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2017 Conference Agenda

October 10, 2017
  • 08:00
    Registration, Breakfast and Networking
  • 09:10
    Chair’s Opening Remarks
    Sir Robert Worcester KBE, Founder, MORI, Deputy Chairman, Magna Carta Trust (Confirmed)
  • 09:20
    Keynote Address: Putting Excellence into Practice and Overcoming Challenges in HE
    Professor Madeleine Atkins, Chief Executive, Higher Education Funding Council for England (Confirmed)
    • Exploring the latest developments in the Research Excellence Framework (REF) and the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)
    • Outlining the transition from HEFCE to the Office for Students and Research England
  • 09:40
    Attracting and Retaining Students and Improving Access to HE
    James Seymour, Director of Admissions and Student Recruitment, The University of Buckingham, Advisory Board Member, UCAS (Confirmed)
    • Examining the current recruitment and admissions climate: opportunities and challenges
    • Understanding implications for admissions deriving from the Higher Education and Research Act 2017
    • Developing effective strategies for overcoming challenges to international students recruitment
    • Understanding of the impact of outreach on access to HE for students from disadvantaged groups
    • Developing strategies to ensure those from disadvantaged back grounds have every opportunity to access higher education
  • 10:00
    Should We Be Educating Just Brains or Whole People in HEIs?
    Sir Anthony Seldon, Leading Contemporary Educationalist and Vice-Chancellor, The University of Buckingham (Confirmed)
    • Responding to the rising number of students suffering from mental health
    • Placing student and staff mental health as a key priority for all HEI
    • Assessing strategies to boost the mental health and wellbeing of your students and staff
    • Embedding good mental health across all university activities – best practice and guidance
  • 10:15
    Keynote Address: Driving Quality in Higher Education
    Nicola Dandridge, CEO, Office for Students (Invited)
    •  Highlighting the success of the Higher Education (HE) and Research Act in aligning the HE sector
    • Presenting the case for the creation of the Office for Students (OfS) and how it operates with other bodies within the sector
    • Creating a more accessible market for new learning providers increasing competition and choice
    • Assessing the opportunities and risks of opening up the market
    • Diversifying the student body through more flexible, fast-track degrees
  • 10:30
    Questions and Answers
  • 10:40
    Refreshments, Networking and Exhibition
  • 11:25
    Panel Discussion: Maintaining International Collaboration after Brexit
    Brenda McMahon, Global Head of Higher Education, British Council (Confirmed)
    Conrad Bird, Director of the GREAT Britain Campaign, Prime Minister's Office and Cabinet Office (Confirmed)
    Vivienne Stern, Director, Universities UK International (Confirmed)
    • Discussing the likely impact of the UK exiting the EU on the higher education sector; identifying risks and opportunities
    • Safeguarding international research ties and European partnerships to continue delivering world-class research
    • Breaking down barriers for European student and staff recruitment; demystifying the visa process
    • Ensuring UK institutions remain competitive in the European higher education market
  • 12:00
    Seminar Session 1
  • 13:00
    Lunch and Networking
  • 14:00
    Seminar Session 2
  • 15:00
    Refreshments, Networking and Exhibition
  • 15:30
    Dedicated Content Streams

    Delegates will choose from one of three dedicated content streams:

  • 17:00
    Close of Conference and Drinks Reception
October 10, 2017
  • 15:30
    Personalising the Virtual Learning Experience
    Sarah Davies, Head of Higher Education and Student Experience, Jisc (Confirmed)
    • Improving student satisfaction by embedding Virtual Learning Environments (VLEs) into institutional infrastructure
    • Delivering value to the student experience through online resources such as timetables, assignment deadlines and exam times
    • Ensuring seamless, personalised access to the VLE and supporting technologies to improve campus life both in and out of the classroom
    • Presenting success stories and looking to the future of the digital university experience
  • 15:50
    Sponsored Session
  • 16:05
    Paving the Way for Student Satisfaction
    Dom Trendall, President, University of Sheffield Students' Union (Confirmed)
    • Creating an £81 million state-of-the-art study hub for an enhanced teaching and learning experience
    • Pushing an inclusion agenda to bring a sense of community to students in Sheffield and carrying out £20 million renovations on the Union premises
    • Promoting a more mindful nightlife experience, offering ‘time out’ spaces to focus on mental health and wellbeing
    • Discussing the importance of safe campus spaces for increased student welfare, with safe taxi schemes and additional CCTV
  • 16:20
    Best Practice: Enhancing Support Facilities for Increased Student Experience
    Veronica Moore, Head of Counselling and Disability Service, Loughborough University (Confirmed)
    • Effectively offering support, safety and wellbeing to enhance student experience and increase retention rates
    • Promoting diversity and inclusion within all aspects of university life
    • Putting the focus on developing resilience and coping skills, to reduce demand on one-to-one support services
    • Learn new approaches from the Times Higher Education’s leading institutions for student experience
  • 16:35
    Questions and Answers
  • 16:45
    Close of Conference and Drinks Reception

