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Professor Liz Austen Inaugural Lecture

21 Feb 2024 18:00 - 20:30

Liz’s professorial lecture will explore a collection of student voices that have contributed to our understanding of the expectations of transformative higher education.

She will share examples of student experiences with a focus on social justice, social mobility, and (in)equity. Her lecture will:

  • position student voices at the centre, to counter the current political agenda that seeks to devalue the purpose and possibilities of higher education
  • share evidence on the effectiveness of feedback to students
  • discuss inclusive practices within and beyond the curriculum
  • offer ways to support transitions to HE
  • suggest how learning can be measured
  • share reflections from teaching practice.

After amplifying the value of higher education from different perspectives, Liz will end with a call to action regarding the future actions we need to take as higher education leaders and practitioners.

Throughout the lecture, questions will be asked about ‘how do we know?’ and it will take a critical stance on how we generate evidence, measure impact, and the methods we choose for evaluation. 



Additional Information

Liz’s bio: Liz Austen is Interim Associate Dean Teaching & Learning in the College of Social Science and Arts at Sheffield Hallam University.


Previously Head of Evaluation and Research and a Lecturer in Criminology, her role now includes strategic leadership of a teaching and learning portfolio and the development of a culture of impact generation.


Liz has a history of high-profile HE consultancy and institutional research and evaluation focused on improving student experiences and outcomes.


She also leads the Evaluation Collective, a UK higher education sector network of evaluation advocates.


Event Schedule: 18:00 Arrival 18:30 Professorial Lecture and Q&A 19:30 Drinks reception 20:30 Event close