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Partnership Conference: Exploring Practice, Scholarship and Research


This conference provides the opportunity for professional students from across our Continuing Professional Development courses to share their insights, reflections, and findings from their various programmes of study.

  • From: Friday 15 October 2021, 9.30 am
  • To: Friday 15 October 2021, 3.30 pm
  • Location: ABK005, Ada Byron King, NTU Clifton Campus, College Dr, Clifton, Nottingham, NG11 8NS
  • Cost: £50. For information on grant opportunities, please see below.
  • Booking deadline: Friday 8 October 2021, 12.00 pm
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This conference provides the opportunity for professional students from across our Continuing Professional Development courses to share their insights, reflections, and findings from their various programmes of study.  Importantly, their research has been completed within their work settings and will provide useful insights for the development of both their own professional practice, as well as the working practices of their educational settings.

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Event grant

If you are a current NTU student or Alumni (with an N number) currently in an educational setting, you may be eligible for a grant of £200 payable to your organisation to facilitate your release to attend this conference. For more details and to apply email


9.30 amWelcomeDr Chris Rolph
Nottingham Institute of Education
9.45 amKeynote 1Dr Eric Addae-Kyeremeh
Head of School: Education, Childhood, Youth and Sport
10.15 amWorkshop 1Masters Students (FT, PT, Offsite)
Chairs: Dr Alison Hardy
Course Leader: MA Education
Gemma Heathcote
Lead: MA Off-site modules
11.15 amCOFFEE 
11.30 amWorkshop 2SENCO students
Chair: Dr Gaye Tyler-Merrick
Course Leader: PGCert SENCO/National SENCO Award
12:25 pmIntroduction to Doctoral StudyDr Verity Aiken
Course Leader: Doctorate in Education
12.30  pmLUNCH 
1.15 pmKeynote 2Dr Sue Dymoke
Associate Professor of Education and PGR Tutor
1.45 pmWorkshop 3FdA students
Chair: Dr Krishan Sood
Course Leader: Foundation Degree Education: Policy and Practice
2.30 pmWorkshop 4BA (Hons) students
Chair: Dr Gaye Tyler-Merrick
Course Leader: BA (Hons) Education: Policy and Practice
3.15 pmClosing RemarksDr Anne O'Grady
Principal Lecturer: Continuing Professional Development
3.30 pmCOFFEE/home 

Abstract and Biography of Keynotes

Keynote 1:

Dr Eric Addae-Kyeremeh
Head of School: Education, Childhood, Youth and Sport
Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS)
Twitter: @addaekyeremeh | Web:

Living your values through leadership


In this brief keynote, I talk about how my values have shaped my professional journey as an educator and educational leader. Being Humble and Empathetic, remaining Authentic, developing Resilience and being Decisive, abbreviated as HEARD, have been the foundations of my story so far.  I will share what I have done and how I have ensured I stay true to these values during my 21 year career in education in England.

I will end by spending a few minutes to share my views about some key transformative developments that could impact the future of teaching, learning and scholarly work in higher education institutions (HEIs).


Dr Eric Addae-Kyeremeh is Head of School of Education, Childhood, Youth and Sport at the Open University in UK. With circa 21,00 students, this is one of the larger schools in the Open University, and with their diverse offer attract students from different socioeconomic backgrounds.

His research focusses on exploring learning and development of education practitioners across contexts and education phases by offering contextual understandings and constructs that are meaningful and practical to policy makers and change leaders. He has investigated teachers/headteachers professional development experiences in Ghana, England, India and Bangladesh and has written and presented academic papers on some of his work at International conferences. Browse Dr Addae-Kyeremeh's research on Open Research Online.

Eric has extensive experience in working with systems leaders and policy makers in low-middle income countries and was recently the critical reviewer of the new Ghana National Policy and Curriculum Framework for Pre-Tertiary Education Curriculum (2018). He has led some of the Open University’s international projects in India and Ghana. He has a Doctorate  Education (Open), MEd in Leadership and Management (Open), MA Information Systems (Nottingham), BA Hons in Economics (University of Ghana).

Keynote 2:

Dr Sue Dymoke
Associate Professor of Education
Nottingham Institute of Education, NTU.

Making space for creativity within teaching practice and educational research


This keynote will explore the place of creativity within education, drawing on examples of teaching and research to consider the contribution that creativity can make both to enhancing classroom practice and heightening educators’ understandings of learners’ perspectives through use of creative research methods. Furthermore, it will suggest that creativity is integral to critical thinking and exemplify how creative practices can offer opportunities for enrichment and fulfilment at a time of global pandemic when better support for young people’s mental health and well-being is finally being recognised as a pressing priority. During her keynote, Sue will focus specifically on recent and current research projects on spoken word education and Young Poets’ Stories as well as to reflect on the work of Masters and Doctoral candidates whom she has supported on their own research journeys.


Dr Sue Dymoke is an Associate Professor in the Nottingham Institute of Education, School of Social Sciences, NTU. She is a National Teaching Fellow, Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts and a published poet. She began her career teaching English in Nottinghamshire secondary schools for 16 years and joined NTU in 2020, having previously been Reader in Education at the University of Leicester. Her research focuses on the nature/use of creative pedagogies, poetry education, writing as a socially contextualised practice and how young people are supported to develop their self-expression through poetry. Sue has worked with research partners from Japan, New Zealand, Ireland and across the UK. In 2021 she is Principal Investigator for Young Poets’ Stories, a two year research project, funded by the Foyle Foundation. She is also a member of NTU's Creative Writing Hub and Nottingham UNESCO City of Literature's Collaborative Board. Publications include: Drafting and Assessing Poetry (Paul Chapman); edited volumes Making Poetry Happen: transforming the poetry classroom and Making Poetry Matter: international research perspectives on poetry pedagogy (Bloomsbury) together with poetry, chapters and articles in a wide range of international publications. She blogs at

Location details


Ada Byron King, NTU Clifton Campus
College Dr
NG11 8NS


Visitor parking will be provided.

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