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Having the Cake and Eating it: Meeting the Needs of Individuals within Contemporary Higher Education Teaching and Learning - Inaugural Professorial Lecture with Professor Neil Simco

A’ Freagairt ri Feumalachdan Dhaoine ann an Teagasg is Ionnsachadh Àrd-ìre san Latha An-diugh - Òraid leis an Àrd-ollamh Neil Simco air dha tighinn na dhreuchd Àrd-ollamhach.

Within a global higher education system that is increasingly performance assessed and judged (politically and publically) by institution-level metrics, how do the interests and successes of individual students prevail in our thinking and approaches as educators? At the heart of this question is a consideration of the purpose of learning and teaching in higher education. Is it primarily to support the personal development and aspirations of individuals in their own right, or is principally concerned with the necessity to meet the national requirements of growing economies?

This inaugural professorial lecture will draw on a range of sources to explore the notion that a metrics driven approach is necessary but not sufficient as a measure of the success of higher education. It articulates a view, for example, that skilful teaching within higher education recognises fully and comprehensively that learners are individuals who by dint of that individuality will have, often unspoken, individual measures of what success in higher education looks like. The lecture will conclude with the suggestion that an institution’s success in our society’s contemporary metrics driven culture is related, at least in part, to an acknowledgement of the importance of recognising students as individuals. It is in this sense that the higher education sector can ‘have its cake and eat it’ as a focus on individual difference is also a key factor in achieving institutional success.

(The lecture will be delivered in English with a few short sections in Gaelic, with immediate English translation.)


Professor Neil Simco will present his lecture on Wednesday 25 October at Inverness College UHI, Inverness and will be available for audience questions. The lecture will be followed by a light supper.

There is no charge for admission, but advance booking is essential as we expect to be very busy for Professor Simco's lecture.

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    Prof Neil Simco

    University of the Highlands and Islands



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