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7th of October 2021

9:10 am
Chair's Address
The Guardian
The Guardian
Invited
9:20 am
Ministerial Address
9:40 am
A Renaissance in Education: Where Do We Go from Here?
  • Recovering from the pandemic gives HEIs the opportunity to rebuild the entire culture of their institutions- how can AI be central to this process?
  • The past year has transformed students’ expectations, it is vital that universities go beyond just delivering online learning to provide a comprehensive student experience
  • A modern AI-driven network has the power to reimagine campus life, improve student and staff wellbeing and propel HEIs towards the new normal

Keynote sponsored by Juniper Networks

Juniper Networks Representative
Juniper Networks Representative
Confirmed
10:00 am
Networking Sessions
10:30 am
Redefining the Purpose of Universities
  • What has been learnt from the pandemic on universities’ operation, purpose and design?
  • How will the sector refocus on the needs of students, employers and communities?
  • Rediscovering its mission for public service- what role will HEIs play in COVID-19 recovery?
  • How will institutions invest in the ability to adapt to emerging opportunities?
Professor Robert Van de Noort
Professor Robert Van de Noort
Vice-Chancellor
University of Reading
Confirmed
Professor Cara Aitchison
Professor Cara Aitchison
President & Vice-Chancellor
Cardiff Metropolitan University
Confirmed
Jonathan Baldwin
Jonathan Baldwin
Managing Director of Higher Education
Jisc
Confirmed
Professor Nishan Canagarajah
Professor Nishan Canagarajah
President and Vice-Chancellor
University of Leicester
Invited
10:30 am
How Are Students Experiencing Online Learning?
  • Over 38,000 students from UK universities shared their views on their online experience in the Jisc Digital Experience Insights Surveys
  • The findings offer insights into how students are navigating digital poverty, their digital wellbeing as well as the developing their digital skills
  • This session will provide actionable recommendations on how to offer a high-quality learning experience for all students whether learning online or as a blended offer
Sarah Knight
Sarah Knight
Head of Learning and Teaching Transformation - HE Directorate
Jisc
Confirmed
10:30 am
Sponsored Roundtable
11:20 am
Has COVID-19 Masked the Effects of Brexit on Admissions?
  • Despite the predicted catastrophe, 2020 proved to be a record-breaking year for undergraduate international student recruitment.
  • This is offset by a 2% decline in Undergraduate applications from EU students, which is predicted to continue
  • Government and HEIs must act now or risk losing European students for years to come
UCAS International Representative
UCAS International Representative
UCAS
Confirmed
11:20 am
Is the University Campus Over or on Pause?
  • The student of the future is truly global, what does this mean for the estate?
  • What is the best way to use campus blueprint considering this?
  • Strategic estate planning has never been more important and will be vital for the future success of well-prepared institutions
Dr Monika Nangia
Dr Monika Nangia
Student and Academic Experience Directorate
SOAS University of London
Confirmed
11:20 am
Sponsored Session

Session sponsored by Verkada

12:00 pm
Is Blended Learning Here to Stay?
  • Does blended learning give rise to new inequalities?
  • How can HEIs build a sense of community digitally?
  • How must HEIs innovate to keep students engaged online?
  • Is there a new role for Big Tech in the Higher Education landscape?
Professor Danielle George MBE
Professor Danielle George MBE
Associate Vice-President & Professor of Radio Frequency Engineering
University of Manchester
Confirmed
Professor Craig Mahoney
Professor Craig Mahoney
Vice-Chancellor
University of the West of Scotland
Confirmed
Dr Maren Deepwell
Dr Maren Deepwell
Chief Executive Officer
Association for Learning Technology
Confirmed
12:00 pm
Building a Resilient Infrastructure to Prevent and React to Cyber Crimes
  • How likely are universities to fall victim of cyber-crimes, including ransomware?
  • What are the potential consequences and how can these attacks be prevented?
  • Hear about the most recent cases and how they were dealt with.
12:00 pm
Sponsored Session

