6th and 7th February 2018

Agenda


Event Agenda

08:00 - 08:30

Registration and Networking Reception

08:30 - 08:40

John Hemingway, Director of IT
John Hemingway
Director of IT
University of Hull

Chairman's Opening Remarks

08:40 - 09:00

Alan Hill, Chief Information and Digital Officer
Alan Hill
Chief Information and Digital Officer
University of Exeter
OPENING KEYNOTE

The Education Digital Agenda - What It Means For Your IT Department

Expectations of young learners are high. They expect the best education with an excellent 'digital wrap' that they have come to expect from school, social media, gaming and virtual reality experiences. Those expectations change at pace and can drive measures such as the Teaching Excellence Framework and the National Student Survey. So, if you want to be able to adapt the digital aspects of education, learning, research and day-to-day tasks, then your IT department needs to be ready for action.

Alan Hill will highlight the main themes that need to be addressed within IT departments in order to meet the expectations of education leaders. Alan retired from the British Army as a Brigadier with extensive strategic and operational experience including deputy Chief Information Officer for the Army; and head of global network operations and cyber defence for the UK Ministry of Defence. He has been at the University of Exeter for 2 years leading the transformation of the IT function to create a digital service.

09:00 - 09:20

Tim Steele, Executive Director/ Vice President International Strategy and Partnerships
Tim Steele
Executive Director/ Vice President International Strategy and Partnerships
University of Central Lancashire

Transnational Education Lessons Learnt

As more institutions continue to look at ways to grow their TNE activity, the risks and opportunities for the sector associated with this expansion need to be closely monitored. It raises the question; is there more as a sector that we should be doing to share best practice and experiences to enhance our TNE offering? Tim Steele, Executive Director of International Strategy and Partnerships will look at what the future holds and how UCLan has managed to sustain its approach to partnership and the lessons learnt in recent years. The University of Central Lancashire has recently celebrated over 30 years of TNE activity with a wide range of partnerships in countries such as China, Hong Kong, Oman, Qatar and Mauritius, and is one of a handful of UK Universities to have a fully-fledged branch campus in Cyprus placing UCLan in a strong position post BREXIT.

09:20 - 09:40

Solution Provider Case Study

09:40 - 10:00

George Marston, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation)
George Marston
Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation)
Northumbria University

Growing Research Power, Quality and Culture in A Modern University

Northumbria University achieved an outstanding result in REF 2014, rising 30 places in research power ranking according to the THE, and seeing its QR income more than double in the year following REF. In subsequent years, we have continued to develop research quantity and quality as evidenced through the research-active staff base, research income, number of high quality outputs, etc. This success came about as a result of a clear strategy focussed on quality, a view that research is central to the University's activity and significant investment in research. In this presentation, George Marston will outline how Northumbria has transformed its research activity within the context of its wider activities, and will discuss some of the challenges the transformation has created.

10:05 - 10:25

Solution Provider Case Study - Stream 1/2/3/4

10:25 - 10:40

Coffee & Networking Break

Networking

10:40 - 11:00

Alison Rankin, Director of Strategy, Planning & Performance
Alison Rankin
Director of Strategy, Planning & Performance
Ulster University

Operationalisation of the Strategic Plan

The Higher Education sector, is not unlike many other sectors, in that we have been practiced in the art of Strategy development. The Strategic or Corporate Plan is printed in high gloss and is referenced in many forums, but who really monitors delivery of the objectives contained in the Plan? This presentation will explore how Ulster University through the Strategy, Planning and Performance Directorate supports the delivery of the University's aims and ambitions expressed in our Strategic Plan, ensuring its operationalisation at all levels, supported by the development of a strategy map, the Balanced Scorecard, detailed operational plans and the sharing of ideas and best practice.

11:00 - 11:20

Solution Provider Case Study

11:25 - 11:45

Solution Provider Case Study - Stream 1/2/3/4

11:50 - 12:10

Jon Scott, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Student Experience
Jon Scott
Pro Vice-Chancellor (Student Experience
University of Leicester

Recognition and Reward for Teaching in Higher Education

For a long time, teaching was perceived to be of poor relation to research in terms of recognition and career progression in Higher Education. In recent years there has been a move across the sector to rectify this situation but there are still significant challenges. The construction of career pathways that afford comparable status to leaders in teaching and learning, to those accorded to leaders in research has often proved problematic, a situation exacerbated by the perceived difficulty in evaluating achievement and external recognition for teaching staff. In this presentation, Jon Scott will explore some of these issues and look at ways of developing and evidencing career pathways for academic staff whose main contributions focus on student learning.

