Teaching & Learning


UCL Education Conference

UCL has been holding internal teaching and learning conferences in a variety of forms to share interesting practice and stimulate discussion for nearly 20 years.

Every year the UCL Education Conference (formerly the Teaching and Learning Conference) brings together the UCL education community to share innovative and exciting practice and highlight solutions to perennial challenges in teaching and learning.

Staff and students present in a range of formats about any issue pertinent to teaching and learning, and sessions are designed to facilitate discussion among the whole UCL community. 

UCL Education Conference 2023

Date: Tuesday 18 April (online launch) | Wednesday 19 April (in-person conference). 

The theme of the UCL Education Conference 2023 was Designing Futures-focused Education and will be held at the IOE, UCL's Faculty of Education and Society.

18 April, online launch 

To launch the 2023 UCL Education Conference, we are delighted to offer an online event on Tuesday 18 April, 12-1.30pm, where a panel of guest speakers will discuss how we can forge closer links between our academic degree programmes and our students’ futures, aspirations and careers. Chaired by Karen Barnard, Director of UCL Careers and the UCL Arena Centre, the panel will include alumni, employer representatives and staff to discuss important questions such as: 

  • What might universities look like in 10- or 20-years’ time?
  • How will employment change in different sectors?
  • What will students and employers expect of us?

The panel included:

Seb Bailey, UCL alumnus and founder of MindGym

Sebastian Bailey, Ph.D., is an international best-selling author and Co-founder and President of Mind Gym, a corporate learning consultancy that works with over 50% of the FTSE 100 and S&P100 on their most challenging people performance issues. He helps clients to understand how leadership can be challenging in the workplace and implement practices to help resolve negative tensions. He holds a PhD from the University of Bristol and a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology with Cognitive Science from the University College London.  

Dr. Bailey has written four books, including Mind Gym: Wake Your Mind Up, an international bestseller that has been translated into 26 languages. He is a featured contributor to Forbes, Chief Learning Officer, Talent Management, Business Insider, Training Magazine, and HR Magazine. Sebastian is also a trustee of Mary’s Meals, a charity that feeds 2 million children everyday in their place of education. 

Emma Moore, MD of GradConsult

Emma Moore is Head of University Partnerships at Gradconsult, a talent consultancy working in the early careers space. Emma leads the University side of the business, working predominantly with University Careers Teams advising on strategy projects, delivering team L and D and designing student and graduate development programmes.  

Emma joined Gradconsult in October 2022 after 23 years at the University of Liverpool.  

Whilst at Liverpool Emma led the Careers and Employability Team as Director for five years. During this time, she reimagined careers provision and spearheaded the development of the Career Studio, the UK’s most developed and innovative peer to peer service delivery model whilst also doubling the number of careers professionals working within the institution.  

Emma also designed, secured funding for, and led several regional projects, including an Office for Students (OfS) Challenge Project to enhance the digital skills of local commuter students, the ESF LCR Graduate Project creating jobs for graduates in SMEs in the Liverpool City Region and LCR Founders, an ERDF funded enterprise project focused on creating co-founded, scalable start ups.  

Emma has held leadership and advisory roles as part of a host of sector bodies and charities including AGCAS, ISE and UpReach. 

Ion Valaskakis, strategic advisor to entrepreneurs and executives

Ion is a strategic advisor to entrepreneurs and executives. He helps them anticipate the future, accelerate their organizations' performance, and reinvent themselves or their companies when necessary. 

Ion enables organizations to "see around the corner" through two proprietary frameworks he developed - the FuturePROOF Scorecard and Playbook. As an executive coach, he works with senior leaders to broaden and enhance their leadership toolkits, focusing on sound decision-making, personal effectiveness, and work-life integration. This year, he will also launch an online course called "Reinvention Boot Camp" to empower thousands with the ability to reinvent themselves regularly. 

Ion brings a unique breadth of experience to his advisory practice, having worked in senior positions in 5 industries in 3 countries. 

Ion has worked as a Press Secretary on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, helped launch and run a groundbreaking international mobile media initiative at a Fortune Global 50 telecoms company in London, was a senior executive in a fast-growing tech start-up in Montreal, served as president of an international foundation focused on empowering the next generation of young public leaders, and has run a boutique consultancy for the past 15 years. 

Ion is a free-range thinker. He has written a business strategy book on learning from your mistakes, given a TEDx Talk on the changing nature of leadership in the 21st century, and hosted a bi-weekly podcast on applying the management consultant's toolkit to everyday problems. 

The common through-line in his writing and speaking centers around the twin concepts of anticipation and reinvention. Ion regularly speaks to audiences on Mega Trends and, in that light, is working on designing a new "operating system" to harness the potential of the hybrid workforce and reinvent work for the post-pandemic world. 

Ion has an MBA from London Business School, a Master of Arts (M.A.) in political science from Western University (Canada), and a Bachelor's degree from McGill University (Canada). 

Dr Keri Wong, Associate Professor, IOE UCL’s Faculty of Education and Society

Keri is a developmental psychologist and criminologist, podcast host at the UCL Institute of Education and winner of the 2022 UCL Student Choice Award (university) and UCL Provost Education Award (faculty). Currently she is an Associate Professor in Psychology and co-Director of the UCL Centre for Education in Criminal Justice System (ECJ), a knowledge exchange hub for both academics and practitioners in the criminal justice system. Prior to joining UCL Keri was the Cambridge Betty Behrens Fellow where she researched the causes of antisocial behaviours and schizophrenia-spectrum disorders. She received her PhD in Psychology from the University of Cambridge where she developed the first dimensional measure of childhood paranoia - Social Mistrust Scale. The SMS is free to use in research, schools and clinics (available in 8 languages). Keri received her BA (Hons.) in Psychology and MA in Criminology from the University of Pennsylvania. 

Keri leads (PI) the UCL-Penn Global COVID Study (GlobalCovidStudy.com), an online survey on the impacts of COVID-19 on mental health and social trust, which has informed UK policy discussions. She was co-chair of the IOE Early Career Network (@IOE_EarlyCareer; 2019-21), host of the official IOE podcast Research for the Real World, and sat on the Athena Swan Silver Award Self-Assessment Team. She currently hosts and founded the official IOE podcast for early career academics, Academia et al. (2021). 

Mouhssin Ismail, UCL alumnus, Regional Director and Executive Principal for Star Academies, and founding Principal of the Newham Collegiate Sixth Form 

Mouhssin is Regional Director and Executive Principal for Star Academies, one of the highest performing multi academy trusts in the country. He is responsible for the academic performance of six-schools in the north-west of England, which include both secondary and primary schools. Mouhssin is also founding Principal of the Newham Collegiate Sixth Form, City of London Academy (the NCS) located in the second most deprived borough of London. Open in 2014, which the objective of rivalling some of the very best independent and grammar schools in the country, the NCS is recognised as one of the most successful 16-19 Free Schools in the country. Mouhssin is a qualified solicitor and worked as a Banking and Finance Lawyer, for two leading international law firms in the City of London. He is passionate about social mobility and the importance of high-quality education as vehicle to change the life chances of young people in the UK. 

Online webinar link 

19 April, in-person schedule 

Access the online and downloadable programme and abstracts for UCL Education Conference 2023.

Contact us

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