26th & 27th February 2019

Agenda


Event Agenda

08:00 - 08:30

Registration and Networking Reception

08:30 - 08:40

Peter John, Vice Chancellor & Chief Executive
Peter John
Vice Chancellor & Chief Executive
University of West London

Chair’s Opening Remarks

08:40 - 09:00

Peter John, Vice Chancellor & Chief Executive
Peter John
Vice Chancellor & Chief Executive
University of West London
OPENING KEYNOTE

‘Co-opetition’: challenging the marketization of higher education

The marketization of higher education has emerged apace in recent years and has become very quickly a significant driver of university delivery. Taking over from ‘massification’ as the most used neologism, marketization now appears to have a grip on the sector that appears to be unwavering. The Office for Students now regulate inter alia value for money and sector effectiveness alongside consumer choice and the student experience. So how might universities realistically challenge the power of the market? And how might it be mediated for the public good? This session will introduce the idea of ‘co-opetition’ as a way of obtaining the benefits of the market without its detriments (Brown, 2016).

09:00 - 09:20

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

Leading Information Security and Data Privacy - a guide to the perplexed manager

Efficient management of information security and data privacy is today an intrinsic part of operating any higher education institution. Digital transformation has changed the way organisations are running their business and, consequently, information assets and digitised processes need much more attention from the organisation. At the same time, the internet has become a much more hostile working environment with an increasing number of cyber criminals and opportunistic hackers trying to misuse those assets and processes. As a result, higher education institutions are faced with an entirely new challenge that needs to be addressed with a fresh pair of eyes. This presentation will provide a simple and structured approach for managing the challenge without going into technical details.

09:20 - 09:40

Solution Provider Case Study

09:40 - 10:00

Bill Rammell, Vice Chancellor & Chief Executive
Bill Rammell
Vice Chancellor & Chief Executive
University of Bedfordshire

How Universities are Fixing the Broken Social Elevator

Bill Rammell is the Vice Chancellor of the University of Bedfordshire and a former minister of state for higher and further education. Throughout his career, he has championed the role of higher education in promoting social mobility. In his presentation, Bill will outline the transformation of universities from institutions serving just an elite few to benefiting the whole society. Importantly, he will set out what universities have done, will do and should do to support social mobility.

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

Alamgir Hossain, Director of the Information Technology Institute
Alamgir Hossain
Director of the Information Technology Institute
Anglia Ruskin University

AI2Education - Future of AI enabled personalized learning that may change the traditional educational framework

“AI (artificial intelligence) is one of the most important technology in the game changing world of every domain to enhance efficiency and productivity with reduced costs. Speaking at an AI conference in London, Mr. Dave Coplin (Microsoft CEO) emphatically told business leaders that AI is “the most important technology that anybody on the planet is working on today,” (Business Insider, September 2017).”

In his talk, Professor Hossain will present the horizon of AI enabled personalized learning in formal and informal education domains. Professor Hossain will demonstrate how various learning and training challenges of different educational domains can be addressed using AI enabled optimisation, information fusion, decision making, image analysis, prediction, data mining, automation, reinforcement learning, Augmented/virtual reality etc. His talk will also brief the future of AI enabled virtual professor based teaching that has potential to change the traditional educational framework nationally and internationally.

11:20 - 11:40

Solution Provider Case Study

11:45 - 12:05

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

12:10 - 12:30

Michael Turpie, Director of Information Services
Michael Turpie
Director of Information Services
Abertay University

A New Paradigm For Educational Technology Provision

The use of technology in Higher education is changing with the advent of better wi-fi technologies, VDI and Thin technologies as well as BYOD. One of the central tenants to this is going to be adopting a mobile first approach.

Years of underinvestment left the university with the prospect of having to undertake a major “ICT Transformation” programme. Once completed the university had achieved improved Wi-Fi, faster wired infrastructure, replacement of all end-user devices, implementation of a managed print service, a new data centre, improved server and storage capacity, more resilience, the introduction of technology standards, lecture capture, and state of the art classroom A/V.

We are now beginning a new programme that will include a new library, agile technologies and flexible space provision.

This presentation will discuss the consideration given to planning and executing these programmes, including the attention given to a renewed focus on back office delivery, implantation of agile technologies and flexible 21st century classrooms.

