Event Programme

23 March - 25 March

Explore the plethora of sessions taking place across The Auditorium, The Sandbox and The Collaboration Space.

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Day 1

The Auditorium

Visit The Auditorium to hear from changemakers on the business of Higher Education, leading largescale transformation, and new pedagogies for an evolving student experience.

23 March

11:10 - 11:40

ExCeL London


Add to calendar 03/23/2022 11:10 03/23/2022 11:40 Is professional development the new frontier of Higher Education? The Higher Education sector has undergone intense disruption and transformation over the past two years. In this session we welcome Diana Laurillard, Professor of Learning with Digital Technologies at UCL Knowledge Lab, to explore what potential opportunities the sector now has to grow through expanding its offering for professional development. As we look to the future, leaders in Higher Education must expand their current offering to thrive in a post-pandemic landscape.

Join Diana Laurillard in the Sandbox after this session to explore new approaches in learning design to create skilled lifelong learners.

Themes: Leadership, Futures, Skills
ExCeL London Europe/London

Keynote Address

Is professional development the new frontier of Higher Education?

The Higher Education sector has undergone intense disruption and transformation over the past two years. In this session we welcome Diana Laurillard, Professor of Learning with Digital Technologies at UCL Knowledge Lab, to explore what potential opportunities the sector now has to grow through expanding its offering for professional development. As we look to the future, leaders in Higher Education must expand their current offering to thrive in a post-pandemic landscape.

Join Diana Laurillard in the Sandbox after this session to explore new approaches in learning design to create skilled lifelong learners.

Themes: Leadership, Futures, Skills

Speakers

Prof Diana Laurillard
Professor of Learning with Digital Technologies, UCL Knowledge Lab , UCL Institute of Education

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23 March

11:55 - 12:35

ExCeL London


Add to calendar 03/23/2022 11:55 03/23/2022 12:35 Cybersecurity and Risk Assessment: Protecting your institution in the information age Throughout 2021 the Higher Education sector faced a new challenge in the form of cyberattacks and hackers. In this session we explore what measures can be put in place to defend your data.

Senior leadership teams in universities must not only have disaster recovery measures in place but also understand the different types of cyberattacks and construct a cyber risk mitigation strategy. In an age when data is paramount, how can the Higher Education sector get up to speed on developing an organisation-wide approach to cybersecurity? This session brings together a panel of experts to discuss the core challenges of this issue and key case studies on defending your institution.

Themes: Leadership, Futures, Innovation
ExCeL London Europe/London

Panel Discussion

Cybersecurity and Risk Assessment: Protecting your institution in the information age

Throughout 2021 the Higher Education sector faced a new challenge in the form of cyberattacks and hackers. In this session we explore what measures can be put in place to defend your data.

Senior leadership teams in universities must not only have disaster recovery measures in place but also understand the different types of cyberattacks and construct a cyber risk mitigation strategy. In an age when data is paramount, how can the Higher Education sector get up to speed on developing an organisation-wide approach to cybersecurity? This session brings together a panel of experts to discuss the core challenges of this issue and key case studies on defending your institution.

Themes: Leadership, Futures, Innovation

Moderators

Deborah Green
Chief Executive Officer , UCISA

Speakers

Adrian Ellison
Associate Pro Vice-Chancellor and Chief Information Officer , University of West London
David Lowe-Robertson
Chief Information Security Officer , HEFESTIS
James Crooks
Director of LIS , University of Central Lancashire (UCLan)
Dr Rachel Bence
Chief Information Officer , Queen Mary University of London

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23 March

12:50 - 13:15

ExCeL London


Add to calendar 03/23/2022 12:50 03/23/2022 13:15 Mind the Gap: Addressing the skills gap and meeting the expectations of modern learners In collaboration with Microsoft

As 65% of today's learners will work in jobs that don't yet exist, our education system must advance and prepare all learners for lifelong learning.

This session will share insights from LinkedIn, evidence-based research and university voice on the opportunity for new partnerships and strategies for building institutional agility to meet the expectations of today's population of diverse learners.


Themes: Skills, Innovation, Inclusion, Leadership, Futures, Wellbeing
 
ExCeL London Europe/London

Panel Discussion

Mind the Gap: Addressing the skills gap and meeting the expectations of modern learners

In collaboration with Microsoft

As 65% of today's learners will work in jobs that don't yet exist, our education system must advance and prepare all learners for lifelong learning.

This session will share insights from LinkedIn, evidence-based research and university voice on the opportunity for new partnerships and strategies for building institutional agility to meet the expectations of today's population of diverse learners.


Themes: Skills, Innovation, Inclusion, Leadership, Futures, Wellbeing
 

Speakers

Alexa Joyce
Director of Transformation and Skills , Microsoft
Cephas Grant
Masters Student , Nottingham University Business School
Elizabeth Newall
Associate Director for Teaching and Learning , University of Nottingham
James Crooks
Director of LIS , University of Central Lancashire (UCLan)

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23 March

13:35 - 13:45

ExCeL London


Add to calendar 03/23/2022 13:35 03/23/2022 13:45 Welcome Address: Prof Sir Steve Smith on the future of Higher Education As we kick off our content programme at Ahead by Bett, please join us in the Auditorium to hear from the UK’s International Education Champion, Professor Sir Steve Smith, on the future of Higher Education.

Themes: Leadership, Innovation, Skills, Inclusion, Futures, Wellbeing
ExCeL London Europe/London

Keynote Address

Welcome Address: Prof Sir Steve Smith on the future of Higher Education

As we kick off our content programme at Ahead by Bett, please join us in the Auditorium to hear from the UK’s International Education Champion, Professor Sir Steve Smith, on the future of Higher Education.

Themes: Leadership, Innovation, Skills, Inclusion, Futures, Wellbeing

Speakers

Prof Sir Steve Smith
UK Government International Education Champion , UK Department for International Trade & Department for Education

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23 March

13:50 - 14:15

ExCeL London


Add to calendar 03/23/2022 13:50 03/23/2022 14:15 Using Augmented Reality to Propel the Next Phase of Education

In collaboration with Zoom

Join Dr. Helen Papagiannis, the AR pioneer, for a fireside chat as we explore how augmented reality can enhance the human experience, build connections, and expand our idea of education, in the new age of technology.

Themes: Futures

ExCeL London Europe/London

Keynote Address

Using Augmented Reality to Propel the Next Phase of Education

In collaboration with Zoom

Join Dr. Helen Papagiannis, the AR pioneer, for a fireside chat as we explore how augmented reality can enhance the human experience, build connections, and expand our idea of education, in the new age of technology.

Themes: Futures

Speakers

Christy Flis
Head of Global Education , Zoom
Dr Helen Papagiannis
Augmented Reality Pioneer, Author, and Designer , Augmented Stories Inc.

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23 March

14:25 - 14:50

ExCeL London


Add to calendar 03/23/2022 14:25 03/23/2022 14:50 Why back-office transformation is critical to delivering world-class education In collaboration with Workday

Discover why investment in a modern enterprise management system will help to deliver a more agile approach to service delivery in an ever-changing world.

The events of the past two years have shaken up the education sector. They have had an adverse financial impact, created uncertainty for student but have become a catalyst for change and the need to digitally transform rapidly. Whilst much focus has been on the delivery of education and the student experience, it is critical that institutions take a strategic approach to operationalise every new digital aspect of their business and core activities. In this presentation we explore why and how the shift towards a modern enterprise management system needs to take place.

Themes: Innovation, Futures, Leadership
ExCeL London Europe/London

Keynote Address

Why back-office transformation is critical to delivering world-class education

In collaboration with Workday

Discover why investment in a modern enterprise management system will help to deliver a more agile approach to service delivery in an ever-changing world.

The events of the past two years have shaken up the education sector. They have had an adverse financial impact, created uncertainty for student but have become a catalyst for change and the need to digitally transform rapidly. Whilst much focus has been on the delivery of education and the student experience, it is critical that institutions take a strategic approach to operationalise every new digital aspect of their business and core activities. In this presentation we explore why and how the shift towards a modern enterprise management system needs to take place.

Themes: Innovation, Futures, Leadership

Speakers

Andy Rossington
Head of Education , Workday UK Ltd.

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23 March

15:05 - 15:30

ExCeL London


Add to calendar 03/23/2022 15:05 03/23/2022 15:30 Reinventing the learning experience with Artificial Intelligence In collaboration with Google Cloud

We’re living in unprecedented times in education with a widening learning gap. The misalignment of competencies needed to perform work in today’s digital world has never been larger. As microcredentials and professional certificates exponentially grow in popularity, academic institutions need to transform to align to this changing world. Recent advances in Artificial intelligence have positioned this technology to play a critical role in this transformation. Join us at this session to see how Google Cloud and our partners are using AI to dynamically create digital academic content at a much faster rate, offer more personalized and adaptive learning and automate repetitive manual tasks to help professors spend more quality time with students.

Themes: Skills, Innovation, Futures
ExCeL London Europe/London

Case Study

Reinventing the learning experience with Artificial Intelligence

In collaboration with Google Cloud

We’re living in unprecedented times in education with a widening learning gap. The misalignment of competencies needed to perform work in today’s digital world has never been larger. As microcredentials and professional certificates exponentially grow in popularity, academic institutions need to transform to align to this changing world. Recent advances in Artificial intelligence have positioned this technology to play a critical role in this transformation. Join us at this session to see how Google Cloud and our partners are using AI to dynamically create digital academic content at a much faster rate, offer more personalized and adaptive learning and automate repetitive manual tasks to help professors spend more quality time with students.

Themes: Skills, Innovation, Futures

Speakers

Basil Ayass
Higher Education Sales Manager , Google Cloud (EMEA)

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23 March

15:45 - 16:30

ExCeL London


Add to calendar 03/23/2022 15:45 03/23/2022 16:30 Keynote Address: Matthew Syed on mindset and high performance in Higher Education Matthew Syed is an author and highly acclaimed speaker in the field of high performance. He has written six best-selling books on the subject of mindset and high performance and has worked with many leading organisations to build a mindset of continuous improvement. 

In this session Matthew will apply his arguments of harnessing the power of cognitive diversity and high performance in order to succeed in a complex and volatile world to the Higher Education sector. We’ll be discussing how the most successful teams bring together insights from psychology, anthropology and data science in order to drive innovation, secure a future-proofed environment and unlock untapped potential in your teams.

Themes: Leadership, Futures, Innovation, Skills
ExCeL London Europe/London

Keynote Address

Keynote Address: Matthew Syed on mindset and high performance in Higher Education

Matthew Syed is an author and highly acclaimed speaker in the field of high performance. He has written six best-selling books on the subject of mindset and high performance and has worked with many leading organisations to build a mindset of continuous improvement. 

In this session Matthew will apply his arguments of harnessing the power of cognitive diversity and high performance in order to succeed in a complex and volatile world to the Higher Education sector. We’ll be discussing how the most successful teams bring together insights from psychology, anthropology and data science in order to drive innovation, secure a future-proofed environment and unlock untapped potential in your teams.

Themes: Leadership, Futures, Innovation, Skills

Speakers

Matthew Syed
Writer, Journalist and Broadcaster

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24 March

11:00 - 11:30

ExCeL London


Add to calendar 03/24/2022 11:00 03/24/2022 11:30 Using Artificial Intelligence to see the bigger picture in student data How can we put AI analytics to work on student data to gain a better understanding of what’s happening inside of learning? 
 
Working together, Educate Ventures Research and ASU made great strides in the last year using existing student data to identify points when students moved past just learning content – and were ’learning how to learn’. In this session, leaders from both teams will share the innovative ways they approached and analysed student data, what they discovered about how and when students were learning how to learn, and what they hope to do with this information next. 

Themes: Futures, Innovation
ExCeL London Europe/London

Seminar

Using Artificial Intelligence to see the bigger picture in student data

How can we put AI analytics to work on student data to gain a better understanding of what’s happening inside of learning? 
 
Working together, Educate Ventures Research and ASU made great strides in the last year using existing student data to identify points when students moved past just learning content – and were ’learning how to learn’. In this session, leaders from both teams will share the innovative ways they approached and analysed student data, what they discovered about how and when students were learning how to learn, and what they hope to do with this information next. 

Themes: Futures, Innovation

Speakers

Prof Benedict du Boulay
Emeritus Professor and Chief Research Advisor , Educate Ventures
Dr Julie Greenwood
Vice Dean for Educational Initiatives , Arizona State University
Laurie Forcier
Chief of Staff and Director of Partnerships , Educate Ventures
Tom Fikes
Director of Research, EdPlus Action Lab , Arizona State University

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24 March

11:45 - 12:10

ExCeL London


Add to calendar 03/24/2022 11:45 03/24/2022 12:10 Interrogating Roadblocks to Innovation in Higher Education: What’s stopping us?

In collaboration with AWS

Join us in the Auditorium as Heidi Fraser-Krauss, Jisc CEO, gives her view on what’s helping and hindering innovation in the use of technology in UK Higher Education.

Themes: Leadership, Innovation

ExCeL London Europe/London

Keynote Address

Interrogating Roadblocks to Innovation in Higher Education: What’s stopping us?

In collaboration with AWS

Join us in the Auditorium as Heidi Fraser-Krauss, Jisc CEO, gives her view on what’s helping and hindering innovation in the use of technology in UK Higher Education.

Themes: Leadership, Innovation

Speakers

Heidi Fraser-Krauss
Chief Executive Officer , Jisc

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24 March

12:20 - 12:50

ExCeL London


Add to calendar 03/24/2022 12:20 03/24/2022 12:50 The Role of Women in 4IR: Developing a truly diverse and inclusive workforce Our understanding of what the Fourth Industrial Revolution means for today’s students is evolving at an exponential rate. As the Higher Education sector embraces new and varied approaches to teaching and learning, it’s ultimate goal must be to prepare students for a future where fields such as AI, FinTech, Life Sciences and Sustainability are growing rapidly – and require a diverse workforce to accelerate innovation. With the STEM professions now more instrumental than ever in wider sectors, it’s essential that women are able to see computing and the IT industry as a viable career. Join Prof Liz Bacon on our Auditorium to hear more about the essential role of women in the upcoming Fourth Industrial Revolution.

Themes: Skills, Innovation, Leadership
ExCeL London Europe/London

Keynote Address

The Role of Women in 4IR: Developing a truly diverse and inclusive workforce

Our understanding of what the Fourth Industrial Revolution means for today’s students is evolving at an exponential rate. As the Higher Education sector embraces new and varied approaches to teaching and learning, it’s ultimate goal must be to prepare students for a future where fields such as AI, FinTech, Life Sciences and Sustainability are growing rapidly – and require a diverse workforce to accelerate innovation. With the STEM professions now more instrumental than ever in wider sectors, it’s essential that women are able to see computing and the IT industry as a viable career. Join Prof Liz Bacon on our Auditorium to hear more about the essential role of women in the upcoming Fourth Industrial Revolution.

Themes: Skills, Innovation, Leadership

Speakers

Prof Liz Bacon
Deputy Principal and Deputy Vice-Chancellor , Abertay University

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24 March

13:45 - 14:10

ExCeL London


Add to calendar 03/24/2022 13:45 03/24/2022 14:10 How can maps influence quality in flexible learning

In collaboration with QAA

Can pedagogical planners help practitioners to focus on an inclusive future-fit curriculum, embedding digital capabilities and evidencing impact?

‘Module Activity Planning incorporating Institution-wide Timetables’ (MAPIT) is a pedagogical planner that not only enables staff to ‘make visible’ the overall themes of Higher Education, but more specifically how staff will evidence the impact of successful interventions using flexible modes of delivery. MAPIT has been created from a QAA enhancement bid to enable academic staff to add flexibility to module design whilst maintaining a coherent and appropriate amount of activity.

The value of using MAPIT is that it will help to better understand and communicate module timetables to students. It will also help to frame module performance reporting. Planners such as MAPIT should represent at a glance, the enactment of the design in a temporal sequence highlighting the activities that must be carried out, the materials and technologies used, and enable teachers to assess the level of constructive alignment (Agostinho,2009; Biggs, 1999, Conole, 2012; Van Ed and Koper, 2006). In particular, module mapping visualises appropriate places to embed sustainable development goals or to focus on one ‘track’ such as increasing institutional belonging or improving outcomes in line with their access and participation plans.