    Delegates will choose from one of three dedicated content streams:

October 10, 2017
  • 15:30
    Implementing Sustainable Procurement Strategies
    Kevin Casey, Head of Procurement, University of Manchester (Confirmed)
    • Capitalising on an annual spend of around £410m on goods and services and a £1bn campus development programme
    • Implementing sustainable procurement strategies to influence suppliers’ approach to social and environmental issues
    • Creating a supplier engagement tool and generating customised action plans to help solving suppliers' problems
    • Spreading best practice on sustainable procurement and stimulating change in 1,000 suppliers
    • Learn about what institutions can do to commit to ethical procurement practices
  • 16:00
    Sponsored Session
  • 16:15
    Simplifying the Regulatory Landscape to Increase Quality and Competition
    Will Naylor, Director of Quality Assurance, Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) (Confirmed)
    • Safeguarding the reputation of UK higher education and protecting the interests of students by streamlining regulation in the sector
    • Protecting students against negligent quality providers, preserving the student experience
    • Opening up access to the market for alternative providers to increase sector competition and widen student choice;
    • Assessing the risks and opportunities for new providers, and ensuring the quality of higher education institutions remains high
    • What do the regulatory reforms mean for your institution?
  • 16:30
    Developing Effective Transnational Education Partnerships
    Raegan Hiles, Head of Outbound Mobilities Programmes, Universities UK International (Confirmed)
    • Defining and measuring TNE: understanding motivations, common aims and available support
    • Examining strategic partnerships approaches to TNE development and management across UK universities
    • Achieving improved benefits for TNE hosts and building winning partnerships
    • Assessing challenges and opportunities for TNE post-Brexit
    • Understanding opportunities and challenges in new and emerging TNE markets
  • 16:45
    Questions and Answers
  • 16:55
    Close of Conference and Drinks Reception

    Delegates will choose from one of three dedicated content streams:

October 10, 2017
  • 15:30
    How Data and Technology are Driving Teaching Excellence
    Dr Phil Richards, Chief Innovation Officer, Jisc (Confirmed)
    • Moving away from traditional learning approaches and embracing technology across the teaching community
    • Delivering a smooth blended learning experience to increase student engagement and satisfaction; mixing online tools with face-to-face learning
    • Spotting opportunities to implement flipped learning in course material – using online tools to truly enhance the quality of teacher-student contact time
    • Using data and learning analytics to provide an evidence-based approach for guiding such changes
  • 15:50
    Sponsored Session
  • 16:05
    The Future of Online Course Provision
    Tom Ward, Deputy Vice-Chancellor - Student Education, The University of Leeds (Confirmed)
    • Changing the way higher education is offered, adapting to the shift toward increasing digital and online uptake in the sector
    • Case Study: Launching a credit-bearing massive online open course (MOOC) in a drive to offer more inclusive and flexible higher education
    • Assessing methods to maintain student retention for distance learning and online courses
    • Identifying the potential for MOOCs to play a larger role in the teaching and learning experience at your institution
  • 16:20
    Creating a Personalised Learning Experience through Learning Analytics in the Classroom
    Professor Dragan Gasevic, Chair in Learning Analytics and Informatics, University of Edinburgh (Confirmed)
    • Demystifying learning analytics to improve your teaching and learning practice through data collection
    • Adapting teaching practices and making informed decisions about student learning for a better teaching experience
    • Providing personalised feedback and support actions to improve student learning strategies, enhance student experience, and advance connections with students
  • 16:35
    Questions and Answers
  • 16:45
    Close of Conference and Drinks Reception

    Delegates will choose from one of three dedicated content streams:

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