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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

  • Exploring the ‘Securing Student Success’ Regulatory Framework for higher education published in February 2018
  • 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
  • Building bridges across the wider post-18 education community to provide quality education for all consumers
  • Using teaching grant funding strategically to shape the future role of universities in light of the fourth industrial revolution
  • Looking at funding allocations for 2018-2019 to be published in May 2018

  • 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

  • Outlining the current landscape as the UK’s fifth largest host country for UK TNE students
  • Working in partnership for establishing autonomous and international branch campuses in Egypt
  • Planning national estates and infrastructure to compliment education provision and helping attract international students
  • Supporting the priorities laid out in Egypt’s 2030 economic strategy by providing education to meet the country’s labour-force needs
  • Help growing capacity within Egypt’s higher education sector, including its research community
  • Increasing research and innovation collaboration as well as opportunities for student and staff mobility
  • Looking at the future, with the number of students choosing UK degrees in Egypt has increased by 35% in just three years

  • 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
Panel: Developing Effective Procurement Models to Thrive in the Face of Sector Challenges
  • What are the key trends in the current procurement landscape?
  • How can institutions get the most from procurement frameworks?
  • Is procurement keeping up with Value for Money in UK universities?
  • Are universities in the UK subject to EU Public Procurement Directives?
  • Discussing the international standard for sustainable procurement: making supply chains more sustainable with ISO 20400
  • Understanding the new national catering frameworks for consultancy and outsourced services
  • Using winning communication strategies to improve framework supplier implementation
  • Integrating effective cyber security strategies into your tenders
4:20 pm
4:40 pm
Creating World Class Education Facilities and Increasing Staff Wellbeing
  • Leading plans for a new £300 million campus and the development and construction of the £56.5 million Life Sciences Building
  • Supporting estates’ staff wellbeing through the pioneering Working Well campaign and the creation of innovative university campuses
  • Understanding the role of estates in reducing sedentary behaviour and increasing wellbeing in the workplace
  • Managing a £20.7 million scheme to transform student accommodation and creating the award-winning £60 million National Composites Centre
4:40 pm
5:00 pm
Transforming the University Estate On and Off Campus
  • Exploring Sheffield Hallam’s sustainable development and management of several sites across the city over a five year period
  • Reflecting the benefits of investing 32 million pounds on Hallam’s city centre facility – the Sheffield Institute of Education
  • Reducing carbon emissions from buildings by 11.2% and cutting water consumption by 48.9%
  • Discussing the SU’s winning Gold Impact Excellence Award through its establishment of green group – Sustain