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FYNAC 2022

Communities of Learning

Please note: Registration for the conference is now closed.

If you have already registered then you can still apply for the FYN bursary.

For information about the Foundation Year Network conference attendance bursary, please click here. The deadline for applying for the FYN conference attendance bursary is the 30th June.

 
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About FYNAC 2022

The Foundation Year Network (FYN) is a network to represent, promote and support good practice in foundation year provision. Find out more here.

Aston University is proud to be hosting the 2022 Foundation Year Network Annual Conference (FYNAC).

The conference will be taking place on 11th and 12th July 2022 at the Main Campus of Aston University but with digital elements.

The overarching theme for the conference is Communities of Learning, with presentations and workshops focused on the following topics:

  1. Creating Communities of Learning via Pastoral Support

  2. Creating Communities of Learning via Academic Support

  3. Outreach and Community Engagement

  4. Blended Learning and Delivery


We are keen for the conference to bring together the different voices that contribute to these communities and so are looking for submissions from academics, students, professional staff, outreach organisations and beyond.

 
Calendar

FYNAC 2022 Schedule

Communities of Learning

 

Overview

The overarching theme for the conference is Communities of Learning, with presentations and workshops.

An outline programme of events is provided below.  A more detailed programme will be made available shortly.

The welcome, presentation sessions (not workshops), panel discussion, keynote and closing will be streamed for our online attendees.  A separate programme containing links to these sessions will be made available to registered delegates in early July.

Monday 11th July

9am - 9.30am

Registration in the Main Building on Aston Campus

Registration

9.30am - 10.10am

Welcome to FYNAC 2022

Opening Remarks

10.15am - 11.15am

Two parallel presentation sessions - Academic and Pastoral Support

Session A

11:30 - 12:30

Weathering the perfect storm: how will foundation years fare in a changing policy environment?

Panel Discussion

12:30 - 13:30

Lunch and the option of campus tours (weather permitting)

Lunch

1.30pm - 2.30pm

Session B

Two parallel sessions

  • Workshop - Thriving or surviving, the multiple hats we wear as academics.

  • Presentations (Academic Support)

2.40pm - 3.45pm

Three parallel presentation sessions - Academic and Pastoral support.

Session C

3.45pm - 5pm

The FYN AGM

AGM

6.30pm

Conference meal on campus.

Conference Dinner

 

Tuesday 12th July

9am - 9.20am

Registration in the Main Building on Aston Campus

Registration

9.20am - 9.30am

Welcome to Day 2 of FYNAC 2022

Opening Remarks

9.30am - 10am

Day 2 Keynote

Keynote

10:15 - 11:15

Session D

Two parallel sessions:

  • Workshop - The value of Foundation Years, the Insider's view

  • Presentations (Academic Support)

11:30 - 12:30

Session E

Two parallel sessions:

  • Workshop - The FYN Scholarship and Educational Research Group

  • Presentations (Blended Learning)

12:30 - 13:30

Lunch and the option of campus tours (weather permitting)

Lunch

1.30pm - 2.30pm

Session F

Three parallel sessions

  • Workshop - Utilising English for Academic Purposes in a Blended Manner in the Foundation Year Curriculum.

  • Two presentation sessions (Blended Learning and Outreach).

2.45pm - 3.45pm

FYN Debate

Debating the statement: Communities built in Foundation Year are the most important support throughout a students' degree.

4pm - 4.30pm

Conference wrap up.

Closing Remarks

 

The cost of the conference will be £50 for two days. This will include a packed lunch on each day and refreshments during the scheduled breaks.


A one day rate will be available at £25 for those who only want to attend for a single day.


The optional conference evening meal will be an additional £27.89 per person. 

Please note that a limited online programme will also be available for attendees, the charge for this is £5 per day.


If you have any queries about the cost please contact us. Please note that registration for the conference is now closed, however if you have already registered then you can still apply for the FYN bursary.

For information about the Foundation Year Network conference attendance bursary, please click here. The deadline for applying for the FYN conference attendance bursary is the 30th June.

 

Call for abstracts

Abstract Submission for FYNAC 2022

The call for abstracts is now closed.  Thank you to everyone who submitted an abstract.

Decisions and reviewer feedback will be provided to authors between Wednesday 4th May and Monday 6th June 2022.

The abstract submission form is now closed.

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Your Visit

Information about accommodation, Aston University and Birmingham can be found below.

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Please note that Birmingham city center has a clean air zone policy. Click here for more information.

You can also check your vehicle here. Please check your vehicle to avoid being charged for entering the clean air zone. 


Please contact us if there is anything else you'd like to know for your visit.

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Accommodation

Staying in Birmingham

We are not providing accommodation as part of the package. There is a variety of accommodation  available close to Aston University across a range of budgets.

Conference Aston Hotel provides rooms which are located on the University campus. 

Aston University

The link directs you to the Aston University 'Visit Us' webpage. This webpage includes a map, how to get to Aston via various transportation methods. accessibility information, description of the main building and other buildings on the campus.

Please note that we cannot offer on campus parking.  The closest carpark to campus is at Millenium Point.

Visiting Birmingham

The 'Visit Birmingham' website provides information about the city. The website can be accessed via the link. 


'A city beating at the heart of the country with a quiet confidence like no other. We’re a hotbed of culture that's rich and diverse'.

We are not affiliated with 'Visit Birmingham' and have offered this as a method of finding out about Birmingham prior to your visit. 

 

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