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This year we welcome two fantastic keynote speakers to explore the Conference theme: Creativity and innovation in a changing landscape.

They will take us through the lecturer's experience of teaching through uncertain times and the way students fare through change in HE.

Dr Simon Usherwood, University of SurreyDr Simon Usherwood, University of Surrey
Dr Simon Usherwood is Reader in Politics at the Department of Politics, University of Surrey. His research has focused on euroscepticism, UK-EU relations, and more recently the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. He publishes widely on these subjects, both in academic journals and in formats for the general public, and is currently deputy director of the 'UK in a Changing Europe' programme, which provides evidence-led, impartial contributions to the British debate on the relationship with the EU. He is also very active in pedagogical circles, with his work on simulation games and active learning, including the Active Learning in Political Science blog. This has led to research publications; consultancy work for colleagues in universities in the UK, Europe and beyond; and the award of National Teaching Fellow from the Higher Education Academy.

Sarah Knight, JiscSarah Knight, Jisc
Sarah is Head of Change: Student Experience at Jisc. Sarah manages the teams supporting the digital experience insights service, which is researching staff and students’ expectations and experiences of the digital environment and the team who are developing the Jisc building digital capability service to support the development of staff and student digital capabilities.

Sarah has established the Change agents’ network - a national network to support staff-student partnership working on curriculum innovation projects. Sarah established and runs the Jisc Student Experience Experts Group, an active community of practice, which provides valuable consultation and dissemination opportunities for Jisc. 

Sarah has worked for Jisc for 15 years. During this time, she has led large transformation projects on curriculum design, digital literacies and learners’ experiences of technology. Sarah has a masters of science in chemistry and is a Certified Member of the Association of Learning Technology (CMALT).  

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