ALT Annual Conference Themes 2022

For the return of the Annual Conference to Manchester, UK, from 6-8 September 2022, we will bring together different critical perspectives from across our community that will examine the challenges ahead and question the shape of things to come. 

We are putting our values into practice and Members at the heart of the conference, so in this spirit the event will be chaired collaboratively by the Trustees of ALT.

Conference themes

  • Digital transformation beyond the crisis: what is your vision for learning, teaching and assessment? This theme is focused on how we are transforming education and training through digital practices in a post-pandemic world.
  • Co-creation with learners: this theme explores how to use digital technology in partnership with learners to design sustainable approaches that work for everyone. How can we co-create student engagement and enjoyment and make the learning experience more open, inclusive and equitable? 
  • Emerging leadership for a new strategic vision: we are seeing a growth in more strategic responsibilities in roles with a focus on digital education and training. This theme is dedicated to the work and vision of both emerging and established leaders in both institutional and community roles seeking to share their expertise and learn from like-minded colleagues in a dedicated leadership strand of this year’s event. 
  • Developing Digital Fluency: there has been a big shift in the digital skills and capabilities that we need to develop and recognise in both students and staff: from digital citizenship to critical data literacy and ethical considerations, what does it mean to develop digital fluency? 
  • AmplifyFE: this conference strand is dedicated to proposals from the FE and Vocational Education sector, and we encourage submissions that share expertise around digital tools and technologies, skills development and collaboration (not competition). 
  • Creativity wildcard: if your work doesn’t fit into the traditional research or practice themes, then this theme enables you to submit research, practice or policy proposals from any sector including Further Education, schools, vocational learning and training, lifelong learning and work-based learning.

The conference Co-Chairs would particularly welcome collaborative submissions from different perspectives, including students’.

Dates for the diary

  • 21 April 2022: Conference Themes announced
  • 27 April 2022: Call for Proposals opens
  • 31 May 2022: Deadline for submissions
  • 21 June 2022: Deadline for the first round of reviews to be completed
  • 23 June 2022: Initial decisions to authors will be sent out
  • 12 July 2022: Deadline for authors to revise or update their proposals
  • 14 July 2022: Final decisions to authors will be sent out
  • 20 July 2022: Programme launch


Get involved and join the Conference Committee

We are looking for Members who are keen to get involved in shaping the conference, to help promote the event, review proposals for the programme and share their experiences. Whether your interest is in research, practice or policy, we welcome your contribution. 

We are keeping the invitation to join this conference committee open until 4 May 2022. Sign up via our online form to get involved.