This presentation includes contributions from Amrita Narang, Senior Fellow Higher Education Academy and Quality Enhancement and Standards Specialist.

Themes: Skills, Innovation

ExCeL London Europe/London

Keynote Address

How can maps influence quality in flexible learning

In collaboration with QAA

Can pedagogical planners help practitioners to focus on an inclusive future-fit curriculum, embedding digital capabilities and evidencing impact?

‘Module Activity Planning incorporating Institution-wide Timetables’ (MAPIT) is a pedagogical planner that not only enables staff to ‘make visible’ the overall themes of Higher Education, but more specifically how staff will evidence the impact of successful interventions using flexible modes of delivery. MAPIT has been created from a QAA enhancement bid to enable academic staff to add flexibility to module design whilst maintaining a coherent and appropriate amount of activity.

The value of using MAPIT is that it will help to better understand and communicate module timetables to students. It will also help to frame module performance reporting. Planners such as MAPIT should represent at a glance, the enactment of the design in a temporal sequence highlighting the activities that must be carried out, the materials and technologies used, and enable teachers to assess the level of constructive alignment (Agostinho,2009; Biggs, 1999, Conole, 2012; Van Ed and Koper, 2006). In particular, module mapping visualises appropriate places to embed sustainable development goals or to focus on one ‘track’ such as increasing institutional belonging or improving outcomes in line with their access and participation plans.

This presentation includes contributions from Amrita Narang, Senior Fellow Higher Education Academy and Quality Enhancement and Standards Specialist.

Themes: Skills, Innovation

Speakers

Paula Shaw
Associate Professor Online Teaching and Learning , University of Derby

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24 March

14:25 - 14:55

ExCeL London


Add to calendar 03/24/2022 14:25 03/24/2022 14:55 Redesigning assessment practices for a digital age In collaboration with Jisc

This session will share the findings of a recent Jisc review into the current assessment and feedback landscape in higher education. The session will highlight how universities can use a principle informed approach to redesigning assessment and feedback for students to offer more authentic, more accessible, appropriately automated, more continuous and more secure assessments.

Themes: Innovation, Futures, Inclusion
ExCeL London Europe/London

Keynote Address

Redesigning assessment practices for a digital age

In collaboration with Jisc

This session will share the findings of a recent Jisc review into the current assessment and feedback landscape in higher education. The session will highlight how universities can use a principle informed approach to redesigning assessment and feedback for students to offer more authentic, more accessible, appropriately automated, more continuous and more secure assessments.

Themes: Innovation, Futures, Inclusion

Speakers

Sarah Knight
Head of Learning and Teaching Transformation , Jisc

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24 March

15:10 - 15:35

ExCeL London


Add to calendar 03/24/2022 15:10 03/24/2022 15:35 Creating the University of the Future In collaboration with Kinly

This session will focus on the changes decision makers in higher education institutions are faced with in the wake of COVID-19 and the rapid change to new teaching methods, new spaces and the current gap in the industry between the technology and its end users.  

Kinly and its client, Staffordshire University, explain how they overcame these hurdles together as partners, and together make sure Staffordshire is becoming: The University of the Future. 

We will do this by: 
  • Looking at how we can help to connect all stakeholders; educational specialists, IT directors, AV specialists, teachers and students in forming their demand in terms of digital learning strategy and vision?  
  • Discussing how can we unburden stakeholders not just in terms of technical solutions, but on all aspects of the learning transformation: digital content strategies, blended learning, hybrid learning, educational consulting, are subjects that need to be addressed and understood and require a different mindset.  
  • Examining how we can bridge the gap between institutions and their many technology partners. One contact, one contract partner to assist them in making sense of the spaghetti of solutions and vendors, as well as help them reach the next step in student/teacher effectiveness, satisfaction and overall digital transformation.

Themes: Innovation, Futures, Skills
ExCeL London Europe/London

Keynote Address

Creating the University of the Future

In collaboration with Kinly

This session will focus on the changes decision makers in higher education institutions are faced with in the wake of COVID-19 and the rapid change to new teaching methods, new spaces and the current gap in the industry between the technology and its end users.  

Kinly and its client, Staffordshire University, explain how they overcame these hurdles together as partners, and together make sure Staffordshire is becoming: The University of the Future. 

We will do this by: 
  • Looking at how we can help to connect all stakeholders; educational specialists, IT directors, AV specialists, teachers and students in forming their demand in terms of digital learning strategy and vision?  
  • Discussing how can we unburden stakeholders not just in terms of technical solutions, but on all aspects of the learning transformation: digital content strategies, blended learning, hybrid learning, educational consulting, are subjects that need to be addressed and understood and require a different mindset.  
  • Examining how we can bridge the gap between institutions and their many technology partners. One contact, one contract partner to assist them in making sense of the spaghetti of solutions and vendors, as well as help them reach the next step in student/teacher effectiveness, satisfaction and overall digital transformation.

Themes: Innovation, Futures, Skills

Speakers

Andrew Taylor
Digital Change Consultant , Kinly
Pjotr van Baarle
Global Education Lead , Kinly
Simon Birkett
Digital Campus Manager , Staffordshire University

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24 March

15:50 - 16:20

ExCeL London


Add to calendar 03/24/2022 15:50 03/24/2022 16:20 Student Recruitment 4.0: Exploring EdTech disruption and the recruitment revolution The international student was perhaps the most disrupted stakeholder in Higher Education when the pandemic interrupted traditional approaches to learning. However, the resulting freedom awarded to students has led to further disruption to international student recruitment. With the university landscape changed forever, how can senior leadership teams continue to provide a quality learning experience for international students?

In this session we’ll be exploring the essential steps in rebuilding a recruitment strategy and the role of artificial intelligence and machine learning in student recruitment. Our speakers will discuss different approaches to capturing and channelling students in order to develop a robust strategy for student recruitment in a post-pandemic world.

Themes: Leadership, Innovation, Inclusion
ExCeL London Europe/London

Panel Discussion

Student Recruitment 4.0: Exploring EdTech disruption and the recruitment revolution

The international student was perhaps the most disrupted stakeholder in Higher Education when the pandemic interrupted traditional approaches to learning. However, the resulting freedom awarded to students has led to further disruption to international student recruitment. With the university landscape changed forever, how can senior leadership teams continue to provide a quality learning experience for international students?

In this session we’ll be exploring the essential steps in rebuilding a recruitment strategy and the role of artificial intelligence and machine learning in student recruitment. Our speakers will discuss different approaches to capturing and channelling students in order to develop a robust strategy for student recruitment in a post-pandemic world.

Themes: Leadership, Innovation, Inclusion

Moderators

Patrick Hayes
Chief Development Officer , Times Higher Education

Speakers

Dr David Pilsbury
Chief Development Officer , Oxford International
Elizabeth Shepherd
Managing Director, Consultancy , Times Higher Education
Prof Wendy Alexander
Vice-Principal (International) , University of Dundee

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24 March

16:30 - 17:10

ExCeL London


Add to calendar 03/24/2022 16:30 03/24/2022 17:10 The Rise of the Digital Professor: And what this means for universities When it comes to teaching and learning, many institutions have now embraced a blend of ‘virtual’ and ‘face-to-face’. So what happens as universities, and their academic staff, move away from being ‘analogue’ and based on a particular campus, to becoming much more ‘digital’ and potentially nomadic? What does this means for not only the staff, their work lives and careers, but also student learning, and the opportunities for universities to become more globally engaged? After all, academic staff can now be more easily accessed and shared between institutions.

In this session, we’ll be bringing together a panel of experts to explore both the challenges and the opportunities presented by the ‘Rise of the Digital Professor’. We’ll discuss how online teaching and learning opportunities will allow academics to move outside the ‘walled garden’ of a particular university. We’ll ask how can staff engage, and be engaged, more globally? Also, we’ll question whether universities will embrace such a rise? And finally, explore what partnerships, networks/consortium have already emerged, such as NEOLAiA and its Focus Academy initiative offering across seven universities. Looking to the future, will more co-developed degrees and initiatives emerge as we start to digitally transcend our traditional institutional walls?

Themes: Futures, Skills, Innovation
ExCeL London Europe/London

Panel Discussion

The Rise of the Digital Professor: And what this means for universities

When it comes to teaching and learning, many institutions have now embraced a blend of ‘virtual’ and ‘face-to-face’. So what happens as universities, and their academic staff, move away from being ‘analogue’ and based on a particular campus, to becoming much more ‘digital’ and potentially nomadic? What does this means for not only the staff, their work lives and careers, but also student learning, and the opportunities for universities to become more globally engaged? After all, academic staff can now be more easily accessed and shared between institutions.

In this session, we’ll be bringing together a panel of experts to explore both the challenges and the opportunities presented by the ‘Rise of the Digital Professor’. We’ll discuss how online teaching and learning opportunities will allow academics to move outside the ‘walled garden’ of a particular university. We’ll ask how can staff engage, and be engaged, more globally? Also, we’ll question whether universities will embrace such a rise? And finally, explore what partnerships, networks/consortium have already emerged, such as NEOLAiA and its Focus Academy initiative offering across seven universities. Looking to the future, will more co-developed degrees and initiatives emerge as we start to digitally transcend our traditional institutional walls?

Themes: Futures, Skills, Innovation

Moderators

Prof Perry Hobson
Director , Breda University

Speakers

Dr Meike Vogel
Head of Centre for Teaching and Learning , Bielefeld University
Renáta Tomášková
Teacher & Vice-Rector for International Relations , University of Ostrava

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25 March

11:00 - 11:30

ExCeL London


Add to calendar 03/25/2022 11:00 03/25/2022 11:30 Consolidating learnings from disruption In collaboration with UUK

Although, of course, a key benefit and part of the university experience is being a physical community together on campus, there is also recognition that much progress has been made by the radical adaptation brought about by restrictions to travel and social distancing measure as a consequence of COVID-19 and as indicated in the Michael Barber report Gravity Assist: Propelling higher education towards a brighter future.  

This keynote will present findings from UUK’s work led by Dr Peter Bonfield, Vice-Chancellor and President of The University of Westminster, on what a future of blended and hybrid learning may look like, and what role could education technology play. The session will address:
  • How can EdTech help narrow access and attainment gaps and reduce the impact of digital inequities?
  • How can EdTech be used to improve student engagement in a hybrid environment?
  • Is there a role for EdTech in enhancing academic and student support services in a hybrid environment?
  • How can EdTech reduce the costs upskilling and reskilling of staff and students to fully take advantage of digital learning possibilities in a hybrid environment?

Themes: Leadership, Innovation, Futures
ExCeL London Europe/London

Keynote Address

Consolidating learnings from disruption

In collaboration with UUK

Although, of course, a key benefit and part of the university experience is being a physical community together on campus, there is also recognition that much progress has been made by the radical adaptation brought about by restrictions to travel and social distancing measure as a consequence of COVID-19 and as indicated in the Michael Barber report Gravity Assist: Propelling higher education towards a brighter future.  

This keynote will present findings from UUK’s work led by Dr Peter Bonfield, Vice-Chancellor and President of The University of Westminster, on what a future of blended and hybrid learning may look like, and what role could education technology play. The session will address:
  • How can EdTech help narrow access and attainment gaps and reduce the impact of digital inequities?
  • How can EdTech be used to improve student engagement in a hybrid environment?
  • Is there a role for EdTech in enhancing academic and student support services in a hybrid environment?
  • How can EdTech reduce the costs upskilling and reskilling of staff and students to fully take advantage of digital learning possibilities in a hybrid environment?

Themes: Leadership, Innovation, Futures

Speakers

Dr Peter Bonfield
Vice-Chancellor and President , University of Westminster

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25 March

11:45 - 12:10

ExCeL London


Add to calendar 03/25/2022 11:45 03/25/2022 12:10 Evolving Higher Education: Levelling up and social mobility in the digital era Join Isobelle, Head of Recruitment and Admissions, and Sax, Director of Disruptive Learning at UA92 for a dynamic two-part session, deep diving into two core parts of its mission: 

Levelling up in action through the lens of a deliberately different approach to student recruitment. To reach young people in the more deprived post codes, breaking down the barriers that exist around Higher Education and building confidence and aspiration with an audience that is currently being left behind, to unlock their greatness and instil in them the confidence and belief that they can make it for real at UA92. 

The second part of the session will give an insight into part of UA92’s mission to drive digital inclusion, creating a digital environment that inspires and prepares all students from all backgrounds and communities with the digital skills and confidence required to be successful in the 21st century workplace and step change social mobility.

Themes: Inclusion, Futures, Skills
ExCeL London Europe/London

Keynote Address

Evolving Higher Education: Levelling up and social mobility in the digital era

Join Isobelle, Head of Recruitment and Admissions, and Sax, Director of Disruptive Learning at UA92 for a dynamic two-part session, deep diving into two core parts of its mission: 

Levelling up in action through the lens of a deliberately different approach to student recruitment. To reach young people in the more deprived post codes, breaking down the barriers that exist around Higher Education and building confidence and aspiration with an audience that is currently being left behind, to unlock their greatness and instil in them the confidence and belief that they can make it for real at UA92. 

The second part of the session will give an insight into part of UA92’s mission to drive digital inclusion, creating a digital environment that inspires and prepares all students from all backgrounds and communities with the digital skills and confidence required to be successful in the 21st century workplace and step change social mobility.

Themes: Inclusion, Futures, Skills

Speakers

Aaron Saxton (Sax)
Director of Disruptive Learning , University Academy 92
Isobelle Panton
Head of Recruitment and Admissions , University Academy 92

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25 March

12:25 - 12:50

ExCeL London


Add to calendar 03/25/2022 12:25 03/25/2022 12:50 Digital Innovator of the Year: Pioneering approaches to using simulation in education Simulation is a critical element of learning at King’s College London, playing a vital role in ensuring facilities and resources are future-proofed to train clinicians who will practice in digital environments in modern healthcare. King's research into reducing aerosol spread during the pandemic established new ways of working, accelerating delivery of innovative, digital and sustainable simulation facilities and education technologies.

Join this session to hear how the innovative work at Kings College London has informed practice and approaches at other training and HE institutions, with the most important impact being the graduation of two cohorts of competent dentists under the most challenging circumstances.

Professor Kim Piper and Dr San Diego will be speaking on pioneering approaches to using simulation in education, focusing on the work that won them the title of Digital Innovator of the Year at the Times Higher Education Awards 2021. Both speakers received national and international recognition in this area.

Themes: Innovation, Futures
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Keynote Address

Digital Innovator of the Year: Pioneering approaches to using simulation in education

Simulation is a critical element of learning at King’s College London, playing a vital role in ensuring facilities and resources are future-proofed to train clinicians who will practice in digital environments in modern healthcare. King's research into reducing aerosol spread during the pandemic established new ways of working, accelerating delivery of innovative, digital and sustainable simulation facilities and education technologies.

Join this session to hear how the innovative work at Kings College London has informed practice and approaches at other training and HE institutions, with the most important impact being the graduation of two cohorts of competent dentists under the most challenging circumstances.

Professor Kim Piper and Dr San Diego will be speaking on pioneering approaches to using simulation in education, focusing on the work that won them the title of Digital Innovator of the Year at the Times Higher Education Awards 2021. Both speakers received national and international recognition in this area.

Themes: Innovation, Futures

Speakers

Dr Jonathan San Diego
Senior Lecturer in Educational Technology , King’s College London
Prof Kim Piper
Dean for Education and Head of the Centre for Dental Education , King’s College London

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25 March

13:30 - 13:55

ExCeL London


Add to calendar 03/25/2022 13:30 03/25/2022 13:55 Navigating unchartered territory in Higher Education Suki Fuller’s eclectic 19-year career within strategic intelligence and technology has solidified her status as an intrinsic part of the London tech community. Recently named by Computer Weekly as the fifth most influential woman in UK Tech in 2021, Suki is joining us at Ahead by Bett to discuss the future of Higher Education. With new technologies currently disrupting everything we know about teaching and learning, we’re excited to hear from Suki on how we can learn to thrive when traditional models of education are turned on their head. ExCeL London Europe/London

Keynote Address

Navigating unchartered territory in Higher Education

Suki Fuller’s eclectic 19-year career within strategic intelligence and technology has solidified her status as an intrinsic part of the London tech community. Recently named by Computer Weekly as the fifth most influential woman in UK Tech in 2021, Suki is joining us at Ahead by Bett to discuss the future of Higher Education. With new technologies currently disrupting everything we know about teaching and learning, we’re excited to hear from Suki on how we can learn to thrive when traditional models of education are turned on their head.

