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Study UK Annual Conference 2015 - 14 October

26 August 2015

The Study UK Annual Conference 2015 will be held on Wednesday 14 October at the Grand Connaught Rooms in London. The Study UK Annual Conference is the only conference specifically tailored to the interests of independent further and higher education providers. 

This year will see delegates engage in panel discussions with leading experts exploring the future of quality assurance in HE and the ongoing debate surrounding immigration control in international education (see below for session summaries). There will be an essential briefing on the new Counter-Terrorism Prevent Duty, as well as the following in-depth elective sessions:

  • Keeping up with the Immigration Rules: Tier 4 in 2015
  • Public data and performance pools: changes to HE designation for alternative providers
  • Digital pioneers: What we discovered from teaching 3,011,753 learners online
  • An international marketing masterclass

 Confirmed speakers include:

  • Graham Able, Chairman of Exporting Education UK
  • Sam Bowman, Deputy Director of the Adam Smith Institute
  • Perrin Carey, Director of Eunomiasolutions
  • Nichola Carter, Principal Solicitor at Carter Thomas Solicitors
  • Ian Coates, Deputy Director for Alternative Providers at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS)
  • Nick Hillman, Director of the Higher Education Policy Institute (HEPI)
  • Dr Neil Kemp OBE, Director of Neil Kemp Education
  • Ian Kimber, Director of Quality Development at QAA
  • Mark Leach, Director and Editor in Chief of Wonkhe
  • Justin Spooner, Consultant at FutureLearn
  • Rob Stroud, Head of Alternative Provider Engagement at HEFCE
  • James Taylor, Chief Executive of ICMP Online

Additional speakers will be added to the programme as they are confirmed.

Early bird booking is available until 14 September, so book now to confirm your place at the reduced rate of £130.

The conference includes an exhibition, drinks reception and refreshments during the day.

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Date and location
Wednesday 14 October 2015
Grand Connaught Rooms, 61-65 Great Queen Street, London, England, WC2B 5D

Booking information
Early bird price (available until 14 September 2015):
Study UK members: £130. Non-members: £165.

Full ticket price: 
Study UK members: £160. Non-members: £195.

(Exempt from VAT. 20% discount available when booking more than one delegate.)

Click here to book online via www.studyuktraining.com or contact the events team:
T: 020 7608 7090 | E: events@study-uk.org

Plenary session summaries:

Teaching, Quality and the Excellence Adventure: Higher Education in flux
2015 has been a year of seismic shifts in the quality landscape for higher education. 2016 promises new roles for existing bodies and a renewed focus on the classroom experience. The combined forces of widening participation, quality assessment and teaching excellence will put pressure on the reputation and status of new and established providers in the marketplace. Our expert panel explores what the next year has in store for academics, HE wonks and regulators alike.

The Brightest, the Best and the Bogus? Addressing immigration concerns in education
International education has suffered from successive governments’ drives to shape the immigration narrative, and the new Conservative administration claims a mandate for more. In this plenary debate we hear from the Home Office about their goals for immigration control within a global education market. A panel of sector experts and political analysts consider whether the government has the balance right and what future the UK has in international education.


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