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Covid-19 has disrupted the student experience as we know it. From online learning to bubbles in student accommodation, the student experience has been in the spotlight on a national scale like never before.
This online 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.
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. Our headline speakers include:
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 Katie Normington, Vice-Chancellor, De Montfort University
Professor Craig Mahoney, Principal and Vice-Chancellor, University of the West of Scotland
Chris Millward, Director for fair access and participation, Office for Students
Rufeida Alhatimy, Current MA Contemporary Literature, Culture and Theory student, King’s College London and Founder, Social Knowbility
Kirsty Chan, Current MA Social Anthropology student, University of Sussex and Outreach lead, Social Knowability
What is the student experience? This session will take a step back to discuss what is the student experience for and what it is all about. Delving into aspects such as understanding what is important to current and perspective students; making decisions on what to change and managing expectations, the panel will consider the whole student lifecycle journey.
Mary Ojo, Student Engagement Coordinator (Research & Democracy), Middlesex University Students' Union
Dr Cassie Wilson, Vice-President (Student Experience), University of Bath
Aisha Janki Akinola, Vice President Welfare, Edinburgh University Students' Association
Vinnosh Kumar, Vice-President (Welfare), University of Essex Students' Union
Recent world events have had great impact on those from Black, Asian and Ethnic Minority backgrounds. From disproportionate effects of Covid-19 to Black Lives Matter and the rise in Asian-focused hate crime, how can universities do more to support these students with their mental health and wellbeing?
Paul Humphreys, Founder & CEO, StudentCrowd
Michael Thompson, Deputy Director of Communications & External Relations, Universities UK
The value of a university degree is under great scrutiny, this session will address how to talk about value, manage perceptions and discuss what factors impact student views the most. With a traditional student experience disrupted due to the pandemic, have student expectations changed and can value for money still be achieved?
Professor Petra Molthan-Hill, Professor of Sustainable Management and Education for Sustainable Development, Nottingham Business School, Nottingham Trent University and Co-Chair, United Nations Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) working group on climate change and environment
This session will explore how universities can engage all staff and students to contribute to high impact climate solutions whether they work in operations, are academics, study or engage with the university in any other way.
Fiona Waye, Policy Manager, Universities UK
Sarah Bevan, Policy Researcher, Universities UK
This networking session is an opportunity to network with colleagues across the sector, in small groups, to share best practice, discuss highlights and challenges with the work that has been happening at different institutions. The topic for this session is tackling harassment in all forms, focusing on both sexual and racial harassment.
Mia Nembhard, President, University of Leicester Students’ Union and Women member of the Liberation Campaign Committee, NUS
Dr Carrie Myers, Senior Lecturer in Criminology and Sociology, City University of London
Chair: Amy Dicks, Policy Researcher, Universities UK
Further speakers to be announced
Women are increasingly facing issues around anxiety, eating disorders and self-harm, as well as recent data revealing that four-fifths of women in the UK have been subjected to sexual harassment. This session will discuss safeguarding and protecting women on university campus’ and ensuring effective support is in place for their mental health and wellbeing.
Melissa Scallan, author of Starting University: What to Expect, How to Prepare, Go and Enjoy. Writer, speaker, advisor to UCAS
Kieron Broadhead, Executive Director of Student Experience, University of Southampton
Lauren Edwards, President, Marjon Universities SU
Chair: Ravinder Panesar, Student Induction Officer, The University of Edinburgh
Providing a first-rate welcome will foster a positive relationship between students and the university from the very start. What does student induction look like in a post-pandemic world? Even if the UK is restriction free, are hybrid experiences here to stay?
Ishan Kolhatkar, General Manager, Inspera UK
Harvey Tayman, Key Account Manager, Inspera UK
John Byrne, Community Manager, Inspera
Throughout Scandinavia, there is a strong embrace of digital technology to elevate the student experience. By 2017, 75% of Norwegian students had completed at least one exam digitally. Today, 85% of Norwegian students report they are satisfied with digital exams. In the UK, eAssessment is a growing trend. Join our UK team to explore more authentic assessment for students. We’ll dive into key topics, have discussions, experience a digital exam as a student and see an example from an institution.
