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AgendaOctober 20, 2022
9:30 am - 9:40 am
Chair’s Opening Address

Speakers

Jovan Luzajic
Policy Manager
Universities UK
Invited
9:40 am - 10:00 am
Opening Keynote Address from the Minister for Higher and Further Education
  • Putting quality at the heart of education and the future of further learning
  • Futureproofing education with a focus on sustainability and technology
  • Moving toward a financially fair system for students, institutions, and taxpayers

Speakers

Michelle Donelan
Minister for Higher and Further Education
Department for Education
Invited
10:00 am - 10:20 am
Platinum Keynote

To be announced

10:20 am - 10:40 am
Fuelling Social Mobility through Widening Participation
  • Using data to understand which groups are the most disadvantaged when it comes to education opportunities
  • Knowing when and how to engage with prospective students to widen participation
  • Managing unconscious bias as a vehicle for change

Speakers

Cailean Carvalho
Executive Director
SFS Media
Confirmed
10:40 am - 11:10 am
Exhibition and Networking
11:10 am - 11:50 am
Regeneration of Opportunities
  • The government’s direction for post-16 education considering the Augar review, the Post-16 Education Bill, LLE and the upcoming HE Bill
  • What the Office for Student’s focus on value and outcomes means for inclusion and regional differences
  • The biggest challenges facing HE and the opportunities they present for growth

Chair

Jovan Luzajic
Policy Manager
Universities UK
Invited

Speakers

Gareth Davies
Comptroller & Auditor General
National Audit Office
Invited
Liam Earney
Managing Director- Higher Education and Research
Jisc
Confirmed
Professor Maria Hinfelaar
Vice-Chancellor
Wrexham Glyndŵr University
Invited
Bahram Bekhradnia
President
Higher Education Policy Institute
Confirmed
11:50 am - 12:20 am
The Future Workplace is Here: Embedding New Ways of Working
  • Utilising physical space and technology to consciously support effective hybrid working practices
  • Balancing staff wellbeing, inclusion and student experience to ensure quality student services continue in a hybrid model
  • Examples of models, such as Bournemouth University’s FUSION model, to encourage interdisciplinary work in a hybrid environment

Speakers

Christine Barr
Executive Director of People & Organisational Development
University of Glasgow
Invited
Dr Gelareh Roushan
Head of Centre for Fusion Learning Innovation and Excellence
Bournemouth University
Invited
12:20 pm - 12:50 pm
Unifrog Education Limited

Content will be confirmed closer to the event

12:20 pm - 12:50 pm
Breakout Session: Available for Sponsorship

To be announced

12:20 pm - 12:50 pm
Verkada

Content will be confirmed closer to the event

12:20 pm - 12:50 pm
Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce

Content will be confirmed closer to the event

Speakers

Dan Sutin
Director & Head of Distribution
Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce
Confirmed
12:50 pm - 1:50 pm
Lunch, Exhibition and Networking
1:50 pm - 2:45 pm
Step Ahead

Content will be confirmed closer to the event

1:50 pm - 2:45 pm
Breakout Session: Available for Sponsorship

To be announced

1:50 pm - 2:45 pm
Breakout Session: Available for Sponsorship

To be announced

1:50 pm - 2:45 pm
Breakout Session: Available for Sponsorship

To be announced

2:20 pm - 2:50 pm
Exhibition and Networking
2:50 pm - 3:20 pm
Session A

To be announced

3:20 pm - 3:50 pm
From Research to Start Up: Enabling Academic Entrepreneurship with Spinouts
  • The growing importance of diversifying income streams with rising costs and ensuring ROI
  • Leveraging university research for income generation to fill the gap left by changes in funding models and the risks associated
  • Examples of spin outs from Queen’s University Belfast connecting research and business

Speakers

Brian Mccaul
CEO
QUBIS Ltd
Confirmed
Professor Emma Flynn
Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research and Enterprise
Queen’s University Belfast
Confirmed
3:50 pm - 4:20 pm
All the World’s a Stage: Recruiting International Student Markets
  • The role of international recruitment in ensuring an institution’s financial viability and ensuring value for money
  • Where’s next for international recruitment and how to provide a quality student experience for a diverse market?
  • Overseas campuses and taking education to international students by leveraging the technological advancements of the pandemic

