Second Annual: The Future of Higher Education Conference 2015: Securing the Future
Bringing together representatives from across further and higher education, delegates attending the future of higher education conference will benefit from a timely ambit of the latest developments from across the Higher Education landscape. You will also have the opportunity to hear from an array of different viewpoints, and explore what the future holds for Higher Education following arguably the most important General Election for the sector in a generation.
Equipping you with important knowledge and key information to take away with you, this conference will cover the key topics including:
- Higher Education Data: Redesigning the Information Landscape
- Effective Higher Education Marketing
- Student Recruitment and Admissions: Attracting and Retaining UK and International Students
- Enhancing the Quality of the Student Experience: Increasing Engagement and Satisfaction
- Successfully Generating Additional Income in Higher Education
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|Martin Doel MBE||Chief Executive, Association of Colleges|
|Sarbani Banerjee||Senior Policy Adviser, Learning and Teaching Team, Higher Education Funding Council for England|
|Charlotte Lester||NSS Project Manager, Higher Education Funding Council for England|
|Aaron Porter||Director, External Affairs, National Centre for Universities and Business|
|Helen Marshall||Vice Chancellor, University of Salford|
|Martin Hamilton||Futurist, JISC - Martin will cover "what will the iPad generation expect from HE?", discussing advanced apprenticeships and accredited online self-paced learning versus traditional HE courses.|
|Malcolm Purdie||Head of Commercial Services, Research & Innovation, University of Salford|
The Future of Higher Education Conference 2015 will provide delegates with the opportunity to discuss and examine how the tough decisions on higher education should be made. It will look at how to deal with student finance for the long term, how to open up access to our universities, whilst allowing them to compete with the best. It will aim to answer the fundamental question of how a partnership between students, government, business and the universities can prosper and lead to the renewal and expansion of our higher education system for the next generation.
“You don’t need me to tell you that this year has seen major changes in higher education. There have been important gains from our reforms – with the quality of the student experience brought to the fore together with more cash going to our universities for teaching... We are now seeing the biggest cultural shift in our universities for a generation...I am confident that we now have a stronger HE system, with students better served.” - David Willetts Minister for Universities and Science HEFCE speech 18 April 2013: Imperial College London
British universities are a great success story. Over the last 30 years, some of the finest brains in the world have pushed the boundaries of knowledge, science and understanding. At the same time, a university place has ceased to be the preserve of a tiny elite but been extended to hundreds of thousands more students each year. In the early 1960s only 6 per cent of under-21s went to university, whereas today around 43 per cent of 18–30 year olds in England enter higher education. In fact, the universities minister recently warned that the number of places at UK universities will have to grow by at least a quarter over the next 20 years. In a paper for the Social Market Foundation, David Willetts said that the number of places needs to grow from 368,000 to 460,000 to meet demand.
Our national ability to master the process of change and not be ground down by it depends critically upon our universities. Our future success depends upon mobilizing even more effectively the imagination, creativity, skills and talents of all our people. It depends on using that knowledge and understanding to build economic strength and social harmony.
The expansion of higher education has not yet extended to the talented and best from all backgrounds. In Britain today too many of those born into less advantaged families still see a university place as being beyond their reach, whatever their ability. We have to make better progress in harnessing knowledge to wealth creation.
All this depends on giving universities the freedoms and resources to compete on the world stage; to back our world class researchers with financial stability; to help turn ideas into successful businesses; to undo the years of under-investment that will result in our universities slipping back.
But there is also an additional challenge, namely, to make the system for supporting students fairer. Having a university education brings big benefits and as a result, it is reasonable to ask students to contribute to this. However, we need to make sure that no student is put off from going into higher education because they cannot afford the cost of studying whilst they are at university. It is also essential for those who come from the poorest backgrounds to get extra support.
|09.30||Registration and Coffee|
Opening Remarks from Chair:
Aaron Porter, Director, External Affairs, National Centre for Universities and Business
Keynote Address: The Future of HE: Disruption and Opportunity.
Helen Marshall, Vice-Chancellor, University of Salford
Special Keynote Address: Breaking the Mould – Higher Technical and Professional Education
Martin Doel MBE, Chief Executive, Association of Colleges
Turning Great Ideas into Commercial Realities
We’ll share how properly formed, HE aligned ideas can deliver great student, institutional and commercial outcomes. This is best evidenced by showing how the University of Warwick has created 3 very different but equally successful brands - Unitemps, Jobs.ac and Piirus.
We will explain what the businesses do and the benefits they bring to students and institutions alike, including those around employability, globalisation and collaborative research – all using a combination of people, technology and sector expertise to deliver positive and sustainable outcomes.
Nick Brian, Director of Jobsac, Warwick Employment Group
Coffee and Networking Break
The Future of Commercial Services Across HE
Malcolm Purdie, Head of Commercial Services, Research & Innovation, University of Salford
Enhancing the student experience across the student life-cycle: the role of data and information
Pam Macpherson Barrett and Charlotte Lester will speak about the role which data and information plays in enhancing the student experience from raising aspirations to student outcomes and future study.
Charlotte Lester, Higher Education Policy Advisor, Learning and Teaching & Dr Pamela Macpherson-Barrett, Higher Education Policy Advisor, Higher Education Funding Council for England
Study Pay Session
Lunch and Networking
Martin will cover "What will the iPad generation expect from HE,?" discussing advanced apprenticeships and accredited online self-paced learning versus traditional HE courses.
Martin Hamilton, Futurist, JISC
Is the Only Constant in UK Higher Education Change Itself?
Aaron Porter, Director, External Affairs, National Centre for Universities and Business
Closing Keynote Address: What Will be the Future of Higher Education
Peter Tavernor, Former Principal Manchester College & Chair, Salford Professional Development
Coffee and Networking
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This event will bring key stakeholders together from across Universities and beyond. Key points addressed on the day will include:
- Commercialisation in Higher Education
- Understanding what a commercially astute behaviour looks like
- Digital Marketing Strategy for Higher Education
- Adding value to the student experience
- Doing more with less in Higher Education
- Improving collaboration across universities
- Turning great ideas into commercial realities
- upporting businesses and developing new technologies
- Getting Universities to play a bigger role in driving growth and being more accessible to smaller businesses
- Understanding the power of technology in transforming relationships
- Utilising partnership working across boundaries
- Unlocking the vast opportunities for people within and across organisations to successfully work together through the potential of digital technology
Who should attend?
Delegates attending this event will include vice-chancellors, pro vice-chancellors heads of schools and Faculties, heads of research and development, heads of commercialisation, business development managers, collaboration managers, lecturers and academics, researchers and research co-ordinators, members of executive boards and governing bodies, directors of enterprise and innovation, directors of research and enterprise, heads of knowledge transfer programmes, research development managers and heads of technology and will be drawn from universities, further education colleges, knowledge transfer partnerships, science parks, research councils, central government and the private sector.