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Conference 2023: Full programme and keynote speakers announced


We are excited to announce the full programme and keynote speakers for this year’s RAISE Conference in Leeds!

This year’s Conference centres on the theme of Belonging and Student Engagement and the programme and keynote speakers reflect on this topic from their perspectives. You can view the programme in full here.


Find out more about all of the keynote speakers below.

Keynote 1 – Student Voice

Mike is a fourth-year medical student at the University of Leeds. He is a care experienced, mature, disabled student who advocates on a local, regional and national level. Mike has used his lived-in experiences for a number of years to champion other care leavers into and through higher education. This talk will be focussed on why the lived in experiences of widening participation students not only enriches higher education but fundamentally the NHS. Now more than ever in the middle of a cost of living crisis, it is essential that our doctors are representative of the communities they serve and how that empowers our patients and NHS trusts. Topics discussed will include systemic barriers in higher education for care experienced students, food poverty and partnerships with higher education institutions to improve outcomes and sense of belonging for all students.

Keynote 2 – Claire Hamshire, Associate Pro-Vice Chancellor, Education and Student Experience, at the University of Salford

Dr Claire Hamshire is a Professor of Higher Education and the Associate Pro-Vice Chancellor, Education and Student Experience, at the University of Salford, UK. She is also an Advance HE National Teaching Fellow, Principal Fellow and the Vice-President for the European Region of the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (ISSOTL). Throughout her career Claire has been instrumental in ensuring that universities puts students’ perspectives at the centre of teaching and research developments, with the goal of facilitating their development to prepare them for their future careers. Her research interests include first- generation students’ experiences, peer-assisted learning, student engagement and learning transitions and she has published and presented research about students’ learning experiences for the last decade. 

Keynote 3 – Jeff Grabill, Deputy Vice Chancellor for Student Education at the University of Leeds

Jeff Grabill is Deputy Vice Chancellor for Student Education at the University of Leeds. Prior to joining the University of Leeds, Grabill was at Michigan State University (MSU) in the United States for nearly 20 years. He served Michigan State University as the Associate Provost for Teaching, Learning, and Technology. In that role, he was responsible for facilitating innovation in learning and educator professional development via his role as Director of the Hub for Innovation in Learning and Technology. Grabill’s research focuses on how digital writing is associated with citizenship and learning. That work has been located in community contexts, in museums, and in classrooms at both the K-12 and university levels. Grabill is also a co-founder of Drawbridge, an educational technology company.

Keynote 4 – Plenary


Confirmed Speakers:

  • Professor Jaclyn (Jackie) Stewart,  Associate Dean Academic, Faculty of Science and Professor of Teaching, Department of Chemistry at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver.

  • Ayoola Johnson, Access, Student Success and Development Coordinator at The University of Manchester and also a Student Committee Member of RAISE. Ayoola has huge interest in student partnership and was previously the Elected Officer at Portsmouth SU where he led on academic representation, student voice and peer-mentoring opportunities. 

  • Conor Naughton, educational developer at Nottingham Trent University responsible for a portfolio of academic development services, specialising in student engagement and transition. He is a committee member of RAISE, a postgraduate student, and an external trustee at the University of Salford Students' Union. Prior to this, Conor was President of Nottingham Trent Students’ Union and a University governor from 2020 – 2022.

  • Gareth Jones, Deputy President, OU Students Association

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