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9:25 am
Chair's Opening Remarks
Senior Representative, THE
Senior Representative, THE
Senior Representative
Times Higher Education (Invited)
9:30 am
Opening Keynote | The Future of Higher Education: Responding to the Challenges and Long-term Impact of COVID-19 on the Sector 
  • Understanding the measures implemented to protect students and universities in response to COVID-19 
  • Assessing the impact of stabilising admissions and temporary student number controls 
  • Supporting students to make more informed decisions about entry into HE – providing good quality information and advice 
  • Preparing to welcome international students back to our universities – updating the International Education Strategy 
  • Allocating £100m of public funding to protect vital university research, as well as bringing forward £2.6bn of tuition fee payments to help manage financial risks 
  • Co-ordinating national efforts to respond to challenges facing students, staff, and local communities 
Senior Representative, DfE
Senior Representative, DfE
Senior Representative
Department for Education (Invited)
9:55 am
Headline Sponsor
10:15 am
Key Supporter Session
10:30 am
Morning Break, Refreshments & Networking
11:25 am
Stream 1
Stream 2
Chair's Opening Remarks
Senior Representative, UCL
Senior Representative, UCL
Senior Representative
UCL (Invited)
Chair's Opening Remarks
Senior Representative, THE
Senior Representative, THE
Senior Representative
Times Higher Education (Invited)
11:30 am
Stream 1
Stream 2
Sponsored Session
Sponsored Session
11:50 am
Stream 1
Stream 2
Outside the Margins: Effective Strategies to Increase Diversity and Eliminate Inequality 
  • Outlining the threat, challenges and opportunities to widening participation due to the impact of COVID-19 
  • Encouraging institutions to prioritise the most vulnerable and underrepresented in their approaches, particularly students who are unable to access remote learning 
  • Reviewing how COVID-19 impacts access and participation plans with particular emphasis on online, distance and flexible learning through education technology 
  • Encouraging students from varied backgrounds to engage in developing future regulation strategy – amplifying unheard voices  
  • Discussing the future of HE in light of new arrangements: continuing to improve student experience and equality of opportunity
Senior Representative, OfS
Senior Representative, OfS
OfS
Panel | Post-Crisis Priorities: Achieving Stability for the Higher Education Sector through Global Collaboration 
  • Discussing the impact of COVID-19 on international recruitment, mobility and, research  
  • Understanding the impact of the crisis in securing an effective post-Brexit position on the global scale 
  • Continuing to build and promote the UK as an exceptional place to be as we prepare to welcome back international students   
  • Providing a meaningful and well supported experience for international students during and beyond the pandemic 
  • Bridging and building international boundaries through research excellence – maximising contribution and collaboration between academics and researchers  
  • Assessing the potential economic impact with regards to job creation, research, and innovation as we move into a post-Brexit, post-COVID world
    Chaired by Rachel Hall, Universities Editor, The Guardian
Anne Marie Graham
Anne Marie Graham
Chief Executive
UKCISA
Rachel Hall
Rachel Hall
Universities Editor
The Guardian (Confirmed)
Senior Representative, UUK
Senior Representative, UUK
Senior Representative
Universities UK (Invited)
Alex Bols
Alex Bols
Deputy CEO
GuildHE (Confirmed)
12:10 pm
Stream 1
Stream 2
Prioritising Quality Assurance through the Coronavirus Crisis: Navigating Changes to Learning, Teaching and Assessment    
  • Mitigating the impact on assessment, progression and graduation over the next few years 
  • Supporting the sector with the challenges created by COVID-19 
  • Protecting qualification value and ensuring transparent, consistent and fair academic standards  
  • Considering the implications of COVID-19 on academic integrity – committing to safeguarding against academic misconduct 
Douglas Blackstock
Douglas Blackstock
Chief Executive
QAA (Confirmed)
Panel | Post-Crisis Priorities: Achieving Stability for the Higher Education Sector through Global Collaboration 
  • Discussing the impact of COVID-19 on international recruitment, mobility and, research  
  • Understanding the impact of the crisis in securing an effective post-Brexit position on the global scale 
  • Continuing to build and promote the UK as an exceptional place to be as we prepare to welcome back international students   
  • Providing a meaningful and well supported experience for international students during and beyond the pandemic 
  • Bridging and building international boundaries through research excellence – maximising contribution and collaboration between academics and researchers  
  • Assessing the potential economic impact with regards to job creation, research, and innovation as we move into a post-Brexit, post-COVID world
    Chaired by Rachel Hall, Universities Editor, The Guardian
Anne Marie Graham
Anne Marie Graham
Chief Executive
UKCISA
Rachel Hall
Rachel Hall
Universities Editor
The Guardian (Confirmed)
Senior Representative, UUK
Senior Representative, UUK
Senior Representative
Universities UK (Invited)
Alex Bols
Alex Bols
Deputy CEO
GuildHE (Confirmed)
12:40 pm
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Stream 2
Stream 3
Stream 4
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Seminar Session 2
Seminar Session 3
Procurement Clinic
1:25 pm
Lunch Break, Networking & Exhibition
2:35 pm
Stream 1
Stream 2
Panel | Personalising Higher Education: Utilising Data Analytics to Tackle the Student Mental Health Crisis
  • Understanding data and its potential to support wellbeing to build a rich picture of students and their needs 
  • An overview of the holistic student support service at the UCLan: working closely with academics and collecting student feedback 
  • Assessing the value of data analytics – how students can use data to better understand themselves and access support 
  • Bettering student progression, retention and engagement: utilising data collection and analysis for targeted intervention at the University of East London 
