MAKING CHANGE HAPPEN: assessment and feedback - SALT conference 2020 #SUSALT20

The 12th Annual SALT Learning and Teaching Conference, #SUSALT20, will take place on Wednesday the 8th July 2020 at Singleton Park Campus. The conference will give colleagues the opportunity to come together as a community to share ideas and good practice. You may have an example of a pedagogic research project, feedback from a new approach or technique in learning and teaching. If you feel it will benefit both staff and students across the organisation, consider sharing your thoughts, ideas and experiences.

Delegate Tickets will be available via Eventbrite in due course, via the SALT website, emails from SALT Leads and various staff communication channels.

Conference theme:

Making Change Happen: Assessment and Feedback

We welcome you to come together this year with ideas and experience around how we can change and improve Assessment and Feedback practice. We are now inviting proposals for the 2020 conference to share and develop innovative practice, to improve teaching and the student experience.

If not you, who? If not now, when?

''The 2020 conference will bring together our experiences of Assessment and Feedback and explore how we make change happen. In this Centenary year we look forward as well as back to improve practice and support teachers'' - Professor Jane Thomas, Director of SALT.

Submission deadline

The deadline for submission of proposals is midnight on 20th April 2020.

Session formats

Proposals should be submitted using the online form for one of the following session types:-

  • Pecha Kucha (between 5 -7 minutes)
  • Standard Presentation (20 minutes)
  • Interactive Workshop (55 minutes)
  • Poster (PDF and paper versions required; all contributors are required to present)

Your proposal needs to show how your session fits with the conference theme and must address the selection criteria that will be used by the review panel. Session outlines should be detailed enough for delegates to have an idea of what to expect when attending and should be reflected in the content delivered.

Workshops must be of an interactive, innovative and creative format e.g. quizzes, group work, simulation and feedback exercises.

Please note, sessions can be presented in the medium of Welsh and English

Please keep in mind that the proposal you submit now will, if accepted, be used for inclusion in the conference programme and is the primary way that participants will choose sessions to attend.

You can find out more about Pecha Kuchas from watching the video below.

Selection criteria

  • A. Do the title and abstract clearly describe the session?
  • B. Does the session clearly align with the conference theme?
  • C. Will the session be of interest to the conference audience?
  • D. Is the content innovative and engaging?
  • E. Are the session outcomes clearly stated?
  • F. Will the session positively contribute to learning and teaching at the University?
  • G. Are the format and session type appropriate to the topic of the presentation?
  • H. Does the proposal share research data or learning, teaching and assessment practice during the session?
  • I. Does the proposal include all 5 of the following elements: innovation, replicability, impact, evidence and scope?

All proposals should clearly address the main conference theme and will be selected against the above criteria. This year, we are seeking submissions with a focus on assessment and feedback, based on ideas and experience of making change happen in these areas.

Guidelines for abstract submissions

Your abstract must be submitted online by midnight of the 20th April 2020. You will be notified by mid-May of the outcome. If your abstract is accepted by the review panel, it will be used for publication in the online conference programme and feature on the SALT conference website. All presenters are required to make their materials available for sharing in readiness for the conference. Recording of sessions is also a requirement.

What to include in your abstract

  1. Title, aims and objectives of your proposed session and how this links to the conference themes.
  2. Session format.
  3. Lead author and details of any other contributors, (with weightings).
  4. Your abstract must be no longer than 500 words maximum (all formats require a maximum of 500 words and should accurately convey the focus of your session).
  5. For an example of successful abstracts that have been previously accepted, please see last year's conference website.

Session outline

You will also be asked to provide a detailed Session Outline - an outline of the session including how it will be run, a breakdown of any interactive activities and how you will engage participants (this is not counted within the word count for the abstract). Please also indicate up to three key messages or outcomes that delegates will take from your session (again this is not included in the word count).


Please provide up to three keywords, separated by commas, which help to define the session content for use on the conference website and in the programme (this is not included in the word count).

Please note:

The lead author will receive communication from the Conference Organiser. You can add additional, direct contributors to your proposal, but they must have made a substantial contribution and the weighting declared. You can be named on another proposal as contributor, but scheduling may not facilitate opportunities for you to actively present on more than one slot due to timetable clashes. You should not submit proposals that have been published, presented or submitted elsewhere.

Submit your proposal

Abstract proposals should be submitted by midnight on the 20th April 2020 using the online form below.

Further information

Further information will be available in due course via the SALT website.


If you have any queries about the conference or submission of your proposal please contact: Suzanne Wells (Senior Academic Developer) s.m.wells@swansea.ac.uk 01792 513166 or Rhian Ellis (Academic Developer) r.e.ellis@swansea.ac.uk 01792 604302