developed across a range of disciplines. More importantly, there is a lack of practical consistent responses to the impacts of researching and teaching of sensitive issues which we aim to discuss as a collective.
In order to try and achieve our aims, this event will move away from more traditional academic ‘conference’ formats. Providing different experiences throughout this event is central to the aim of disrupting 'traditional' academic practices and spaces in order to create a different kind of safe space for discussion and interaction. Therefore, the event will feature a mixture of short activities intended to provoke reflection, to capture and develop experiences, and appropriate responses.
This is an opportunity to co-create and shape approaches and responses to the opportunities and challenges that researching and teaching sensitive issues present. Our aim is to offer a safe space and a different atmosphere in which to share our experiences and where emotions can be encountered, discussed and shared, whilst recognising the difficulties around debating the personal impacts of engaging in emotional work.

Places are limited to 25 - please book through Eventbrite HERE.



Further sessions to be announced soon...

Date & Time


Speakers & Topics

Wed 7 December 2017


Streatham: Northcote House Council Chamber

Developing a Formal “Skills Audit” in Medical Sciences

Dr Emma Taylor (Senior Lecturer in Medical Sciences, Academic Lead for Careers and Employability, and Education Exeter Incubator Fellow)

Academic Support: Education Incubator Project and GEO1309 Study Skills in Human Geography

Dr Matt Finn (Lecturer in Human Geography and Education Exeter Incubator Fellow) and Dr Sean Carter (Associate Professor in Political Geography)

Mon 5 March 2018


Penryn: DM Seminar D

Responding to the challenges of teaching statistics in higher education

A workshop coordinated by Nigel Sainsbury (PhD Researcher in Environmental Science)

Tue 20 March 2018


Streatham: Northcote House Council Chamber

Social Media for Scholars

Dr Caitlin Kight (Academic Development)

Fri 23 March 2018


St Lukes: Baring Court 217

Research Inspired Learning

A panel chaired by Prof Karen Mattick (Professor of Medical Education and Director of PCAP) and Dr Shaun Mudd (Academic Development)

  • Dr Irene Fernandez-Molina (Lecturer in Politics): “Biases in Student Perceptions and Student Evaluations of Teaching”
  • Laura Colombo (PhD Researcher in Management Studies): “Experiences with Critical Management Education”
  • Dr Susannah Cornwall (Senior Lecturer in Constructive Theologies): “Modelling Self-Reflexive Learning via Sharing Research in Draft with Students”
  • Dr Yang Liu (Lecturer in Engineering): “Module Assessment in Engineering: Limitations and Alternative Perspectives”

Organised in collaboration with the Research-Inspired Learning (RIL) Steering Group, the PCAP Programme and the LTHE Programme, and GSE’s Educational Research Conference.

Fri 23 March 2018


Streatham: Forum Exploration Lab 1

St Lukes: North Cloisters 12*

Penryn: DM Seminar K*

* Video-linked

Developing a Research-based Connected Curriculum

Prof Dilly Fung (Professor of HE Development and Director of Arena Centre for Research-Based Education, UCL)

Organised in collaboration with the Research-Inspired Learning (RIL) Steering Group, and GSE’s Educational Research Conference

Wed 18 April 2018


Streatham: Northcote House Council Chamber

Addressing the mathematics gap in Biosciences and beyond

Dr Alison Hill (Senior Lecturer in Biosciences and Education Exeter Incubator Fellow)

Tue 8 May 2018


Penryn: PL Seminar 2

Cornwall Campuses Teaching Forum

Organised by Aveen Hameed (Camborne School of Mines)

Wed 9 May 2018


Streatham: Northcote House Council Chamber

Small group teaching throughout the iGEM competition

Dr Chloe Singleton (Research Fellow in Biosciences)

Fri 18 May 2018


Streatham: Northcote House Council Chamber

Enhancing group work through coaching students in shared leadership and to run self-managing teams

Alex Janes (Senior Lecturer in Strategy and Education Exeter Incubator Fellow)

Mon 11 June 2018


Streatham: Old Library Seminar A/B

Responding to informal student feedback: creating a constructive dialogue

Dr Lisa Alberici (Senior Academic Developer and Director of the Learning and Teaching in Higher Education programme)

Fri 6 July 2018


Streatham: Northcote House Council Chamber

Sharing experiences to help transform practice: Interdisciplinary education for our students

Dr Greta Bosch (Associate Professor in Law)