Phil Race

Making learning happen: inspiring students, in and beyond the lecture room

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Nowadays, with so much great material available to everyone online, there’s little need to get students into lecture rooms just to give them yet more information. But there are other important things we can do when getting students together, not least inspiring them, helping them to learn from each other’s expertise, and motivating them to make best use of everything that is available to them to help them learn successfully. This interactive keynote will explore how we can bring what happens in lecture contexts into the 21st century, and vanquish the enemy of boredom. (Reference materials: Making ‘Learning Happen: 3rd edition’ (2014) London, Sage. ‘The Lecturer’s Toolkit: 4th edition’, (2015) Abingdon: Routledge.)

Date / Time:
Thursday 27 October 2016 (9.00 – 10.30)

Budapest Metropolitan University (Room K302)

Who is Phil Race▾

Who is Phil Race?

Phil Race leads highly interactive workshops (and keynotes) on assessment, feedback, learning and teaching in higher education. He publishes widely on such things, and details of his work can be found on his website His passion is about ‘making learning happen’, in an approachable way, without recourse to jargon, acronyms or elitism. He is the author of the ‘ripples on a pond’ way of thinking about seven factors underpinning successful learning, based on asking over 200,000 people in many parts of the world six straightforward questions about how they learn, and most recently written up in:

Race, P (2014) Making Learning Happen: 3rd edition, London: Sage.

Race, P 2015) The Lecturer’s Toolkit: 4th edition, London, Routledge.

He started as a scientist, but gradually became an educational developer. His work was recognised in 2007 by the Higher Education Academy awarding him a National Teaching Fellowship, and the status of ‘Principal Fellow’ in 2012. In 2010 he was awarded the honour of ‘European Educator of the Year’ by EuroChrie, at a ceremony in Amsterdam. He is currently a Visiting Professor at the University of Plymouth, and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Education’ at Plymouth in 2012. He is known for using lots of post-its in various colours for brainstorming and prioritisation group exercises at his keynotes and workshops, and for bringing humour into presentations and keynotes – but always with the purpose of highlighting important points here and there. He can be emailed on and Twitter address is @RacePhil (He doesn’t do Facebook or Linkedin!)