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Study UK Annual Conference 2014

Study UK's Annual Conference took place on Tuesday 25 November 2014 at the Grand Connaught Rooms in central London, sponsored by Acquire Learning.

Our keynote speakers were Shadow Immigration Minister Rt Hon David Hanson MPHEFCE Chief Executive Professor Madeleine Atkins CBE and President of Pearson UK Rod Bristow.

Also speaking at the conference were senior representatives from the British Council, Centre ForumCommittee of University ChairsFabian SocietyHigher Education Academy, Higher Education Policy InstituteHigher Education Statistics Agency, Hobsons, Policy Exchange, QAASocial Market Foundation, Study Group, UCAS, Universities UKAssociation of Colleges and leading Universities.

The conference brochure can be downloaded here.



  • Education 2020 – the choices ahead
    As austerity budgets continue to bite, what hard choices will Britain’s next government have to make to fill the national skills gap and ensure that future generations can thrive in the knowledge economy of the 21st century? In this session we invite leading political thinkers from across the ideological spectrum to answer the most critical questions facing the UK education sector today.

    Keynote speaker
    Rt Hon David Hanson MP, Shadow Minister for Immigration

    Andrew Harrop, General Secretary, Fabian Society
    Professor Stephen Lee, Chief Executive, Centre Forum
    Dr Emran Mian, Director, Social Market Foundation
    Jonathan Simons, Head of Education, Policy Exchange
  • Quality and opportunity – enacting higher education reform
    Recent years have seen dramatic changes to UK higher education, and the need for a comprehensive new regulatory framework is widely acknowledged. Our panel of HE representatives and regulators consider the role of regulation in a sustainable model which protects advances in student choice and access. What would a new Higher Education Act look like? How would it safeguard quality while enhancing opportunity for more students than ever before?

    Keynote speaker
    Professor Madeleine Atkins CBE, Chief Executive, HEFCE

    Madeleine Atkins, Chief Executive, HEFCE
    Nick Davy, HE Policy Manager, Association of Colleges
    Chris Hale, Assistant Director of Policy, Universities UK
    Nick Hillman, Director, Higher Education Policy Institute
    Will Naylor, Deputy Director, Quality Assurance Group, QAA


  • Student recruitment: UK trends and developments
    Alison Berry, Head of Institutional Liaison, HESA
    Margaret Farragher, Senior Policy Executive, UCAS
    Boryana Peevska-Cutting, Director of Quality & Academic Policy, BPP University
  • What do international students really want?
    Marie Clark, Head of Marketing and Communications, Hobsons
    Daniel Cunningham, Head of Client Services, Hobsons
  • Working with agents: encouraging best practice
    Helen Obaje, Professional Development Manager (Agents), British Council
    Ian Smith, Visa Accreditation and Compliance Manager, Study Group
  • Course Designation and Institutional Governance in Higher Education
    Nick Montagu, Chair, Committee of University Chairs (CUC)
    Katherine Penry, Senior HE Policy Adviser, Assurance Service, HEFCE
    Rob Stroud, Senior HE Policy Adviser (Alternative Providers), HEFCE


The Study UK Annual Conference covers all the current major issues in the education industry, bringing you up to date with the latest research, policy changes and practical advice. The 2014 conference had a political focus, as we forecast what the range of potential outcomes from the 2015 election might entail for the education sector, and what new regulations might be introduced.

Stimulating keynotes and plenary discussions were supported by a choice of breakout sessions, examining a broad range of topics in greater detail. Thought-provoking speakers and knowledgeable workshop leaders were  drawn from across Government, business and the higher education sector.

The Study UK Annual Conference presents an unparalleled opportunity to meet and network with principals and senior staff from the independent education sector. A buffet lunch, morning and afternoon breaks provide plenty of time to continue the discussion between sessions.

Delegates and speakers were invited to an Evening Reception after the conference to enjoy an informal end to the day unwinding with colleagues old and new. The Evening Reception was sponsored in 2014 by Cambridge English.