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

Speakers

Dr Charlotte Snelling
Policy Manager
Universities UK
Confirmed
9:40 am - 10:00 am
Opening Keynote Address from the Chancellor of the University of Sunderland
  • Breaking down barriers to higher education
  • The life changing impact of educational opportunities
  • The changing role of higher education

Speakers

Emeli Sandé MBE
Chancellor
University of Sunderland
Invited
10:00 am - 10:20 am
Session reserved for our Platinum Sponsor

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

Dr Charlotte Snelling
Policy Manager
Universities UK
Confirmed

Speakers

Ashley McDougall
Director of Local Service Delivery and Value for Money
National Audit Office
Confirmed
Liam Earney
Managing Director- Higher Education and Research
Jisc
Confirmed
Professor Dame Sally Mapstone
Principal & Vice-Chancellor
University of St Andrew's
Invited
Bahram Bekhradnia
President
Higher Education Policy Institute
Confirmed
Rachel Hewitt
Chief Executive
MillionPlus
Confirmed
11:50 am - 12:20 am
The Future Workplace is Here: Embedding New Ways of Working
  • What does the hybrid future really mean and what is its impact?
  • 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

Speakers

Richard Calvert
Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Strategy & Operations)
Sheffield Hallam University
Invited
Naina Patel
Chief People Officer, University of the Arts London
& Vice Chair, Universities HR
Invited
12:20 pm - 12:50 pm
What key factors are influencing student choices in 2023?
  • We aim to share pre-application trends from the 200,000+ 2023 entry students currently using the Unifrog platform to inform their HE choices
  • Discover the factors which are important to students when making their decisions
  • Understand the key planning windows and how demand differs by region and subject

This session will take place in Room Abbey.

Speakers

Ashley Walshe
HE Partnerships Manager
Unifrog Education Limited
Confirmed
Greg Brown
HE Partnerships Manager
Unifrog Education Limited
Confirmed
12:20 pm - 12:50 pm
Transforming the University Experience with Adobe
  • Discover how Adobe can transform the university experience from recruitment through to graduation by leveraging its cutting-edge, industry-leading products including Creative Cloud, Document Cloud and Experience Cloud
  • How Adobe can help institutions to deliver on student outcomes around digital literacy and creativity
  • Helping institutions on their digital transformation journey and preparing them for a digital-first world through supporting recruitment, engagement and student and staff retention

This session will take place in Room Rutherford.

Speakers

Mike Done
Education Consultant
Adobe
Confirmed
12:20 pm - 12:50 pm
Session hosted by Verkada

Content will be confirmed closer to the event

This session will take place in Room Moore.

12:20 pm - 12:50 pm
Session hosted by the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce

Content will be confirmed closer to the event

This session will take place in Room Wordsworth.

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
Session hosted by Step Ahead

Content will be confirmed closer to the event

This session will take place in Room Abbey.

1:50 pm - 2:45 pm
Supporting the Talent Pipeline
  • Importance of professional membership
  • Identifying the skills gap in the UK tech industry
  • Bridging the gap between university and the workplace

This session will take place in Room Wordsworth.

Speakers

Julia Adamson
Director of Education
BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT
Confirmed
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
  • As the USA, Canada and Australia return to compete on the global student market, how does the UK retain its identity and student offer?
  • Diversifying into new markets while retaining a strong offer for established markets

Speakers

Susan Hopkinson
Head of International Marketing and Recruitment
University of Kent
Invited
Manjit Sahota
International Marketing and Conversion Manager
University of Wolverhampton
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

Lucy Everest
Global Chief Operating Officer
Heriot-Watt University
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
The Path to Net Zero: 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
Helena Tinker
Assistant Director, Environment and Sustainability
Manchester Metropolitan University
Confirmed
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

Dr Charlotte Snelling
Policy Manager
Universities UK
Confirmed

Speakers

Andy Owusu
OfS Mental Health Project Officer for Black Students
London South Bank University
Confirmed
Dr Felicity Sedgewick
Lecturer in Psychology and Education
University of Bristol
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