Session outlines – IHE Annual Conference, 29 November 2016

Date & Time: Tuesday 29th November 2016, 09:00-18:00

Venue: AMBA Hotel Marble Arch, London, W1H 7EH

Cost: £175 for members (30% member discount), £250 for non-members

Booking: Please follow this link to book your conference place


10:30 Registration and Reform: The New Landscape of English Higher Education
Ian Coates, Director, Higher Education and Strategy, Department for Education
Hannah Streatfeild, Deputy Director, Alternative Providers and HE Governance, DfE

The Higher Education & Research Bill promises the most far-reaching reforms to the regulation and quality assurance of the HE sector in 25 years. Hear directly from the Department for Education how the new system will streamline the relationships of HE providers with their regulators and ensure a dynamic and diverse sector across England.

11:30 Working with the Home Office
Anna Lacey, Head of Student Policy, Migration Policy Unit, Home Office
Ollie Carlisle, Deputy Director for PBS Study Operations, UK Visas and Immigration

Successfully managing their responsibilities under Tier 4 is of critical importance to many institutions, and requires a constructive dialogue with UKVI. This session will give independent providers their first opportunity to meet the new Student Policy and Operational leads at the Home Office, hear about recent initiatives and explore the direction of travel for international student policy.

11:30 Learning from your Students and their Data
Paul Clark, Chief Executive, HESA
Sarah Davies, Head of Higher Education and Student Experience, JISC

Data will lie at the foundation of all future higher education regulation, with its increasing focus on student outcomes, but in the hands of institutions it is also a powerful tool for self-improvement and quality enhancement. Hear from leaders in this field how independent HEIs can use this data both to enhance the student experience and improve student retention, and about current projects including HESA’s Data Futures and JISC’s work on Learner Analytics.

11:30 A New Model for Higher Education Validation

Liz Marr, Director of Teaching (Learning and Teaching Innovation), Open University
Will Naylor, Director of Colleges and Alternative Providers, QAA
Joy Elliott-Bowman, Policy and Public Affairs Manager, Independent Higher Education

Validation is a critical part of HE’s regulatory infrastructure, but in recent years it has too often failed to deliver the efficient, transparent and reliable process the sector needs. Learn about and feed into Independent HE’s project with the Open University and QAA to set a UK-wide benchmark for excellent validation which protects standards while facilitating innovation and supporting student choice.

13:30 Enter the Teaching Excellence Framework
Chris Millward, Director (Policy), HEFCE
Harriet Smith, Assistant Director, Subject-level TEF, Department for Education

The Government’s new Teaching Excellence Framework represents a paradigm shift in how HE institutions are rated and valued by prospective students and the general public. Hear the latest from those responsible for designing and implementing the TEF on how it will work, and how independent providers can benefit from its elevation of teaching practice and the student experience to a level of importance traditionally reserved for academic research.

13:30 Getting to Grips with Apprenticeships and Vocational Education
Mark Dawe, Chief Executive, Association of Employment and Learning Providers
Cathy Kerfoot, Standards and Frameworks Manager, QAA

Vocational and professional education is set to undergo a renaissance following the radical recommendations of the Sainsbury Review and the unprecedented spending power of the Apprenticeship Levy. Find out how independent providers can make the most of these opportunities as well as develop innovative new HE programmes which fit the Degree Apprenticeship model.

13:30 Higher Education Headlines for Busy Executives
Rob Stroud, Head of Alternative Provider Engagement, HEFCE
Hilary Aldred, Head of Education, Penningtons Manches

2016 has been an exceptionally busy year for higher education, with significant changes in policy, regulation and the external operating environment which will have a major impact on your business. Make sure you haven’t missed anything with this whistlestop tour through the key changes to be aware of, as well as a lookahead to what is coming in 2017.

14:35 Innovation and Educating the 21st Century Graduate
Nick Hillman, Director, Higher Education Policy Institute (Chair)
Professor Robin Middlehurst, Professor of Higher Education, Kingston University
Professor Philip Wilson, Provost and Chief Executive, UCFB
Seamus Nevin, Head of Employment and Skills Policy, Institute of Directors

A very different world awaits the 21st century graduate than the one which greeted their parents. Rapid technological change will disrupt as many jobs as it will create. With no job for life, young people will need the flexibility to switch between multiple roles and even industries, the creativity to make their own opportunities, and the confidence to direct their own career paths. Can higher education rise to this challenge with new innovations and a better awareness of global economic needs?

15:50 UK Higher Education: An International Future?
Professor Rebecca Hughes, Director of Education, British Council (Chair)
Conrad Bird, Director, GREAT Britain Campaign, Prime Minister’s Office
Marie Clark, Director of Marketing and External Relations, Hobsons
Professor Colin Riordan, Vice Chancellor, Cardiff University

A British education has never been more highly prized overseas, while the demand from developing economies for high quality tertiary education far outstrips supply. But the risks to our global position are rising from both within and without, as Brexit forces the whole country to reassess its role in the world. Hear from expert speakers from Government and the Sector on the challenges and opportunities for UK Higher Education in this new and volatile age.

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