TIRI Conference returns for third year

Posted on Tuesday 27th June 2017

The Teaching Intensive, Research Informed Conference returns for its third year at the University of Bolton in July.

University of Bolton colleagues and partners will gather together in order to debate, generate ideas, network with colleagues, and to celebrate and disseminate good practice around the topic of “Creating Excellence: Support and Achievement”.

Over the two days there will be an exciting selection of keynote speakers, workshops, research papers, flash presentations and posters. In addition, the Jenkinson’s Award recipients will deliver presentations on their projects.

The link to the webpages containing the programme and Book of Abstracts, and the booking link is below: http://www.bolton.ac.uk/TIRI

The University of Bolton prides itself on being a Teaching Intensive, Research Informed higher education institution whose distinctive high quality, student-focused, undergraduate and postgraduate applications attract applications from across the world.

The University has continued to invest significantly in its students’ courses and the campus on which they study, as part of this agenda.

This progress has already been reflected in the University’s rise in the league tables, ranked 36th in the UK for student satisfaction by the Complete University Guide, and in gaining a Silver Award in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) assessment 2017.

The TIRI Conference will take place across the University on Wednesday 5 and Thursday 6 July. Keynote speakers at this year’s event include:


Dr Kondal Reddy Kandadi, Pro Vice-Chancellor, the University of Bolton.

Dr Kandadi’s academic interests include Knowledge Management, e-Commerce, and Enterprise IT Systems.

Dr Kandadi has developed and successfully delivered a number of enterprise research projects which included Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs), ERDF projects and numerous bespoke research projects with businesses in the Aerospace and other manufacturing sectors.






Professor Russell Gurbutt, School of Health and Human Sciences, the University of Bolton.

Russell is a Teaching Professor at the University of Bolton based in the School of Health and Human Sciences.

Russel has worked in several universities and has expertise in taught, open, online and blended education and has an interest in creative approaches to supporting engaged, memorable and portable education.






Dr Stian Reimers, Department of Psychology, City, University of London.

Dr Reimers is a Senior Lecturer at City, University of London, working on human decision making and behavioural economics.

Stian has a PhD in Experimental Psychology from the University of Cambridge. Prior to joining to City University London, he held postdoctoral positions at University of Warwick, UCL, and most recently, a fellowship from the ESRC Centre for Economic Learning and Social Evolution.

His web app Quodl was recently runner-up in the Teaching Excellence category of the Guardian University Awards.





Professor David Kitchener, School of Education and Psychology, the University of Bolton.

David’s main focus is within the area of inclusion. This is frequently misinterpreted as informed by disability issues rather than a more holistic approach of exploring pedagogical solutions for all learners as active participants based on a celebration and acceptance of diversity in all its manifestations.

David is to retire at the end of this academic year after 42 consecutive years of involvement in a wide range of teaching and learning contexts.