ADSHE’s Annual Conference was held at Aston Conference Centre on Friday 14th June, and focused on going Back to the Coalface: busting neuromyths in education. Following on from the Chair’s Update, Professor Tim Jay from the Sheffield Institute of Education started the roll of Keynotes by setting us challenge: to fuse the evidence of psychology and neuroscience into our teaching practices, in order to better understand learning. Dr Tilly Mortimore  from Bath Spa University continued by welcoming the opportunities such a collaboration could bring, and used her initial research into learning styles to explore this area. This was followed by Professor Arnold J Wilkins from the University of Essex who further explored his research into visual stress, discussing the benefits of his system of ophthalmic tinting. From hearing the positive feedback and discussions the were generated from these keynotes, it seems our members like to be challenged…so watch out for more to come!

In addition to the keynotes, members took part in a host of workshops, from building Lego ® (there was serious play involved!) to exploring strategies for Viva’s, assessing for ADD at HE level , building student’s confidence, and working with Autistic students to name but a few. The Critical Theory tombola went down a treat and will hopefully be explored again in the near future. Just in case you didn’t know, Jackie Hadfield and Tina Horsman were the well-deserved recipients of our very first Practitioner Project Award for their Lego ® Serious Play workshop. If you’re a QA member and are interested in submitting a proposal, check out the details by CLICKING HERE

Continuing the theme of winners, our Adshe Awards celebrated the hard work and dedication of just a few of our members. We’d like to thank everyone who nominated their fellow peers, and if you want to showcase a fellow member, keep an eye out on Jiscmail around Easter for more details. This year saw Barbara Kelly win the Research and Innovation award, and she is currently working on Adshe’s own definition of Dyslexia – not an easy task! To view all of the deserved winners, please CLICK HERE

A huge thank you to the Exec, Regional Coordinators and everyone involved in making this year’s conference such a success, including the sponsors/exhibitors, without whom the Conference wouldn’t happen. Don’t forget that we’re always wanting members to help Adshe in whatever they can – who knows, you may see you name in lights next year! After all, Adshe is built BY the members, FOR the members and we really couldn’t do it without you. So, don’t be shy, get involved and help make the difference by CONTACTING US