23rd & 24th October 2018

Agenda


Event Agenda

08:00 - 08:30

Registration and Networking Reception

08:30 - 08:40

Kurt Weideling, Director Information Systems and Digital Services
Kurt Weideling
Director Information Systems and Digital Services
Manchester Metropolitan University

Chair's Opening Remarks

08:40 - 09:00

Richard Davies, Vice Chancellor
Richard Davies
Vice Chancellor
Swansea University
OPENING KEYNOTE

Bringing Industry and Business on to the Campus

The geographical separation between science parks and universities can inhibit close partnership working. Renting space and sharing facilities on campus have a number of distinct benefits to all parties. It creates an innovation environment with frequent formal and informal interactions. The innovation process is no longer linear from academic research to product; rather, it becomes an iterative process with academic expertise routinely contributing to problem solving for industry as they take forward commercial opportunities from science and technology. The collaborative environment also has benefits for students, helping to ensure postgraduate programmes focus upon ‘in demand’ skills and expertise and, through multiple influences, enhancing the employability of graduates across the university. In planning the rental and shared facilities, universities will need to be flexible with respect to the different requirements of different industrial/business sectors.

09:00 - 09:20

Pekka Kahkipuro, Chief Information Officer
Pekka Kahkipuro
Chief Information Officer
Brunel University London

Digital Transformation: How to Manage the Chaos

The role of information technology in higher education is rapidly changing from a supporting function into a strategic asset. IT can be used almost anywhere in an organisation and, consequently, a systematic approach will be needed for dealing with the implications of the ongoing transformation. Changes will touch all aspects of the institution. External changes will influence the way the institution operates towards its stakeholders. The core business, i.e. education and research, will be affected by new tools and new opportunities. There will also be internal changes in the way institutions operate. To be able to manage these changes successfully, a consistent governance model will be needed for addressing the full life cycle of a digital capability from the innovation stage to the mainstream business. This way, the organisation can adopt digital concepts without the bias of single project or a narrowly managed digital slice of the business.

09:20 - 09:40

Solution Provider Case Study

09:40 - 10:00

Anica Zeyen, Director for Student Experience
Anica Zeyen
Director for Student Experience
Royal Holloway, University of London

Enhancing the Student Experience To Mirror Diversity

Student experience is a topic of increasing importance to universities. This presentation explores student experience within a management school context. One of the key challenges is to understand and cater for the diverse range of needs and experiences students face while studying. Many factors can influence student experience and engagement ranging from a student’s ethnic background to family situation, physical or mental health and financial situation. Thus, initiatives to enhance student experience need to mirror this diversity. The presentation will highlight various initiatives ranging from more administrative solutions such as rearranging timetables to offering extra-curricular professional development programmes for specific student groups.

10:05 - 10:25

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

10:25 - 10:40

Coffee & Networking Break

Coffee & Networking Break

10:40 - 11:00

Solution Provider Case Study

11:00 - 11:20

Dr Giles Carden, Chief Of Staff & Director of Strategic Projects
Dr Giles Carden
Chief Of Staff & Director of Strategic Projects
Lancaster University

The Challenges Establishing a New Institution in the Post-HERA World

Dr Giles Carden, Chief of Staff at Lancaster University, shall outline the challenges of establishing a new institution through a novel partnership model during a period of major regulatory reform.

Dr Carden will talk about University Academy 92, an innovative new higher education institution with a strong focus on social mobility, offering degrees in business media, sport and psychology which is being established via a partnership between Lancaster University and the Class of 92 footballers, Trafford Council and commercial partners. The presentation will cover the novel approach UA92 is taking to higher education and the opportunities and challenges of setting up a new institution in an evolving regulatory landscape.

11:25 - 11:45

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

11:50 - 12:10

Dr Liz Marr, Director of Teaching Learning and Teaching Innovation
Dr Liz Marr
Director of Teaching Learning and Teaching Innovation
The Open University

Engaging Students at a Distance: Adapting Technology to Foster Community

Engaging students in a learning community can be problematic when they are studying part time and/or at a distance. Indeed, there are specific challenges for those who have no choice but to adopt such study options – because of caring responsibilities, geographical location or disability, for example. Many institutions are now offering flexible opportunities through online study which can widen access to HE. Tools such as online forums, webinars and other forms of electronic communication offer opportunities for synchronous and asynchronous interaction with both fellow students and academics but can be limited in the extent to which they can foster 'community'.