Speakers

Suki Fuller
Analytical Storyteller , Miribure

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25 March

14:10 - 15:15

ExCeL London


Add to calendar 03/25/2022 14:10 03/25/2022 15:15 Case studies on reinventing the student experience Join us in The Auditorium for a series of case studies exploring every part of the student experience. Our speakers come from a range of different universities across the UK and will be tackling key aspects of the student experience, including wellbeing, skills, inclusion, culture and strategy.

Case Study 1 | Ensuring good student wellbeing is an essential factor in providing an excellent student experience at university. In this presentation, Drew Linforth from the University of Birmingham explores how his team improved student wellbeing through community development, connecting with third sector organisations, social marketing and intersectional understandings of wellbeing.

Case Study 2 | A first class degree is no longer the only thing students look for from a university. In this case study, Dr Pathik Pathak from the University of Southampton explores how his university has utilised co-curricula offerings to help students develop a stronger portfolio of transferable skills, think more deeply about their career aspirations and feel a greater sense of purpose during their studies.

Case Study 3 | Accessibility should be a top priority for universities in order to offer a truly personalised experience. In this session, Kevin Merry from De Montfort University presents his work on universal design for learning and the importance of keeping SEND in mind throughout learning design.

Themes: Skills, Inclusion, Wellbeing
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Case Study

Case studies on reinventing the student experience

Join us in The Auditorium for a series of case studies exploring every part of the student experience. Our speakers come from a range of different universities across the UK and will be tackling key aspects of the student experience, including wellbeing, skills, inclusion, culture and strategy.

Case Study 1 | Ensuring good student wellbeing is an essential factor in providing an excellent student experience at university. In this presentation, Drew Linforth from the University of Birmingham explores how his team improved student wellbeing through community development, connecting with third sector organisations, social marketing and intersectional understandings of wellbeing.

Case Study 2 | A first class degree is no longer the only thing students look for from a university. In this case study, Dr Pathik Pathak from the University of Southampton explores how his university has utilised co-curricula offerings to help students develop a stronger portfolio of transferable skills, think more deeply about their career aspirations and feel a greater sense of purpose during their studies.

Case Study 3 | Accessibility should be a top priority for universities in order to offer a truly personalised experience. In this session, Kevin Merry from De Montfort University presents his work on universal design for learning and the importance of keeping SEND in mind throughout learning design.

Themes: Skills, Inclusion, Wellbeing

Speakers

Drew Linforth
Assistant Director Student Services (Wellbeing & Partnerships), Student Wellbeing Services , University of Birmingham
Dr Kevin Merry
Teacher Fellow and Head of Academic Professional Development , De Montfort University
Dr Pathik Pathak
Director, University of Southampton Social Impact Lab , University of Southampton

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The Collaboration Space

Enjoy refreshments and informal networking with peers. Join curated networking sessions and in-depth roundtable discussions hosted by some of our partners. 
If you would like to enquire about attending one of our roundtables in The Collaboration Space, please contact our Community Manager here.

23 March

11:15 - 12:15

ExCeL London


Add to calendar 03/23/2022 11:15 03/23/2022 12:15 Developing a culture of innovation in your university

In collaboration with AWS

In this session, we’ll be exploring how you can deploy more effective leadership by utilising Amazon’s culture of innovation within your university. Touching on a variety of case studies from around the world, we’ll learn how Amazon has collaborated with the Higher Education sector to improve the student experience by using four main elements of how Amazon organizes for innovation: Culture, Mechanisms, Architecture, and Organization.


In this interactive discussion we encourage participants to come together to review shared challenges and put together a dynamic plan for improving student life both on and off campus.

There are limited spaces within this session, to join please contact our Community Manager here and state which roundtable you are interested in attending.

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Roundtable

Developing a culture of innovation in your university

In collaboration with AWS

In this session, we’ll be exploring how you can deploy more effective leadership by utilising Amazon’s culture of innovation within your university. Touching on a variety of case studies from around the world, we’ll learn how Amazon has collaborated with the Higher Education sector to improve the student experience by using four main elements of how Amazon organizes for innovation: Culture, Mechanisms, Architecture, and Organization.


In this interactive discussion we encourage participants to come together to review shared challenges and put together a dynamic plan for improving student life both on and off campus.

There are limited spaces within this session, to join please contact our Community Manager here and state which roundtable you are interested in attending.

Moderators

Daniel Bacelic
Education Partner Lead for EMEA , Amazon Web Services (AWS)
Lucy Antysz
Account Manager - Education , Amazon Web Services (AWS)
Nina Kunkel
Head of Public Sector Partners DACH , Amazon Web Services (AWS)

23 March

14:15 - 15:15

ExCeL London


Add to calendar 03/23/2022 14:15 03/23/2022 15:15 Treating strategic tech sourcing as a specialism in the digital age
In collaboration with UCISA

Technology constantly develops at a fast pace while being fundamental to delivering teaching and learning, as well as all supporting services, but there is room for improvement in how HEIs adapt to keep on top of evolving markets

The session will explore both current challenges and opportunities to improve how institutions can embolden their IT teams to have the dynamism to deliver, under the following three topics:
  1. Can continuous supplier engagement assist HEIs in market intelligence and innovation?
  2. What additional value can HEIs receive through longer-term contracts with IT providers?
  3. How can the sector overcome internal challenges to improve their tech services at the pace required?

There are limited spaces within this session, to join please contact our Community Manager here and state which roundtable you are interested in attending.
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Roundtable

Treating strategic tech sourcing as a specialism in the digital age

In collaboration with UCISA

Technology constantly develops at a fast pace while being fundamental to delivering teaching and learning, as well as all supporting services, but there is room for improvement in how HEIs adapt to keep on top of evolving markets

The session will explore both current challenges and opportunities to improve how institutions can embolden their IT teams to have the dynamism to deliver, under the following three topics:
  1. Can continuous supplier engagement assist HEIs in market intelligence and innovation?
  2. What additional value can HEIs receive through longer-term contracts with IT providers?
  3. How can the sector overcome internal challenges to improve their tech services at the pace required?

There are limited spaces within this session, to join please contact our Community Manager here and state which roundtable you are interested in attending.

Moderators

Kate Ferguson-Best
Head of IT Commercial Management , Kingston University
Mel Gomes
Head of IT Commercial Management and Contracts , Royal Holloway, University of London
Dr Robert Moore
IT Procurement Manager , Leeds Beckett University

Speakers

Deborah Green
Chief Executive Officer , UCISA

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24 March

11:15 - 12:15

ExCeL London


Add to calendar 03/24/2022 11:15 03/24/2022 12:15 How collaboration between academic research and IT teams strengthens projects – with results

In collaboration with Phoenix Software

Empowering research teams to analyse and explore data is key to uncovering new truths and patterns and accelerating discoveries. But what does it take to get there in a modern world of technological advances, big data, and secure trusted research environments?


Across academic research, often the main goal is to make an impact, and to do so, walls and barriers must be broken down and modern ways of working adopted. This is exactly the approach that the University of Stirling has taken by fully involving IT teams, data scientists, and research teams to ensure that its work delivers innovations and results that matter. 

Join Phoenix – Microsoft’s UK Partner of the Year 2021 – and the University of Stirling as they explore the incredible work the university is doing to allow researchers to achieve greater results faster and modernise using the power of the cloud.

There are limited spaces within this session, to join please contact our Community Manager here and state which roundtable you are interested in attending.

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Roundtable

How collaboration between academic research and IT teams strengthens projects – with results

In collaboration with Phoenix Software

Empowering research teams to analyse and explore data is key to uncovering new truths and patterns and accelerating discoveries. But what does it take to get there in a modern world of technological advances, big data, and secure trusted research environments?


Across academic research, often the main goal is to make an impact, and to do so, walls and barriers must be broken down and modern ways of working adopted. This is exactly the approach that the University of Stirling has taken by fully involving IT teams, data scientists, and research teams to ensure that its work delivers innovations and results that matter. 

Join Phoenix – Microsoft’s UK Partner of the Year 2021 – and the University of Stirling as they explore the incredible work the university is doing to allow researchers to achieve greater results faster and modernise using the power of the cloud.

There are limited spaces within this session, to join please contact our Community Manager here and state which roundtable you are interested in attending.

Moderators

Craig Taylor
Director of Cloud Solutions , Phoenix Software

Speakers

Adam Varley
Data Scientist , University of Stirling
Debbie Dean
Director of Education Sector , Phoenix Software
James Blair
Director Development and Operations and Deputy Director of Information Services , University of Stirling

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24 March

14:00 - 15:00

ExCeL London


Add to calendar 03/24/2022 14:00 03/24/2022 15:00 How is digitalisation transforming process and infrastructure within Higher Education? In collaboration with SAP Concur

Digitalisation offers new opportunities to transform, helping streamline processes and policies, leading to an improved infrastructure, working environment and the services provided to students and staff.

This session is to explore what benefits universities across the UK have observed since embracing digital transformation, particularly across spend management and financial policy. In this session we will hear from the University of Portsmouth on what tools can help you streamline processes and policies, leading to an improved infrastructure, working environment and the services provided to students and staff.

The areas of discussion will include: 
  • Increasing visibility into non-compliant spend
  • Streamline back-office processes
  • Improved Accounts Payable (AP) efficiencies
  • Budget policy and compliance
  • Managing a Duty of Care to all, on and off campus

There are limited spaces within this session, to join please contact our Community Manager here and state which roundtable you are interested in attending.
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Roundtable

How is digitalisation transforming process and infrastructure within Higher Education?

In collaboration with SAP Concur

Digitalisation offers new opportunities to transform, helping streamline processes and policies, leading to an improved infrastructure, working environment and the services provided to students and staff.

This session is to explore what benefits universities across the UK have observed since embracing digital transformation, particularly across spend management and financial policy. In this session we will hear from the University of Portsmouth on what tools can help you streamline processes and policies, leading to an improved infrastructure, working environment and the services provided to students and staff.

The areas of discussion will include: 
  • Increasing visibility into non-compliant spend
  • Streamline back-office processes
  • Improved Accounts Payable (AP) efficiencies
  • Budget policy and compliance
  • Managing a Duty of Care to all, on and off campus

There are limited spaces within this session, to join please contact our Community Manager here and state which roundtable you are interested in attending.

Moderators

Conor Murphy
Senior Solutions Consultant , SAP Concur
Nicola Lovell
Senior Regional Sales Representative - Education Lead , SAP Concur

Speakers

Nicola Nestor
Deputy Director of Finance , University of Portsmouth

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24 March

15:30 - 16:30

ExCeL London


Add to calendar 03/24/2022 15:30 03/24/2022 16:30 Utilising AI to improve efficiencies and efficacy in Higher Education
In collaboration with Jisc

Join the team at Jisc’s National Centre for AI in Tertiary Education in the Collaboration Space for a roundtable discussion on the benefits and challenges of using AI in Higher Education. 

In this session participants will work together to put forward a realistic and ambitious vision of how AI could be used to address issues around staff workload. Participants will work in groups of ten to define the problem of staff workload, review prospective AI solutions, and then develop a plan of how appropriate technologies could be used to address workload issues in a purposeful and responsible way.

Discussion Points:
  1. Defining the Problem: In what contexts are the skills and time of HE staff not being utilised optimally? What problems/opportunity costs does this create?
  2. Scoping the Solutions: Where does AI offer credible solutions to workload issues?
  3. Overcoming Challenges and Risks: What challenges and risks do you foresee around implementing AI solutions to workload issues? How could these challenges and risks be addressed?
  4. Putting Forward a Vision: How should AI be used, in a purposeful and responsible way, to improve staff workloads in Higher Education and enhance student outcomes?
There are limited spaces within this session, to join please contact our Community Manager here and state which roundtable you are interested in attending.
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Roundtable

Utilising AI to improve efficiencies and efficacy in Higher Education

In collaboration with Jisc

Join the team at Jisc’s National Centre for AI in Tertiary Education in the Collaboration Space for a roundtable discussion on the benefits and challenges of using AI in Higher Education. 

In this session participants will work together to put forward a realistic and ambitious vision of how AI could be used to address issues around staff workload. Participants will work in groups of ten to define the problem of staff workload, review prospective AI solutions, and then develop a plan of how appropriate technologies could be used to address workload issues in a purposeful and responsible way.

Discussion Points:
  1. Defining the Problem: In what contexts are the skills and time of HE staff not being utilised optimally? What problems/opportunity costs does this create?
  2. Scoping the Solutions: Where does AI offer credible solutions to workload issues?
  3. Overcoming Challenges and Risks: What challenges and risks do you foresee around implementing AI solutions to workload issues? How could these challenges and risks be addressed?
  4. Putting Forward a Vision: How should AI be used, in a purposeful and responsible way, to improve staff workloads in Higher Education and enhance student outcomes?
There are limited spaces within this session, to join please contact our Community Manager here and state which roundtable you are interested in attending.

Moderators

Andy McGregor
Director of EdTech and Co-design , Jisc
Sue Attewell
Head of EdTech , Jisc
Tom Moule
Product Lead, The National Centre for AI in Tertiary Education , Jisc

24 March

17:30 - 18:30

ExCeL London


Add to calendar 03/24/2022 17:30 03/24/2022 18:30 The Ahead by Bett Launch Party We're hosting the official launch party of Ahead by Bett in the Collaboration Space on Thursday 24th March!

We invite you to join us as we celebrate our first year of providing cutting-edge content, product discovery and facilitated peer discussions specifically for the Higher Education community.
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Networking Event

The Ahead by Bett Launch Party

We're hosting the official launch party of Ahead by Bett in the Collaboration Space on Thursday 24th March!

We invite you to join us as we celebrate our first year of providing cutting-edge content, product discovery and facilitated peer discussions specifically for the Higher Education community.

25 March

11:15 - 12:15

ExCeL London


Add to calendar 03/25/2022 11:15 03/25/2022 12:15 Riding the Wave: Providing high quality education across borders

In collaboration with UUK

How can we manage transnational education exports in a post-pandemic landscape, where students expect more flexible options than ever? We will explore this topic from a policy level through to a practical level, exploring how the Higher Education sector can collaborate to benefit from opportunities and overcome challenges in transnational online learning.

This session will explore themes related to providing education digitally across borders. UUKi’s research shows that, at the height of the pandemic, there could have been in excess of 400,000 students studying UK Higher Education programmes digitally across borders. Transnational online Higher Education has a huge capacity to widen access to education globally, but this mode of education comes with its own set of challenges. In this session we will explore what solutions technology can offer to three groups of challenges:
 

  1. Information and Data: How can technology help us improve our understanding of the student experience and student outcomes of those students studying digitally across borders?
  2. Quality: How can technology help ensure that all students get a high-quality educational experience regardless of where or how they study?
  3. Access: How can technology widen access to high quality higher education for particular population groups?

A common thread also running through all three questions is the challenge of communicating value to stakeholders. Through the discussion we hope to contribute to the UK Higher Education sector’s debate on developing and communicating a narrative of quality digital education that supports access to Higher Education globally

There are limited spaces within this session, to join please contact our Community Manager here and state which roundtable you are interested in attending.
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Roundtable

Riding the Wave: Providing high quality education across borders

In collaboration with UUK

How can we manage transnational education exports in a post-pandemic landscape, where students expect more flexible options than ever? We will explore this topic from a policy level through to a practical level, exploring how the Higher Education sector can collaborate to benefit from opportunities and overcome challenges in transnational online learning.

