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Developing and Embedding Skills in the Curriculum

The Cardiff University Learning and Teaching Conference 2013 (3rd July), saw 100 delegates descend on the Sir Martin Evans Building to discuss the ways in which educators at the University are enhancing their teaching practice through considering student skills development.
Click here to see a gallery of photos from the event.


Under the rubric of ‘Developing and Embedding Skills in the Curriculum’, nineteen presenters discussed themes including:

Click here for a copy of the day’s programme


National Teaching Fellow Professor Aidan Byrne, from the School of Medicine, gave a keynote presentation entitled ‘Schemata for Educators’ which unravelled the complex templates which enable student learning. He left delegates with the suggestion that students need to ‘fail early and fail often’ in order to enable more profound learning.


Support from the Professional Services

There were stalls throughout the day in the foyer of the Biosciences building where members of the professional services highlighted their work in enhancing the skills of our students. A handout highlighting the breadth of support offered by the professional services can be downloaded below.
Professional Services Handout


The Powerpoint presentations from the event are available below, with audio recordings of some of our speakers. If you are interested in the conversation the day generated on the #CUskills hashtag take a look at our Storify of the event!
Storify bringing together tweets from the day

Panel 1 – Embedding Skills in the Curriculum

Keren Williamson (Healthcare Studies) & John Steele (Skills Development Service)


Dr Phil Davies (Chemistry)

Dr Lisa Wallace (Medicine)


Panel 2 – Assessing Placements

Chair: Andy Lloyd (Registry and Academic Services)

Prof Geoff Haddock (Psychology)

Dr Rob Wilson (Maths)

Dr Jane Salisbury (Social Sciences)

Hannah Pask (Heath Park Officer, Students’ Union)


Panel 3 – Driving Skills into the Curriculum

Dr Kelly Bérubé (Biosciences) and Stuart Abbott (Cardiff University Enterprise)


Dr Huw Davies (Engineering)


Panel 4 – Relating Theory to the ‘Real World’

Prof Aidan Byrne (Medicine)
See the ‘Keynote’ box at the top of the page for a video of Aidan’s presentation.

Dr Liz Wren-Owens (EUROP) & Marie Gastinel-Jones (EUROP)

Dr Annabel Cartwright (Physics)



Panel 5 – Embedding Skills and Literacies

Dr Beatrix Fahnert (Biosciences)


Image of the Brochure of the Exploring the Past Progression PathwayDr Richard Marsden (History, Archaeology and Religion)

R Marsden – Handout – Exploring the Past Progression Pathway

See also the Exploring the Past website.

Dr Stephen Rutherford (Biosciences)


The HEA generously funded the conference under their enhancement theme 'Graduates for our Future'

This conference was linked to the all-Wales ‘Graduates for our Future’ theme directed by the Higher Education Academy, who funded the event.

Page last updated: 9th July 2013