Date & Time: 14:00, Monday 27th November – 17:00, Tuesday 28th November 2017
Venue: AMBA Hotel Marble Arch, London, W1H 7EH
Details: The Independent Higher Education Annual Conference is the UK’s flagship event for leaders in the independent HE sector, and the only conference specifically tailored to the needs and interests of independent universities and colleges. The 2017 Conference will take place over two days, Monday 27th November and Tuesday 28th November.
General Admission – 2 days inc. Monday dinner (non-members): £295
General Admission – 2 days inc. Monday dinner (IHE members): £205
Monday Admission – inc. dinner (non-members): £150
Monday Admission – inc. dinner (IHE members): £105
Monday Afternoon Admission – not inc. dinner (IHE members only): £50
Tuesday Admission (non-members): £195
Tuesday Admission (IHE members): £135
IHE Members are entitled to one free place to the full conference. Enter your membership number followed by ‘2017CONF’ under ‘Enter Promotional Code’ on the event page to register for your free place (For example: “12342017CONF”).
Our 2017 Conference will focus on the transition to the Office for Students, which represents a major change for all independent providers. We will cover every critical aspect of the changes, from student data systems, to governance, to a practical take on the transition led by senior figures within the Office for Students.
Monday 27th November
13:30 Registration and refreshments
Phillip Wilson, Chair, Independent Higher Education
Marcella Collins, Managing Director, Hotcourses Group (UK)
14:10 Opening Address
Alexander Proudfoot, Chief Executive, Independent Higher Education
14:30 KEYNOTE: Nicola Dandridge
Chief Executive designate, Office for Students
Establishing the Office for Students – Nicola Dandridge will be presenting on the Regulatory Framework Consultation that DfE recently published on behalf of the OfS. She will also be commenting on the opportunities that the coming changes may present for independent providers of higher education.
15:00 Best Practice in the Sector: IHE Member Case Studies
- Life-Long Learning at the London Institute of Banking and Finance (LIBF)
- Creating a Student Guild – London School of Business and Management
- Industry Link: Employment and Employability in the Curriculum – Academy of Contemporary Music
- Clash of Cultures | Good things happen when Higher Education & Apprenticeships collide – QA and AELP
17:15 Break and relaxation before dinner
18:00 Drinks reception
19:00 Dinner and Independent Higher Education Awards 2017
Tuesday 28th November
9:00 Registration and refreshments
Phillip Wilson, Chair, Independent Higher Education
9:40 KEYNOTE: The Viscount Younger of Leckie
Government Whip & Education Spokesman, House of Lords
Reforming Higher Education: HERA and Beyond
10:10 Teaching for Industry
– Professor The Baroness Wolf, Professor of Public Sector Management, Kings College London
– Philippa Lloyd, Director General HE and FE, Department for Education
– Professor Janusz Kozinski, Founding President and CEO of NMITE (New Model in Technology and Engineering)
– Charlotte Fisher-Morecroft, Early Professionals Manager, Degree Apprenticeships Scheme Lead, IBM
11:00 Refreshments break
11:30 Elective Sessions
A: Data Opportunities for APs and TEF Year 3
– Graeme Rosenberg, TEF Manager, HEFCE
– Alison Berry, Head of Stakeholder Liaison, HESA
– Victoria Atherstone, Head of Business Development, HESA
B: Professional Development in HE: HEA Fellowship & Global Communities of Practice
– Michael Parker, Global Partnership Manager, Higher Education Academy
C: Marketing Insights and Trends in HE
– Aaron Porter, Director of Insights, Hotcourses Group
12:30 Lunch and exhibition
13:20 Brexit: What happens next?
– Ian Dunt, Editor, Politics.co.uk
– Smita Jamdar, Head of Education, Shakespeare Martineau
14:00 Elective Sessions
A: Governance in Independent Providers
– Alison Johns, CEO, Leadership Foundation and CEO Designate, new sector agency
B: Managing the Transition to the Office for Students
– Jenny Bradley, Deputy Director – Higher Education, Department for Education
– Rob Stroud, Head of Alternative Provider Intelligence and Engagement, HEFCE
C: Making the Most of International Education
– Aisling Conboy, Higher Education Specialist – TNE & Teacher Training, Department for International Trade
– Hannah Wiskin, Deputy Director, HE EU/International Policy, Department for Education
15:00 Refreshments break
15:20 Social Mobility and Student Success
– Rt Hon David Laws, Executive Chairman, Education Policy Institute
– Emran Mian, Director of Strategy & Social Mobility, Department for Education
– Les Ebdon, Director of Fair Access to Higher Education, OFFA
– Clare Marchant, Chief Executive, UCAS
16:10 KEYNOTE: Nick Hillman
Independence – the Key to Higher Education’s Future?
16:30 Closing Remarks
Philip Wilson, Chair, Independent Higher Education
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Independent Higher Education Awards
We are delighted to confirm that the first ever Independent Higher Education Awards will be held on the Monday night (27 November) of the 2017 Annual Conference, celebrating innovation and best practice across the independent sector. The categories, open to members and non-members alike, are:
- Innovation in Digital teaching and learning
- Excellence in student community
- Industry Partnership of the Year
- Outstanding Support for the Student Learning Experience
- Breakthrough in Course Design or Delivery
- Best International Student Experience
Entries are now closed, but you can find out more about the Awards here.