This session will explore themes related to providing education digitally across borders. UUKi’s research shows that, at the height of the pandemic, there could have been in excess of 400,000 students studying UK Higher Education programmes digitally across borders. Transnational online Higher Education has a huge capacity to widen access to education globally, but this mode of education comes with its own set of challenges. In this session we will explore what solutions technology can offer to three groups of challenges:
 

  1. Information and Data: How can technology help us improve our understanding of the student experience and student outcomes of those students studying digitally across borders?
  2. Quality: How can technology help ensure that all students get a high-quality educational experience regardless of where or how they study?
  3. Access: How can technology widen access to high quality higher education for particular population groups?

A common thread also running through all three questions is the challenge of communicating value to stakeholders. Through the discussion we hope to contribute to the UK Higher Education sector’s debate on developing and communicating a narrative of quality digital education that supports access to Higher Education globally

There are limited spaces within this session, to join please contact our Community Manager here and state which roundtable you are interested in attending.

Moderators

Dr Aulay Mackenzie
Pro Vice-Chancellor, Partnerships , Wrexham Glyndwr University
Eduardo Ramos
Head of Transnational Education , Universities UK International
Mike Winter OBE
Director of International Affairs , University of London

Speakers

Prof Helen O’Sullivan
Deputy Vice Chancellor and Provost , University of Chester

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25 March

14:15 - 15:15

ExCeL London


Add to calendar 03/25/2022 14:15 03/25/2022 15:15 Ethical approaches to digital leadership

In collaboration with ALT

Scaling up blended learning increases the need to assess how digital technology impacts on students and staff. Join us to explore ethical approaches to strategy and practice.


ALT’s Framework for Ethical Learning Technology (FELT) is designed to support individuals, organisations and industry in the ethical use of learning technology across sectors. The need for such a framework has become increasingly urgent as Learning Technology has been adopted on a larger scale than ever before and as the leading professional body for Learning Technology in the UK, representing 3,500 Members, ALT is well placed to lead this effort.

This roundtable session will bring together leaders in blended, hybrid and flexible learning and will touch on the following discussion points:

  1. What are your key ethical questions and concerns?
  2. How can the core elements of the framework be used to support digital strategy development?
  3. Which policies and processes could be supported?
  4. What are the key areas in which staff need support and exploring how the framework’s open resources can help.
There are limited spaces within this session, to join please contact our Community Manager here and state which roundtable you are interested in attending.
ExCeL London Europe/London

Roundtable

Ethical approaches to digital leadership

In collaboration with ALT

Scaling up blended learning increases the need to assess how digital technology impacts on students and staff. Join us to explore ethical approaches to strategy and practice.


ALT’s Framework for Ethical Learning Technology (FELT) is designed to support individuals, organisations and industry in the ethical use of learning technology across sectors. The need for such a framework has become increasingly urgent as Learning Technology has been adopted on a larger scale than ever before and as the leading professional body for Learning Technology in the UK, representing 3,500 Members, ALT is well placed to lead this effort.

This roundtable session will bring together leaders in blended, hybrid and flexible learning and will touch on the following discussion points:

  1. What are your key ethical questions and concerns?
  2. How can the core elements of the framework be used to support digital strategy development?
  3. Which policies and processes could be supported?
  4. What are the key areas in which staff need support and exploring how the framework’s open resources can help.
There are limited spaces within this session, to join please contact our Community Manager here and state which roundtable you are interested in attending.

Moderators

David White
Head of Digital Education , University of the Arts London
Javiera Atenas
Senior Lecturer in Learning and Teaching Enhancement , University of Suffolk
Dr Maren Deepwell
Chief Executive , Association for Learning Technology

The Sandbox

Experience innovation in practice. Get hands-on with new technologies for lecturers and students and discover how to apply new ideas in different institutions

23 March

10:50 - 11:15

ExCeL London


Add to calendar 03/23/2022 10:50 03/23/2022 11:15 Why democratising data science will prove key for Higher Education In collaboration with Alteryx

The ability to derive insight from data is essential to the success of technology initiatives. Leaders across Higher Education understand data analytics capabilities are no longer a “nice to have”, but an essential driving force for transformation.

Join Alteryx for this exclusive discussion, aimed at digital and strategic leaders across the Higher Education sector. Omer Hafeez, Business Intelligence & Data Architect, University of Derby, will join our host Andy Armstead, Enterprise Account Executive, Alteryx to discuss the role data analytics can play within an organization, and asks how HE leaders can take data and turn it into transformational insights that ultimately create real change for the sector.

Themes: Leadership, Innovation, Futures
ExCeL London Europe/London

Case Study

Why democratising data science will prove key for Higher Education

In collaboration with Alteryx

The ability to derive insight from data is essential to the success of technology initiatives. Leaders across Higher Education understand data analytics capabilities are no longer a “nice to have”, but an essential driving force for transformation.

Join Alteryx for this exclusive discussion, aimed at digital and strategic leaders across the Higher Education sector. Omer Hafeez, Business Intelligence & Data Architect, University of Derby, will join our host Andy Armstead, Enterprise Account Executive, Alteryx to discuss the role data analytics can play within an organization, and asks how HE leaders can take data and turn it into transformational insights that ultimately create real change for the sector.

Themes: Leadership, Innovation, Futures

Speakers

Andy Armstead
Enterprise Account Executive , Alteryx
Omer Hafeez
Business Intelligence and Data Architect , University of Derby

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23 March

11:30 - 11:55

ExCeL London


Add to calendar 03/23/2022 11:30 03/23/2022 11:55 Adaptive learning and collaborative project-based learning In collaboration with Area9 Lyceum

A live demonstration of the latest development within adaptive learning technology and project-based learning from Area9 Lyceum.

Over the past 20 years, millions of learners in higher education have benefitted from Area9’s adaptive learning technology.

Join Jan Larsen, Chief Product Officer of Area9 Lyceum, when he demonstrates the latest learning technology with focus on the benefits for both the learner and the educator. This includes:
  • The adaptive learning experience in a traditional e-book format.
  • The latest content development tool for the educator.
  • Tools to support both the learner and educator to execute collaborative and project-based learning.
After the session, each participant is offered:
  • Free access to the first three adaptive modules in the Area9U certification course (A course for adaptive learning engineering).
  • Free learner access to a chapter in the adaptive e-book as demoed.

Themes: Innovation, Inclusion
ExCeL London Europe/London

Case Study

Adaptive learning and collaborative project-based learning

In collaboration with Area9 Lyceum

A live demonstration of the latest development within adaptive learning technology and project-based learning from Area9 Lyceum.

Over the past 20 years, millions of learners in higher education have benefitted from Area9’s adaptive learning technology.

Join Jan Larsen, Chief Product Officer of Area9 Lyceum, when he demonstrates the latest learning technology with focus on the benefits for both the learner and the educator. This includes:
  • The adaptive learning experience in a traditional e-book format.
  • The latest content development tool for the educator.
  • Tools to support both the learner and educator to execute collaborative and project-based learning.
After the session, each participant is offered:
  • Free access to the first three adaptive modules in the Area9U certification course (A course for adaptive learning engineering).
  • Free learner access to a chapter in the adaptive e-book as demoed.

Themes: Innovation, Inclusion

Speakers

Jan Krogh Larsen
Chief Product Officer , Area9 Lyceum

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23 March

12:10 - 12:55

ExCeL London


Add to calendar 03/23/2022 12:10 03/23/2022 12:55 Education is a Design Science: Exploring learning design with Diana Laurillard

As the past two years have demonstrated, more than ever, teaching is no longer simply about passing on knowledge to the next generation – it is now a design science. With the Higher Education sector being forced to pivot faster than ever in an ever-changing cultural and technological environment, it’s essential to embed learning design in the teacher’s everyday role and encourage peer-to-peer collaboration in order to ensure that the very best ideas can be shared and developed. In this workshop, we’ll be hearing from Diana Laurillard, Professor of Learning with Digital Technologies at UCL Knowledge Lab, on how we can build on traditional pedagogical patterns to develop and test new ways of learning in order to foster true innovation in our institutions.

Diana was formerly Head of the e-Learning Strategy Unit at Department for Education and Skills (2002-5) and Pro-Vice Chancellor for learning technologies at the Open University (1995-2002). She is best known for developing the Conversational Framework and the Learning Designer tool, and for researching the potential of MOOCs, learning design, and digital games for dyscalculia. Her research includes large-scale online communities of teacher-designers, and the use of specialised digital course design tools to enable teachers to create and share new pedagogies for using learning technology. She is currently running two MOOCs on teacher development in digital course design, and will be drawing on her insights from these projects in order to inform this workshop session. The latter part of the workshop will introduce participants to the Learning Designer, a free and open online tool that helps teachers put the Conversational Framework into practice.

Themes: Skills, Innovation

ExCeL London Europe/London

Workshop

Education is a Design Science: Exploring learning design with Diana Laurillard

As the past two years have demonstrated, more than ever, teaching is no longer simply about passing on knowledge to the next generation – it is now a design science. With the Higher Education sector being forced to pivot faster than ever in an ever-changing cultural and technological environment, it’s essential to embed learning design in the teacher’s everyday role and encourage peer-to-peer collaboration in order to ensure that the very best ideas can be shared and developed. In this workshop, we’ll be hearing from Diana Laurillard, Professor of Learning with Digital Technologies at UCL Knowledge Lab, on how we can build on traditional pedagogical patterns to develop and test new ways of learning in order to foster true innovation in our institutions.

Diana was formerly Head of the e-Learning Strategy Unit at Department for Education and Skills (2002-5) and Pro-Vice Chancellor for learning technologies at the Open University (1995-2002). She is best known for developing the Conversational Framework and the Learning Designer tool, and for researching the potential of MOOCs, learning design, and digital games for dyscalculia. Her research includes large-scale online communities of teacher-designers, and the use of specialised digital course design tools to enable teachers to create and share new pedagogies for using learning technology. She is currently running two MOOCs on teacher development in digital course design, and will be drawing on her insights from these projects in order to inform this workshop session. The latter part of the workshop will introduce participants to the Learning Designer, a free and open online tool that helps teachers put the Conversational Framework into practice.

Themes: Skills, Innovation

Moderators

Prof Diana Laurillard
Professor of Learning with Digital Technologies, UCL Knowledge Lab , UCL Institute of Education
Dr Eileen Kennedy
Principal Research Fellow , UCL Knowledge Lab

23 March

13:10 - 13:35

ExCeL London


Add to calendar 03/23/2022 13:10 03/23/2022 13:35 Cyber Resilience and Governance: Protecting your institution in the information age In collaboration with AvePoint

Sharing knowledge and collaborating is a core mission for higher education. Higher education is all about opening the doors, trusting everybody, collaborating internationally and sharing knowledge with the world. 

But such free-flowing information can lead to major cybersecurity vulnerabilities from both inside and from outside the institution. This session is a discussion about balancing  zero trust, access control and knowledge sharing.

Themes: Innovation, Leadership
ExCeL London Europe/London

Case Study

Cyber Resilience and Governance: Protecting your institution in the information age

In collaboration with AvePoint

Sharing knowledge and collaborating is a core mission for higher education. Higher education is all about opening the doors, trusting everybody, collaborating internationally and sharing knowledge with the world. 

But such free-flowing information can lead to major cybersecurity vulnerabilities from both inside and from outside the institution. This session is a discussion about balancing  zero trust, access control and knowledge sharing.

Themes: Innovation, Leadership

Speakers

Ian Tilsed
Education Strategic Consultant , AvePoint UK, Ltd
Yatindra Ranpura
Solutions Architect , AvePoint Inc.

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23 March

13:50 - 14:35

ExCeL London


Add to calendar 03/23/2022 13:50 03/23/2022 14:35 Reimagining Higher Education: The Post-COVID Classroom  

In collaboration with Microsoft

Blended learning isn’t just about being able to hold class from anywhere — it’s about personalising the learning experience to include every learner.

Blended learning involves much more than virtual classes—it is a holistic, reimagined learning experience that enables all learners to continue their education regardless of global health crises, weather, transportation limitations, or other obstacles. Now that education is shifting into the long-term reality of blended learning, we want to help you to not only respond to the immediate moment but also build a foundation to help all learners succeed.


Themes: Inclusion, Innovation, Skills, Leadership, Wellbeing, Futures

ExCeL London Europe/London

Workshop

Reimagining Higher Education: The Post-COVID Classroom  

In collaboration with Microsoft

Blended learning isn’t just about being able to hold class from anywhere — it’s about personalising the learning experience to include every learner.

Blended learning involves much more than virtual classes—it is a holistic, reimagined learning experience that enables all learners to continue their education regardless of global health crises, weather, transportation limitations, or other obstacles. Now that education is shifting into the long-term reality of blended learning, we want to help you to not only respond to the immediate moment but also build a foundation to help all learners succeed.


Themes: Inclusion, Innovation, Skills, Leadership, Wellbeing, Futures

Speakers

Alan Crawford
Specialist for Education , Microsoft
Ian Woolner
Specialist for Education , Microsoft

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23 March

14:50 - 15:15

ExCeL London


Add to calendar 03/23/2022 14:50 03/23/2022 15:15 The LSBU Network Modernisation Project: Students as the new Network Edge In collaboration with Extreme Networks

London South Bank University have partnered with Extreme Networks to reinvent their network and create a digital strategy based on student outcomes and positive student engagement. Recent NSS scores have highlighted the need to modernise and deliver a truly personalised experienced for today’s student. 

The new network has been designed to leverage unlimited data to help drive present and future design innovation; which in turn will grow and support student interaction and retention. The new network will provide the students with a simple to use digital relationship with the University to ensure that they can fully engage with their course, their campus, and their peers.

This review of digital strategy has also led to some operational efficiencies; for example improved security and more creativity for their workforce. LSBU is now cutting edge and will share their strategy with the audience.

Themes: Wellbeing, Innovation, Leadership
ExCeL London Europe/London

Case Study

The LSBU Network Modernisation Project: Students as the new Network Edge

In collaboration with Extreme Networks

London South Bank University have partnered with Extreme Networks to reinvent their network and create a digital strategy based on student outcomes and positive student engagement. Recent NSS scores have highlighted the need to modernise and deliver a truly personalised experienced for today’s student. 

The new network has been designed to leverage unlimited data to help drive present and future design innovation; which in turn will grow and support student interaction and retention. The new network will provide the students with a simple to use digital relationship with the University to ensure that they can fully engage with their course, their campus, and their peers.

This review of digital strategy has also led to some operational efficiencies; for example improved security and more creativity for their workforce. LSBU is now cutting edge and will share their strategy with the audience.

Themes: Wellbeing, Innovation, Leadership

Speakers

Alex Denley
Director of Innovation and Transformation , London South Bank University
Gem James
Head of Education UK&I , Extreme Networks

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23 March

15:30 - 15:55

ExCeL London


Add to calendar 03/23/2022 15:30 03/23/2022 15:55 How not to sabotage your institution’s digital transformation

In collaboration with AWS

People are at the heart of AWS. That’s why every digital transformation project we undertake is centred around the people who drive it. Phil Le-Brun, Director of Enterprise Strategy at AWS will take you through our process, as well as remind you that your institution isn’t just what it does—it’s who does it.

Themes: Innovation, Leadership

ExCeL London Europe/London

Case Study

How not to sabotage your institution’s digital transformation

In collaboration with AWS

People are at the heart of AWS. That’s why every digital transformation project we undertake is centred around the people who drive it. Phil Le-Brun, Director of Enterprise Strategy at AWS will take you through our process, as well as remind you that your institution isn’t just what it does—it’s who does it.

Themes: Innovation, Leadership

Speakers

Phil Le-Brun
Enterprise Strategist and Evangelist , Amazon Web Services (AWS)

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23 March

16:15 - 16:40

ExCeL London


Add to calendar 03/23/2022 16:15 03/23/2022 16:40 Teesside University’s journey in developing digital literacy and driving education 4.0 Teaching staff must reimagine course design and academic practice in order to improve the student experience. Dr Ann Thanaraj and Paul Durston join us from Teesside University to present their 4 year plan for the training of teaching staff, developing digital literacy and driving education 4.0. Throughout we explain how this strategy must also meet new expectations from students on what they want from their learning experience.

Themes: Leadership, Futures, Inclusion
ExCeL London Europe/London

Case Study

Teesside University’s journey in developing digital literacy and driving education 4.0

Teaching staff must reimagine course design and academic practice in order to improve the student experience. Dr Ann Thanaraj and Paul Durston join us from Teesside University to present their 4 year plan for the training of teaching staff, developing digital literacy and driving education 4.0. Throughout we explain how this strategy must also meet new expectations from students on what they want from their learning experience.

