6th and 7th February 2018

Event Agenda Day 2

Event Agenda

08:15 - 08:25

Coffee & Networking Break

Coffee & Networking Break

08:25 - 09:00

Malcolm Todd, Pro Vice - Chancellor, Student Experience
Malcolm Todd
Pro Vice - Chancellor, Student Experience
University of Derby
Fiona Shelton, Head of The Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching
Fiona Shelton
Head of The Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching
University of Derby
Jon Scott, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Student Experience)
Jon Scott
Pro Vice-Chancellor (Student Experience)
University of Leicester

Panel Session - Teaching Excellence and the Student Experience

This panel session will give you a unique opportunity to have an interactive discussion with representatives from Higher Education Institutions across the UK. The panel members will be discussing the Teaching Excellence Framework that has brought about a fresh focus upon the quality of teaching and learning. They will also outline the work of their University where there is a clear strategy for teaching excellence and providing a wide range of opportunities for cultivating student success.

Panel Session - Teaching Excellence and the Student Experience

09:05 - 09:25

STREAM 1 - Customer Service to Drive Efficiency in IT

The IT world is driven by the customer. In a challenging and changing landscape of modern higher education, customer service needs to be at the heart of all that IT does. Over the last year at the University of Westminster they have experienced considerable change: in funding, in staffing, in shape and supporting the environment. Dave Marriott will explain how the University have looked increasingly at what the customer needs and how they have used this to strategically plan, focus their resources, to improve self-help, to empower the individual, and to work out what to simply stop doing. This is a journey of change and how they are going about ensuring the best services are delivered whilst saving funds.

09:05 - 09:25

Andrea Cameron, Head of School of Social and Health Sciences
Andrea Cameron
Head of School of Social and Health Sciences
Abertay University

STREAM 2 - Engaging Staff With The Student Employability Agenda

Business representatives have stated that students are not work-ready, however, some would argue that employability is not the purpose of higher education. This viewpoint is increasingly perceived as 'outdated' as graduate employment is the prime influencing factor in choice of university for more than 50% of students, many of whom perceive this as a learning gain for financial investment in their education. This talk will explore curriculum opportunities to engage students in work with the voluntary sector and will reflect on the quality assurance, administrative aspects and tools to support this, as well as considering the assessment of employability skills which complement disciplinary content. The role of portfolio software in enabling students to articulate skills and reflect on workplace learning will also be explored.

09:05 - 09:25

Mark Peel, Provost
Mark Peel
University of Leicester

STREAM 3 - Debating and Delivering Change: A migrant's observations

One of the most frequent observations that colleagues have shared with Mark Peel in the eight years he's been in Britain is that 'people don't like change'. This presentation will examine this statement's implied challenge-or perhaps warning-in light of Marks efforts to lead and deliver changes within two British universities, in curriculum and learning strategy as well as in academic career structures, promotion, workload and performance. Looking through a migrant's eyes, Mark's sense is that rather than not liking change, university people don't like badly-designed and poorly-explained change and tend to approach each new initiative with an expectation that previous bad experiences will be repeated. It is important for university leaders to challenge that expectation and to adopt an approach to change that is confident, coherent and genuinely consultative.

09:30 - 09:50

Solution Provider Case Study

09:50 - 10:10

Kurt Weideling, Director Information Systems and Digital Services
Kurt Weideling
Director Information Systems and Digital Services
Manchester Metropolitan University

IT for Research and Teaching & Learning: Getting the Balance Right and Supporting The Needs of the Modern University

Getting the balance right between the competing demands of University stakeholders focused on research, teaching and learning, is one of the key challenges in effectively delivering IT at a modern University, both for research intensive institutions and those that are still working to build their research profile.

Research IT requires an innovative, highly flexible platform-based approach that doesn't always align well with the needs of core enterprise IT, whilst technology for teaching and learning brings its own special challenges. These differences go deeper than a simple 'bi- modal' approach of waterfall vs agile, and reflect deeply held convictions about the relationship between the individual academic and service providers such as IT. In this presentation, Kurt Weideling draws upon his own experience at 3 very different Universities in 2 countries to discuss potential ways of addressing these challenges.

10:15 - 10:40

Solution Provider Case Study - Stream 1/2/3/4

10:45 - 11:15

Efficiency Brunch

Topic led roundtables around efficiency challenges in your organisation

Efficiency Brunch

11:15 - 12:30

Business Meetings

Business Meetings

12:30 - 12:50

Gianpaolo Vignali, Director of Teaching and Learning
Gianpaolo Vignali
Director of Teaching and Learning
University of Manchester

The Bridge to Higher Education: A Case Study using a SOC as the Scaffold

A key characteristic of UK higher education has the emphasis placed on the responsibility of student initiated learning. It's seen as being important to support the development of self-reliance in order to progress successfully through the transition into higher education. Increased self-reliance needs to be one of the aims to facilitate this. In this session, Gianpaolo Vignali will cover the exploration into effective approaches to 'scaffold the development of self-regulated learning skills' which comprises of three key stages: forethought, performance and self-reflection. Gianpaolo will also discuss his recent success using a Small Online Course (SOC) which was embedded into the first year curriculum, which has been designed carefully to wean students off 'spoon-feeding' and encourage self-regulated learning.

12:50 - 13:10

Maggie Cooper, International Programmes Director, Computing
Maggie Cooper
International Programmes Director, Computing
Goldsmiths, University of London

Custom Essay-Writing: A Growing Industry

The 2016 QAA report on custom essay writing services explores the growing threat to UK Higher Education from essay mills. The scale of the problem is difficult to determine, but there has been an increase in the number of sites offering to produce essays to order. These typically offer fast turnaround and low cost, allow customers to specify the grade they'd like, and guarantee '100% plagiarism free' work. This session will outline some interesting recent cases from the University of London International Programmes. It will also provide an opportunity for delegates to share what approaches their institutions are taking to deal with the problem.

13:10 - 13:30

Sir Ian Diamond, Vice Chancellor
Sir Ian Diamond
Vice Chancellor
University of Aberdeen

Challenges for Higher Education Funding

Ian Diamond recently chaired the Review of Funding for the Welsh Government and he is also Chair of the Funding Policy Group for Universities Scotland and of the Efficiencies Task Force. In this session, Ian will talk about some of the challenges for Higher Education Funding and how the Efficiencies agenda should evolve.

13:30 - 13:35

Chair's closing remarks

13:35 - 13:50

Coffee & Networking Break

Coffee & Networking Break

13:35 - 14:35

Lunch and Event Close

Lunch and Event Close