1st & 2nd October 2019

Agenda


Event Agenda

08:00 - 08:30

Registration and Networking Reception

08:30 - 08:40

Nick Braisby, Vice Chancellor and Chief Executive
Nick Braisby
Vice Chancellor and Chief Executive
Buckinghamshire New University

Chair’s Opening Remarks

08:40 - 09:00

Nick Braisby, Vice Chancellor and Chief Executive
Nick Braisby
Vice Chancellor and Chief Executive
Buckinghamshire New University
OPENING KEYNOTE

Using Analytics to Enhance Education

This talk reflects a personal journey leading different kinds of analytics solutions in two different UK Universities. Predictive learning analytics has power, used well it can help deliver real change in students’ experience and educational outcomes. Analytics can harness hidden potential embedded deep within the multitude of data held by Universities. It can offer insights into what works and what doesn’t.

When coupled with an organisational culture that can translate insights into robust and effective action, it can enable an institution to help students at risk, encourage others to higher performance, help academic staff tackle unseen challenges within their programmes, and reveal the value of systems of support. However, analytics on its own is not a panacea, and some insights it can generate may add little to existing understandings of how to help students succeed. Analytics raises ethical and practical challenges. It requires the sharing of extensive and oftentimes personal data. It calls for a culture committed to turning insights into action.

Above all, in my view, it calls for a level of data enthusiasm and literacy among staff implementing and using analytics. The talk will offer suggestions for how to ensure the use of analytics is successful.

09:00 - 09:20

Nick Petford, Vice Chancellor and Chief Executive
Nick Petford
Vice Chancellor and Chief Executive
University of Northampton

Smart Campus - bringing innovation to digital transformation

The University of Northampton Waterside £350m relocation project provides a unique case study into full scale integration of purpose-designed teaching space with state-of-the art digital technology. The University is technically a ‘Smart Campus’, operating one of the largest corporate Software Defined Networks (SDNs) in Europe, with Cisco UK as their major IT partner. Their strategic digital transformation has simultaneously reduced cost and boosted innovation in teaching and learning. This talk will summarise progress made and challenges faced as a digital trail blazer in higher education.

09:20 - 09:40

Solution Provider Case Study

09:40 - 10:00

Tom Wright, Director of Digital Student Life
Tom Wright
Director of Digital Student Life
University of Lincoln

Building Emotional Resilience – a digital peer-to-peer approach to enhancing student mental health & wellbeing

This session will focus on how Lincoln are enabling students to support and help each other throughout their time at university. Tom will provide tips and advice for anyone interested in pursuing a similar approach to enhancing student wellbeing. The methods being used involve the use of student-created videos, blogs and social media content, along with dedicated websites that pull this content together. He will also explain how they are developing partnerships with app providers and other external organisations to further enhance this work and look at some specific campaigns and content examples that illustrate our approach.

Delegates will also get the chance to hear from students and recent graduates involved in this initiative about their experience of working on it with Lincoln.

10:05 - 10:25

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

10:30 - 11:00

Business Meetings

Business Meetings

11:00 - 11:20

Solution Provider Case Study

11:20 - 11:40

Paul Thomas, Chief Operating Officer
Paul Thomas
Chief Operating Officer
Brunel University London

Taking a Strategic View in Times of Short-term Adversity

In the current climate, we seem to be surrounded by a range of potential threats to the way that we do business within the higher education sector. The ensuing uncertainty can lead university executives and governing bodies to batten down the hatches and prepare to ride out the forecasted storm. In doing so, are they missing the chance without being reckless to take opportunities that will position their institutions to succeed in the longer-term and in line with their institutional strategic goals? Much depends on the institutional risk appetite, but history has at times shown us that the potential exists to take a considered view of the nature of any impending crisis to use the prevailing conditions to medium and long-term advantage.

11:45 - 12:05

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

12:10 - 12:30

Stephen Shute, Pro Vice Chancellor (Planning and Resources)
Stephen Shute
Pro Vice Chancellor (Planning and Resources)
University of Sussex

Student Recruitment – here, there, and everywhere

Over the last 10-15 years, universities that have a major international presence have been substantially stepping up their international recruitment activity, seeking to make their portfolio of courses as attractive to international and home EU students as possible. Improving both digital marketing and physical presence is vital and many of us have opened international offices as recruitment hubs. Transnational education has also risen very significantly and universities are now educating large numbers of students overseas rather than expecting them to come to them. Moving into online distance learning spaces has also gathered pace, often in partnership with an online programme manager which helps the university in the transition from the physical to the digital. Fundamentally, putting the students at the heart of the system by improving the experience of the students on campus and off, and getting the employability offer right, is key.

