Up and coming Conferences

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The Higher Education Academy in the UK run an extensive workshop and seminar series. Some will be listed on this page but you can view the full listings by clicking on the following link  http://www.heacademy.ac.uk/seminar-series

Students as consumers - contracts, complaints and dispute resolution (UK)

12th Jun 2018 - Central, London, UK

With Government planning to consult on the introduction of contracts between students and universities, this seminar will assess the next steps for student rights in the UK - looking at contracts, complaints and dispute resolution.
 
Delegates will consider the potential shape that these contracts might take, what forms of redress should be available to students, and the safeguards that might be necessary to ensure that universities are able to maintain standards and make reasonable adjustments to course delivery.

Overall, areas for discussion include:

  • The context for student rights - consumer law compliance in the HE sector, and expectations for resource commitment, contact time, assessments, and support;
  • Priorities for university marketing - implementing new ASA guidance, addressing misleading claims and the role of regulation;
  • Options for student contracts - their potential form and impact, and what can be learnt from institutions with contracts already in place; and
  • Student complaints and dispute resolution - affecting international and disabled students, mental health, university marketing, and multiple and new providers.


For more information contact, Sean Cudmore, Deputy Editor, Westminster Higher Education Forum on T: 01344 864796 or visit the website, http://www.westminsterforumprojects.co.uk/conferences/westminster-higher-education-forum

Next steps for student contracts, complaints and regulating university marketing (UK)

12th Jun 2018 - Central, London, UK

Sessions at the seminar will consider:
•    The future for student contracts - the potential shape these contracts might take, what forms of redress should be available for students, what can be learnt from institutions with contracts already in place and what safeguards might be necessary to ensure that universities are able to maintain standards;
•    Key issues for university marketing - implementing new Advertising Standards Agency guidance, addressing misleading claims and the role of regulation relating to such claims;
•    The context for student rights - consumer law compliance in the HE sector, and expectations for resource commitment, contact time, assessments, and support; and
•    Student complaints and dispute resolution - implications for the HE sector of the OIA’s annual report, how can best practice be shared widely in the sector and priorities for developing a complaints system for the entire sector.
 
For more information go to www.westminsterhighereducationforum.co.uk or call T: 01344 864796

European First Year Experience Conference (Netherlands)

25th-27th Jun 2018 - Utrecht, Netherlands

From June 25 to June 27 2018 the European First Year Experience conference takes place in Utrecht. It is hosted by Utrecht University and the University of Applied Sciences Utrecht.


The conference themes 2018 are:
•    From Excitement to Expectations to Experiences.

•    Diversity and inclusion.

Through keynotes, paper sessions, workshops and networking you will get the chance to share and expand your knowledge and experiences on guiding first year students.

For more information go to: https://efye2018.nl/

The 3rd International Conference of the Portuguese Society for Engineering Education (CISPEE 2018) (Portugal)

27th-29th Jun 2018 - University of Aveiro, Portugal

The 3rd International Conference of the Portuguese Society for Engineering Education (CISPEE 2018) will focus on the excellence in engineering education (research and practice) and provide participants with the unique opportunity of attending the ultimate research in the Engineering Education thematic, but also participate in a series of open debates, discussion and decision on the role of Higher Education Teaching (and Teacher’s) in today’s and future Societies.

For more information go to: http://see.web.ua.pt/cispee2018/

Funding apprenticeships in England - supporting employers, meeting demand and the future of the apprenticeship levy (UK)

12th Jul 2018 - Central, London, UK

Areas for discussion include:
•    Addressing the fall in apprenticeships - in light of the declining number of apprenticeship starts - and as employers adjust to the new system of funding, is further reform to the apprenticeship levy required?;
•    Managing apprenticeships - looking at the initial response of employers to the new apprenticeship system, including the creation of the digital apprenticeship service;
•    Reviewing funding bands - how might Government support employers to negotiate prices below the upper limit of a particular band and, following the DfE’s announcement to review funding bands, what are the potential changes that may be expected?;
•    Improving engagement - with the number of providers increasing, what steps can be taken to encourage businesses to make greater use of apprenticeships;
•    Delivering apprenticeships - quickening the approval of standards and whether additional financial support should be given to skills that are in demand - such as digital apprenticeships; and   
•    Simplifying funding for SMEs - following initial delays to the tendering process for non-levy apprenticeships, what steps can be taken ensure a smooth transition to the apprenticeship service.
 
For more information, go to: www.westminsteremploymentforum.co.uk or call T: 01344 864796

Advance Your Academic Leadership Skills Conference (USA)

18th-20th Oct 2018 - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

Higher education today is experiencing significant change, whether to curricula, technology, tenure practices, issues in student affairs, recruitment, or retention. At the same time, institutions are challenged with increased scrutiny from the academic community, accreditors, students, and parents. More than ever, effective and flexible academic and administrative leadership is critical to any institution’s success.

The Leadership in Higher Education Conference was created to bring much-needed professional development resources to academic leaders. In a collaborative gathering of higher education professionals, we examine trends, strategies, and best practices through a combination of plenary presentations, concurrent sessions, and roundtable discussions.

At the 2018 Leadership in Higher Education Conference, delegates can choose from over 45 concurrent sessions in the following conference tracks:

  • Best Practices for Deans and Department Chairs
  • Leadership and Management
  • Evaluation and Program/Department Assessment
  • Faculty Hiring and Development
  • Issues and Trends in Higher Education.

During the interactive sessions, presented by leaders from around the country, delegates will have the opportunity to learn:

  • Proven tools and techniques for running a successful department or division
  • Demonstrated strategies for hiring and developing faculty, including ways to design a fruitful faculty development program, foster a collegial department, and conduct effective hiring searches
  • Key facets of managing challenging personnel and balancing instructor and administrative needs
  • Responses to issues and trends driving policy today, such as diversity and inclusion, legal and regulatory compliance, and economic development and fundraising

For more information, go to:https://www.magnapubs.com/leadership-in-higher-education-conference/

Student-Generated Induction: A Social Identity Approach (UK)

14th Nov 2018 - Mary Ward House Conference and Exhibition Centre, 7 Tavistock Place, Bloomsbury, London, WC1H 9SN

In this workshop, you will experience a new social and participative approach to student induction and inclusion. You will also have the chance to share issues and concerns relating to your induction and transition practice. Student-Generated Induction, developed from doctoral research at the University of Glasgow, has already been applied to induction and transition at different universities and colleges. It has also been introduced for different disciplines and used with groups of up to 300 in a single session. This workshop will provide an opportunity to discuss current practice and to experience a participant-led approach to induction. We explore practical and measurable approaches to developing students in Learning Communities. It will also be of interest to all those following the Student-As-Producer and Student-As-Partner agenda.


 The outcome of this event will include:
•    Experience of a new group-oriented practice for student induction and inclusion
•    Awareness of a new theory for student induction based on empirical research
•    Awareness of current practices from elsewhere
•    Knowledge of new SharedThinking Online system

For more information, contact@sharedthinking.info