Themes: Leadership, Futures, Inclusion

Speakers

Dr Ann Thanaraj
Assistant Academic Registrar Digital Transformation , Teesside University
Paul Durston
Digital Learning Manager , Teesside University

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24 March

10:50 - 11:15

ExCeL London


Add to calendar 03/24/2022 10:50 03/24/2022 11:15 Data and Technology Consolidation in Higher Education: Thoughts from the trenches In collaboration with AvePoint

Digitisation offers new opportunities to transform your collaboration platform, streamline processes and governance policies, all leading to an improved digital workplace provided to students and staff.

We welcome Neil Iles, I&T Infrastructure Project Manager from SOAS University of London to our fireside chat as we take a look at their journey to Microsoft 365 .

Discussion topics: 
  • Why are so many institutions and systems looking seriously at consolidation?
  • Do the kinds of changes that come with a consolidation create aspects of a student experience that could eventually be considered differentiating?
  • What advice would you share with institutional and system leaders that are moving into a consolidation process?
  • Are there any other challenges that you feel should be, if not top of mind, then on radar for leaders in the early days of executing on a consolidation strategy?
  • Is there anything you’d like to add about this broad industry shift towards a consolidation strategy, and your observations on how to best go about this approach?
Themes: Innovation, Leadership
ExCeL London Europe/London

Case Study

Data and Technology Consolidation in Higher Education: Thoughts from the trenches

In collaboration with AvePoint

Digitisation offers new opportunities to transform your collaboration platform, streamline processes and governance policies, all leading to an improved digital workplace provided to students and staff.

We welcome Neil Iles, I&T Infrastructure Project Manager from SOAS University of London to our fireside chat as we take a look at their journey to Microsoft 365 .

Discussion topics: 
  • Why are so many institutions and systems looking seriously at consolidation?
  • Do the kinds of changes that come with a consolidation create aspects of a student experience that could eventually be considered differentiating?
  • What advice would you share with institutional and system leaders that are moving into a consolidation process?
  • Are there any other challenges that you feel should be, if not top of mind, then on radar for leaders in the early days of executing on a consolidation strategy?
  • Is there anything you’d like to add about this broad industry shift towards a consolidation strategy, and your observations on how to best go about this approach?
Themes: Innovation, Leadership

Speakers

Ian Tilsed
Education Strategic Consultant , AvePoint UK, Ltd
Neil Iles
I&T Infrastructure Project Manager , SOAS University of London

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24 March

11:30 - 11:55

ExCeL London


Add to calendar 03/24/2022 11:30 03/24/2022 11:55 iSchoolConnect & Google Cloud: Modernizing Higher Education admissions with ArtificiaI Intelligence In collaboration with iSchoolConnect

As colleges spend billions marketing themselves, how can they stand out from the crowd? The answer lies in effective nurturing of the enrollment funnel. The process of applying to colleges and universities can be as difficult for the institution, as it is for students. Learn how iSchoolConnect partners with Higher Education institutions to build small, but mighty, admission teams using AI-powered enrollment tools built with Google Cloud.

Themes: Innovation, Leadership
ExCeL London Europe/London

Case Study

iSchoolConnect & Google Cloud: Modernizing Higher Education admissions with ArtificiaI Intelligence

In collaboration with iSchoolConnect

As colleges spend billions marketing themselves, how can they stand out from the crowd? The answer lies in effective nurturing of the enrollment funnel. The process of applying to colleges and universities can be as difficult for the institution, as it is for students. Learn how iSchoolConnect partners with Higher Education institutions to build small, but mighty, admission teams using AI-powered enrollment tools built with Google Cloud.

Themes: Innovation, Leadership

Speakers

Ashish Fernando
CEO , iSchoolConnect

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24 March

12:20 - 12:55

ExCeL London


Add to calendar 03/24/2022 12:20 03/24/2022 12:55 Before and beyond the classroom: Modernising engagement for lifelong learners

In collaboration with Microsoft

Today’s learners come from unique backgrounds and life stages. Universities must understand their learners to deliver on personalised experiences.

Today’s learners bring high expectations to campus. Innovative campuses are shifting from automation and efficiency to agility and personalisation to engage learners of diverse life-stages and life-styles to connect with new markets and extend their engagement with current learners into lifelong relationships.


Themes: Leadership, Inclusion, Wellbeing, Skills, Futures, Innovation

ExCeL London Europe/London

Workshop

Before and beyond the classroom: Modernising engagement for lifelong learners

In collaboration with Microsoft

Today’s learners come from unique backgrounds and life stages. Universities must understand their learners to deliver on personalised experiences.

Today’s learners bring high expectations to campus. Innovative campuses are shifting from automation and efficiency to agility and personalisation to engage learners of diverse life-stages and life-styles to connect with new markets and extend their engagement with current learners into lifelong relationships.


Themes: Leadership, Inclusion, Wellbeing, Skills, Futures, Innovation

Speakers

Brian Gibson
Higher Education and Research Director, EMEA , Microsoft
Liz Bailey
Education Strategy Architect (EMEA) , Microsoft
Matthew Castle
Head of Application Platforms in Central IT Services , University of Oxford
Nick Gilbert
Chief Information and Digital Officer , University of Surrey

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24 March

13:10 - 13:55

ExCeL London


Add to calendar 03/24/2022 13:10 03/24/2022 13:55 Transforming Higher Education with Optimised Cloud Technology

In collaboration with SAP SE

SAP and Microsoft have teamed up to deliver a best in class flexible hosted Cloud environment to support complex College and University operations, and revolutionise the Student Experience.


Higher Education institutions are more challenged than ever to deliver superior services in uncertain times and within constrained budgets.  Institutions are seriously re-thinking their business models, with a sharpened focus on successful student engagement and meaningful experience, while also driving impactful research at high velocity. Explore with SAP and Microsoft the art of the possible in the new world of Cloud Ed Tech, and hear about some of our thought-leading joint customers such as The University of Toronto, Duke University, Penn State University, Tec de Monterrey, and Oxford University.

Themes: Futures, Leadership, Innovation

ExCeL London Europe/London

Workshop

Transforming Higher Education with Optimised Cloud Technology

In collaboration with SAP SE

SAP and Microsoft have teamed up to deliver a best in class flexible hosted Cloud environment to support complex College and University operations, and revolutionise the Student Experience.


Higher Education institutions are more challenged than ever to deliver superior services in uncertain times and within constrained budgets.  Institutions are seriously re-thinking their business models, with a sharpened focus on successful student engagement and meaningful experience, while also driving impactful research at high velocity. Explore with SAP and Microsoft the art of the possible in the new world of Cloud Ed Tech, and hear about some of our thought-leading joint customers such as The University of Toronto, Duke University, Penn State University, Tec de Monterrey, and Oxford University.

Themes: Futures, Leadership, Innovation

Speakers

James Krouse
Global Director – Solution Marketing – Defense/Security/Education/Healthcare , SAP SE
Liz Bailey
Education Strategy Architect (EMEA) , Microsoft
Rob Jonkers
SiS Solution Expert - EMEA , SAP SE

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24 March

14:10 - 14:35

ExCeL London


Add to calendar 03/24/2022 14:10 03/24/2022 14:35 Open all hours: Embracing technology for 24/7/365 individualised study support

In collaboration with Studiosity

When real-time engagement and instant feedback has become the norm, the education sector is still yet to fully adapt to meet the expectations of 21st century learners. Sector culture, resource constraints, and quality assurance have proven to be continual barriers to development, however these are now being overcome by an increasing number of progessive HEIs partnering with Studiosity, whose sole function is to provide 24/7/365 on-demand, online, individualised support for all students and study modes.


Lewis McKinnon, Head of Partner Development for UK and Europe will provide a range of partner case studies and independent research data to show how the integration of anywhere, anytime personalised academic support has improved student help-seeking, leading to a demonstrable impact on student experience, wellbeing, learning outcomes and retention.

Themes: Wellbeing, Leadership, Innovation, Skills, Inclusion, Futures

ExCeL London Europe/London

Case Study

Open all hours: Embracing technology for 24/7/365 individualised study support

In collaboration with Studiosity

When real-time engagement and instant feedback has become the norm, the education sector is still yet to fully adapt to meet the expectations of 21st century learners. Sector culture, resource constraints, and quality assurance have proven to be continual barriers to development, however these are now being overcome by an increasing number of progessive HEIs partnering with Studiosity, whose sole function is to provide 24/7/365 on-demand, online, individualised support for all students and study modes.


Lewis McKinnon, Head of Partner Development for UK and Europe will provide a range of partner case studies and independent research data to show how the integration of anywhere, anytime personalised academic support has improved student help-seeking, leading to a demonstrable impact on student experience, wellbeing, learning outcomes and retention.

Themes: Wellbeing, Leadership, Innovation, Skills, Inclusion, Futures

Speakers

Lewis McKinnon
Head of Partner Development, UK and Europe , Studiosity

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24 March

14:50 - 15:35

ExCeL London


Add to calendar 03/24/2022 14:50 03/24/2022 15:35 Supporting Hybrid Learning

Campus-based universities have failed to embrace the digital innovations that have transformed other industries. COVID-19 has forced us to experience very different working and learning practices, and students have discovered the benefits outweigh the downsides.  Students don’t want to sit in lecture halls any longer, so if you don’t offer them a choice of place and mode for their learning, they WILL now enroll elsewhere.

Designing effective learning for tomorrow’s students is an opportunity, not a compromise. Success requires far more than just video EdTech, and it will affect every university department. Join us to explore how you can better support hybrid learning.

Themes: Leadership, Futures

ExCeL London Europe/London

Case Study

Supporting Hybrid Learning

Campus-based universities have failed to embrace the digital innovations that have transformed other industries. COVID-19 has forced us to experience very different working and learning practices, and students have discovered the benefits outweigh the downsides.  Students don’t want to sit in lecture halls any longer, so if you don’t offer them a choice of place and mode for their learning, they WILL now enroll elsewhere.

Designing effective learning for tomorrow’s students is an opportunity, not a compromise. Success requires far more than just video EdTech, and it will affect every university department. Join us to explore how you can better support hybrid learning.

Themes: Leadership, Futures

Speakers

Tom Duff
Associate Director LTA , City of Glasgow College

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24 March

15:50 - 16:15

ExCeL London


Add to calendar 03/24/2022 15:50 03/24/2022 16:15 The rise of Microlearning and Gamification as Tools to Engage Students in Online and Blended Learning In collaboration with MobieTrain

Microlearning and gamification as indispensable solutions in an educational environment to prepare students for their professional careers.

This best practice session focuses on microlearning and gamification as an indispensable solution in an educational environment, moreover to prepare students for their professional careers. The session will provide a definition of microlearning as well as the creation of microcontent: short bursts of asynchronous learning such as brief readings of digital text(s), a brief video segment followed by a 2-3 question quiz, or a micropodcast. Educators can use microlearning in flexible and fluid ways within, or in addition to the regular course content to help students develop soft and hard skills in higher education vocational training.

Themes: Skills, Innovation, Leadership
ExCeL London Europe/London

Case Study

The rise of Microlearning and Gamification as Tools to Engage Students in Online and Blended Learning

In collaboration with MobieTrain

Microlearning and gamification as indispensable solutions in an educational environment to prepare students for their professional careers.

This best practice session focuses on microlearning and gamification as an indispensable solution in an educational environment, moreover to prepare students for their professional careers. The session will provide a definition of microlearning as well as the creation of microcontent: short bursts of asynchronous learning such as brief readings of digital text(s), a brief video segment followed by a 2-3 question quiz, or a micropodcast. Educators can use microlearning in flexible and fluid ways within, or in addition to the regular course content to help students develop soft and hard skills in higher education vocational training.

Themes: Skills, Innovation, Leadership

Speakers

Guy Van Neck
CEO and Founder , MobieTrain

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25 March

11:00 - 11:45

ExCeL London


Add to calendar 03/25/2022 11:00 03/25/2022 11:45 Higher Education and pathwaying students into employment In collaboration with AWS

As the cloud computing skills gap continues to grow, join us for a panel discussion to learn what four UK universities are doing to help address this. Queen Mary University of London, Staffordshire University, Coventry University and the University of East London will share their strategies and experiences of using AWS Education programmes, and how these initiatives provide their students with in-demand skills to help pathway students into employment.

Themes: Innovation, Leadership, Skills
ExCeL London Europe/London

Panel Discussion

Higher Education and pathwaying students into employment

In collaboration with AWS

As the cloud computing skills gap continues to grow, join us for a panel discussion to learn what four UK universities are doing to help address this. Queen Mary University of London, Staffordshire University, Coventry University and the University of East London will share their strategies and experiences of using AWS Education programmes, and how these initiatives provide their students with in-demand skills to help pathway students into employment.

Themes: Innovation, Leadership, Skills

Moderators

Melanie Nethercott
AWS Education to Workforce, EMEA Lead , Amazon Web Services (AWS)

Speakers

Dr Carolin Bauer
Senior Lecturer, Cloud Technology and Network Computing Pathway Lead , Staffordshire University
Daniel Flood
Lecturer in Cloud Computing , Coventry University
Gaurav Malik
Associate Professor in Computer Science , University of East London
Dr Gokop Goteng
Senior Lecturer , Queen Mary University of London
Dr Justin Champion
Senior Lecturer in Cloud Technology and Network Communications , Staffordshire University

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25 March

12:00 - 12:30

ExCeL London


Add to calendar 03/25/2022 12:00 03/25/2022 12:30 Removing the Friction and Driving Engagement: Why your students are switching off In collaboration with Perlego

The latest National Student Survey results show that student satisfaction is continuously decreasing. When students are dissatisfied, this has a detrimental effect on engagement levels.

So, how can you stop your students switching off?

The solution is simple: provide fair and frictionless access to the resources that students need to succeed. This will have a positive impact on their motivation and performance.

In this short talk, we will explore how two institutions are using Perlego to engage their students in new and exciting ways.

Themes: Innovation, Wellbeing, Leadership
ExCeL London Europe/London

Case Study

Removing the Friction and Driving Engagement: Why your students are switching off

In collaboration with Perlego

The latest National Student Survey results show that student satisfaction is continuously decreasing. When students are dissatisfied, this has a detrimental effect on engagement levels.

So, how can you stop your students switching off?

The solution is simple: provide fair and frictionless access to the resources that students need to succeed. This will have a positive impact on their motivation and performance.

In this short talk, we will explore how two institutions are using Perlego to engage their students in new and exciting ways.

Themes: Innovation, Wellbeing, Leadership

Speakers

Alberta Fumagalli Romario
Business Development Manager , Perlego
Luke Pennington
Business Development Manager , Perlego

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25 March

12:50 - 13:20

ExCeL London


Add to calendar 03/25/2022 12:50 03/25/2022 13:20 Adaptive Comparative Judgement (ACJ) as a Primer for Student Learning

Join this session to hear about Purdue University’s award-winning approach to utilising an innovative, student-led peer review process that prompts students to identify the qualities that form a good work. Presented in collaboration with the eAssessment Association, the session will explore how Purdue secured the eAA’s 2021 Best Research Award for the work they did with undergraduate students. We’ll be hearing about their research strategy, their findings, and the new assessment protocol put in place for 2022.

Themes: Innovation, Skills

ExCeL London Europe/London

Case Study

Adaptive Comparative Judgement (ACJ) as a Primer for Student Learning

Join this session to hear about Purdue University’s award-winning approach to utilising an innovative, student-led peer review process that prompts students to identify the qualities that form a good work. Presented in collaboration with the eAssessment Association, the session will explore how Purdue secured the eAA’s 2021 Best Research Award for the work they did with undergraduate students. We’ll be hearing about their research strategy, their findings, and the new assessment protocol put in place for 2022.

Themes: Innovation, Skills

Speakers

Matt Wingfield
Chief Executive , The eAssessment Association
Nathan Mentzer
Associate Professor , Purdue University

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25 March

13:45 - 14:15

ExCeL London


Add to calendar 03/25/2022 13:45 03/25/2022 14:15 Enhancing student services and the student experience The Government Review of Post-18 Education – the Augar Report – highlights the need for HEIs to improve Student satisfaction levels.  Many Student services are fragmented and operating models are resource heavy and enabled by out of date and highly customised technology platforms.  This must change.

