Standing Conference of University Drama Departments Conference
30th – 31st March 2012
Transitions: from education, across cultures and into employment
30th- 31st March 2012
The Conference will begin at 12pm on Friday 30th March with registration and a buffet lunch. Over the course of the two days there will be six sessions, including a panel on the REF and the SCUDD AGM:
Welcome and Introductory Talks – Following the welcome, there will be an opening presentation.
Internationalisation – A panel of speakers will address the current demand for universities to develop a stronger international dimension and to engage more broadly with the global demands for higher education, both in terms of attracting students to British Universities and opening up opportunities for British Students to study abroad in more diverse ways.
Transition into HE – As universities are encouraged to cast their net more widely in their recruitment of students whose demands and priorities will be shaped by the new economic climate, so HE institutions will have to adapt to meet the concerns of students, many of whom may be the first family member to go to university, and parents, anxious about the financial impact of higher fees. The moment of transition from school to Higher Education will be critical in introducing new students to ways of successfully managing the demands made by the new learning environment.
Employability – A panel of speakers from different areas of arts administration will debate the diverse range of opportunities available for students completing theatre and performance based degrees. There will be an opportunity for Q&As which will develop a discussion around the skills and qualities required by young people wanting to work in the arts industries today.
REF – This will be an opportunity for discussion of developments with regard to the REF. Q&A can be directed to a group from the Dance Drama and Performing Arts Panel.
Reception and Conference Dinner – On Friday 30th March a wine reception and book launch will precede the conference dinner, which will be held in a restaurant in Reading, Dolce Vita. (Please note the conference dinner is payable for separately.)
SCUDD AGM – this will take place on Saturday 31st March at 2.15pm.
More information and booking at Registration: