Independent Higher Education Annual Conference 2019

IHE Annual Conference 2019

Date & Time: Tuesday 26th November 2019

Venue: 11 Cavendish Square, London, W1G 0AN

Tickets: Tickets on sale now

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 their needs. The 2019 IHE Awards will also be presented during the evening drinks reception.


We are delighted to confirm Rt. Hon David Laws, Strategic Advisor at GK Strategy and Lord Bilimoria, Vice President, CBI and President, UKCISA as our keynote speakers for this year’s Annual Conference.

Other main stage sessions include:

  • Politics and Change – higher education in an age of chaos
  • Registration with the OfS – sector representatives reflective in on the new regulator’s first year
  • Small business, big ideas – an SME model for higher education
  • Global growth and enterprise in higher education

Breakout sessions:

  • Governance surgery – practical prescriptions for independent providers
  • A transformative approach to student success and retention
  • Marketing to Generation Z – Who are they? What do they want?!
  • Strategic planning for small and growing institutions
  • Faster than the speed of insight: developing heroes in student data
  • We are all in this together: A community approach to student wellbeing

Check out the full agenda including breakout sessions speakers and plenary panellists.


Sponsorship and Exhibition

The Independent Higher Education Annual Conference is the UK’s flagship conference for leaders in the independent HE sector. It provides an excellent opportunity to promote your brand, products and services to key decision makers within the independent HE sector. Click here to view our Sponsorship Opportunities document.

If you would like to discuss sponsorship and exhibition opportunities, please email or call +44 20 3929 3370.

Lead Sponsor






Higher education is our only focus at Ellucian and our people are equipped to support the growth and requirements of the independent provider community.  We design a leading student information system – Ellucian Quercus; a SaaS solution that meets the needs of independent providers and is designed to be out-of-the-box so you can see a rapid return on investment.

Our rapidly growing independent provider community is represented by a flourishing mix of providers including: Christie’s Education, MetFilm School, London Institute of Business and Finance, London School of Theology and many more.  We look forward to having a conversation with you at the IHE Annual Conference. Contact us at if you’d like to get in touch.


Supported by




Shakespeare Martineau is a leading law firm, ranked 52 in the top 100 that combines creativity, commerciality and clarity. We work with blue-chip companies, leading organisations, high street brands and individuals across the country. Our multi-disciplinary team delivers a broad range of specialist legal services, and particularly stands out for its expertise within Education, including Independent Providers, Higher Education, Further Education, Academies and Independent Schools. We pride ourselves on protecting and growing businesses and personal wealth. Our approach goes beyond just legal solutions: clients trust us to advise on what’s possible, what’s prudent and what’s coming around the corner.


Jisc is a not-for-profit providing the UK’s national research and education network, Janet, and technology solutions for its members – colleges, universities and research centres. It is funded by the UK higher and further education and research funding bodies and member institutions.

Jisc does three main things for its members:

  • Operates and develops the super-fast and secure Janet Network and its built-in cyber security protection.
  • Helps save time and money by negotiating sector-wide deals with IT vendors and commercial publishers
  • Provides trusted advice and practical assistance on digital technology.

Jisc’s vision is for the UK to be the most digitally advanced education and research nation in the world.





Kortext is a UK based digital textbook platform providing access to over 1,000,000 ebooks from over 1,000 publishers, as well as a wide selection of OER content that can be deployed for a whole institution or a single module. Students can personalise their copy of each textbook through smart annotation tools, add additional resources such as course packs, presentation and library loans with the option to collaborate with peers, meaning they connect with content in a more engaging manner. Every student interaction with the content is recorded and we return detailed insights into learning habits, that help improve student support, curriculum review and inform decision making to help create personalised learning paths.


The Access Platform is a peer recruitment tool that enables universities to connect their Student Ambassadors with prospective students wherever they are in the world. Our mission is to enable universities to build awareness, confidence, and a sense of belonging with prospective students anywhere in the world and, in doing so, to help them build vibrant, diverse, and global institutions. We are the global specialists in peer recruitment for the Higher Education sector. We currently work with universities and pathway providers in the UK, Europe, USA, Australia, and New Zealand. Every month our platform enables universities to engage with thousands of prospective students.






Jenzabar is a privately owned company that provides higher education institutions with innovative, cloud-based solutions and services to meet the needs of the modern student. With 30+ years of experience, Jenzabar supports 1,350+ campuses worldwide with intuitive and powerful solutions to enable long-term success for both institutions and students.





Pythagoras is a market-leading Microsoft Cloud specialist.  Our solutions empower organisations to deliver comprehensive student lifecycle management and to introduce operational efficiencies, making the most from existing investments. We are proud to have helped over 30% of UK universities to realise the potential of the Microsoft Cloud.  Our broad sector experience allow us to question, challenge and make suggestions to stakeholders; ensuring that together, we deliver solutions that truly represent your organisations’ needs and strategy.







TPP Recruitment is a specialist, highly respected and well-established UK-wide consultancy. Our areas of expertise enable us to provide dedicated support to non-profit and public sector organisations. TPP has developed an excellent track record in recruiting permanent and temporary professionals for the higher education sector. We have sourced candidates within professional and academic services for a wide variety of universities across the UK. We pride ourselves on our understanding of the higher education landscape and can offer expert advice on how to recruit staff for your organisation, whether you are recruiting for an Administrator or a Director.







StudyWorld is the UK’s largest event focused on promoting UK international education to agents, partners and influencers from around the world. In 2019 we welcomed 300+ study abroad agents from 61 countries who together met with 247 educators from accredited UK English language centres, universities, and boarding schools. The 2020 event will be held in the QEII Centre in the heart of Westminster, London on 7 – 9 September. Speak to Tom and Annie at the StudyWorld exhibition stand for details of attendance options including meeting tables, exhibition stands, and flexible networking passes.



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IHE Awards 2019

The 2019 Independent Higher Education Awards will be presented at the 2019 Annual Conference, celebrating innovation and best practice across the independent sector.

The 2019 Awards are as follows:

• Advancing International Education
• Excellence in Student Collaboration
• Outstanding Industry Partnerships
• Breakthrough Course: Innovation in Design or Delivery
• Leaders in Student Outreach

Learn more about the awards and award sponsors here.