23rd & 24th October 2018

Event Agenda Day 2


Event Agenda

08:15 - 08:30

Coffee & Networking Break

Coffee & Networking Break

08:30 - 08:50

Tom Wright, Director of Digital Student Life
Tom Wright
Director of Digital Student Life
University of Lincoln
Joined by guest students
Joined by guest students
University of Lincoln

Panel Session Student Life - Engaging Students through Partnership and Co-creation

Based on the premise that students are more likely to engage with content produced by their peers, the Digital Education & Student Life team at the University of Lincoln has developed partnerships with students to create videos and blogs covering all aspects of university life and to enhance teaching and learning.

The initiative is also designed to give participating students valuable, paid experience of content creation and video production, boosting their employability and graduate outcomes, whilst enhancing communications aimed at students through the use of more authentic and engaging content.

This session will explain how the initiative has developed and will provide tips on how to set up similar initiatives and showcase the work that we have done to engage new students and ease their transition to university. Attendees will also have the chance to hear from a small panel of students involved in the initiative who will explain what they have gained from it and how it works from their own perspectives.

Panel Session Student Life - Engaging Students through Partnership and Co-creation

09:00 - 09:25

Dieter Kraftner, Chief Information Officer
Dieter Kraftner
Chief Information Officer
Anglia Ruskin University

Who is My IT Service?

With a growing digital agenda in universities facing ever increasing budget pressures, the need to provide most cost effective and efficient sourcing and management of IT staff and associated budgets in higher education is becoming more critical than ever. Based on experiences in numerous organisations, this session discusses the eternal conundrum of centralisation vs devolution and in-sourcing vs outsourcing of information technology systems and services provision. It evaluates a number of models and offers recommendations on how an optimised model enables the transition from IT being a service provider to becoming a strategic partner.

09:25 - 09:45

Solution Provider Case Study

09:45 - 10:05

Phil Wilson-Blake, Director of IT and E Learning
Phil Wilson-Blake
Director of IT and E Learning
Loughborough University

Digital Strategy - Achieving our Potential

Achieving our potential in education, research and enterprise activities at a UK business school requires an overarching strategy, to provide a high quality educational experience that prepares graduates for their future lives. To achieve this objective also requires a holistic long term Digital Strategy which develops a culture of digital innovation, supported by the correct level of digital literacy and effective digital solutions. Philip Wilkinson-Blake will present his work on the development of a five-year Digital Strategy including the digital review, digital strategy, digital plan and processes to assess the impact on a Business School.

10:10 - 10:30

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

10:30 - 11:00

Efficiency Brunch

Topic led roundtables around efficiency challenges in your organisation.

Efficiency Brunch

11:00 - 12:30

Business Meetings

Business Meetings

12:35 - 12:55

Drew Whitworth, Director of Teaching and Learning Strategy
Drew Whitworth
Director of Teaching and Learning Strategy
Manchester Institute of Education, University of Manchester

STREAM ONE 'Employability' and 'Teaching Intensity': Ideas in opposition?

On 7th June a national paper led with the headline "Students want more lectures", and the Teaching Excellence Framework, though exact measures are still up for debate, considers 'Teaching Intensity' as a key metric of teaching excellence, defining it around face-to-face contact hours. However, these ideas stand in opposition to other outcomes of excellent teaching that are related to the employability of graduates: their ability to work independently, be creative, organise their own work, communicate effectively within teams and bring to bear a range of digital and information practices. This presentation explores this tension and asks: which is more important? Must universities and students be forced to make a choice?

12:35 - 12:55

Nick Moore, Director of Library, Technology and Information Service
Nick Moore
Director of Library, Technology and Information Service
University of Gloucestershire

STREAM TWO Convergence as an Enabler

The desire to converge delivery services can come and go like fashion trends, but done well a converged service can support the delivery of a broad agenda which many Universities can attest to. At the University of Gloucestershire, we have brought together the Library and IT functions and we are using that as a platform to support the delivery of an ambitious information strategy. This presentation will provide a view on the outcomes we are seeking, all built around the focus of improving the student experience through enhanced use of information and the technology that supports it.

13:00 - 13:20

Elizabeth Cleaver, Director of Learning And Teaching
Elizabeth Cleaver
Director of Learning And Teaching
University of the West of England
CLOSING KEYNOTE

Revisiting the 'higher' in higher education: (re)connecting research and teaching in an age of excellence

A perceived and actual disconnect between research and teaching activities continues in many HE settings, with the relationship often characterised – at best - as one directional: from research into teaching. This session offers delegates an opportunity to reflect on the nature of this relationship and its importance in a climate where competition, value for money and student experience are high on the policy agenda. Elizabeth Cleaver outlines the approach being taken at the University of the West of England, showing how the connections between research and teaching lie at the heart of UWE’s Enhancement Framework for Academic Programmes and Practice, underpinning teaching excellence in all its forms.

13:20 - 13:30

Chair's closing remarks

13:30 - 13:45

Coffee & Networking Break

Coffee & Networking Break

13:30 - 14:30

Lunch

Lunch