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This one-day conference hosted by Universities UK will bring together sector leaders to look at how the sector can enhance the student experience in a drastically fast-moving world. The conference is an opportunity for delegates to hear from and engage with experts as well as network with colleagues and speakers. Chaired by Professor Robert Allison, Vice-Chancellor, Loughborough University, confirmed speakers include:
During the day delegates will have the chance to hear from experts from institutions across the United Kingdom. We will be looking into how to build on the experience of students, and explore new opportunities to ensure that your student experience strategy is ever evolving to meet the needs of a changing generation of students.
This conference is open to all with an interest in this topic, however will be particularly useful for staff who have responsibility for or play a part in any aspect of the student experience. Relevant job titles include:
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Professor Robert Allison, Vice-Chancellor, Loughborough University
Professor Rachel Thomson, Pro Vice-Chancellor for Teaching, Loughborough University
Iain Patton, CEO, EAUC - The Alliance for Sustainability Leadership in Education
Chris Hale, Director of Policy, Universities UK
Further speakers to be announced
In this session we will explore the work of the newly formed Climate Commission for UK Higher and Further Education Leaders, and look at best practice initiatives from the sector.
Professor Chris Day, Vice-Chancellor and President, Newcastle University
Tracy Lumb, Senior Project Manager - Alcohol Impact, Students Organising for Sustainability (SOS)
Andrew Brown, Senior Programme Manager, Alcohol Team, Public Health England
This session will focus on work recently undertaken by UUK with Newcastle University, as well as a broader look at risky behaviours and alcohol/drug usage.
This session will explore how universities can support students returning to campus study following sandwich years/years abroad.
Naomi Wilkinson, Senior Commissioning Editor, Oxford University Press
Epigeum, part of Oxford University Press, creates outstanding higher education courseware, devised by leading experts in collaboration with universities from across the world.
In this interactive session, we will demonstrate how to design online content to maximise student engagement and support a diverse student population, with examples from our Being Well, Living Well toolkit. We will also present case studies from our Support and Wellbeing programmes, followed by a discussion on how online courses can be effectively implemented and used as part of a blended approach to provide students with practical skills and build a supportive higher education community.
Julie Allen, Director of Policy and Services, UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA)
Mental health of PhD students and supervisors, effectiveness of buddy programmes and supporting direct entry Chinese students: these are just some of the most recent projects and research topics which have been supported by the UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) Grants Scheme to support innovation in international student support. Since 2015, UKCISA has provided funding for almost 60 pilot projects and research. Director of Policy and Services at UKCISA, Julie Allen will talk about the outcomes of the projects and research which highlight effective practice to support the international student experience and share recommendations for applying the learning at your institution.
Dr Michele Milner, Director of Learning and Wellbeing, Royal Veterinary College, in conjunction with Pearson
Tom Simpson, Associate Professor of Philosophy and Public Policy, University of Oxford
Professor Eric Kaufmann, Professor of Politics, Birkbeck, University of London
Kaushika Patel, Interim PVC for Equality Diversity and Inclusion and Project Director: Decolonising DMU, De Montfort University
Decolonising DMU: Student Advisor, De Montfort University
The Decolonising DMU team invite participants to critique the reality of the anti-racist University. The team will disseminate how DMU moved beyond a project for closing the BAME attainment gap and the core tenets of the Race Equality Charter to focus upon decolonising the university. The team will share the challenges of developing and implementing a working definition for Decolonising the university. Finally, we will discuss the themes and the institutional approaches utilised in the process of decolonising, elevating Decolonising DMU from our existing Race Equality Charter action plan to one of fundamental culture and behavioural change.
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Former posts include Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Pro-Vice-Chancellor Research at Sussex University, Dean of Social Sciences of Health and Head of Geography at Durham University.
He was awarded a PhD in Geography from King's College London and is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.
His contribution to organisations includes the Natural Environment Research Council, Higher Education Funding Council for England and the Department for Business Innovation and Skills.
He sits on the Board of Midlands Innovation, a partnership between the Universities of Aston, Birmingham, Cranfield, Keele, Leicester, Loughborough, Nottingham and Warwick.