12:35 - 13:30

Group 1 P2P Connect Speed Networking

Group 1 P2P Connect Speed Networking

12:35 - 13:30

Liz Bromley, Deputy Vice Chancellor
Liz Bromley
Deputy Vice Chancellor
University of Central Lancashire

Group 2 - Group Discussion Do You Demonstrate Value for Money?

Liz Bromley, DVC at the University of Central Lancashire, will use an interactive session to explore how universities give value to money to both tax payers and students and how they can demonstrate this value to wider society - and the Office for Students - as both individual organisations and as a broad sector.

Group 2 - Group Discussion Do You Demonstrate Value for Money?

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

Liz Bromley, Deputy Vice Chancellor
Liz Bromley
Deputy Vice Chancellor
University of Central Lancashire

Group 2 - Group Discussion Do You Demonstrate Value for Money?

Liz Bromley, DVC at the University of Central Lancashire, will use an interactive session to explore how universities give value to money to both tax payers and students and how they can demonstrate this value to wider society - and the Office for Students - as both individual organisations and as a broad sector.

Group 2 - Group Discussion Do You Demonstrate Value for Money?

15:30 - 16:30

Business Meetings

Business Meetings

16:30 - 16:50

Peter McCaffery, Deputy Vice - Chancellor
Peter McCaffery
Deputy Vice - Chancellor
London Metropolitan University

Sashaying Along the Ice Floe! Leading through the complexity of the new HE environment

The demands made upon higher education leaders are greater today than they have ever been. Universities have experienced change over the last generation unprecedented in their 900- year long history and higher education is in fundamental transition.

Effectiveness as a university leader requires practitioners to adapt to an ever changing environment of complexity and ambiguity. They must, in essence, master four essential pre-requisites: comprehensively know their environment; know their university; know their department and know themselves as individuals.

This presentation focuses on how we can develop our own mastery - of the “4 Knows” - of university leadership.

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

Sir Anthony Seldon, Vice-Chancellor
Sir Anthony Seldon
Vice-Chancellor
The University of Buckingham
CLOSING KEYNOTE

The Fourth Education Revolution: Artificial Intelligence

Sir Anthony Seldon, Vice-Chancellor of The University of Buckingham since 2015, is one of Britain’s leading contemporary historians, educationalists, commentators and political authors.

He was a transformative head for 20 years, first of Brighton College and then Wellington College. He is author or editor of over 35 books on contemporary history, including the inside books on the last four Prime Ministers, was the co-founder and first director of the Institute for Contemporary British History, is co-founder of Action for Happiness, honorary historical adviser to 10 Downing Street, UK Special Representative for Saudi Education, a member of the Government’s First World War Culture Committee, was chair of the Comment Awards, is a director of the Royal Shakespeare Company, the President of IPEN, (International Positive Education Network), is patron or on the board of several charities, founder of the Via Sacra Western Front Walk, and was executive producer of the film Journey’s End. He appeared on the Desert Island Discs in 2016.

With his wealth of knowledge in this closing keynote Anthony will take a look at the impacts artificial intelligence are having on Higher education.

18:05 - 18:35

Debra Willison, Vice Dean Academic (Faculty of Science)
Debra Willison
Vice Dean Academic (Faculty of Science)
University of Strathclyde

Winedown Workshop 1 - The Graduate Apprenticeship Scheme

In Scotland, Strathclyde is at the forefront of developing Graduate Apprenticeships (GA), exemplifying the University’s commitment to the provision of a variety of routes into Higher Education. A GA is a fully-funded degree programme which enables new or existing employees to study up to degree level (Bachelors or Masters) while spending the majority of their time in the work place. This session will explore how Strathclyde works closely in partnership with employers to ensure graduates acquire the skills needed by industry, involving them in the development and delivery of programmes. Contrasts between GAs and Degree Apprenticeships will be explored.

Winedown Workshop 1 - The Graduate Apprenticeship Scheme

18:05 - 18:35

Phil Collins, Vice Dean Academic
Phil Collins
Vice Dean Academic
Brunel University London

Winedown Workshop 2 - Engaging Our Staff

At a time when University education is under increasing scrutiny, staff engagement and ability to inspire is essential. This workshop will allow an exchange of experience and ideas on the nature of the challenge and how institutions can motivate and incentivise to deliver high quality courses and overall student experiences.

Two key areas will be explored:

  1. Institution-level factors that can impact on staff engagement with education quality and enhancement.
  2. Strategic solutions to engage and incentivise staff in delivering and improving University level education.
Winedown Workshop 2 - Engaging Our Staff

18:35 - 18:50

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