Abstract Submission Guidelines


Please note, the abstract submission details relate to the 2009 Conference and are for information only.


The submission deadline for abstracts is 12 noon on Friday 28th November 2008. You should receive an email confirming receipt of your abstract within one working week of submitting. If you do not receive a confirmation please contact the Conference team by email on sltc@leeds.ac.uk or by phone on 0113 343 3001. Lead presenters will be informed by 23rd January 2009 if their proposal has been successful.

All presenters must register for the Conference by the 31st March 2009 to confirm they will present.

Please note, incomplete submissions will be returned with a request to re-submit.

How to submit

Abstracts must be submitted using the online submission form.

In case of difficulty please email sltc@leeds.ac.uk.

Conference themes 2009

The 2009 Conference will focus on three main themes:

1. Assessment / Feedback / Plagiarism
2. Induction / Transitions / Retention / Recruitment
3. Developments in Learning and Teaching – Forward Thinking

Further information about the themes is provided below:


  • Assessment / Feedback / Plagiarism:
    Presentations, workshops or posters are sought that explore the themes of assessment, feedback or plagiarism. Proposals might evaluate assessment experiences and practices; assess different forms of feedback to students and how these are used by students. Proposals could also discuss the balance between formative and summative feedback, explore the use of technology in providing feedback and how students are actively engaged in setting criteria in peer feedback and peer assessment. Sessions may focus on deterring plagiarism through curriculum design or helping students understand what plagiarism is.
  • Induction / Transitions / Retention / Recruitment :
    Presentations, workshops or posters are sought that explore the themes of induction, transition, retention and recruitment within HE. Submissions could focus on institutional activities to increase retention of students, the induction process for new students, changes made to recruitment activities or policies to target under-represented groups. Transition could consider students moving from school or college to HE, or the transition between years of a course.
  • Developments in Learning and Teaching – Forward thinking:
    Presentations, workshops or posters are sought that offer insights into innovative teaching processes that improve the student learning experience. Proposals may explore theoretical aspects of learning and teaching and develop concepts and address learning styles. They may address the use of information technologies for communicating subject content (e-learning); the development of student-centred learning activities; problem-solving approaches; or learning outcomes.

Presenters are required to indicate which theme their session proposal relates to.


The SLTC conference team invite submission of offers of workshops, interactive presentations, presentations and posters under the conference themes. The emphasis in all submissions should be on reflection and evaluation rather than merely describing what is happening, outlining theories or reviewing the literature.


Workshops (90 minutes)

Workshops must be activity-based and should involve participation from delegates with presenters leading activities or discussions. Workshop proposals should have a 300 word abstract setting out the aims and objectives of the workshop and should be accompanied by a description of up to 50 words outlining the content of the workshop and how the format will be interactive and involve delegates.

Interactive Presentations (30 minutes)

Interactive presentations should aim to give a summary of a piece of pedagogic research, innovation or project, either completed or still in progress. The presentation should last for a maximum of 30 minutes and include an interactive activity, for example using a Personal Response System / clickers or flash cards with delegates.

Submissions for interactive presentations should have a 300 word abstract highlighting the key message and content of the presentation and a 50 word outline describing how the presentation will be interactive.

Presentations (15 minutes)

Presentations should aim to give a brief summary of a piece of pedagogic research, innovation or project, either completed or still in progress. The presentation should last a maximum of 15 minutes allowing delegates opportunity for discussion and questions.

Submissions for oral presentations should have a 300 word abstract highlighting the key message(s) and the outline content of the presentation.

Posters (A0 in portrait format)

Posters should aim to give a brief summary of a piece of pedagogic research, innovation or project, either completed or still in progress. The maximum poster size is A0, in portrait format, posters over this size will not fit on the poster boards.

Poster submissions should have a 300 word abstract which highlights the key message(s) and content of the poster.

The abstracts of all accepted submissions (workshop, interactive presentation, presentation and poster) will be published in the Conference book of abstracts, given to all delegates at the conference.

All presenters will be invited to submit a paper for publication in the online Conference proceedings, which will published on the Conference website. Presenters will also be invited to submit an electronic version of their presentation or poster for inclusion on the Conference website following the Conference.

Review criteria

Each proposal will be reviewed against the following criteria:

The submission:

  1. Is appropriate to the type of session (presentation, interactive presentation, workshop or poster). Submissions not considered appropriate may be offered an alternative, e.g. poster as opposed to presentation;
  2. Is clear and coherent;
  3. Is relevant to the themes of the Conference;
  4. Demonstrates clearly the impact of the presenters work;
  5. Demonstrates the transferability of the work, i.e. it would be of interest to staff in other disciplines;
  6. Shows there is reflection on the work or project, not just a straight forward reporting;
  7. Demonstrates the newness of the work; and
  8. For workshops and interactive presentations, details clear opportunities for participants to actively engage in the session.


The following equipment will be provided as standard in all session rooms:

  • laptop computer or PC with PowerPoint
  • data projector

It is the responsibility of the lead presenter to inform the conference team of any additional requirements e.g. internet access; speakers. If you do not let us know before the conference of additional equipment requirements, we cannot guarantee that equipment or internet access will be available.

Important dates

  • Call for submissions opens 18th June 2008
  • Deadline for receipt of submissions 28th November 2008
  • All submissions acknowledged 5th December 2008
  • Conference registration opens December 2008
  • Lead presenters informed of outcome of submission 23rd January 2009
  • All presenters must have registered for the Conference 31st March 2009

Contact Information

All enquires should be forwarded to the Conference organisers at:

Tel: 0113 343 3001, Fax: 0113 343 5894, email: sltc@leeds.ac.uk 

Please note: It is a requirement that all presenters register as Conference delegates either for the whole event or for the day of their session.