Welcome to issue 42 of Forum! This is the ‘conference issue’ which focusses on workshops and presentations from the 2017 Annual Learning and Teaching Conference which took place at the University of York on 20th June. The conference focussed on the York Pedagogy and especially on how departments around the University have gone about ‘making it work’. For me, the conference really highlighted how much the York Pedagogy has stimulated great innovations in teaching and it is that which we focus on in this issue of Forum.
The Faculty Plenary sessions which took place at the end of the day at the conference gave us the opportunity to reflect on the challenges and opportunities associated with the York Pedagogy. The conference had already given me the opportunity to have many interesting discussions with colleagues from different departments and faculties throughout the day. Upon reflection during the Plenary session I realised that these discussions were so productive because the Pedagogy has given us a common framework and language that make it easier to share practice across the University. All of our programmes now have Programme Learning Outcomes, a Statement of Purpose, a Programme Map and a Programme Leader, and we all have in mind the programme-level thinking and sense of progression that the Pedagogy has asked us to adopt. It is this idea of a common approach that has stuck with me since the conference, and I hope this continues to help us communicate our approaches to ‘making it work’ across the University as we settle into this new way of thinking and develop new and existing programmes into the future.
This is my last issue of Forum as Editor and I wish Ruth Penfold-Mounce (Sociology) best of luck as she takes on this role. I hope you enjoy reading about the Pedagogy-inspired innovations in teaching from around the University in this current issue!
– Claire Hughes, Editor