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

Next steps for developing the 2021 Research Excellence Framework (UK)

14th Nov 2017 - Central, London, UK

This seminar will be an opportunity to discuss the composition of the next cycle of the Research Excellence Framework, following the publication of outcomes from HEFCE’s consultation on REF 2021.

There will be a keynote contribution on key outcomes of the consultation from Kim Hackett, REF Manager and Head of Research Assessment, HEFCE.

Delegates will discuss suggested reforms to the framework proposed by Lord Stern’s review, which included recommendations for a broadening of the definition of impact, and for all active research staff in an institution to be submitted as part of the REF process, ending the portability of research outputs if an academic changes institution.

Key areas for discussion will include options for reforming expert panel structures to reflect diversity and strategies for reducing ‘gaming’ in the system. Further sessions will focus on the REF’s encouragement of interdisciplinary and collaborative research and proposed changes to ‘research environment’ criteria, such as institution-level assessment.

For more information, Tel: +44 (0)1344 864796 or Email: info@forumsupport.co.uk

2nd Conference on Future Education Effective Learning in an Age of Increasing Speed, Complexity and Uncertainty (Italy)

16th-18th Nov 2017 - Roma Tre University, Rome

This conference is designed to serve as an open, active platform for participants to share, collaborate and co-create new ideas, approaches, methodologies and best practices. The multi-stakeholder approach and structure of the conference will make it possible for participants to organize or participate in special sessions dedicated to in-depth exploration of specific topics ranging from subject content, pedagogy and learning technologies to social and economic impact on issues such as employment, skills development, business development, innovation, social power, citizenship, cultural diversity, personal development and individuality.

For more information, go to: http://wunicon.org/rome/

Next steps for international student recruitment in higher education - changes to the visa system and promoting the UK as a destination post-Brexit (UK)

21st Nov 2017 - Central, London, UK

With the UK in the process of leaving the EU, this timely seminar will consider the future for attracting international students to higher education institutions in the UK. It takes place with a 7% decline in the number of EU nationals applying to UK universities for the coming year, according to figures produced by UCAS.

Ahead of the expected consultation this summer on reforms to immigration policy, delegates will consider the future for international student visa policy, including the status of EU citizens studying at UK universities.

Further sessions will assess the next steps for promoting the UK as a destination for international students as the UK prepares to leave the EU, including what can be learnt from previous marketing campaigns and from the success of other countries, as well as opportunities for growth around the world.

For more information, Tel: +44 (0)1344 864796 or Email: info@forumsupport.co.uk

Brexit and Higher Education: International Competitiveness, the Impact on Research Programmes and Tackling Misperceptions (UK)

7th Dec 2017 - Central, London, UK

In the context of Britain’s departure from the EU and the implementation of the Higher Education and Research Act this forum brings together key stakeholders to discuss and debate the challenges and opportunities for the UK’s Higher Education sector as we negotiate our exit from the European Union.

Key areas to be addressed:

•  Students and Staff – Tackling Brexit Misconceptions and Maintaining International Appeal:
The implications of Brexit on perceptions of the sector overseas; tangible solutions to securing the future of EU students and academic staff; and ensuring the UK remains a globally welcoming and competitive higher education destination for the brightest and the best.

•  Impact on Outward Mobility and EU Research Programmes – Pathways Ahead for Britain’s Involvement:
The importance of Erasmus+, Horizon2020 and other research programmes; Britain’s future within these programmes; and what contingency plans should be in place for any eventuality, including funding alternatives to provisions made by the European Research Council.

•  Recalibrating - Looking global and serving the local - The realities facing the sector:
Reviewing the impetus Brexit has possibly provided for regional injections in funding and how this can be realized; and developing a cross-governmental strategy to support international research, collaboration and local communities.
Events Executive at Policy-UK.

For more information, contact a.gadhvi@policy-uk.com, t: 0203 179 1188  or visit  www.policy-uk.com

Creating a Culture of Inclusivity for Disabled Students (UK)

12th Dec 2017 - Central, London, UK

Evaluating Current Provision – Implementing the DSSLG Report, Allocating Funding and Sharing Best Practice


This timely conference will look at:

  • Keeping Up with an Evolving Sector – Impact of Cuts to DSA, Challenges to Universities and Potential for the TEF
  • Ensuring Support from Application to Graduation – Embedding Provision into Learning & Teaching, Logistical Assistance and Improving Engagement

For more information, contact Kristina Barbe Events Executive, Policy-UK

t: 0203 179 1185 | e: k.barbe@policy-uk.com | w: www.policy-uk.com | tw: @PolicyUK

Enhancing the student experience (UK)

13th Dec 2017 - Central, London, UK

A national, one-day conference to explore best practice for enhancing the student experience at a time of great change for the sector. The event is an opportunity for professionals with responsibility for the student experience to come together and discuss the key issues affecting the student experience. Delegates will be able to consider the experience of students at their own institution, explore new opportunities and take inspiration from others to ensure that their student experience strategy meets the needs of all students.


For more information, go to: http://www.universitiesuk.ac.uk/events

Accelerated degrees and credit transfer - putting the Higher Education and Research Act into practice (UK)

22nd Jan 2018 - Central, London, UK

Delegates will consider key issues for HEIs and students including the pricing, marketing and demand for accelerated courses, practical issues for provision affecting the teaching workforce, the use of resources and facilities, and catering for the individual and extenuating circumstances of students.

Further sessions focus on switching university or degree and the role of credit transfer in delivering more flexible courses, as well as the regulatory challenges for the mix of two and three-year degrees, implications for the wider higher education market and key lessons from European best practice.

The agenda also discusses the possible impact of more flexible provision on the development of skills and employability, and the potential for supporting greater social mobility.

For more information, contact Sean Cudmore, Deputy Editor, Westminster Higher Education Forum on T: 01344 864796

The future for curriculum design and learning gain (UK)

27th Feb 2018 - Central, London, UK

With the subject-level Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) assessment due to roll out from September 2019, this timely seminar examines latest thinking on delivering curriculum design that can facilitate the aims of inclusivity, graduate employability and significant learning gain.

Key areas for discussion:
•    Priorities for learning gain - lessons from the HEFCE pilots, overcoming challenges in measurement and the role of the wider sector in embedding learning gain;
•    Embedding employability in curriculum design - employer involvement in course design and encouraging collaboration between departments to improve employability; and
•    Effective curriculum design - involving students as co-designers of curricula, enhancing student retention and promoting inclusivity and diversity.

For more information, contact Sean Cudmore, Deputy Editor, Westminster Higher Education Forum T: 01344 864796 or visit www.westminstereducationforum.co.uk

Next steps for the UK’s outward student mobility strategy and involvement in Erasmus+ (UK)

6th Mar 2018 - Central, London, UK

Delegates will discuss priorities for outward mobility as the UK negotiates its exit from the EU, including the future for the UK’s participation in Erasmus+ and potential alternative mobility programmes. Attendees will consider what can be learnt from alternative mobility arrangements in Europe, such as the Swiss European Mobility Programme.

For more information, contact Sean Cudmore, Deputy Editor, Westminster Higher Education Forum, T: 01344 864796 or visit www.westminstereducationforum.co.uk