2023 Education Conference

The Lancaster Education Conference is an annual event that brings together colleagues from across the Lancaster University Partnerships to share practice and educational research.

The 2023 Education Conference seeks to engage debate on the future of assessment and feedback. It will provide the space to share practice and evidence-based innovations, across our academic disciplines and campuses, with an emphasis on enhancing practice. The aim of the conference is to re-imagine assessment and feedback, with the technological possibilities and challenges the sector currently faces.

Education Conference 2023 Recordings

Please click the links to view the videos of our keynote speakers and presentations. A link to the full list of abstracts and presentations can be found further down the page.

Education Conference Videos Accordion

Abstracts and Handbook

Please click on the links below to download the full handbook and abstracts.

Day 1 - Wednesday 5th July 2023

Day 1 - Education Conference Abstracts

Day 2 - Thursday 6th July 2023

Day 2 - Education Conference Abstracts

Full Handbook and Abstract List

Please click on the links below to download the named file:

2023 Education Conference Handbook

2023 Education Conference Abstracts

Abstracts by Subtheme

Wednesday 5th and Thursday 6th July, 9.30 am - 1 pm

This year the conference will be hybrid, returning to in-person presentations on the Bailrigg Campus as well as online.

The schedules for the conference are available to download via the links below.

Day 1 Programme - Education Conference 5th July (.doc)

Day 1 Programme - Education Conference 5th July (.pdf)

Day 2 Programme - Education Conference 6th July (.doc)

Day 2 Programme - Education Conference 6th July (.pdf)

Keynote Speakers

Jan McArthur will be joining us in person on Wednesday 5th July.

Kalwant Bhopal will be joining us online on Thursday 6th July.

Jan McArthur
Jan McArthur

Reimagining assessment for joy, learning and achievement

Jan McArthur is Senior Lecturer in Education and Social Justice in the Department of Educational Research, Lancaster University, UK. Her research focuses on the nature and purposes of higher education and how these relate to practices of teaching, learning and assessment. She has a particular interest in critical theory and in her published work explores the ideas of Theodor Adorno, Max Horkheimer and Axel Honneth, applying these to higher education. She has previously published a book exploring how Adorno’s critical theory can inform our understanding of, and engagement with, knowledge in higher education for the purposes of greater social justice: Rethinking Knowledge in Higher Education (Bloomsbury). Her second book uses Honneth's conceptualisation of mutual recognition to rethink the nature of assessment in higher education, where one is committed to greater social justice: Assessment for Social Justice (Bloomsbury). She has published a wide range of journal articles on assessment, critical theory and social justice. Jan is a researcher in the ESRC and HEFCE funded ‘Centre for Global Higher Education’, and currently working on the international and longitudinal project: Graduate Experiences of Employability and Knowledge. This builds on the previous project: Understanding Knowledge, Curriculum and Student Agency. She is also Editor of Arts and Humanities in Higher Education.

Kalwant Bhopal
Kalwant Bhopal

Black and Minority Ethnic experiences in higher education: social justice, inclusion and white privilege

Kalwant Bhopal is Professor of Education and Social Justice and Director of the Centre on Research on Race and Education at the University of Birmingham, UK. Kalwant’s research focuses on the achievements and experiences of minority ethnic groups in education. She has conducted research on exploring discourses of identity and intersectionality examining the lives of Black minority ethnic groups as well as examining the marginal position of Gypsies and Travellers. Her research specifically explores how processes of racism, exclusion and marginalisation operate in predominantly White spaces with a focus on social justice and inclusion. From 2017-2019 she was Visiting Professor at Harvard University in the Graduate School of Education. Her recent book, White Privilege: the myth of a post-racial society was published by policy press. Her new book (with Martin Myers) Elites and the making of privilege has just been published by Routledge.