AgendaOctober 7, 2021
9:10 am - 9:20 am
Chair’s Opening Remarks

Speakers

Rachel Hall
Education Reporter
The Guardian
Confirmed
9:20 am - 9:40 am
The Power and Potential of Data in Higher Education
  • If student withdrawal is linked to wellbeing and can be monitored, should technology play a greater role in universities’ mental health services?
  • How does data enable campus utilisation, efficiency and cost savings? Is data a vital ingredient to creating a green, sustainable campus?
  • Attainment data can be stored and analysed to inform on the trajectory of a student’s education- should parents be allowed to have access to this?

Speakers

Jamie Pitchforth
Head of Education Practice EMEA
Juniper Networks
Confirmed
9:40 am - 10:00 am
The Connected Campus: How to Create a Unified HE Digital Experience
  • The next-generation connected campus: what is the vision of an efficient, modern and connected HE organisation?
  • Understand the key drivers for a unified approach in HE and why services play such a vital role.
  • How to overcome the challenges and accelerate towards a unified approach by creating a roadmap for success.

Speakers

Barclay Rae
Service Management Principal
CDW UK
Confirmed
10:00 am - 10:30 am
Networking Session – Smart Campus

Join an interactive networking room where you will have the chance to meet like-minded peers, share ideas on best-practice and connect with each other on the platform.

Hosted by Alcatel-Lucent & Nokia

Speakers

Suparno Banerjee
Vice President, Government and Cities
Nokia Global Enterprise
Confirmed
Richard Cooper
Global CTO Smart Cities and Public Sector
Nokia Global Enterprise
Confirmed
10:00 am - 10:30 am
Networking Session – Post Pandemic Digital Transformation

This interactive networking session, hosted by Pearson, will encourage visitors to discuss the effective use of digital technology, examples of good digital teaching and learning, how we have adapted to recent digital changes in delivery and the future of delivery in a digital world.

10:00 am - 10:30 am
Networking Session – Sustainability Runs on Agreements – But How Are They Measured?

How much paper do you have in your organisations?
What is the role of technology?
How are you working towards becoming a paperless campus?
What are the challenges to becoming more sustainable?
What is measured?

Networking session hosted by DocuSign

Speakers

Cormac Murphy
Higher Education Account Director
DocuSign
Confirmed
Ryan Winpenny
Senior Sustainability Manager
DocuSign
Confirmed
10:30 am - 11:10 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?

Chair

James Higgins
Senior Reporter
University Business
Confirmed

Speakers

Professor Robert Van de Noort
Vice-Chancellor
University of Reading
Confirmed
Professor Cara Aitchison
President & Vice-Chancellor
Cardiff Metropolitan University
Confirmed
Liam Earney
Managing Director- Higher Education and Research
Jisc
Confirmed
10:30 am - 11:00 am
URL Interrupted: Building a Resilient Infrastructure to Prevent and React to Cyber Crimes

Speakers

Paul A
Head of Education, Academia & Charities
National Cyber Security Centre
Confirmed
10:30 am - 11:00 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

Speakers

Dr Monika Nangia
Student and Academic Experience Directorate
SOAS University of London
Confirmed
Cindy Walters
Director
Walters & Cohen Architects
Confirmed
11:20 am - 11:50 am
On the Border: How will International Student Recruitment Recover Post-Pandemic and Brexit?
  • What are the best ways to engage with applicants and students prior to their arrival to the UK – and throughout their studies – to ensure they are well informed and feel supported? What strategies and tools can help support this?
  • How can the UK higher education sector overcome the immediate challenges in attracting students from European Union countries, now that changes to fee status and student support have taken effect?
  • How can the UK’s International Education Strategy continue to be leveraged to support sector and government ambitions related to the diversity, quality, and sustainability of the UK’s international student recruitment?

Speakers

Anne Marie Graham
Chief Executive
UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA)
Confirmed
Aaron Powell
Managing Director
UCAS International
Confirmed
11:20 am - 11:50 am
Digital Campus of the Future
  • How has the HE sector had to adapt and accelerate its cloud tech strategy as a consequence of the pandemic?
  • HE appears poised to quicken the pace of IoT adoption- what impact will this have on the learning experience?
  • What could the campus of the future look like?