Doug Little, Senior Project Manager - International Student Mental Health, University of Nottingham
Parvathy Ramesh, University of Manchester (PhD), India and International Student Ambassador, UKCISA
Anna Tiffany So, University of Dundee (UG), Hong Kong SAR, China and International Student Ambassador, UKCISA
Siqi Jia, University of Glasgow (UG), China and International Student Ambassador, UKCISA
Sarah Cooper, Careers Consultant, University of Bristol, Representative, Internationalisation Task Force, AGCAS and Representative, International Student Employability Group, UKCISA
Chair: Yinbo Yu, Strategic Partnership Lead, UKCISA
Delivering a high-quality student experience for international students is key for ensuring that UK higher education is seen as a valuable, long-term investment. This session will explore good practice in enhancing the international student experience, from graduate outcomes to mental health. What challenges have international students faced during the pandemic and what can we learn as a sector moving forward?
Lewis McKinnon, Head of Partner Development, UK and Europe, Studiosity
Dr Emma Heron, Head of Teaching & Learning Enhancement, Sheffield Hallam University
Helen Parkin, Senior Lecturer in Research Evaluation and Student Engagement, Sheffield Hallam University
Theresa Ogbekhiulu, Education Officer, Swansea University Students' Union and Student Strategic Advisory Committee member, QAA
Chair: Harvey Atkinson, Senior Internal Communications Manager, University of Sussex
This session will explore ways in which institutions keep in contact with students, and how to close the feedback loop. When developing and enhancing the student experience, it is vital to understand what is important to students, particularly in the fast-changing times in which we now operate. This session will explore best practice from the sector about how to undertake meaningful two-way conversations with students. It will look at how to receive feedback from students without inducing ‘survey fatigue’.
Speakers to be announced.
Last year higher education institutions were blindsided by the global pandemic. With little notice, universities and academic libraries across the United Kingdom had to close their doors and limit their services to online. In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity. Challenged to meet the needs of students, academic leaders, faculty, and librarians innovated their approach to enabling learning, adopting new practices, processes, and technologies to enable student engagement and success. For many this included innovating their use of digital content.
Host to be announced.
This networking session is an opportunity to network with colleagues across the sector in small groups, to share best practice, discuss highlights and challenges with the work that has been happening at different institutions, focusing on welcome week and induction.
Professor Paul Layzell, Royal Holloway, University of London
The Rt Hon Chris Skidmore MP, Former UK Minister for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation
This address will focus on the new Lifelong Education Commission and its role in providing more choice for students throughout their lives as well as reflections on how universities and students have adapted during the pandemic.
Professor G J Melendez-Torres, Professor of Clinical and Social Epidemiology, Associate Dean for Global, University of Exeter
Tom Wright, Director of Digital Student Life, University of Lincoln
Karthik Kumar Bonkur, President, Hertfordshire Students’ Union
Dani Bradford, Research Coordinator, Hertfordshire Students’ Union
As the UK hopes to return to a degree of normality after the pandemic, the sector needs to start preparing for what that looks like. This session will explore likely student behaviour when returning to university, developing interventions and managing situations as they may evolve, as well as working in partnership with local communities to foster positive relationships.
Dr Peter Bonfield, Vice-Chancellor, University of Westminster
Professor Osama Khan, Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Education, University of Surrey
Further speaker to be announced
In 2020 universities across the UK swiftly moved their teaching online. Over the next academic year online teaching and learning developed to offer a high-quality experience. With the prospect of a more normal 21-22 academic year, what lessons have we learned from this move to online teaching? What are the benefits of digital learning, and what should we retain as we move toward a hybrid and campus-based learning experience? How can institutions take a creative approach to online teaching, and transform the digital experience?
Rachel Hewitt, Director of Policy and Advocacy, Higher Education Policy Institute
This session will present the 2021 results and findings from the annual Advance HE-HEPI Student Academic Experience Survey.
Professor Paul Layzell, Royal Holloway, University of London