This session will consider how HEIs can modernise their Student support services and reduce the operational overheads of managing the Student Lifecycle whilst increasing Student satisfaction.  We will also touch on Student engagement, welfare and support and elements of inclusivity.  Being mindful of the Augar recommendation to freeze fixed operational costs we will explore how to reduce operational overheads whilst increasing annual revenues for HEIs.

Themes: Leadership, Inclusion
ExCeL London Europe/London

Case Study

Enhancing student services and the student experience

The Government Review of Post-18 Education – the Augar Report – highlights the need for HEIs to improve Student satisfaction levels.  Many Student services are fragmented and operating models are resource heavy and enabled by out of date and highly customised technology platforms.  This must change.

This session will consider how HEIs can modernise their Student support services and reduce the operational overheads of managing the Student Lifecycle whilst increasing Student satisfaction.  We will also touch on Student engagement, welfare and support and elements of inclusivity.  Being mindful of the Augar recommendation to freeze fixed operational costs we will explore how to reduce operational overheads whilst increasing annual revenues for HEIs.

Themes: Leadership, Inclusion

Speakers

Steve Dover
UK & Europe Higher Education Sector Advisor , Tata Consultancy Services (TCS)

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25 March

14:30 - 14:55

ExCeL London


Add to calendar 03/25/2022 14:30 03/25/2022 14:55 A Rounder Sense of Purpose: What it takes to educate for sustainability across your institution

A Rounder Sense of Purpose (RSP) is a framework of 12 competencies for educators who wish to facilitate learning for sustainability. As the name suggests, RSP challenges us to embrace a wider awareness of the social, economic, environmental and emotional purposes of learning. RSP was developed through an award-winning research project involving over 1,000 educators, school leaders and student teachers across nine countries, coordinated by the School of Education and Humanities at the University of Gloucestershire. In this session, the project lead, Dr Paul Vare will share a little of the project story and highlight the three essential skill areas that we all need to enhance as we confront a shifting and uncertain future.

Themes: Futures, Skills

ExCeL London Europe/London

Case Study

A Rounder Sense of Purpose: What it takes to educate for sustainability across your institution

A Rounder Sense of Purpose (RSP) is a framework of 12 competencies for educators who wish to facilitate learning for sustainability. As the name suggests, RSP challenges us to embrace a wider awareness of the social, economic, environmental and emotional purposes of learning. RSP was developed through an award-winning research project involving over 1,000 educators, school leaders and student teachers across nine countries, coordinated by the School of Education and Humanities at the University of Gloucestershire. In this session, the project lead, Dr Paul Vare will share a little of the project story and highlight the three essential skill areas that we all need to enhance as we confront a shifting and uncertain future.

Themes: Futures, Skills

Speakers

Paul Vare
EdD Course Leader , University of Gloucestershire

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25 March

15:10 - 15:40

ExCeL London


Add to calendar 03/25/2022 15:10 03/25/2022 15:40 Student Wellbeing: Impacted or enhanced by tech? Are today's students and HE employees potentially more ‘digital servants’ than ‘digital natives’ ? What challenges to wellbeing do digital or tech platforms or systems provide? Do we need to include #Kindness in digital interface and delivery as a deliberate act?

Pete Quinn is a Consultant working in Education in the UK and HK in a variety of areas including inclusive curriculum, well-being, EDI and digital accessibility. 

In this session he reflects on several recent projects where digital aspects have received negative feedback by students and academic and professional support colleagues in curriculum, wellbeing support and financial literacy / support areas. 

Incorporating classroom, residences and on and off campus considerations Pete will share insights and suggest solutions including kindess considerations in processes and procedure.

Themes: Wellbeing, Inclusion, Skills
ExCeL London Europe/London

Case Study

Student Wellbeing: Impacted or enhanced by tech?

Are today's students and HE employees potentially more ‘digital servants’ than ‘digital natives’ ? What challenges to wellbeing do digital or tech platforms or systems provide? Do we need to include #Kindness in digital interface and delivery as a deliberate act?

Pete Quinn is a Consultant working in Education in the UK and HK in a variety of areas including inclusive curriculum, well-being, EDI and digital accessibility. 

In this session he reflects on several recent projects where digital aspects have received negative feedback by students and academic and professional support colleagues in curriculum, wellbeing support and financial literacy / support areas. 

Incorporating classroom, residences and on and off campus considerations Pete will share insights and suggest solutions including kindess considerations in processes and procedure.

Themes: Wellbeing, Inclusion, Skills

Speakers

Pete Quinn
Founder , Pete Quinn Consulting

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Day 2

The Auditorium

Visit The Auditorium to hear from changemakers on the business of Higher Education, leading largescale transformation, and new pedagogies for an evolving student experience.

23 March

11:10 - 11:40

ExCeL London


Add to calendar 03/23/2022 11:10 03/23/2022 11:40 Is professional development the new frontier of Higher Education? The Higher Education sector has undergone intense disruption and transformation over the past two years. In this session we welcome Diana Laurillard, Professor of Learning with Digital Technologies at UCL Knowledge Lab, to explore what potential opportunities the sector now has to grow through expanding its offering for professional development. As we look to the future, leaders in Higher Education must expand their current offering to thrive in a post-pandemic landscape.

Join Diana Laurillard in the Sandbox after this session to explore new approaches in learning design to create skilled lifelong learners.

Themes: Leadership, Futures, Skills
ExCeL London Europe/London

Keynote Address

Is professional development the new frontier of Higher Education?

The Higher Education sector has undergone intense disruption and transformation over the past two years. In this session we welcome Diana Laurillard, Professor of Learning with Digital Technologies at UCL Knowledge Lab, to explore what potential opportunities the sector now has to grow through expanding its offering for professional development. As we look to the future, leaders in Higher Education must expand their current offering to thrive in a post-pandemic landscape.

Join Diana Laurillard in the Sandbox after this session to explore new approaches in learning design to create skilled lifelong learners.

Themes: Leadership, Futures, Skills

Speakers

Prof Diana Laurillard
Professor of Learning with Digital Technologies, UCL Knowledge Lab , UCL Institute of Education

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23 March

11:55 - 12:35

ExCeL London


Add to calendar 03/23/2022 11:55 03/23/2022 12:35 Cybersecurity and Risk Assessment: Protecting your institution in the information age Throughout 2021 the Higher Education sector faced a new challenge in the form of cyberattacks and hackers. In this session we explore what measures can be put in place to defend your data.

Senior leadership teams in universities must not only have disaster recovery measures in place but also understand the different types of cyberattacks and construct a cyber risk mitigation strategy. In an age when data is paramount, how can the Higher Education sector get up to speed on developing an organisation-wide approach to cybersecurity? This session brings together a panel of experts to discuss the core challenges of this issue and key case studies on defending your institution.

Themes: Leadership, Futures, Innovation
ExCeL London Europe/London

Panel Discussion

Cybersecurity and Risk Assessment: Protecting your institution in the information age

Throughout 2021 the Higher Education sector faced a new challenge in the form of cyberattacks and hackers. In this session we explore what measures can be put in place to defend your data.

Senior leadership teams in universities must not only have disaster recovery measures in place but also understand the different types of cyberattacks and construct a cyber risk mitigation strategy. In an age when data is paramount, how can the Higher Education sector get up to speed on developing an organisation-wide approach to cybersecurity? This session brings together a panel of experts to discuss the core challenges of this issue and key case studies on defending your institution.

Themes: Leadership, Futures, Innovation

Moderators

Deborah Green
Chief Executive Officer , UCISA

Speakers

Adrian Ellison
Associate Pro Vice-Chancellor and Chief Information Officer , University of West London
David Lowe-Robertson
Chief Information Security Officer , HEFESTIS
James Crooks
Director of LIS , University of Central Lancashire (UCLan)
Dr Rachel Bence
Chief Information Officer , Queen Mary University of London

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23 March

12:50 - 13:15

ExCeL London


Add to calendar 03/23/2022 12:50 03/23/2022 13:15 Mind the Gap: Addressing the skills gap and meeting the expectations of modern learners In collaboration with Microsoft

As 65% of today's learners will work in jobs that don't yet exist, our education system must advance and prepare all learners for lifelong learning.

This session will share insights from LinkedIn, evidence-based research and university voice on the opportunity for new partnerships and strategies for building institutional agility to meet the expectations of today's population of diverse learners.


Themes: Skills, Innovation, Inclusion, Leadership, Futures, Wellbeing
 
ExCeL London Europe/London

Panel Discussion

Mind the Gap: Addressing the skills gap and meeting the expectations of modern learners

In collaboration with Microsoft

As 65% of today's learners will work in jobs that don't yet exist, our education system must advance and prepare all learners for lifelong learning.

This session will share insights from LinkedIn, evidence-based research and university voice on the opportunity for new partnerships and strategies for building institutional agility to meet the expectations of today's population of diverse learners.


Themes: Skills, Innovation, Inclusion, Leadership, Futures, Wellbeing
 

Speakers

Alexa Joyce
Director of Transformation and Skills , Microsoft
Cephas Grant
Masters Student , Nottingham University Business School
Elizabeth Newall
Associate Director for Teaching and Learning , University of Nottingham
James Crooks
Director of LIS , University of Central Lancashire (UCLan)

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23 March

13:35 - 13:45

ExCeL London


Add to calendar 03/23/2022 13:35 03/23/2022 13:45 Welcome Address: Prof Sir Steve Smith on the future of Higher Education As we kick off our content programme at Ahead by Bett, please join us in the Auditorium to hear from the UK’s International Education Champion, Professor Sir Steve Smith, on the future of Higher Education.

Themes: Leadership, Innovation, Skills, Inclusion, Futures, Wellbeing
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Keynote Address

Welcome Address: Prof Sir Steve Smith on the future of Higher Education

As we kick off our content programme at Ahead by Bett, please join us in the Auditorium to hear from the UK’s International Education Champion, Professor Sir Steve Smith, on the future of Higher Education.

Themes: Leadership, Innovation, Skills, Inclusion, Futures, Wellbeing

Speakers

Prof Sir Steve Smith
UK Government International Education Champion , UK Department for International Trade & Department for Education

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23 March

13:50 - 14:15

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Add to calendar 03/23/2022 13:50 03/23/2022 14:15 Using Augmented Reality to Propel the Next Phase of Education

In collaboration with Zoom

Join Dr. Helen Papagiannis, the AR pioneer, for a fireside chat as we explore how augmented reality can enhance the human experience, build connections, and expand our idea of education, in the new age of technology.

Themes: Futures

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Keynote Address

Using Augmented Reality to Propel the Next Phase of Education

In collaboration with Zoom

Join Dr. Helen Papagiannis, the AR pioneer, for a fireside chat as we explore how augmented reality can enhance the human experience, build connections, and expand our idea of education, in the new age of technology.

Themes: Futures

Speakers

Christy Flis
Head of Global Education , Zoom
Dr Helen Papagiannis
Augmented Reality Pioneer, Author, and Designer , Augmented Stories Inc.

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23 March

14:25 - 14:50

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Add to calendar 03/23/2022 14:25 03/23/2022 14:50 Why back-office transformation is critical to delivering world-class education In collaboration with Workday

Discover why investment in a modern enterprise management system will help to deliver a more agile approach to service delivery in an ever-changing world.

The events of the past two years have shaken up the education sector. They have had an adverse financial impact, created uncertainty for student but have become a catalyst for change and the need to digitally transform rapidly. Whilst much focus has been on the delivery of education and the student experience, it is critical that institutions take a strategic approach to operationalise every new digital aspect of their business and core activities. In this presentation we explore why and how the shift towards a modern enterprise management system needs to take place.

Themes: Innovation, Futures, Leadership
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Keynote Address

Why back-office transformation is critical to delivering world-class education

In collaboration with Workday

Discover why investment in a modern enterprise management system will help to deliver a more agile approach to service delivery in an ever-changing world.

The events of the past two years have shaken up the education sector. They have had an adverse financial impact, created uncertainty for student but have become a catalyst for change and the need to digitally transform rapidly. Whilst much focus has been on the delivery of education and the student experience, it is critical that institutions take a strategic approach to operationalise every new digital aspect of their business and core activities. In this presentation we explore why and how the shift towards a modern enterprise management system needs to take place.

Themes: Innovation, Futures, Leadership

Speakers

Andy Rossington
Head of Education , Workday UK Ltd.

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23 March

15:05 - 15:30

ExCeL London


Add to calendar 03/23/2022 15:05 03/23/2022 15:30 Reinventing the learning experience with Artificial Intelligence In collaboration with Google Cloud

We’re living in unprecedented times in education with a widening learning gap. The misalignment of competencies needed to perform work in today’s digital world has never been larger. As microcredentials and professional certificates exponentially grow in popularity, academic institutions need to transform to align to this changing world. Recent advances in Artificial intelligence have positioned this technology to play a critical role in this transformation. Join us at this session to see how Google Cloud and our partners are using AI to dynamically create digital academic content at a much faster rate, offer more personalized and adaptive learning and automate repetitive manual tasks to help professors spend more quality time with students.

Themes: Skills, Innovation, Futures
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Case Study

Reinventing the learning experience with Artificial Intelligence

In collaboration with Google Cloud

We’re living in unprecedented times in education with a widening learning gap. The misalignment of competencies needed to perform work in today’s digital world has never been larger. As microcredentials and professional certificates exponentially grow in popularity, academic institutions need to transform to align to this changing world. Recent advances in Artificial intelligence have positioned this technology to play a critical role in this transformation. Join us at this session to see how Google Cloud and our partners are using AI to dynamically create digital academic content at a much faster rate, offer more personalized and adaptive learning and automate repetitive manual tasks to help professors spend more quality time with students.

Themes: Skills, Innovation, Futures

Speakers

Basil Ayass
Higher Education Sales Manager , Google Cloud (EMEA)

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23 March

15:45 - 16:30

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Add to calendar 03/23/2022 15:45 03/23/2022 16:30 Keynote Address: Matthew Syed on mindset and high performance in Higher Education Matthew Syed is an author and highly acclaimed speaker in the field of high performance. He has written six best-selling books on the subject of mindset and high performance and has worked with many leading organisations to build a mindset of continuous improvement. 

In this session Matthew will apply his arguments of harnessing the power of cognitive diversity and high performance in order to succeed in a complex and volatile world to the Higher Education sector. We’ll be discussing how the most successful teams bring together insights from psychology, anthropology and data science in order to drive innovation, secure a future-proofed environment and unlock untapped potential in your teams.

Themes: Leadership, Futures, Innovation, Skills
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Keynote Address

Keynote Address: Matthew Syed on mindset and high performance in Higher Education

Matthew Syed is an author and highly acclaimed speaker in the field of high performance. He has written six best-selling books on the subject of mindset and high performance and has worked with many leading organisations to build a mindset of continuous improvement. 

In this session Matthew will apply his arguments of harnessing the power of cognitive diversity and high performance in order to succeed in a complex and volatile world to the Higher Education sector. We’ll be discussing how the most successful teams bring together insights from psychology, anthropology and data science in order to drive innovation, secure a future-proofed environment and unlock untapped potential in your teams.

Themes: Leadership, Futures, Innovation, Skills

Speakers

Matthew Syed
Writer, Journalist and Broadcaster

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24 March

11:00 - 11:30

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Add to calendar 03/24/2022 11:00 03/24/2022 11:30 Using Artificial Intelligence to see the bigger picture in student data How can we put AI analytics to work on student data to gain a better understanding of what’s happening inside of learning? 
 
Working together, Educate Ventures Research and ASU made great strides in the last year using existing student data to identify points when students moved past just learning content – and were ’learning how to learn’. In this session, leaders from both teams will share the innovative ways they approached and analysed student data, what they discovered about how and when students were learning how to learn, and what they hope to do with this information next. 

Themes: Futures, Innovation
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Seminar

Using Artificial Intelligence to see the bigger picture in student data

How can we put AI analytics to work on student data to gain a better understanding of what’s happening inside of learning? 
 