Session sponsored by Alcatel-Lucent & Nokia 

Speakers

Chris Derham
Network Business Lead
Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise
Confirmed
12:00 pm - 12:30 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?

Speakers

Liz Bromley
President
NCG
Confirmed
Professor Jane Robinson
Pro-Vice-Chancellor Engagement & Place
Newcastle University
Confirmed
12:00 pm - 12:40 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?

Chair

Dr Ann Thanaraj
Assistant Academic Registrar (Digital Transformation)
Teesside University
Confirmed

Speakers

Professor Danielle George MBE
Associate Vice-President & Professor of Radio Frequency Engineering
University of Manchester
Confirmed
Professor Craig Mahoney
Vice-Chancellor
University of the West of Scotland
Confirmed
Dr Esther Jubb
Head of Learning Innovation
Pearson Online Service (International)
Confirmed
Dr Maren Deepwell
Chief Executive Officer
Association for Learning Technology
Confirmed
12:40 pm - 1:25 pm
How to Communicate & Collaborate Effectively within your Leadership Team

Over the past 18 months, Universities and Colleges had to face really challenging times brought about by the pandemic, we are really interested today to understand how you and your leadership team have managed to remain effective:

• Did you have to adopt/invest in new technologies to communicate and collaborate within your team?
• Which channels did you use to share the latest policies and relevant information/processes for the management team?
• How did you access and review the most up to government directives sign off students work?

Join us for a case-study centred discussion led by Robert Barham-Brown, Head of Customer Success at OnBoard on the role of technologies in aiding effective Leadership Team Meetings.

Speakers

Robert Barham-Brown
Head of Customer Success
OnBoard
Confirmed
Ranya Terbah
Corporate Relations and Executive Support Manager
Ascentis
Confirmed
12:40 pm - 1:25 pm
Mitigating the Cyber Threat in Higher Education Environments
  • Cyber security for the modern campus environment
  • Reducing vulnerabilities throughout your network
  • Simplifying Cyber Security Management

 

Speakers

Rebecca Tyler
Education Sales Lead
SCC
Confirmed
Shiraz Valji
Consulting Systems Engineer
Fortinet
Confirmed
David Peace
Cyber Security Sales Specialist
SCC
Confirmed
Richard Brown
Education External Client Manager
SCC
Confirmed
Gareth Piggott
HE Account Manager
Fortinet
Confirmed
12:40 pm - 1:25 pm
Online VS Printed Assessment Papers: What Does the Future Hold and Why?

The past two years have arguably accelerated a shift in HEIs towards online assessments, resulting in more student-centric approaches. We’re interested in your thoughts on how we got here, what the future might hold for assessments and if printed papers will be forever consigned to history.

  • Did the pandemic expedite the shift?
  • Who, and what, are driving your decisions around printed vs online assessments?
  • Why are printed assessments still sacred to some institutions?
  • How has your authoring process been affected?

Get involved as Elizabeth Bowerman and Shaun Crowley from Stephen Austin Group invites you to share insights and discuss delivering on and offline assessments without compromising either quality or integrity.

Speakers

Elizabeth Bowerman
Head of UK Sales
Stephen Austin & Sons
Confirmed
Shaun Crowley
Head of Sales and Marketing
GradeMaker
Confirmed
1:25 pm - 2:05 pm
Fixes to Foresight: What’s Next for Student Recruitment?
  • What effects has the pandemic had on student aspirations and how will this affect course subscription?
  • Creating sustainable loans for students: do marketing priorities need to shift in focus from widespread recruitment to targeted campaigns attracting students to courses with an obvious career path?
  • Can student-led marketing play a role in emphasising the value of a degree, in the context of a debate that questions it?
  • Have virtual experience days proved to be as effective as the traditional in-person open day?

