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The chair will welcome delegates and provide a brief introduction to the day’s discussions.

  • Maintaining the UK’s global reputation for excellence while improving educational standards
  • Highlighting the key role of the Office for Students in raising teaching quality, widening access and ensuring parity between providers
  • A revolution in accountability: creating an innovative student-focused approach to participation, academic excellence and employability
  • Raising the repayment threshold for student loans and launching a review of the funding of post-18 education
  • Allowing the higher education sector to flourish, and creating the space for innovation and continuous improvement
  • Considering the role of HE in a global education market and ensuring our world-class universities are able to rise to the challenges of the future

  • Increasing accountability, encouraging wider participation and improving the student experience through the OfS’s risk-based approach
  • Operating the Teaching Excellence and Student Outcomes Framework (TEF) to incentivise the improvement of the quality of teaching across the sector
  • Removing unnecessary barriers to entry and minimising regulatory burden for all providers
  • Achieving value for money across UK universities and enhancing student engagement
  • Promoting student welfare and reinforcing safeguarding on campus

  • Examining prospective changes to student fees from a policy perspective
  • Raising the earnings threshold for repaying tuition fees in England, saving individual students up to £15,700 over their working lives
  • Exploring the role of higher education institutions as service providers and resolving the dilemma presented by an absence of market diversity
  • Considering the impact of the contemporary fees system on students from poorer backgrounds

  • Outlining latest TEF timescales & deadlines for implementation: changes for Year 3
  • Preparing for a move towards subject-level TEF and mandatory registration
  • Understanding the role of regulatory bodies in TEF
  • Increasing the emphasis on improving transparency & informing prospective student choice
  • Student and students’ union involvement & engagement in provider responses
  • Exploring the relationship between performance, fees & income

  • Responding to regulatory changes through the review of the UK Quality Code for Higher Education to be published in November 2018
  • Outlining implications of changes for service providers, including employability, student engagement and working with international providers
  • Assessing the future powers and responsibilities of the QAA in relation to the OfS
  • Exploring Transnational procurement opportunities and easing participation in established and emerging Transnational Education markets
  • Ensuring that the quality of UK HE provision and student experience is recognised and maintained

  • Working in partnership with Dalian University of Technology for establishing the University’s first international campus in China
  • Promoting the development of education in both countries and facilitating academic collaboration through dual degrees
  • Reinforcing Leicester’s aims to create graduates with international qualifications and experience ready to contribute to international business and industry
  • Increasing research and innovation collaboration as well as opportunities for student and staff mobility
  • Providing students with scholarship and skills needed for lifetime careers as leaders in industry and academia
  • Looking at the future: aiming to achieve 10% Leicester undergraduates studying in China

  • Discussing opportunities and challenges for universities after Brexit, with 17% of academic staff and 6% of professional services staff at UK universities coming from EU countries
  • Understanding the decline in EU applicants and older applicants from the UK, respectively 7% and 5% in 2017
  • Outlining policy priorities to support universities to thrive post-exit, from international student recruitment to funding and graduates career and employability
  • Securing an effective post-Brexit settlement where universities can maximise their contribution to a globally-successful UK
  • Understanding how the reformed post-Brexit immigration system will look like and what this will mean for HEIs
  • Explaining the role of universities and how they can develop innovation with UK businesses abroad by sharing an understanding of the partner countries and their markets