Working together, Educate Ventures Research and ASU made great strides in the last year using existing student data to identify points when students moved past just learning content – and were ’learning how to learn’. In this session, leaders from both teams will share the innovative ways they approached and analysed student data, what they discovered about how and when students were learning how to learn, and what they hope to do with this information next. 

Themes: Futures, Innovation

Speakers

Prof Benedict du Boulay
Emeritus Professor and Chief Research Advisor , Educate Ventures
Dr Julie Greenwood
Vice Dean for Educational Initiatives , Arizona State University
Laurie Forcier
Chief of Staff and Director of Partnerships , Educate Ventures
Tom Fikes
Director of Research, EdPlus Action Lab , Arizona State University

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24 March

11:45 - 12:10

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Add to calendar 03/24/2022 11:45 03/24/2022 12:10 Interrogating Roadblocks to Innovation in Higher Education: What’s stopping us?

In collaboration with AWS

Join us in the Auditorium as Heidi Fraser-Krauss, Jisc CEO, gives her view on what’s helping and hindering innovation in the use of technology in UK Higher Education.

Themes: Leadership, Innovation

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Keynote Address

Interrogating Roadblocks to Innovation in Higher Education: What’s stopping us?

In collaboration with AWS

Join us in the Auditorium as Heidi Fraser-Krauss, Jisc CEO, gives her view on what’s helping and hindering innovation in the use of technology in UK Higher Education.

Themes: Leadership, Innovation

Speakers

Heidi Fraser-Krauss
Chief Executive Officer , Jisc

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24 March

12:20 - 12:50

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Add to calendar 03/24/2022 12:20 03/24/2022 12:50 The Role of Women in 4IR: Developing a truly diverse and inclusive workforce Our understanding of what the Fourth Industrial Revolution means for today’s students is evolving at an exponential rate. As the Higher Education sector embraces new and varied approaches to teaching and learning, it’s ultimate goal must be to prepare students for a future where fields such as AI, FinTech, Life Sciences and Sustainability are growing rapidly – and require a diverse workforce to accelerate innovation. With the STEM professions now more instrumental than ever in wider sectors, it’s essential that women are able to see computing and the IT industry as a viable career. Join Prof Liz Bacon on our Auditorium to hear more about the essential role of women in the upcoming Fourth Industrial Revolution.

Themes: Skills, Innovation, Leadership
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Keynote Address

The Role of Women in 4IR: Developing a truly diverse and inclusive workforce

Our understanding of what the Fourth Industrial Revolution means for today’s students is evolving at an exponential rate. As the Higher Education sector embraces new and varied approaches to teaching and learning, it’s ultimate goal must be to prepare students for a future where fields such as AI, FinTech, Life Sciences and Sustainability are growing rapidly – and require a diverse workforce to accelerate innovation. With the STEM professions now more instrumental than ever in wider sectors, it’s essential that women are able to see computing and the IT industry as a viable career. Join Prof Liz Bacon on our Auditorium to hear more about the essential role of women in the upcoming Fourth Industrial Revolution.

Themes: Skills, Innovation, Leadership

Speakers

Prof Liz Bacon
Deputy Principal and Deputy Vice-Chancellor , Abertay University

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24 March

13:45 - 14:10

ExCeL London


Add to calendar 03/24/2022 13:45 03/24/2022 14:10 How can maps influence quality in flexible learning

In collaboration with QAA

Can pedagogical planners help practitioners to focus on an inclusive future-fit curriculum, embedding digital capabilities and evidencing impact?

‘Module Activity Planning incorporating Institution-wide Timetables’ (MAPIT) is a pedagogical planner that not only enables staff to ‘make visible’ the overall themes of Higher Education, but more specifically how staff will evidence the impact of successful interventions using flexible modes of delivery. MAPIT has been created from a QAA enhancement bid to enable academic staff to add flexibility to module design whilst maintaining a coherent and appropriate amount of activity.

The value of using MAPIT is that it will help to better understand and communicate module timetables to students. It will also help to frame module performance reporting. Planners such as MAPIT should represent at a glance, the enactment of the design in a temporal sequence highlighting the activities that must be carried out, the materials and technologies used, and enable teachers to assess the level of constructive alignment (Agostinho,2009; Biggs, 1999, Conole, 2012; Van Ed and Koper, 2006). In particular, module mapping visualises appropriate places to embed sustainable development goals or to focus on one ‘track’ such as increasing institutional belonging or improving outcomes in line with their access and participation plans.

This presentation includes contributions from Amrita Narang, Senior Fellow Higher Education Academy and Quality Enhancement and Standards Specialist.

Themes: Skills, Innovation

ExCeL London Europe/London

Keynote Address

How can maps influence quality in flexible learning

In collaboration with QAA

Can pedagogical planners help practitioners to focus on an inclusive future-fit curriculum, embedding digital capabilities and evidencing impact?

‘Module Activity Planning incorporating Institution-wide Timetables’ (MAPIT) is a pedagogical planner that not only enables staff to ‘make visible’ the overall themes of Higher Education, but more specifically how staff will evidence the impact of successful interventions using flexible modes of delivery. MAPIT has been created from a QAA enhancement bid to enable academic staff to add flexibility to module design whilst maintaining a coherent and appropriate amount of activity.

The value of using MAPIT is that it will help to better understand and communicate module timetables to students. It will also help to frame module performance reporting. Planners such as MAPIT should represent at a glance, the enactment of the design in a temporal sequence highlighting the activities that must be carried out, the materials and technologies used, and enable teachers to assess the level of constructive alignment (Agostinho,2009; Biggs, 1999, Conole, 2012; Van Ed and Koper, 2006). In particular, module mapping visualises appropriate places to embed sustainable development goals or to focus on one ‘track’ such as increasing institutional belonging or improving outcomes in line with their access and participation plans.

This presentation includes contributions from Amrita Narang, Senior Fellow Higher Education Academy and Quality Enhancement and Standards Specialist.

Themes: Skills, Innovation

Speakers

Paula Shaw
Associate Professor Online Teaching and Learning , University of Derby

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24 March

14:25 - 14:55

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Add to calendar 03/24/2022 14:25 03/24/2022 14:55 Redesigning assessment practices for a digital age In collaboration with Jisc

This session will share the findings of a recent Jisc review into the current assessment and feedback landscape in higher education. The session will highlight how universities can use a principle informed approach to redesigning assessment and feedback for students to offer more authentic, more accessible, appropriately automated, more continuous and more secure assessments.

Themes: Innovation, Futures, Inclusion
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Keynote Address

Redesigning assessment practices for a digital age

In collaboration with Jisc

This session will share the findings of a recent Jisc review into the current assessment and feedback landscape in higher education. The session will highlight how universities can use a principle informed approach to redesigning assessment and feedback for students to offer more authentic, more accessible, appropriately automated, more continuous and more secure assessments.

Themes: Innovation, Futures, Inclusion

Speakers

Sarah Knight
Head of Learning and Teaching Transformation , Jisc

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24 March

15:10 - 15:35

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Add to calendar 03/24/2022 15:10 03/24/2022 15:35 Creating the University of the Future In collaboration with Kinly

This session will focus on the changes decision makers in higher education institutions are faced with in the wake of COVID-19 and the rapid change to new teaching methods, new spaces and the current gap in the industry between the technology and its end users.  

Kinly and its client, Staffordshire University, explain how they overcame these hurdles together as partners, and together make sure Staffordshire is becoming: The University of the Future. 

We will do this by: 
  • Looking at how we can help to connect all stakeholders; educational specialists, IT directors, AV specialists, teachers and students in forming their demand in terms of digital learning strategy and vision?  
  • Discussing how can we unburden stakeholders not just in terms of technical solutions, but on all aspects of the learning transformation: digital content strategies, blended learning, hybrid learning, educational consulting, are subjects that need to be addressed and understood and require a different mindset.  
  • Examining how we can bridge the gap between institutions and their many technology partners. One contact, one contract partner to assist them in making sense of the spaghetti of solutions and vendors, as well as help them reach the next step in student/teacher effectiveness, satisfaction and overall digital transformation.

Themes: Innovation, Futures, Skills
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Keynote Address

Creating the University of the Future

In collaboration with Kinly

This session will focus on the changes decision makers in higher education institutions are faced with in the wake of COVID-19 and the rapid change to new teaching methods, new spaces and the current gap in the industry between the technology and its end users.  

Kinly and its client, Staffordshire University, explain how they overcame these hurdles together as partners, and together make sure Staffordshire is becoming: The University of the Future. 

We will do this by: 
  • Looking at how we can help to connect all stakeholders; educational specialists, IT directors, AV specialists, teachers and students in forming their demand in terms of digital learning strategy and vision?  
  • Discussing how can we unburden stakeholders not just in terms of technical solutions, but on all aspects of the learning transformation: digital content strategies, blended learning, hybrid learning, educational consulting, are subjects that need to be addressed and understood and require a different mindset.  
  • Examining how we can bridge the gap between institutions and their many technology partners. One contact, one contract partner to assist them in making sense of the spaghetti of solutions and vendors, as well as help them reach the next step in student/teacher effectiveness, satisfaction and overall digital transformation.

Themes: Innovation, Futures, Skills

Speakers

Andrew Taylor
Digital Change Consultant , Kinly
Pjotr van Baarle
Global Education Lead , Kinly
Simon Birkett
Digital Campus Manager , Staffordshire University

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24 March

15:50 - 16:20

ExCeL London


Add to calendar 03/24/2022 15:50 03/24/2022 16:20 Student Recruitment 4.0: Exploring EdTech disruption and the recruitment revolution The international student was perhaps the most disrupted stakeholder in Higher Education when the pandemic interrupted traditional approaches to learning. However, the resulting freedom awarded to students has led to further disruption to international student recruitment. With the university landscape changed forever, how can senior leadership teams continue to provide a quality learning experience for international students?

In this session we’ll be exploring the essential steps in rebuilding a recruitment strategy and the role of artificial intelligence and machine learning in student recruitment. Our speakers will discuss different approaches to capturing and channelling students in order to develop a robust strategy for student recruitment in a post-pandemic world.

Themes: Leadership, Innovation, Inclusion
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Panel Discussion

Student Recruitment 4.0: Exploring EdTech disruption and the recruitment revolution

The international student was perhaps the most disrupted stakeholder in Higher Education when the pandemic interrupted traditional approaches to learning. However, the resulting freedom awarded to students has led to further disruption to international student recruitment. With the university landscape changed forever, how can senior leadership teams continue to provide a quality learning experience for international students?

In this session we’ll be exploring the essential steps in rebuilding a recruitment strategy and the role of artificial intelligence and machine learning in student recruitment. Our speakers will discuss different approaches to capturing and channelling students in order to develop a robust strategy for student recruitment in a post-pandemic world.

Themes: Leadership, Innovation, Inclusion

Moderators

Patrick Hayes
Chief Development Officer , Times Higher Education

Speakers

Dr David Pilsbury
Chief Development Officer , Oxford International
Elizabeth Shepherd
Managing Director, Consultancy , Times Higher Education
Prof Wendy Alexander
Vice-Principal (International) , University of Dundee

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24 March

16:30 - 17:10

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Add to calendar 03/24/2022 16:30 03/24/2022 17:10 The Rise of the Digital Professor: And what this means for universities When it comes to teaching and learning, many institutions have now embraced a blend of ‘virtual’ and ‘face-to-face’. So what happens as universities, and their academic staff, move away from being ‘analogue’ and based on a particular campus, to becoming much more ‘digital’ and potentially nomadic? What does this means for not only the staff, their work lives and careers, but also student learning, and the opportunities for universities to become more globally engaged? After all, academic staff can now be more easily accessed and shared between institutions.

In this session, we’ll be bringing together a panel of experts to explore both the challenges and the opportunities presented by the ‘Rise of the Digital Professor’. We’ll discuss how online teaching and learning opportunities will allow academics to move outside the ‘walled garden’ of a particular university. We’ll ask how can staff engage, and be engaged, more globally? Also, we’ll question whether universities will embrace such a rise? And finally, explore what partnerships, networks/consortium have already emerged, such as NEOLAiA and its Focus Academy initiative offering across seven universities. Looking to the future, will more co-developed degrees and initiatives emerge as we start to digitally transcend our traditional institutional walls?

Themes: Futures, Skills, Innovation
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Panel Discussion

The Rise of the Digital Professor: And what this means for universities

When it comes to teaching and learning, many institutions have now embraced a blend of ‘virtual’ and ‘face-to-face’. So what happens as universities, and their academic staff, move away from being ‘analogue’ and based on a particular campus, to becoming much more ‘digital’ and potentially nomadic? What does this means for not only the staff, their work lives and careers, but also student learning, and the opportunities for universities to become more globally engaged? After all, academic staff can now be more easily accessed and shared between institutions.

In this session, we’ll be bringing together a panel of experts to explore both the challenges and the opportunities presented by the ‘Rise of the Digital Professor’. We’ll discuss how online teaching and learning opportunities will allow academics to move outside the ‘walled garden’ of a particular university. We’ll ask how can staff engage, and be engaged, more globally? Also, we’ll question whether universities will embrace such a rise? And finally, explore what partnerships, networks/consortium have already emerged, such as NEOLAiA and its Focus Academy initiative offering across seven universities. Looking to the future, will more co-developed degrees and initiatives emerge as we start to digitally transcend our traditional institutional walls?

Themes: Futures, Skills, Innovation

Moderators

Prof Perry Hobson
Director , Breda University

Speakers

Dr Meike Vogel
Head of Centre for Teaching and Learning , Bielefeld University
Renáta Tomášková
Teacher & Vice-Rector for International Relations , University of Ostrava

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25 March

11:00 - 11:30

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Add to calendar 03/25/2022 11:00 03/25/2022 11:30 Consolidating learnings from disruption In collaboration with UUK

Although, of course, a key benefit and part of the university experience is being a physical community together on campus, there is also recognition that much progress has been made by the radical adaptation brought about by restrictions to travel and social distancing measure as a consequence of COVID-19 and as indicated in the Michael Barber report Gravity Assist: Propelling higher education towards a brighter future.  

This keynote will present findings from UUK’s work led by Dr Peter Bonfield, Vice-Chancellor and President of The University of Westminster, on what a future of blended and hybrid learning may look like, and what role could education technology play. The session will address:
  • How can EdTech help narrow access and attainment gaps and reduce the impact of digital inequities?
  • How can EdTech be used to improve student engagement in a hybrid environment?
  • Is there a role for EdTech in enhancing academic and student support services in a hybrid environment?
  • How can EdTech reduce the costs upskilling and reskilling of staff and students to fully take advantage of digital learning possibilities in a hybrid environment?

Themes: Leadership, Innovation, Futures
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Keynote Address

Consolidating learnings from disruption

In collaboration with UUK

Although, of course, a key benefit and part of the university experience is being a physical community together on campus, there is also recognition that much progress has been made by the radical adaptation brought about by restrictions to travel and social distancing measure as a consequence of COVID-19 and as indicated in the Michael Barber report Gravity Assist: Propelling higher education towards a brighter future.  

This keynote will present findings from UUK’s work led by Dr Peter Bonfield, Vice-Chancellor and President of The University of Westminster, on what a future of blended and hybrid learning may look like, and what role could education technology play. The session will address:
  • How can EdTech help narrow access and attainment gaps and reduce the impact of digital inequities?
  • How can EdTech be used to improve student engagement in a hybrid environment?
  • Is there a role for EdTech in enhancing academic and student support services in a hybrid environment?
  • How can EdTech reduce the costs upskilling and reskilling of staff and students to fully take advantage of digital learning possibilities in a hybrid environment?

Themes: Leadership, Innovation, Futures

Speakers

Dr Peter Bonfield
Vice-Chancellor and President , University of Westminster

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25 March

11:45 - 12:10

ExCeL London


Add to calendar 03/25/2022 11:45 03/25/2022 12:10 Evolving Higher Education: Levelling up and social mobility in the digital era Join Isobelle, Head of Recruitment and Admissions, and Sax, Director of Disruptive Learning at UA92 for a dynamic two-part session, deep diving into two core parts of its mission: 

Levelling up in action through the lens of a deliberately different approach to student recruitment. To reach young people in the more deprived post codes, breaking down the barriers that exist around Higher Education and building confidence and aspiration with an audience that is currently being left behind, to unlock their greatness and instil in them the confidence and belief that they can make it for real at UA92. 

