Welcoming back Professor David Carless, one of Kent’s Go Abroad Alumni

Last month, the University of Kent was delighted to welcome Professor David Carless, Associate Dean Learning and Teaching, Faculty of Education (University of Hong Kong), who presented a Keynote address on ‘Sustainable feedback and the development of feedback literacies’ at the University’s annual Learning and Teaching Conference on 21 June.

As an alumnus of Kent, it had been 35 years since Professor Carless had visited the Canterbury campus where he was a member of Keynes College and completed a degree in European Studies with French (1978-1982) with a year abroad in France.

The conference, organised by Centre for the Study of Higher Education (CSHE), was attended by more than 110 participants and explored how assessment and feedback practices could be improved to enhance the student learning experience at Kent. During his address, Professor Carless shared findings from his world leading research on effective and sustainable feedback practices, the importance of encouraging a more active role for students in the overall process and emphasised how universities need the co-ordinated development of staff and student feedback literacies, sharing his strategy proposals on how these might be conceptualised.

Hannah McNorton, Director of International Partnerships at Kent, attended the conference and described the positive impact left on current Kent students and staff through meeting or hearing of notable former partakers of the Go Abroad programme.

McNorton said “It was lovely to have the opportunity to personally welcome back Professor Carless to Kent and learn about inspiring approaches to sustainable feedback and the development of feedback literacies. In addition, as a former Go Abroad student at Kent, his global engagement and career success over the years acts as testament to the wealth of personal and professional benefits these mobility programmes continue to provide long after you finish your degree.”

In addition to his personal affiliation with Kent, Professor David Carless was also welcomed as a representative from University of Hong Kong (HKU), with whom Kent has a longstanding relationship covering a number different facets, including joint research and staff and student mobility. Kent is delighted to continue developing its partnership with HKU, an institution that prides itself as a leading international institution of higher learning in Asia.

For more information about International Partnerships at Kent, visit https://www.kent.ac.uk/global/partnerships/