12:10 - 12:30

Solution Provider Case Study

12:35 - 13:25

Group 1 P2P Connect 121 Speed Networking

One to One Speed Networking Session

12:35 - 13:25

Simon Jones, Dean
Simon Jones
Dean
London Metropolitan University

Group 2 - Group Discussion Possible Implications of the TEF and the Quality Assurance Mechanisms for UK HE and TNE

The UK has world-class Higher Education, with rigorous systems in place to ensure high quality teaching, and Quality Assurance mechanisms. The UK is a major player in the field of international higher education, and the sector is equally important to UKHE with approximately 20% of all Level 6 awards achieved by students through Trans-National Education mechanisms. Following the introduction of the Higher Education and Research Act 2017, the establishment of the Office for Students will replace an apparently outdated regulatory system with a framework that can truly respond to the challenges of our 21st Century and ensure the university system meets the needs of students.

Simon Jones will present his paper that identifies the potential risks that changes to the HE sector have created: with TEF identifying HEIs engaged in TNE as 'Bronze' or 'Silver', the exclusion of their TNE partnerships from TEF metrics, the reduction in role of the QAA, and the challenges facing the OfS to maintain the UK's world-class reputation against international competition. Addressing these risks, the paper seeks to outline a strategy for TNE which HEIs may reflect on to protect, and grow their market. In round tables, you will have the opportunity to share your experiences and ideas and explore these issues.

Consulting Workshop

13:25 - 14:30

Networking Lunch

Eating

14:35 - 15:25

Group 2 P2P Connect 121 Speed Networking

One to One Speed Networking Session

14:35 - 15:25

Simon Jones, Dean
Simon Jones
Dean
London Metropolitan University

Group 1 - Group Discussion Possible Implications of the TEF and the Quality Assurance Mechanisms for UK HE and TNE

The UK has world-class Higher Education, with rigorous systems in place to ensure high quality teaching, and Quality Assurance mechanisms. The UK is a major player in the field of international higher education, and the sector is equally important to UKHE with approximately 20% of all Level 6 awards achieved by students through Trans-National Education mechanisms. Following the introduction of the Higher Education and Research Act 2017, the establishment of the Office for Students will replace an apparently outdated regulatory system with a framework that can truly respond to the challenges of our 21st Century and ensure the university system meets the needs of students.

Simon Jones will present his paper that identifies the potential risks that changes to the HE sector have created: with TEF identifying HEIs engaged in TNE as 'Bronze' or 'Silver', the exclusion of their TNE partnerships from TEF metrics, the reduction in role of the QAA, and the challenges facing the OfS to maintain the UK's world-class reputation against international competition. Addressing these risks, the paper seeks to outline a strategy for TNE which HEIs may reflect on to protect, and grow their market. In round tables, you will have the opportunity to share your experiences and ideas and explore these issues.

Consulting Workshop

15:30 - 16:30

Business Meetings

Business Meeting

16:30 - 16:50

Manuel Frutos-Perez, Head of Digital Learning
Manuel Frutos-Perez
Head of Digital Learning
University of the West of England

Digital Transformation - Technology as A Change Agent for Innovation

Many educational institutions and businesses alike are pursuing digital transformation initiatives. The success of such endeavours often rests in a clarity of purpose: transformation aimed at producing innovation, making the institution responsive and agile, rather than simply embracing digital practices. This presentation will showcase ongoing work at the University of the West of England where the institutional strategy has been translated into several transformation projects that are reshaping the ability of all our academic departments to deliver educational innovation. The projects range from Assessment for Learning, Mobile Learning, Professional Practice Simulations and Future Learning Spaces, to name a few. They all have in common the use of technology as change agent but a distinct focus on improving the learning experience, student satisfaction and outcomes.

16:55 - 17:15

Solution Provider Case Study - Stream 1/2/3/4

17:15 - 18:15

Business Meetings

Business Meeting

18:15 - 18:35

Prof. Kevin Hetherington, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research and Academic Strategy)
Prof. Kevin Hetherington
Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research and Academic Strategy)
The Open University
CLOSING KEYNOTE

University Distinctiveness and Diversification - the Role of Research

We face a growing challenge around the role of research in universities. League table competition for REF prestige has established a challenging situation for many Universities that does not always serve their students well. Whilst quality has undoubtedly been improved by research assessment, too many are now competing for prestige and scarce resources, which, in the contexts of TEF, Brexit and student satisfaction may prove unstainable for many. Universities will need to diversify and become distinctive to be successful and only a small number can do that as research intensive institutions. This does not mean that the rest just become teaching institutions. In this presentation, Kevin will argue that, rather than compete for excellence across all research, many non-research intensive Universities would be better served by harnessing what academic excellence they do have to supporting their distinctiveness as a University. Kevin will explore the potential benefits as well as the risks of such an approach.

18:35 - 18:50

Coffee & Networking Break and Day 1 Close

Networking

20:00 - 20:30

Cocktail Reception

Cocktails

20:30 - 22:30

Networking Dinner

Eating