The second part of the session will give an insight into part of UA92’s mission to drive digital inclusion, creating a digital environment that inspires and prepares all students from all backgrounds and communities with the digital skills and confidence required to be successful in the 21st century workplace and step change social mobility.

Themes: Inclusion, Futures, Skills
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Keynote Address

Evolving Higher Education: Levelling up and social mobility in the digital era

Join Isobelle, Head of Recruitment and Admissions, and Sax, Director of Disruptive Learning at UA92 for a dynamic two-part session, deep diving into two core parts of its mission: 

Levelling up in action through the lens of a deliberately different approach to student recruitment. To reach young people in the more deprived post codes, breaking down the barriers that exist around Higher Education and building confidence and aspiration with an audience that is currently being left behind, to unlock their greatness and instil in them the confidence and belief that they can make it for real at UA92. 

The second part of the session will give an insight into part of UA92’s mission to drive digital inclusion, creating a digital environment that inspires and prepares all students from all backgrounds and communities with the digital skills and confidence required to be successful in the 21st century workplace and step change social mobility.

Themes: Inclusion, Futures, Skills

Speakers

Aaron Saxton (Sax)
Director of Disruptive Learning , University Academy 92
Isobelle Panton
Head of Recruitment and Admissions , University Academy 92

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25 March

12:25 - 12:50

ExCeL London


Add to calendar 03/25/2022 12:25 03/25/2022 12:50 Digital Innovator of the Year: Pioneering approaches to using simulation in education Simulation is a critical element of learning at King’s College London, playing a vital role in ensuring facilities and resources are future-proofed to train clinicians who will practice in digital environments in modern healthcare. King's research into reducing aerosol spread during the pandemic established new ways of working, accelerating delivery of innovative, digital and sustainable simulation facilities and education technologies.

Join this session to hear how the innovative work at Kings College London has informed practice and approaches at other training and HE institutions, with the most important impact being the graduation of two cohorts of competent dentists under the most challenging circumstances.

Professor Kim Piper and Dr San Diego will be speaking on pioneering approaches to using simulation in education, focusing on the work that won them the title of Digital Innovator of the Year at the Times Higher Education Awards 2021. Both speakers received national and international recognition in this area.

Themes: Innovation, Futures
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Keynote Address

Digital Innovator of the Year: Pioneering approaches to using simulation in education

Simulation is a critical element of learning at King’s College London, playing a vital role in ensuring facilities and resources are future-proofed to train clinicians who will practice in digital environments in modern healthcare. King's research into reducing aerosol spread during the pandemic established new ways of working, accelerating delivery of innovative, digital and sustainable simulation facilities and education technologies.

Join this session to hear how the innovative work at Kings College London has informed practice and approaches at other training and HE institutions, with the most important impact being the graduation of two cohorts of competent dentists under the most challenging circumstances.

Professor Kim Piper and Dr San Diego will be speaking on pioneering approaches to using simulation in education, focusing on the work that won them the title of Digital Innovator of the Year at the Times Higher Education Awards 2021. Both speakers received national and international recognition in this area.

Themes: Innovation, Futures

Speakers

Dr Jonathan San Diego
Senior Lecturer in Educational Technology , King’s College London
Prof Kim Piper
Dean for Education and Head of the Centre for Dental Education , King’s College London

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25 March

13:30 - 13:55

ExCeL London


Add to calendar 03/25/2022 13:30 03/25/2022 13:55 Navigating unchartered territory in Higher Education Suki Fuller’s eclectic 19-year career within strategic intelligence and technology has solidified her status as an intrinsic part of the London tech community. Recently named by Computer Weekly as the fifth most influential woman in UK Tech in 2021, Suki is joining us at Ahead by Bett to discuss the future of Higher Education. With new technologies currently disrupting everything we know about teaching and learning, we’re excited to hear from Suki on how we can learn to thrive when traditional models of education are turned on their head. ExCeL London Europe/London

Keynote Address

Navigating unchartered territory in Higher Education

Suki Fuller’s eclectic 19-year career within strategic intelligence and technology has solidified her status as an intrinsic part of the London tech community. Recently named by Computer Weekly as the fifth most influential woman in UK Tech in 2021, Suki is joining us at Ahead by Bett to discuss the future of Higher Education. With new technologies currently disrupting everything we know about teaching and learning, we’re excited to hear from Suki on how we can learn to thrive when traditional models of education are turned on their head.

Speakers

Suki Fuller
Analytical Storyteller , Miribure

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25 March

14:10 - 15:15

ExCeL London


Add to calendar 03/25/2022 14:10 03/25/2022 15:15 Case studies on reinventing the student experience Join us in The Auditorium for a series of case studies exploring every part of the student experience. Our speakers come from a range of different universities across the UK and will be tackling key aspects of the student experience, including wellbeing, skills, inclusion, culture and strategy.

Case Study 1 | Ensuring good student wellbeing is an essential factor in providing an excellent student experience at university. In this presentation, Drew Linforth from the University of Birmingham explores how his team improved student wellbeing through community development, connecting with third sector organisations, social marketing and intersectional understandings of wellbeing.

Case Study 2 | A first class degree is no longer the only thing students look for from a university. In this case study, Dr Pathik Pathak from the University of Southampton explores how his university has utilised co-curricula offerings to help students develop a stronger portfolio of transferable skills, think more deeply about their career aspirations and feel a greater sense of purpose during their studies.

Case Study 3 | Accessibility should be a top priority for universities in order to offer a truly personalised experience. In this session, Kevin Merry from De Montfort University presents his work on universal design for learning and the importance of keeping SEND in mind throughout learning design.

Themes: Skills, Inclusion, Wellbeing
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Case Study

Case studies on reinventing the student experience

Join us in The Auditorium for a series of case studies exploring every part of the student experience. Our speakers come from a range of different universities across the UK and will be tackling key aspects of the student experience, including wellbeing, skills, inclusion, culture and strategy.

Case Study 1 | Ensuring good student wellbeing is an essential factor in providing an excellent student experience at university. In this presentation, Drew Linforth from the University of Birmingham explores how his team improved student wellbeing through community development, connecting with third sector organisations, social marketing and intersectional understandings of wellbeing.

Case Study 2 | A first class degree is no longer the only thing students look for from a university. In this case study, Dr Pathik Pathak from the University of Southampton explores how his university has utilised co-curricula offerings to help students develop a stronger portfolio of transferable skills, think more deeply about their career aspirations and feel a greater sense of purpose during their studies.

Case Study 3 | Accessibility should be a top priority for universities in order to offer a truly personalised experience. In this session, Kevin Merry from De Montfort University presents his work on universal design for learning and the importance of keeping SEND in mind throughout learning design.

Themes: Skills, Inclusion, Wellbeing

Speakers

Drew Linforth
Assistant Director Student Services (Wellbeing & Partnerships), Student Wellbeing Services , University of Birmingham
Dr Kevin Merry
Teacher Fellow and Head of Academic Professional Development , De Montfort University
Dr Pathik Pathak
Director, University of Southampton Social Impact Lab , University of Southampton

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The Collaboration Space

Enjoy refreshments and informal networking with peers. Join curated networking sessions and in-depth roundtable discussions hosted by some of our partners. 
If you would like to enquire about attending one of our roundtables in The Collaboration Space, please contact our Community Manager here.

23 March

11:15 - 12:15

ExCeL London


Add to calendar 03/23/2022 11:15 03/23/2022 12:15 Developing a culture of innovation in your university

In collaboration with AWS

In this session, we’ll be exploring how you can deploy more effective leadership by utilising Amazon’s culture of innovation within your university. Touching on a variety of case studies from around the world, we’ll learn how Amazon has collaborated with the Higher Education sector to improve the student experience by using four main elements of how Amazon organizes for innovation: Culture, Mechanisms, Architecture, and Organization.


In this interactive discussion we encourage participants to come together to review shared challenges and put together a dynamic plan for improving student life both on and off campus.

There are limited spaces within this session, to join please contact our Community Manager here and state which roundtable you are interested in attending.

ExCeL London Europe/London

Roundtable

Developing a culture of innovation in your university

In collaboration with AWS

In this session, we’ll be exploring how you can deploy more effective leadership by utilising Amazon’s culture of innovation within your university. Touching on a variety of case studies from around the world, we’ll learn how Amazon has collaborated with the Higher Education sector to improve the student experience by using four main elements of how Amazon organizes for innovation: Culture, Mechanisms, Architecture, and Organization.


In this interactive discussion we encourage participants to come together to review shared challenges and put together a dynamic plan for improving student life both on and off campus.

There are limited spaces within this session, to join please contact our Community Manager here and state which roundtable you are interested in attending.

Moderators

Daniel Bacelic
Education Partner Lead for EMEA , Amazon Web Services (AWS)
Lucy Antysz
Account Manager - Education , Amazon Web Services (AWS)
Nina Kunkel
Head of Public Sector Partners DACH , Amazon Web Services (AWS)

23 March

14:15 - 15:15

ExCeL London


Add to calendar 03/23/2022 14:15 03/23/2022 15:15 Treating strategic tech sourcing as a specialism in the digital age
In collaboration with UCISA

Technology constantly develops at a fast pace while being fundamental to delivering teaching and learning, as well as all supporting services, but there is room for improvement in how HEIs adapt to keep on top of evolving markets

The session will explore both current challenges and opportunities to improve how institutions can embolden their IT teams to have the dynamism to deliver, under the following three topics:
  1. Can continuous supplier engagement assist HEIs in market intelligence and innovation?
  2. What additional value can HEIs receive through longer-term contracts with IT providers?
  3. How can the sector overcome internal challenges to improve their tech services at the pace required?

There are limited spaces within this session, to join please contact our Community Manager here and state which roundtable you are interested in attending.
ExCeL London Europe/London

Roundtable

Treating strategic tech sourcing as a specialism in the digital age

In collaboration with UCISA

Technology constantly develops at a fast pace while being fundamental to delivering teaching and learning, as well as all supporting services, but there is room for improvement in how HEIs adapt to keep on top of evolving markets

The session will explore both current challenges and opportunities to improve how institutions can embolden their IT teams to have the dynamism to deliver, under the following three topics:
  1. Can continuous supplier engagement assist HEIs in market intelligence and innovation?
  2. What additional value can HEIs receive through longer-term contracts with IT providers?
  3. How can the sector overcome internal challenges to improve their tech services at the pace required?

There are limited spaces within this session, to join please contact our Community Manager here and state which roundtable you are interested in attending.

Moderators

Kate Ferguson-Best
Head of IT Commercial Management , Kingston University
Mel Gomes
Head of IT Commercial Management and Contracts , Royal Holloway, University of London
Dr Robert Moore
IT Procurement Manager , Leeds Beckett University

Speakers

Deborah Green
Chief Executive Officer , UCISA

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24 March

11:15 - 12:15

ExCeL London


Add to calendar 03/24/2022 11:15 03/24/2022 12:15 How collaboration between academic research and IT teams strengthens projects – with results

In collaboration with Phoenix Software

Empowering research teams to analyse and explore data is key to uncovering new truths and patterns and accelerating discoveries. But what does it take to get there in a modern world of technological advances, big data, and secure trusted research environments?


Across academic research, often the main goal is to make an impact, and to do so, walls and barriers must be broken down and modern ways of working adopted. This is exactly the approach that the University of Stirling has taken by fully involving IT teams, data scientists, and research teams to ensure that its work delivers innovations and results that matter. 

Join Phoenix – Microsoft’s UK Partner of the Year 2021 – and the University of Stirling as they explore the incredible work the university is doing to allow researchers to achieve greater results faster and modernise using the power of the cloud.

There are limited spaces within this session, to join please contact our Community Manager here and state which roundtable you are interested in attending.

ExCeL London Europe/London

Roundtable

How collaboration between academic research and IT teams strengthens projects – with results

In collaboration with Phoenix Software

Empowering research teams to analyse and explore data is key to uncovering new truths and patterns and accelerating discoveries. But what does it take to get there in a modern world of technological advances, big data, and secure trusted research environments?


Across academic research, often the main goal is to make an impact, and to do so, walls and barriers must be broken down and modern ways of working adopted. This is exactly the approach that the University of Stirling has taken by fully involving IT teams, data scientists, and research teams to ensure that its work delivers innovations and results that matter. 

Join Phoenix – Microsoft’s UK Partner of the Year 2021 – and the University of Stirling as they explore the incredible work the university is doing to allow researchers to achieve greater results faster and modernise using the power of the cloud.

There are limited spaces within this session, to join please contact our Community Manager here and state which roundtable you are interested in attending.

Moderators

Craig Taylor
Director of Cloud Solutions , Phoenix Software

Speakers

Adam Varley
Data Scientist , University of Stirling
Debbie Dean
Director of Education Sector , Phoenix Software
James Blair
Director Development and Operations and Deputy Director of Information Services , University of Stirling

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24 March

14:00 - 15:00

ExCeL London


Add to calendar 03/24/2022 14:00 03/24/2022 15:00 How is digitalisation transforming process and infrastructure within Higher Education? In collaboration with SAP Concur

Digitalisation offers new opportunities to transform, helping streamline processes and policies, leading to an improved infrastructure, working environment and the services provided to students and staff.

This session is to explore what benefits universities across the UK have observed since embracing digital transformation, particularly across spend management and financial policy. In this session we will hear from the University of Portsmouth on what tools can help you streamline processes and policies, leading to an improved infrastructure, working environment and the services provided to students and staff.

The areas of discussion will include: 
  • Increasing visibility into non-compliant spend
  • Streamline back-office processes
  • Improved Accounts Payable (AP) efficiencies
  • Budget policy and compliance
  • Managing a Duty of Care to all, on and off campus

There are limited spaces within this session, to join please contact our Community Manager here and state which roundtable you are interested in attending.
ExCeL London Europe/London

Roundtable

How is digitalisation transforming process and infrastructure within Higher Education?

In collaboration with SAP Concur

Digitalisation offers new opportunities to transform, helping streamline processes and policies, leading to an improved infrastructure, working environment and the services provided to students and staff.

This session is to explore what benefits universities across the UK have observed since embracing digital transformation, particularly across spend management and financial policy. In this session we will hear from the University of Portsmouth on what tools can help you streamline processes and policies, leading to an improved infrastructure, working environment and the services provided to students and staff.

The areas of discussion will include: 
  • Increasing visibility into non-compliant spend
  • Streamline back-office processes
  • Improved Accounts Payable (AP) efficiencies
  • Budget policy and compliance
  • Managing a Duty of Care to all, on and off campus

There are limited spaces within this session, to join please contact our Community Manager here and state which roundtable you are interested in attending.

Moderators

Conor Murphy
Senior Solutions Consultant , SAP Concur
Nicola Lovell
Senior Regional Sales Representative - Education Lead , SAP Concur

Speakers

Nicola Nestor
Deputy Director of Finance , University of Portsmouth

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24 March

15:30 - 16:30

ExCeL London


Add to calendar 03/24/2022 15:30 03/24/2022 16:30 Utilising AI to improve efficiencies and efficacy in Higher Education
In collaboration with Jisc

Join the team at Jisc’s National Centre for AI in Tertiary Education in the Collaboration Space for a roundtable discussion on the benefits and challenges of using AI in Higher Education. 

In this session participants will work together to put forward a realistic and ambitious vision of how AI could be used to address issues around staff workload. Participants will work in groups of ten to define the problem of staff workload, review prospective AI solutions, and then develop a plan of how appropriate technologies could be used to address workload issues in a purposeful and responsible way.

Discussion Points:
  1. Defining the Problem: In what contexts are the skills and time of HE staff not being utilised optimally? What problems/opportunity costs does this create?
  2. Scoping the Solutions: Where does AI offer credible solutions to workload issues?
  3. Overcoming Challenges and Risks: What challenges and risks do you foresee around implementing AI solutions to workload issues? How could these challenges and risks be addressed?
  4. Putting Forward a Vision: How should AI be used, in a purposeful and responsible way, to improve staff workloads in Higher Education and enh