2022 Education Conference

Spaces for solidarity. Fostering collaboration and inspiring inclusive education. 2022 Lancaster and Partner Education Conference.

The 2022 Education Conference emphasised the role of community and collaboration in the process of developing creative thought, creative problem-solving and creative learning, as enerated to ignite, promote and support collegial connections between Lancaster Partner colleagues and students.

Initiating & supporting collegial engagement

To support our aim to connect colleagues across the Partnership who are interested in exploring topics related to education, learning and teaching practices. In May 2022 we hosted a number of informal partnership conversations. Colleagues met to discuss a range of topics, share experiences and generally connect.

  • Assessment & feedback literacy – Sharing experiences of working with students to help gain an understanding of assessment criteria and the usefulness of feedback.
  • Critical and integrative perspective as a qualitative approach to the actual experience of a learning process.
  • Learner/teacher identities towards building relationships.
  • Decolonizing higher education
  • Partnership in fostering research-informed collaboration and relationships between students across campuses.
  • Group work in fieldwork studies & online

This invitation was open to all colleagues and it offered an opportunity to engage with colleagues from across 8 institutions/campuses and 3 continents.

Keynote: Leda Kamenopoulou, Department of Psychology and Human Development, University College London.

Genuinely equal partnerships: the long road to ‘epistemic justice’

'Equality, Diversity and Inclusion’ have become the latest buzzwords in Higher Education, but what do they actually mean? In this talk, I aim to provide some critical reflections on what it means to be ‘included as genuinely equal partners’ in teaching and research collaborations, and to stimulate deep and honest conversations about the challenges of creating and sustaining genuinely inclusive and equal partnerships, at both the local and international sphere. I will adopt a colonial/post-colonial and critical disability studies theoretical perspective, and I will use examples of my work on inclusion in education across the global North and South, in order to emphasise the role of historical, economic, sociocultural, geopolitical, and other local factors in shaping the meaning and form of inclusion and exclusion within different contexts. I will discuss the challenges of transferring dominant Northern-led discourses and practices into contexts that have very different cultural values and local realities. I will refer to the notions of ‘epistemicide’ and ‘epistemic justice’ , calling for the need to decolonise our practices and curricula, in order to address the current power imbalances in knowledge production and sharing. As a way forward, whilst recognising the complexity and variety of challenges that remain to be addressed, I will argue that inclusive and equitable partnerships are work cultures simply underpinned by democratic values, where everyone has a seat at the table and everyone feels like they belong.

About Leda

My work is underpinned by the belief that inclusion in education is a means to a democratic society and that equity and justice in education can be achieved if promises and rhetoric are put into action at both the collective and individual levels. In my teaching and research, I explore current debates and dilemmas that the global community faces as it strives to meet Sustainable Development Goal 4, which calls for Inclusive and Equitable Quality Education for all by 2030.I am fascinated by how inclusive education is understood and translated in different contexts. My research has two strands:

  1. the inclusion of learners with multi-sensory impairment and complex needs, and
  2. inclusion and disability in Southern contexts, with a particular focus on decolonising approaches and methodologies. I have also conducted research on teacher preparation for inclusive education

Access Leda's keynote from this link.

Access the recording of the questions following the talk from this link

Leda's PowerPoint slides

Colleague presentations

Presentation session details from Ailsa to Nadia Accordion

Presenter sessions from Norizzati to Sunita Accordion

Conference Awards

The conference is delighted to present a range of awards to recognise and celebrate the work and achievements of colleagues and students. The winners presentations strongly engaged with the conference key themes.

Audience vote: Dr Peter Shukie, & students Azara Jamsa and Maryam Mulla, School of Education, University Centre Blackburn College

Student and staff presentation: Dr Rachel Heah & students, Usama Iqbal, Maria Rusu, Oliwia Maliszewska, & Hannah Bunyan from the Lancaster Bailrigg Campus Law School.

Staff prizes
Dr Christina Kahl, Economics & Management, Beijing Jiaotong University, China
Dr Radka Newton, Entrepreneurship & Strategy, LUMS, Lancaster Bailrigg Campus
Dr Sarah Powel, Lancaster Medical School, Lancaster Bailrigg Campus
Dr Sunita Abraham, Sociology, Lancaster Bailrigg Campus

Many congratulations