Learning & Teaching Thematic Peer Groups

The EUA Learning & Teaching Thematic Peer Groups gather a selected group of EUA member universities each year to discuss and explore practices and lessons learnt in organising and implementing learning and teaching at the institutional level. They also identify good practices on the given theme. The groups are designed to strengthen a bottom-up approach in engaging European universities, to foster community building, and to complement the European Learning & Teaching Forum.

Further information about the 2021 Thematic Peer Groups is available in this document.

Summary reports on the lessons learnt by previous Thematic Peer Groups are available via the following links:







The groups’ work feeds into EUA’s ongoing policy work and debates on learning and teaching by providing direct feedback from an institutional perspective on the key challenges in the area, as well as recommendations. Based on the work of these groups, EUA issued a position paper that underlines the importance of learning and teaching as a core mission and responsibility of universities.

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  • 2020 European Learning & Teaching Forum

    13 - 14 Feb 2020 Events Utrecht University
    University education has changed significantly in recent decades, and continues to do so, as the expectations of students, stakeholders and society towards universities evolve. This process is further influenced by universities’ diverse historical, disciplinary and regional backgrounds. The 2020 E... Read more
  • 2019 European Learning & Teaching Forum

    14 - 15 Feb 2019 Events University of Warsaw
    The 2019 European Learning & Teaching Forum ‘Towards successful learning: Controversies and common ground’ builds on the recognition that there is no one-size-fits-all solution for successful learning and teaching.   Photos of the forum are now available! (Mirosław Kaźmierczak, ... Read more
  • 1st European Learning & Teaching Forum

    28 - 29 Sep 2017 Events University Pierre and Marie Curie (UPMC)
    The European Learning & Teaching Forum facilitated the exchange of experience on learning and teaching in changing learning landscapes. The European Learning & Teaching Forum was EUA’s new event that aimed to provide an opportunity for institutional representatives to meet and discuss dev... Read more

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Expert voices

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    12 December 2018

    Towards the end of 2017 the Centre for Educational Development (CED) at Queen’s University in Belfast received funding from the university to support an assessment through a partnership project....

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