Honours and awards for research and teaching include:
· Cuthbert Peek Award, Royal Geographical Society
· Charles Lyell Award, British Association for the Advancement of Science
· Jan De Ploey Prize, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
Rachel read Natural Sciences at Cambridge University followed by a PhD in Materials Engineering. She joined Loughborough in 1995 where she has been Head of Materials, then Dean of Engineering, before becoming Pro Vice-Chancellor (Teaching) in 2016. Rachel's research combines materials modelling and advanced experimental characterisation, working with industry to improve the efficiency, lifetime and environmental performance of metallic components used in power generation. Rachel has initiated many transformational projects, including leading the development of STEMLab, a £17M investment in shared science and engineering teaching laboratories, Loughborough's Digital Strategy, and a skills development programme for students. In 2018 she was selected as East Midlands Inspirational Female Leader of the Year and elected as a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering.
As Director of Policy, Chris Hale is responsible for the development and management of Universities UK's policy work, produced by a largely in-house team of programme managers, economists and analysts.
Before being appointed Director in 2015, Chris was Assistant Director of Policy at Universities UK and led on a number of areas of work including efficiency and effectiveness and the regulation of higher education. Chris has significant expertise in research policy, working as a policy adviser on this issue for Universities UK for a number of years.
Prior to working at Universities UK, Chris worked at the General Medical Council and holds a degree from the University of Sussex and MSc from University College London.
Professor Chris Day took up the role of Vice-Chancellor and President at Newcastle University on 1 January 2017. A Consultant Hepatologist with an international reputation in medical research, he is a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences. He has served on the Council of the Medical Research Council and the Executive of the Medical Schools Council. Professor Day was Chair of the Clinical Medicine Sub-Panel for the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) Exercise.
Professor Day is currently Chair of the Office for Strategic Co-ordination of Health Research (OSCHR), a member of the Universities UK Board and, for REF 2021, is Chair of the institutional environment pilot panel, dealing with the assessment of the research environment at institution level. Professor Day is a Deputy Lieutenant of Tyne and Wear.
Tracy Lumb is the Senior Alcohol Impact Manager for SOS, working alongside NUS (National Union of Students). Alcohol Impact is our whole-university programme designed to foster responsible drinking cultures for students. It is a strategic framework for partnership working between students' unions and institutions. The programme adopts social change theory; aiming to reduce harm and improve welfare, well-being and academic achievement – whilst creating more inclusive spaces and enhancing the student experience.
Before working for SOS, Tracy worked for 6 years in community drug and alcohol services coordinating the care for adults affected by drugs or alcohol.
Andrew is a Senior Programme Manager at Public Health England (PHE) and is responsible for the management of the organisation's work to support place based efforts to reduce the harms that individuals and communities experience from alcohol.
Prior to working for PHE Andrew worked with the Making Every Adult Matter coalition, which advocates for better policy and practice for adults with multiple disadvantage. He was the Director of Policy at DrugScope, and before that Director of Programmes with a drug and alcohol prevention charity.
He spent 9 years as a councillor in South East London, and has extensive experience in a range of voluntary positions in his local community.
Naomi Wilkinson is Senior Commissioning Editor at Epigeum, part of Oxford University Press.
Collaborating with institutions around the world, Naomi is responsible for the strategic development of a portfolio of courses aimed at students in higher education, and is currently working on the Being Well, Living Well toolkit, to be published in May 2020. Naomi also oversees projects through their development process, including creating and testing potential course outlines and pedagogical approaches.
Kaushika is the Interim Pro Vice Chancellor for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion and Dean for the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences at De Montfort University (DMU), and has been in academia since 2007.
Kaushika also formally mentors and coaches BME staff at DMU. As an academic Kaushika is keen to support BME staff to have a voice within their university – and the wider HE sector – and to have the opportunity to present their thoughts, ideas and solutions to effect change to make HE a more welcoming and inclusive environment to work in, where your identity is welcomed, valued and supported.
Kudakwashe Charmaine Marufu is a 3rd year student studying Education and psychology. Her role within Decolonising DMU is to engage students across the University to share their thoughts and insights into the needs of BAME students and consider how we can ensure that BAME students can identify themselves in their curriculum and the environment within which they learn. These views are then relayed to lecturers and wider University staff to support changes in learning, teaching and assessment and to make the learning environment more welcoming for all students. Kudakwashe leads on student events which encourage students to bring conversations about race onto campus. They give students the opportunity to share their experiences, concerns and ideas on how to make DMU an anti-racist university.