UCL 2034


Bringing staff and students together at the UCL Teaching & Learning Conference

Principal theme: Integration of research and education

Our annual Teaching & Learning Conference in April 2016 signalled growing partnership between our staff and students. 

With more than 600 participants, the conference attracted a record number of students, and of the 100 presentations 22 were from students. 

They included Tobias Büschel, an MSc computer science student, who used Slack – a cloud-based team collaboration tool – to vastly improve communication about his course among his classmates. In just six months, students on his programme sent at least 116,000 messages and shared more than 2,600 files using the tool. Tobias told the conference: “I thought if Slack works for start–ups, why not for higher education too.”

He is now one of the UCL ChangeMakers – an initiative which involves teams of students and staff working together to investigate an issue at UCL and make improvements – and is working on creating a Slack community for all students in the computer science department.

Professor Anthony Smith, Vice-Provost (Education and Student Affairs) told the conference he was delighted with the way the university had engaged with the vision of UCL 2034 and that core to this was the ambition of making UCL “the best place in the world for the integration of research and education and giving our students an outstanding experience”.

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Professor Anthony Smith, speaking at the conference

As part of the conference, 14 members of staff were presented with their Provost's Teaching Award, while 10 received a Student Choice Teaching Award, for which students made up the judges. The winners have been profiled on the UCL Teaching and Learning Portal.

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