Network meetings

Each year since 2016, university leaders, institutional change agents and educational experts from across the global project network have come together with a shared mission to improve the recognition and reward of university teaching. These invite-only meetings are designed to extend and support the global network of universities engaged in systemic reform of how they evidence, recognise and reward teaching achievement. They allow participants to share insights into the change process, including the challenges of changing academic cultures, evidencing teaching achievement and aligning national frameworks. These meetings have also been a spring-board for many of the new activities developed through the Advancing Teaching initiative, such as the Teaching Cultures Survey and the Roadmap for Change. Further detail on each meeting is given below.

2020 webinars

The 2020 meeting was to be held in the Trippenhuis (the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences) in Amsterdam. However, due to COVID-19, this meeting has been postponed until April 2021. The original agenda for this meeting is given here. As an alternative to the in-person meeting, a series of videos of the activities and progress of network members were produced and two webinars were held in November 2020. Please find further details of the videos and the webinar outcomes below.

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Royal Academy of Engineering, London: May 2019

The fourth university partners' meeting was held on 13th and 14th May 2019 at the Royal Academy of Engineering in London. 50 participants from 14 countries (representing 29 universities) participated.

Day one explored the drivers for change and the key steps in the institutional reform process, as identified by the Roadmap for Change study, including the challenges and opportunities often faced.

Day two focused on three specific topics identified by participants as being of particular interest: (i) aligning institutional reward systems with individual career development and appraisal; (ii) evaluating the impact of reform; and (iii) integrated approaches to changing reward and recognition systems. The interim findings from the 2019 Teaching Cultures Survey were also presented.

This meeting was sponsored by the Royal Academy of Engineering in the UK.

Royal Academy of Engineering, London: April 2018

The third university partners' meeting was held on 19th April 2018 at the Royal Academy of Engineering in London, the day before the Framework was launched on 20th April. 37 participants from 12 countries participated.

The agenda was structured around four key dimensions of the change process:

  • building and maintaining consensus for change;
  • reforming academic appointment and promotion systems;
  • instituting change outside the formal university promotion system;
  • sustaining improvements in the recognition and reward of teaching achievement.

This meeting was sponsored by the Royal Academy of Engineering in the UK.

Royal Academy of Engineering, London: April 2017

The second partners' meeting was held on Friday 28th April 2017 at the Royal Academy of Engineering (RAEng) in London. The meeting was attended by representatives from 14 partner universities from 14 countries.

The meeting aimed to:

  • discuss ambitions and experiences regarding the reform of university promotion and career development systems to better evaluate and reward teaching achievement
  • support the development of an international community of dialogue between change leaders striving to improve the recognition of university teaching
  • help improve the Career Framework for University Teaching for the evaluation of teaching achievement in university appointment, promotion and professional development systems

This meeting was sponsored by the Royal Academy of Engineering in the UK.

Royal Academy of Engineering, London: Feb 2016

On Thursday 25th February 2016, representatives from ten of the partner universities met at the Royal Academy of Engineering (RAEng) in London. They were joined by a small group of individuals with particular expertise in the evaluation and recognition of university teaching, many of whom acted as external reviewers during the development of the draft Framework. This meeting was sponsored by the Royal Academy of Engineering in the UK.

The meeting aimed to:

  • establish an international community of dialogue between individuals and institutions striving to improve the recognition of university teaching
  • discuss experiences and share ideas for reforming university promotion systems, as well as provide specific feedback about the Career Framework for University Teaching
  • pave the way for broader cross-institutional agreement about the recognition of teaching, such that these achievements could be ‘portable’ and recognised between universities in a similar way to research achievements