Student Hub Live is a livestreamed web cast induction event run by the Open University, primarily for new students but which allows students to ‘chat’, submit questions and participate in discussions with staff and fellow students. This session will describe how the event has been developed, including the challenges faced in relation to accessibility and share some video footage which shows sample content. The session will also propose ways in which the concept might be adopted in other settings where face to face interaction is limited or not possible, for example when working with students on split site campuses, at partner institutions, or conducting outreach in remote communities.

12:10 - 12:30

Solution Provider Case Study

12:40 - 13:35

Group 1 P2P Connect Speed Networking

Group 1 P2P Connect Speed Networking

12:40 - 13:35

David Green, Vice Chancellor and Chief Executive
David Green
Vice Chancellor and Chief Executive
University of Worcester

Group 2 - Group Discussion Universities: Are They Worth It?

Are Universities national treasures or self-interested bastions of privilege? Is a University education a shameless "rip off" or a priceless investment?

Will the 'tuition fee freeze and review' announced by the Prime Minister lead Universities to a new age of penury? Or will University growth and expansion continue unabated?

Are Universities the Superpowers of the 21st Century knowledge economy or outdated, old- fashioned institutions about to be terminally disrupted by a combination of the internet and artificial intelligence?

These questions will be discussed by Professor David Green, one of the country's most experienced University leaders who has served as Vice Chancellor and Chief Executive of the University of Worcester since 2003 over which time it has become one of the UK’s fastest growing and most innovative Universities.

Group 2 - Group Discussion Universities: Are They Worth It?

13:35 - 14:30

Networking Lunch

Networking Lunch

14:35 - 15:30

Group 2 P2P Connect Speed Networking

Group 2 P2P Connect Speed Networking

14:35 - 15:30

David Green, Vice Chancellor and Chief Executive
David Green
Vice Chancellor and Chief Executive
University of Worcester

Group 2 - Group Discussion Universities: Are They Worth It?

Are Universities national treasures or self-interested bastions of privilege? Is a University education a shameless "rip off" or a priceless investment?

Will the 'tuition fee freeze and review' announced by the Prime Minister lead Universities to a new age of penury? Or will University growth and expansion continue unabated?

Are Universities the Superpowers of the 21st Century knowledge economy or outdated, old- fashioned institutions about to be terminally disrupted by a combination of the internet and artificial intelligence?

These questions will be discussed by Professor David Green, one of the country's most experienced University leaders who has served as Vice Chancellor and Chief Executive of the University of Worcester since 2003 over which time it has become one of the UK’s fastest growing and most innovative Universities.

Group 2 - Group Discussion Universities: Are They Worth It?

15:30 - 15:45

Coffee & Networking Break

Coffee & Networking Break

15:45 - 16:45

Business Meetings

Business Meetings

16:45 - 17:05

Solution Provider Case Study

17:10 - 17:30

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

17:30 - 18:30

Business Meetings

Business Meetings

18:30 - 19:00

Yvonne Hackforth - Williams, Head of Strategic Change
Yvonne Hackforth - Williams
Head of Strategic Change
University of Birmingham

Winedown Workshop - Change Capacity and Capability

An opportunity to discuss the variety of approaches used to effectively manage change in Education and ensure meaningful and lasting benefits are achieved.

Winedown Workshop - Change Capacity and Capability

18:30 - 19:00

Alastair Robertson, Director of Teaching and Learning Enhancement
Alastair Robertson
Director of Teaching and Learning Enhancement
Abertay University

Winedown Workshop - The Digitally Literate University

Digital literacy is a key graduate attribute yet there is often a gap between students’ expectations, their development needs and preparation provided through their university course. This workshop will outline how Abertay University is taking a strategic approach to rise to these challenges encompassing changes in pedagogy, learning environment, digital technologies and academic staff development. You will have the chance to discuss and share practice amongst delegates as to how other institutions are grappling with these significant challenges.

Winedown Workshop - The Digitally Literate University

19:00 - 19:15

Coffee & Networking Break

Coffee & Networking Break

20:00 - 20:30

Drinks Reception

Drinks Reception

20:30 - 22:15

Networking Dinner

Networking Dinner