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Security and risk management in higher education: protecting universities from hostile actors

12 Nov 2020, 09:30 - 16:30
20 Tavistock Square 
United Kingdom
Developments in technology and the digitalization of higher education have helped universities to work more efficiently and collaboratively than ever before. Connected by shared data platforms and information technology, students and staff are no longer tied to one location. Instead they can work with partners and institutions across the globe.

However, increased collaboration and data integration also brings challenges. Risks must be managed, interference prevented, and threats negotiated. In this environment, how do we set procedures that maintain trust in UK research, ensure the integrity of security procedures, and protect academic freedom and staff both here and overseas?

UUK's one-day event is dedicated to helping universities protect their research, education activities and expertise, as well as to capitalise on the opportunities presented by international partnerships.

Why should you attend?

This is an issue rarely discussed and poorly understood. New guidance is expected on the issue in the coming year, and this is the perfect chance for universities to build understanding and experience on the subject.

Topics we will be covering include:

  • Maintaining trust in UK research and regulatory compliance in research activity
  • Operational risks in global partnerships
  • Building organisational resilience
  • Duty of care to academics and students travelling overseas
  • Academic freedom

Who should attend?

This event is open to staff at universities at all levels who are interested in gaining and in-depth understanding of the processes and tactics universities can use to mitigate threats. It will be particularly useful for those involved in setting strategy, or establishing policies and processes.

  • Relevant job roles include, but are not limited to:
  • Chief Operating Officer
  • Chief Information Officer
  • University Secretary
  • Registrar
  • Director of IT and Digital Services
  • Director of Libraries and Estates
  • IT Director
  • PVC – Research and Innovation
  • Vice-Principal, Governance

This event is not restricted to senior management, and practitioners and specialists in this area will also find this event useful to attend.

Please do feel free to contact us via phone or email if you would like to understand more about the event, and whether it will be useful for you.

If you have any questions about this or any other of our events, please contact us on or 07500 441505.

We have a range of sponsorship opportunities available at this event. Please contact Esther Dudley, Head of Events and Engagement for information, tel: 07500 441501; email:

Coronavirus information

At the time of writing, UUK is planning to resume events and conferences in autumn 2020. We take the health of safety of our delegates, speakers and staff extremely seriously, and please note that all of our events will be run in line with government and public health advice, which we are constantly monitoring. Should this event be cancelled due to government advice, we will deliver the event online or endeavour to rearrange this event for a future date. You will also have the option for a refund.

Esther Dudley

Head of Events and Engagement
Universities UK


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