Chair

Trina Everall
Co-Founder
Stori
Confirmed

Speakers

Emma Leech
Director of Marketing and Communications
Nottingham Trent University
Confirmed
Karen Hinton
Head of Student Recruitment and Market Development
University of Suffolk
Confirmed
Daniel Nyirenda
Senior Marketing and Recruitment Officer (Interim) & Co-Founder
De Montfort University & Ideas Lab
Confirmed
Simon Pride
Head of Student Recruitment and Marketing
Arts University Bournemouth
Confirmed
1:30 pm - 2:00 pm
How can Digital Integration Unlock HEI’s Technology Platforms?
  • What are the challenges and priorities in the sector for technology solutions?
  • Are operational needs and improving student experience the most important drivers of an institution’s tech investment?
  • Should more emphasis be placed on embedding a culture at HEIs that endorses digital transformation?
  • How can integration technology combined with agile delivery support the E2E digital journey for students and staff?

Speakers

Mukesh Gehlot
Founder and CEO
NeosAlpha Technologies
Confirmed
Adam Watson
Director - Technology
Higher Ed Partners (HEP)
Confirmed
1:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Staff Wellbeing in Higher Education: Why We Cannot Just ‘Keep Calm and E-Educate On’
  • Staff wellbeing in HEIs is at critical mass – what changes must be made to institutional culture?
  • How will future uncertainty around blended learning models in HE affect staff working regimes and development?
  • How can universities meaningfully involve all key stakeholders as part of a collaborative effort to manage effective transition and enact long-term, strategic change?

Speakers

Dr Michelle Jayman
Chartered Psychologist and Lecturer & Co-Convenor of the Mental Health and Wellbeing Special Interest Group (SIG)
University of Roehampton & British Educational Research Association (BERA)
Confirmed
2:15 pm - 2:45 pm
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

Speakers

Sarah Knight
Head of Learning and Teaching Transformation - HE Directorate
Jisc
Confirmed
2:15 pm - 2:45 pm
Designing for a Sustainable Future
  • How can student accommodation and Universities set sustainability benchmarks for future generations?
  • Is there an opportunity to minimise lifetime energy usage through campus and student accommodation buildings?
  • How can building design help contribute to student well-being?

Speakers

Bram van der Wal
Project Architect
Apt
Confirmed
James Ewen
Project Leader
Apt
Confirmed
Dr. Thomas Henriksen
Founder & Director
Henriksen Studio
Confirmed
2:15 pm - 2:55 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?

Chair

Amatey Doku
Consultant
Nous Group
Confirmed

Speakers

Bahram Bekhradnia
President
Higher Education Policy Institute
Confirmed
Professor Shirley Congdon
Vice-Chancellor
University of Bradford
Confirmed
Professor Marcia Wilson
Dean of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion
The Open University
Confirmed
2:55 pm - 3:25 pm
Lift-off! Propelling Tech Companies with Launchpad
  • 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, 20% of which have raised equity finance on a combined valuation of £12.5 million
  • Hear how Falmouth Launchpad works with industry partners – ranging from Amazon Web Services to the Eden Project – to identify market gaps and create new high growth businesses.

Speakers

Professor Anne Carlisle OBE
Vice-Chancellor & Chief Executive
Falmouth University
Confirmed
3:05 pm - 3:50 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?
  • What is the role of technology in empowering student support and wellbeing services? 

Chair

Dr Josephine NwaAmaka Bardi
Senior Lecturer in Mental Health & Founder
University of Nottingham & RAMHHE
Confirmed

Speakers

Sarah Campbell
Mental Health Advisor
University of the Arts London
Confirmed
Dr David McIlroy
Reader in the Psychology of Individual Differences in Education
Liverpool John Moores University
Confirmed
Amanda Lilliefeldt
Programme Manager (Sector Improvement)
Student Minds
Confirmed
Jay Howard
Solution Lead- Student Welfare
Tribal Group
Confirmed
3:50 pm - 4:00 pm
Chair’s Closing Address

Speakers

Rachel Hall
Education Reporter
The Guardian
Confirmed