SOAS University of London

Learning & Teaching Conference

Learning & Teaching conference on the New Normal and Collaborative Student Learning

Due to unforeseen circumstances, this event has been postponed. Further details will follow soon. 

We are pleased to invite you to the 2021 SOAS University of London Learning & Teaching conference on the New Normal and Collaborative Student Learning. Dates: TBC

The call for proposals is now open, and we invite higher education teaching, research, professional services staff, and students (all levels of study) to submit a proposal by the deadline: TBC

Who wants a New Normal anyway?

Many universities in the UK have begun preparation for re-opening their campuses, lecture halls, and office doors to facilitate the return to pre-covid learning and teaching experiences for students, and staff. Although the past year in lockdown has been, for many in Higher Education, a tumultuous experience, there have also been many benefits and opportunities presented. At this year's conference, we hope to discuss university learning and teaching moving forward, and how best to use the lessons of the past to inform the direction of the future for Higher Education. The focus of this conference will be on collaboration between teachers and students and bringing into focus the needs of students in the new normal we are creating for their learning.

Conference themes

  • Lessons Learned
  • Post-Covid University Learning
  • The cost of going back to ‘normal’; examples of the cost could be financial, psychological and wellbeing focused, the cost to academic success.
  • Marginalised groups, and online learning
  • Changing teaching models
  • Student collaboration

Focus on collaborative learning and practice

This conference seeks to focus on work done in collaboration with students and facilitators. This could be collaboration between a lecturer and a student, lecturer to lecturer, or peer support work involving students. We encourage students to present their work and experiences of the learning environment, particularly in the context of the pandemic and its impact on their ability to engage in learning. We particularly encourage submissions that are co-authored between students and faculty.

Guidance on Submissions

We ask that authors only make one submission. In the case of collaborative submissions, we ask that collaborators submit no more than two different collaborations and/or individual submissions. In all, one author should not make more than two submissions. The word limit is 1000 characters per submission. 

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Please make submissions without any identification of the author to allow for as impartial a review process as possible. Each submission will be reviewed by at least two members of our internal conference committee, and we will provide feedback on submissions and their success within 3 weeks after the deadline. In your submission, please ensure to consider the following:

  1. How the content relates to the identified conference theme
  2. Language and principles covered are appropriate for an international audience
  3. What participants will gain from attending the session
  4. Critical reflection and evaluation of the issue, and what the content of the session is based on i.e. a project, or initiative related to practice.
Types of submissions encouraged:
  • Action research
  • Panel discussion
  • Critical reflections and thought pieces
  • Three Minute Thesis presentations
  • Dissertation presentations
  • Poster presentations/ short poster style
  • Workshops: co-creation of learning & teaching


This event is free. Conference registration will be opening soon. 

If you require further information please email