  • Considering the impact of COVID-19 on mental health and further ways of supporting students through the changed environment 
James Clay
James Clay
Head of Higher Education and Student Experience
Jisc
Lou Hardinge
Lou Hardinge
Head of Student Support and Wellbeing
University of West England (Confirmed)
Eleanor Clark-Webster
Eleanor Clark-Webster
Head of Student Administration and Advice
UWE (Confirmed)
Senior Representative, University of East London
Senior Representative, University of East London
Senior Representative
University of East London (Invited)
Case Study | The Sustainable Estate: The University of Leeds’ Seven Principles for Action Against Climate Change
  • Addressing student concerns to responding to the climate emergency and create a sustainable estate
  • Outlining seven core principles to tackling climate change as an Institution; committing to a target of a net-zero carbon footprint by 2030
  • Collaborating with Leeds City Council and the Leeds Climate Commission in order to meet sustainability targets
  • Solidifying the Institution’s role as an international leader in climate research and innovation, and commitment to sustainability
Senior Representative, University of Leeds
Senior Representative, University of Leeds
Senior Representative
University of Leeds (Invited)
2:55 pm
Stream 1
Stream 2
Panel Continues | Personalising Higher Education: Utilising Data Analytics to Tackle the Student Mental Health Crisis
  • Understanding data and its potential to support wellbeing to build a rich picture of students and their needs 
  • An overview of the holistic student support service at the UCLan: working closely with academics and collecting student feedback 
  • Assessing the value of data analytics – how students can use data to better understand themselves and access support 
  • Bettering student progression, retention and engagement: utilising data collection and analysis for targeted intervention at the University of East London 
  • Considering the impact of COVID-19 on mental health and further ways of supporting students through the changed environment 
James Clay
James Clay
Head of Higher Education and Student Experience
Jisc
Lou Hardinge
Lou Hardinge
Head of Student Support and Wellbeing
University of West England (Confirmed)
Eleanor Clark-Webster
Eleanor Clark-Webster
Head of Student Administration and Advice
UWE (Confirmed)
Senior Representative, University of East London
Senior Representative, University of East London
Senior Representative
University of East London (Invited)
Case Study | Transforming Student Life through the Smart Campus: The University of Glasgow
  • Investing £800m pounds to transform the estate into a Smart Campus and develop a data strategy through harnessing technology such as AI and 5G
  • Focusing on a human-centred approach in order to enhance development in learning, research and campus life
  • Developing digital toolkits such as a library sensor network, optimised timetabling and predictive analysis, and smart parking
Senior Representative, University of Glasgow
Senior Representative, University of Glasgow
Senior Representative
University of Glasgow (Invited)
3:15 pm
Afternoon Break, Networking & Exhibition
3:55 pm
Stream 1
Stream 2
Sponsored Session
Sponsored Session
4:15 pm
Stream 1
Stream 2
Fees and Funding: Delivering High Quality Education and Value for Money throughout the Coronavirus Pandemic   
  • Assessing the current implications of COVID-19 on fees and funding and the possibility of huge financial loss 
  • Understanding how to promote and ensure value for money through the accelerated transition to digital learning and disruption to teaching and learning 
  • Considering new ways to promote university courses in the face of lower student numbers and higher deferral rates 
  • Outlining how funding can still be geared towards improving access and participation for disadvantaged and underrepresented students 
Senior Representative, University of Reading
Senior Representative, University of Reading
Senior Representative
University of Reading (Invited)
Tackling New Challenges to Student Recruitment: The Importance of a Data-Driven Strategy 
  • Reviewing strategy in light of stabilising admissions and temporary student number controls in light of COVID-19 
  • Creating a data-driven engagement strategy – utilising data to reach prospective students during the demographic shift and disruption caused by the pandemic 
  • Ensuring that equality and diversity is a top priority when recruiting students 
  • Building awareness of courses at subject-level through data insight initiatives 
  • Improving international recruitment strategies as we prepare to welcome international students back to our campuses in a post-Brexit, post-COVID-19 landscape 
  • Considering how to attract students with potential changes to university ranking methodology 
Senior Representative, UCAS
Senior Representative, UCAS
Senior Representative
UCAS (Invited)
4:35 pm
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Stream 2
Case Study | Leading the Transition to Virtual Teaching: Imperial’s Digital Learning Hub  
  • Lessons Learned from Imperial College London’s Digital Learning Hub– harnessing disruption as an opportunity for innovation
  • Considering the value in investing in education technology, digital learning, and VLEs in the face of the COVID-19 crisis
  • Supporting students, postgraduate students, and staff as they adjust to the transition of remote teaching and learning

 

 

Senior Representative, Imperial College London
Senior Representative, Imperial College London
Senior Representative
Imperial College London (Invited)
Case Study | A 10-year Campus Investment Plan – Students, Staff and Community
  • Assessing the progress of the 10-year transformational campus redevelopment at the University of Birmingham and thinking about what is to come
  • Investing over £600 million to develop outstanding facilities for the benefit of students, staff and the local community
  • Delivering projects to enhance student experience, such as new accommodation, a state of the art library and student hub
  • Ensuring the Institution’s research facilities are able to compete globally
Senior Representative, University of Birmingham
Senior Representative, University of Birmingham
Senior Representative
University of Birmingham (Invited)
4:55 pm
End of Conference