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Three weeks to go until Study UK Annual Conference 2014

29 October 2014

There are just three weeks to go until the Study UK Annual Conference, which takes place on Tuesday 25 November 2014 at the Grand Connaught Rooms in London.

We are delighted to announce a keynote address by Professor Madeleine Atkins CBE, HEFCE Chief Executive and former Vice-Chancellor of Coventry University, who will set out her vision for English higher education. Regulation is needed to manage rising student numbers, raised expectations and increasing diversity in provision. HEFCE is poised to play the leading role and recently announced an unprecedented review of quality assessment arrangements. Professor Atkins is ideally suited to balancing the risks and opportunities of a modern, diverse sector, having herself pioneered a low-cost and innovative delivery model at Coventry University College.

This keynote will be followed by a thought-provoking discussion on 'Quality and opportunity – enacting higher education reform', with Professor Atkins joined on the panel by the Deputy Director of Quality Assurance at QAA and policy leads from Universities UK and the Association of Colleges, to forecast some of the reforms that the next Government will need to consider in drafting new legislation.

Elsewhere on the programme, expert analysis of the 2015 general election and what it means for education policy will be provided by the heads of three leading think tanks with a strong track record in education: Professor Stephen Lee of CentreForum; Dr Emran Mian of the Social Market Foundation; and Nick Hillman of the Higher Education Policy Institute.

A choice of breakout sessions will provide delegates with practical advice, the latest research and updates on key industry issues from experts in their fields, including:

What do international students really want?
– Marie Clark, Head of Marketing and Communications, Hobsons
– Daniel Cunningham, Head of Client Services, Hobsons

Defining and developing your approach to employability
Maureen Tibby, Consultant in Academic Practice, Higher Education Academy
– Doug Cole, Head of Employability and Enterprise, Northumbria University

Working with agents: encouraging best practice
Helen Obaje, Professional Development Manager (Agents), British Council
– Ian Smith, Visa Accreditation and Compliance Manager, Study Group

Student recruitment: UK trends and developments
– Margaret Farragher, Senior Policy Executive, UCAS
– Alison Berry, Head of Institutional Liaison, HESA
– Boryana Peevska-Cutting, Director of Quality and Academic Policy, BPP University

The new GCSEs and A-levels: a University admissions perspective 
Roseanna Cross, Head of Admissions, University of Bristol
– Paul Teulon, Director of Admissions, King’s College London
– Rebecca Gaukroger, Director, Student Recruitment & Admissions, University of Edinburgh

For the full programme and further conference details as they are confirmed, check the Study UK website.


Date and time
Tuesday 25 November 2014
Conference: 9am-5pm. Evening reception: 5pm-7pm.

Conference venue
Grand Connaught Rooms, 61-65 Great Queen Street, London, WC2B 5DA

Delegate fees
Study UK members: £150. Non-members: £180. (VAT exempt)
(20% discount available when booking additional delegates)

Booking information
Book online to secure your place or contact the events team:
T: 020 7608 7090 | F: 020 7608 7961 | E: events@study-uk.org


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