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Future of university learning on display at conference this week

Publication date: Mar 21, 2006 5:05:19 PM

Innovations in teaching and learning that are set to transform the university environment will be on display at a two-day conference, this week.

Teaching and Learning: The Way Forward will show case new thinking and practice in under-graduate ad post-graduate education at University College London. As in previous years academics from departments across UCL - the UK's top rated multi-faculty university - will exchange notes on the recent advances in teaching as well as sampling the latest in technological aids.

Some of the innovations in teaching and learning at UCL under discussion include:

· New techniques for helping NHS Doctors to teach medical students

· Teaching graduate employability

· Technology's End: The birth of the virtual department

· The latest Electronic study materials

Speaking on the eve of the conference, Sir Chris Llewellyn Smith, Provost and President of UCL said:

"UCL benefits from a multi-faculty environment where the challenges of teaching in one discipline can be applied to learning in another. The solitary lecturer left to his own devices has been replaced by a collaborative enterprise, where different views and perspectives are being combined to bring about real innovations in teaching and learning. A teaching environment at UCL which is grounded in experimentation, based on evidence and informed by practice is the best means to ensure future innovation and sustain excellence."

Note to editors: i. Teaching and Learning: The Way Forward, 17-18 April 2002,University College London.

ii. Conference abstracts and further details available here.