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4:00 pm
4:20 pm
Using Data to Enhance Student Experience in Higher Education
  • Making the most of a once-in-a-generation opportunity to build a consistent and defined subject-coding infrastructure
  • Transform the sector’s approach to student data collection and deliver more timely and relevant data through the HESA’s Data Futures
  • Providing the data on teaching quality and data futures to underpin Office for Students reforms
  • Outlining key findings from the Student Academic Experience Survey 2017
  • Improving value for money in HE, with the latest HEPI survey showing that 34% of students feel they are getting poor value from their courses
  • Understanding prospective students and enabling universities to adapt to their needs
4:20 pm
4:40 pm
Enhancing Digital Learning for the Benefits of Students
  • Using learning analytics to shape courses in a way that enhances the student experience, enriching content and connectivity
  • Incorporating technology assisted digital learning strategies to create a modern digital empowerment
  • Creating a world class infrastructure through technology to enhance efficiency
  • Ensuring that students are provided with the digital skills they need for the future workplace
  • Examining the results of Jisc’s Student Digital Tracker 2018 Survey
4:40 pm
5:00 pm
Minimising the Risk of Cyber-Attack in the Higher Education Sector
  • Strengthening the safety of all connected systems through cyber resilience practices including reporting and crisis management
  • Demanding ‘secure by default’ products within the universities’ supply chains and understanding vulnerabilities and cybersecurity risks
  • Getting government, industry, academia and regulators working together to address criticality levels on a sector-by-sector basis and build stronger mechanisms
  • Ensuring research to enable the development of new methods that will reduce risks and basing policy on scientific knowledge and commerciality
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4:00 pm
4:20 pm
Formulating an Outstanding Marketing Strategy to Recruit and Retain Students
  • Delivering an award winning, multi-platform approach to student marketing
  • Conducting detailed research of the student market and targeted trend analysis to develop a strong personalised campaign
  • Integrating social media marketing using Snapchat filters, Boomerang and content pieces with a highly responsive website to drive traffic
  • Developing the University’s innovative #LboroFamily Golden Ticket campaign to allow new students to share their acceptance into the university
  • Delivering a leading higher education clearing campaign resulting in the generation of £4.6 million of additional income generation and leading to rising numbers of applicants
4:20 pm
4:40 pm
NUS International Students’ Campaign: Developing a Whole University Approach to Internationalisation
  • Making internationalisation a key component of future success and breaking the barriers to international student recruitment
  • Claiming a better immigration system and government policy for an improved student experience
  • Reinforcing NUS’s efforts to keep the UK as a welcoming country and protect students after Brexit
  • Fostering a global culture and changing perceptions of studying in the UK after the changes to post-work visas
  • Addressing the main obstacles for international student recruitment including immigration healthcare surcharge and its implications on student engagement
  • Aiming for a fixed fee guarantee for all international students as a means to retain them enrolled in their programmes
4:40 pm
5:00 pm
Providing Quality Mental Health Support Through a Whole University Approach
  • Addressing founding for mental health: maximising available resources to provide the best counselling support possible
  • Integrating wellbeing in universities’ curriculums as a means to abolish stigmas and make mental health more visible
  • A student-centred approach: a mental health strategy that addresses the needs of a heterogeneous student faculty and helping students with transition
  • Improving students’ data sharing between universities and local health services for a more efficient treatment and support
  • Working with the NHS service to improve the referrals system
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4:00 pm
4:20 pm
Developing Effective Procurement Models to Thrive in the Face of Sector Challenges
  • Understanding how much your institution spends with suppliers
  • How well defined are your procurement performance measures?
  • Providing an overview of tools to help you make intelligent efficiencies and improve your Value for Money
4:20 pm
4:40 pm
The Higher Education Procurement Landscape – Challenges and Opportunities
  • Providing an overview of the landscape in which HE sector procurement professionals find themselves
  • Discussing how procurement can help the HE sector respond to tighter budgets
  • Understanding the part to be played by procurement in helping institutions realise their wider non-financial objectives
  • Outlining the importance of procurement in ensuring compliance with recent legislation such as GDPR and Modern Slavery
  • Examining the procurement implications of Brexit for the HE sector
4:40 pm
5:00 pm
Case study: The ‘Sticky Campus’ – enhancing student experience through innovative estate management
  • What is a ‘sticky campus’?
  • Maximising assets and infrastructure to enhance student experience
  • International success of the concept – originating in Australia
  • Delivering on strategic goals and revolutionising teaching & learning, by transforming estates