12:35 - 13:30

Group 1 P2P Connect Speed Networking

Group 1 P2P Connect Speed Networking

12:35 - 13:30

Osama Khan, Pro Vice-Chancellor
Osama Khan
Pro Vice-Chancellor
University of Surrey

Group 2 - Group Discussion: Automation and Analytics - a virtual learning university

Southampton Solent University are using artificial intelligence and machine learning for their learning analytics programme. When a student drops below a threshold it is vital to use all indicators (attendance swipe data, students demographic data, what gender, ethnicity and economic class they come from their qualification, their number of attendance in the library borrowing books or browsing online material). They then use systems to put all of this together in a virtual learning environment (mycourse) and use the analytical score and data to indicate which students need engagement.

In this session you will then discus in groups how to are enhances student engagement and ways in which you can use data and automation to increase efficiency.

Group 2 - Group Discussion: Automation and Analytics - a virtual learning university

13:30 - 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

Osama Khan, Pro Vice-Chancellor
Osama Khan
Pro Vice-Chancellor
University of Surrey

Group 2 - Group Discussion: Automation and Analytics - a virtual learning university

Southampton Solent University are using artificial intelligence and machine learning for their learning analytics programme. When a student drops below a threshold it is vital to use all indicators (attendance swipe data, students demographic data, what gender, ethnicity and economic class they come from their qualification, their number of attendance in the library borrowing books or browsing online material). They then use systems to put all of this together in a virtual learning environment (mycourse) and use the analytical score and data to indicate which students need engagement.

In this session you will then discus in groups how to are enhances student engagement and ways in which you can use data and automation to increase efficiency.

Group 2 - Group Discussion: Automation and Analytics - a virtual learning university

15:30 - 16:30

Business Meetings

Business Meetings

16:30 - 16:50

Industry Presentation

16:55 - 17:15

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

17:15 - 17:45

Business Meetings

Business Meetings

17:45 - 18:05

Alex Butler, Chief Digital and Information Officer
Alex Butler
Chief Digital and Information Officer
University of Bath

Moving to a Single Platform - the challenges of capabilities

University of Bath have moved to a single cloud platform enabling them to use analytics to integrate data and enhance the student experience. Alex will share the cultural and digital capability challenges that have arisen from this.

17:45 - 18:05

Paul Colbran, Chief Information and Infrastructure Officer
Paul Colbran
Chief Information and Infrastructure Officer
Southampton Solent University
CLOSING KEYNOTE

A Digital Ecosystem

Using examples from Solent’s £100m campus development programme Paul will look at the role and influence of data and technology of estates planning, the design of teaching and learning environments and how digitisation is informing how we adapt space and utilise physical assets. He will share how they are bringing together multiple datasets and technologies to create a connected and responsible environment and developing a digital ecosystem that gives context to the data we extract from their assets to help develop the campus in a scalable, connected and meaningful way.

18:25 - 18:55

Daniel Pilkington, Digital Content Manager
Daniel Pilkington
Digital Content Manager
University of Sussex

Winedown Workshop 1 - Using the Student Voice in Student Recruitment

Using authentic voices in marketing communications for student recruitment is becoming increasingly important in a world of savvy Gen Z content consumers. Corporate, glossy and heavily branded communications are no longer enough to cut through, in fact they might even put off prospective students. At the University of Sussex, their digital team has successfully trialled a Student Digital Media Guru team, who create their own social and digital content about what makes Sussex a great place to live and study. This session will include an interactive game on which social channels generate the most engagement among your target audience, a brainstorm to see how you could empower your student community to support your marketing messaging and a conversation on the benefits and risks of opening your communication channels to student content generators.

Winedown Workshop 1 - Using the Student Voice in Student Recruitment

18:25 - 18:55

Lisa Wears, Assistant Director, School of Technology
Lisa Wears
Assistant Director, School of Technology
University of Cambridge

Winedown Workshop 2 - Using Technology to Increase Efficiency

Join this interactive workshop and discuss:

  • How digital transformation is impacting the way you work
  • Explore and share your experiences of the use of technology in mobile working
  • What are the challenges and opportunities?
Winedown Workshop 2 - Using Technology to Increase Efficiency

18:25 - 18:55

Ian Johns, Chief Architect
Ian Johns
Chief Architect
King's College London

Winedown Workshop 3 - Surviving the Digital Apocalypse

Join Ian for a discussion about how to maintain and enhance Education and Research quality in a low margin, high volume disrupted digital future where students and academics may be affiliated to multiple universities around the world and rarely attending campus in person.

Winedown Workshop 3 - Surviving the Digital Apocalypse

18:55 - 19:10

Coffee & Networking Break - Day 1 Close

Coffee & Networking Break - Day 1 Close

20:00 - 20:30

Drinks Reception

Drinks Reception

20:30 - 22:30

Networking Dinner

Networking Dinner