Session sponsored by Step Ahead

12:40 pm
Sponsored Roundtables
1:30 pm
The 2020 Experience: How Tech Infrastructure Reacted and Improved
  • How has 2020 pushed the transformation of universities’ tech infrastructures?
  • Technology that can relieve staff from excessive workload, streamlining admin tasks.
  • The importance of ensuring safety of property and data against cybercrimes
Verity Saunders
Verity Saunders
Director of IT Digital Programmes
University of Bristol
Invited
Mehmet Batmaz
Mehmet Batmaz
Head of IT infrastructure
University of Greenwich
Invited
Nichola Gretton
Nichola Gretton
Head of Digital Education
University of Leicester
Invited
1:30 pm
Staff Wellbeing Case-Study
Dr Michelle Jayman
Dr Michelle Jayman
Researcher/Lecturer & Co-Convenor - Mental Health and Wellbeing Special Interest Group (SIG)
University of Roehampton & British Educational Research Association (BERA)
Invited
1:30 pm
Sponsored Roundtable
2:15 pm
Degrees of Separation: Addressing Racial Inequalities in Higher Education
  • Why are only 1% of university professors are black, despite a quarter of postgraduates in the UK belonging to minority backgrounds?
  • It is estimated that the white-minority awarding gap will not close until 2070-71 if the current rate of change continues
  • Equity over equality- what must be done to address structural inequalities in Higher Education?
Professor Shirley Congdon
Professor Shirley Congdon
Vice-Chancellor
University of Bradford
Confirmed
Professor Kevin Hylton
Professor Kevin Hylton
Pro-Vice-Chancellor (interim)
University of Sussex
Confirmed
Bahram Bekhradnia
Bahram Bekhradnia
President
Higher Education Policy Institute
Confirmed
Professor Marcia Wilson
Professor Marcia Wilson
Dean of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion
Open University
Confirmed
2:15 pm
Collaboration Over Competition: How can FE and HE Sectors Work in Synergy?
  • FE Skills for Life Whitepaper proposes increased government investment into FE, HEIs must respond quickly to remain competitive
  • What are the benefits to both sectors of collaboration?
  • How would this work and what are the strategic conversations that need to take place in order to facilitate this?
Liz Bromley
Liz Bromley
President
NCG
Confirmed
Professor Jane Robinson
Professor Jane Robinson
Pro-Vice-Chancellor Engagement & Place
Newcastle University
Confirmed
2:15 pm
Build Back Greener: How Can Estates be Repurposed to Achieve Carbon Neutrality Targets?
  • As COP 26 highlights, universities must build back greener from the Covid pandemic and continue to push towards net-zero by 2050
  • Is retrofit the key to decarbonising the university estate?
  • How can universities design in consultation with all stakeholders to ensure sustainability and wellness are the central to campus life going forward?
3:00 pm
Building a Sustainable Future of Mental Health Literacy
  • The past year proved the importance of university mental health services in uncertain times.
  • Moving on from the pandemic, is there a way HEIs can rebuild wellbeing services so that such future strain is avoided? How can this be achieved?
  • Building back better: how can wellbeing services be more inclusive to the student population they serve?
Sarah Campbell
Sarah Campbell
Mental Health Advisor
University of Arts London
Confirmed
Dr David McIlroy
Dr David McIlroy
Reader in the Psychology of Individual Differences in Education
Liverpool John Moores University
Confirmed
Amanda Lilliefeldt
Amanda Lilliefeldt
Programme Manager (Sector Improvement)
Student Minds
Confirmed
Tribal Group Representative
Tribal Group Representative
Tribal
Confirmed
3:00 pm
Case Study: Launchpad, Falmouth University
  • The nexus of income diversification and improved long-term opportunities for students is Falmouth University’s Launchpad Programme
  • Launchpad has incubated 30 new tech companies with a total valuation of £8.5 million
  • Hear how Falmouth Launchpad works with industry partners such as Sony, Amazon and the BBC to identify market gaps and create businesses accordingly
Professor Anne Carlisle OBE
Professor Anne Carlisle OBE
Vice-Chancellor & Chief Executive
Falmouth University
Confirmed
3:50 pm
Chair's Closing Address
The Guardian
The Guardian
Invited