During the 2022-23 academic year, the LTExChange Network will focus on supporting and advancing “Inclusive Communities of Learning”.

The LTExChange Symposia Series will provide the primary vehicle for this work, bringing together and engaging key stakeholders to support new thinking and share practice innovations as we consider the prospects of Inclusive Communities of Learning in HE through the prism of three interrelated themes: 1) The Compassionate curriculum; 2) Decolonising learning and teaching; 3) Mattering and belonging in student engagement.

The first symposium event of the year will focus on the theme of ‘The Compassionate Curriculum’. The event itself will be an exposition of relational approaches to pedagogic practice and learning design for a truly inclusive future facing higher education.

The keynote speaker for the event will be Professor Peter Felton (Elon University, US). Professor Felton will be discussing his respected work in relationship-rich education. Please see the abstract below for more information.


Title: Relationship-rich education: compassionate pedagogies for students – and for us


Decades of research demonstrates that the quality of student-staff and student-student interactions are foundational to engaging, inclusive, and purposeful learning. Educational relationships influence motivation, learning, belonging, and achievement for all students, and particularly for students with identities that have been excluded from or marginalized in higher education. These relationships are not only good for students; significant conversations among trusted colleagues have been shown to be crucial for faculty and staff learning, growth, inclusion, and well-being. In this interactive session, we will explore how we can make our work – and our institutions – more relational and compassionate.


When is the symposium happening and how do I book?

The symposium event will be facilitated online via Microsoft Teams on Wednesday 30th November  at 13:00 – 15:00.

Please use this booking link to register for the event.

Please contact Professor Sam Elkington (s.elkington@tees.ac.uk) if you have any questions about the event or wider symposia series.