The Student as Producer Conference 2013

June 27-27, 2013

Student as Producer aims to establish research-engaged teaching and learning at an institutional level as the organising principle of the University and the basis for all curriculum development and review. To mark the end of the HEA-funded period of the project, we are holding a conference on the 26th and 27th of June 2013. This event will provide an opportunity to showcase project activities and outcomes, as well as sharing the experiences of colleagues nationally and internationally who are engaged in similar work. At the core of this work lies the ambition to re-engineer the relationship between research and teaching, and between staff and students.

Call for Papers

We are inviting proposals for contributions to the conference in the form of 30-minute presentations or 60-minute workshops. Proposals should demonstrate how they match one or more of the following key themes:

  • Curriculum design to embed discovery-led, research-based approaches to learning
  • Enhancing student engagement through meaningful participation in quality processes
  • Conceptual interpretations of student engagement
  • Students as producers of the world they will live in: social justice and social enterprise
  • Organisational change to re-engineer the relationship between students and staff
  • Recovering the meaning and purpose of higher education: “the idea of the University”

Please click the link below for further details of session types, and the criteria that will be used in the review process.

Session guidelines and review criteria

Please use the online form below to submit your session proposal. Further details of the conference, including registration details, will be available shortly.

Conference fees

Fees for external delegates will be £135 for 2 days, (excluding conference dinner £45 and accommodation £75 per night). Full details will follow shortly

A limited number of free places will be offered to student delegates. please contact Andy Hagyard for further information on

To register online, click here.

Previous Conferences

Doing and Undoing Academic Labour

June 7, 2012
9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Learning Landscapes (MB1019)
University of Lincoln

In recent decades, a wealth of information has been produced about academic labour: the financialisation of knowledge, diminution of professional autonomy and collegiality through managerialism and audit cultures; the subsumption of higher education into circulations of capital, proletarianisation of intellectual work, shift from dreams of enlightenment and emancipation to imperatives of ‘employability’, and experiences of alienation and anger amongst educators across the world.

This has also been a period of intensifying awareness about the significance of these processes, not only for teachers and students in universities, but for all labour and intellectual, social and political life as well. And now we watch the growth of a transnational movement that is inventing new ways of knowing and producing knowledge, new forms of education, and new possibilities for pedagogy to play a progressive role in struggles for alterantives within the academy and beyond.

Yet within the academy, the proliferation of critical work on these issues is not always accompanied by qualitative changes in everyday practice. The conditions of academic labour for many in the UK are indeed becoming more precarious and repressive – in unequal measure across institutions and disciplines, and in patterns that retrench existing inequalities of gender, physical ability, class, race and sexuality. The critical analysis of academic labour promises much, but often remains disconnected from the ways we work in practice with others.

This conference brings together scholars and activists from a range of disciplines to discuss these problems, and to consider how critical knowledge about new forms of academic labour can be linked to struggles to humanise labour and knowledge production within and beyond the university.


Mette Louise Berg
‘Situated reflections: on gender and becoming an academic’

Anna Curcio
‘Race and gender in the edu-factory’

Richard Hall
‘Educational technology and the war on public education’
Click here to read Richard’s related blog posts.
Click here to read Richard’s post-conference reflections and provocations, ‘A note on technology and academic labour’.

Maria Do Mar Pereira
‘(Im)possible labour? Critical education in “performative” universities’

Dean Lockwood, Rob Coley and Adam O’Meara
‘”What a relief to have nothing to say”…Academic labour and language in the rhizome’

Andrew McGettigan
‘Value for money: degree awarding powers, standards and academic labour’
Click here to read Andrew’s new report on student loans, ‘False Accounting’.

Justine Mercer and Howard Stevenson
‘The frontier of control revisited: managerial authority and academic labour’

Sara Motta
‘The messiness of motherhood in the neoliberal university’

Gigi Roggero
‘Occupy knowledge’

Public / Free / Open

This conference is public, free and open to everyone. Please register so we know how many people will be attending. If you have any questions about the event, please contact Dr. Sarah Amsler at

Getting here

Doing and Undoing Academic Labour will be held in Learning Landscapes,  MB1019, the University of Lincoln. Click here for a map of the site.