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8th October 2020

9:25 am
Chair's Opening Remarks
Anna Britten
Anna Britten
Editor
University Business (Confirmed)
Confirmed
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, as well as preparing to welcome international students back to our universities 
  • Supporting students to make more informed decisions about entry into HE – providing good quality information and advice 
  • 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)
Invited
9:50 am
Headline Sponsor

Adapt to Survive under the New Normal  

  • How can Universities use Technology, Collaboration and Digital Transformation to adapt to the new realities? 
10:10 am
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, flexible and blended 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 
Sarah Howls
Sarah Howls
Head of Access and Participation (Regulation and Funding)
OfS (Confirmed)
Confirmed
10:30 am
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
10:50 am
Morning Break, Refreshments & Networking
11:35 am
Key Supporter Session
  • Enhancing the student experience 

11:50 am
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 
Anne Marie Graham
Anne Marie Graham
Chief Executive
UKCISA
Confirmed
Alex Bols
Alex Bols
Deputy CEO
GuildHE
Confirmed
Rachel Hall
Rachel Hall
Universities Editor
The Guardian
Confirmed
Senior Representative, UUK
Senior Representative, UUK
Senior Representative
Universities UK (Invited)
Invited
12:40 pm
Stream 1
Stream 2
Stream 3
Stream 4
Seminar Session 1

Step Ahead

Seminar Session 2

Modernise Physical Security

Seminar Session 3

Smart and Secure Buildings – University Campus 

Procurement Clinic
1:25 pm
Lunch Break, Networking & Exhibition
2:25 pm
Afternoon Chair's Remarks
2:30 pm
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
Confirmed
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
3:10 pm
Sponsored Session
  • Transforming student learning and experience through collaboration technology – new ways of learningunder the new normal 
3:25 pm
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 digital learning – safe and secure remote learning platforms and 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 
  • Assessing the importance of secure information sharing and cyber security 
Senior Representative, Imperial College London
Senior Representative, Imperial College London
Senior Representative
Imperial College London
Invited
3:45 am
Afternoon Break, Networking & Exhibition
4:15 pm
Sponsored Session
  • World-class digitally-enabled safe campus – Covid-safe teaching 

 

4:30 pm
Case Study | The Sustainable Estate: A Strong and Positive Commitment to Action Against Climate Change
  • Addressing student concerns to responding to the climate emergency and committing to a target of a net-zero carbon footprint by 2030 
  • Developing and implementing climate action plans by facilitating collaboration between student volunteers and local organisations for Climate Action Bristol 
  • Understanding the impact of the Cabot Institute for the Environment, for example launching the Masters by Research in Global Environmental Challenges 
  • Solidifying the Institution’s role as an international leader in climate research and innovation, and commitment to sustainability 
Senior Representative, University of Bristol
Senior Representative, University of Bristol
Senior Representative
University of Bristol (Invited)
Invited
4:50 pm
End of Conference