Speakers

Professor Richard Davies
Pro-Vice-Chancellor - Global
Newcastle University
Invited
Tawnya Cheatheam
Director of Marketing, Recruitment and Admissions
SOAS University of London
Invited
2:50 pm - 3:20 pm
Making Infrastructure More Robust: Responding to a Cyber Attack
  • The current cyber attack landscape in higher education
  • Determining and mitigating cyber risk in a constantly changing environment
  • How one institution responded to a cyber attack; the lessons learned and ongoing monitoring

Speakers

Sammy Massiah
CIO
University of Northampton
Invited
Dr John Chapman
Head of Janet Policy and Strategy
Jisc
Confirmed
3:20 pm - 3:50 pm
Assessing Blended and Hybrid Learning Practices
  • Identifying what success looks like for you- is it about retention, attainment, student experience, student engagement- and models of evaluation
  • Creating a robust evaluation process collecting feedback from staff and students
  • Actioning your findings and inclusion: what happens when the approach inevitably doesn’t work for everyone?

Speakers

Dr Kirsty Kiezebrink
Dean of Educational Innovation
University of Aberdeen
Confirmed
Elizabeth Ellis
Head of the School of Digital Education
Arden University
Confirmed
3:50 pm - 4:20 pm
Get Data Smart with Smart Campuses
  • Harnessing the power of data to improve performance with smart campuses
  • Rolling out the Internet-of-Things technology at scale
  • Embedding sustainability and the Net Zero goal at the heart of the vision
  • The wider implications of smart campuses

Speakers

Tim Packwood
Innovation and Technical Lead
University of Birmingham
Confirmed
2:50 pm - 3:20 pm
Breaking Down Barriers: How Innovative Admissions and Course Structures Improve Social Mobility
  • Increasing access to learning and widening participation through Access courses
  • Removing barriers to learning through the admissions process with the Fair Admissions Code of Practice and deconstructing the traditional schedule
  • The impact of non-traditional degree structures on social mobility and outcomes and student experience

Speakers

John Cope
Director of Strategy, Policy and Public Affairs
UCAS
Confirmed
Sara Prowse
CEO
University Academy 92
Confirmed
3:20 pm - 3:50 pm
Going Green: Sustainability as a Growing Priority
  • With the rising costs of energy, making sustainable choices has financial and environmental repercussions; how are university leaders approaching the energy crisis?
  • How LSE approached the challenge of sustainability to become the first carbon-neutral verified university
  • Impact of the gov’s upcoming sustainability and climate change review

Speakers

Glen Kelly
Project Manager
Teesside University’s Net Zero Industry Innovation Centre
Confirmed
Professor David James
Dean of Academic Development
University of Gloucestershire
Invited
3:50 pm - 4:20 pm
1Up! Universities as Part of Micro Economies and Their Role in the Levelling Up Agenda
  • University research and development as a driver for positive change in the local economy
  • Responding to growing employer markets and skills needs (and leveraging employment data)
  • How developing a games programme impacted local industry and resulted in creating an Indie Games Accelerator

Speakers

Speakers to be announced
Invited
4:30 pm - 5:40 pm
Students, Interrupted: Managing a Mental Health Crisis
  • The pandemic exacerbated an already growing mental health crisis with current and incoming students dealing with the effects of this for some time; what are the root causes of mental health issues?
  • An increasing number of initiatives such as the Student Mind Charter exist but universities are plugging the gaps in an overstretched NHS, how do we increase meaningful support and improve HE and NHS collaboration?
  • Hear from 5 case studies about initiatives aiming to better support Black students, distance learners, and clinical students to improve student services

Chair

Jovan Luzajic
Policy Manager
Universities UK
Invited

Speakers

Andy Owusu
OfS Mental Health Project Officer for Black Students
London South Bank University
Confirmed
Emma Speed
Director Creative Innovation Zone
University of Central Lancashire
Invited
Pete Bridge
Senior Lecturer in School of Health Sciences
University of Liverpool
Confirmed
Dr Simon Merrywest
Director for the Student Experience
University of Manchester
Confirmed
3:50 pm - 4:00 pm
Chair’s Closing Address

Speakers

Jovan Luzajic
Policy Manager
Universities UK
Invited