July 4th AM – 10.15-11.15 Keynote 1
Testing your memory: The benefits of retrieval for long-term learning.
Prof David Shanks
Professor of Psychology
Deputy Dean, Faculty of Brain Sciences,
University College London, UK
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University College London | London’s Global University
Professor David Shanks is Professor of Psychology and Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Brain Sciences at University College London. His research interests include human learning and memory, judgment and decision-making, and computational models of cognitive processes. David will talk about the value of tests and quizzes for enhancing long-term learning, including domains with generalizability to a Vet/Medical context.
July 4th PM – 15.45 -16.45 Keynote 2
Impact of working memory and executive function on learning
Dr Joni Holmes
Head, Centre for Attention, Learning and Memory (CALM)
Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit,
University of Cambridge, UK
Dr Joni Holmes is Head of the Centre for Attention Learning and Memory (CALM) at the Medical Research Council’s Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit, University of Cambridge (CBU). Research conducted in CALM aims to illuminate the cognitive, neural and genetic underpinnings of learning difficulties (see http://calm.mrc-cbu.cam.ac.uk/) with a view to developing targeted interventions and identifying risk factors for long-term difficulties. The CALM clinic provides free resources for professionals supporting struggling learners: http://calm.mrc-cbu.cam.ac.uk/useful-resources/. Joni has a PhD in Psychology, which was awarded by the University of Durham in 2005. Prior to joining the CBU in 2011, Joni held numerous postdoctoral and lectureship positions around the UK.
July 5th AM – 9.00 – 10.00 Keynote 3
The mental health and wellbeing of undergraduate veterinary students; why does this matter?
Consultant trainer for Charlie Weller Memorial Trust (CWMT)
CWMT 32 High Street, Thatcham, Berkshire, RG19 3JD
T: 01635 869754
Penny has more than 25 years’ experience as a counsellor and trainer, and has worked with Relate, University of Huddersfield and the University of Leeds as Senior Counsellor. While at the University of Leeds, Penny developed and managed an extensive group work and psychoeducational training programme for students, as well as delivering staff training on mental health awareness. She worked at the University of Bradford from 2014 – 18, joining as Head of Counselling and then taking on disability as an additional area of responsibility in 2016.
Penny also worked in industry, offering one-to-one support, staff training and policy development, and in NHS settings as a counsellor in GP surgeries and ‘Take Time’ – a counselling and psychotherapy service for junior doctors in Yorkshire and Humber NHS trusts.
July 5th PM – 15.15 – 16.15 Keynote 4
Capable, Confident, Healthy and Fulfilled Professionals: Empowering the iGeneration.
Professor Stephen May
Senior Vice Principal,
Department of Clinical Sciences and services
The Royal Veterinary College, London, UK
Professor Stephen May is a Senior Vice- Principal and Director of Lifelong and Independent Veterinary Education (LIVE) at the Royal Veterinary College. Stephen is interested in professional learning and the range of tools needed to validly and reliably assess professional capability. He was instrumental in initiating key skills courses for veterinary and biological science students, which include communication skills, leadership and team-working, scientific, clinical and ethical reasoning, and professionalism. He has pioneered new approaches to teaching, learning and assessment, including the development of objective structured veterinary practical examinations. He has extensive experience of curricular development and design, as well as quality assurance work in the UK, US and European systems. His successful bid for £4.9 million from HEFCE enabled development of the Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning in Lifelong and Independent Veterinary Education (LIVE), the centrepiece of which is a state-of-the-art clinical skills facility, enabling the College to educate outstanding professionals who are capable and committed independent learners.