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08:50 09:00 (10 mins)

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Welcome & Introduction

09:00 09:20 (20 mins)

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The Great Cloud Migration: The Journey to Digital Transformation & the Next Era in Higher Education

  • How moving mission-critical solutions to the cloud proves an important catalyst for the success of any digital transformation initiative
  • Ovum’s CloudFit Framework providing a practical rubric for understanding institutional readiness for cloud
  • Which solutions are likely to provide the most value
  • Nicole Engelbert - Director Research & Analysis, Technology, Ovum

09:20 09:40 (20 mins)

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Educational Leader Keynote

  • Professor Diana Laurillard - Professor of Learning with Digital Technologies, UCL Knowledge Lab, Institute of Education, University College London

09:40 10:00 (20 mins)

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Keynote Sponsor Presentation

  • Malcolm Woodfield - Global Vice President, Industry Head - Higher Education and Research, SAP SE

10:00 10:40 (40 mins)

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Keynote Panel Discussion: VC and CxO Panel - Improving Student Outcome through Digital Transformation

  • Digital Transformation drivers in higher education 
  • Adding long-term value to institutions 
  • Investing in the right technology – the strategic decision-making process 
  • Improving reputation, increasing competition
  • Panellist David Maguire - Vice-Chancellor, University of Greenwich
  • Panellist Wendy Purcell - Professor, Harvard University and Former President and Vice Chancellor, Plymouth University
  • Panellist Mike Russell - CIO, Imperial College London
  • Panellist Chris Cobb - Pro-Vice Chancellor and COO, University of London
  • Panellist Iain Liddell - Head of Strategy and Governance, Brunel University

10:30 11:30 (60 mins)

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Morning Networking Break with Speed Networking - Visit the Expo Floor!

11:30 11:50 (20 mins)

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The rollout of major IT infrastructure projects in universities

  • Driving change through the digitisation of new systems
  • Identifying key areas of improvement to student management systems
  • The impact of new systems on university processes and student experience
  • Speaker James Smith - Director of Process Improvement and Corporate Information Systems, Birkbeck, University of London

11:50 12:10 (20 mins)

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Cloud first? What is HE doing in cloud?

  • Modern, flexible systems that support efficient processes
  • Increasing a competitive edge with cloud solutions
  • Future outlook for cloud implementation in higher education
  • Speaker Heidi Fraser-Krauss - Director of Information Services and University Librarian, University of York

12:10 12:30 (20 mins)

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Meet their expectations through digital and cloud

  • Digital key trends 
  • Rise of the intelligent bots
  • Enhancing user experience in cloud applications – Student, Customer Experience, Financials, Human Resources, Planning & Budgeting, and more!
  • Gemma Yussuf - UK Business Development Lead for Mobile, Chatbots and IoT, Oracle

12:30 13:10 (40 mins)

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Panel Discussion: Recruitment, retention and transition: Innovative student engagement systems

  • Identifying the right technology for each institution
  • The cost of digital transformation
  • Security of new systems

13:10 14:10 (60 mins)

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Networking Lunch break

Hosted discussion tables: continue the discussion and connect with fellow thought leaders 

  • Digital transformation at research universities 
  • Approaching integration of old and new technology in universities 
  • How to engage faculty in new technology and digital initiatives 
  • HE data management challenges 
  • The impact of TEF on technology in HE

14:10 15:35 (85 mins)

Institutional Leaders Forum

Institutional Leaders Forum

Discussed under Chatham House Rule

The Institutional Leaders Forum is built in a way that promotes open discussion and the opportunity to brainstorm and be inspired. No presentations take place during the Forum, just facilitated insightful discussion and brainstorming sessions.

  • Host Spencer Izard - Chief Analyst, Ovum

14:10 14:30 (20 mins)

Transforming processes, teaching and outcomes with data

The path from data to knowledge

  • The of the American University in Cairo and its data to knowledge project
  • The technological and governance infrastructure need to support success in establishing an information structure
  • Examples of application of BI and analytics that address chronic HE problems such as student retention, student success and enrolment modelling
  • Iman Megahed - Executive Director, Data Analytics and Institutional Research (DAIR), The American University in Cairo

14:30 14:50 (20 mins)

Transforming processes, teaching and outcomes with data

Managing data security

  • The impact of the GDPR on data management at universities
  • Establishing best practices to protect students
  • How and why the personal information of students is shared now and in the future
  • Speaker David Deighton - Chief Enterprise Architect , University of Birmingham

14:50 15:10 (20 mins)

Transforming processes, teaching and outcomes with data

Using AI in data management and analytics

  • Opportunities that AI brings to data analytics and improving student outcomes
  • The need to fund and utilise AI to improve higher education
  • Speaker Syed Munib Hadi - Head of Academic Innovation Hub, University of Derby

15:10 15:45 (35 mins)

Transforming processes, teaching and outcomes with data

Panel Discussion: We've got the data, what do we do with it now?

  • Panellist Steph Bradley - Head of Analytics, Squiz
  • Panellist Paul Clark - Chief Executive, Higher Education Statistics Agency
  • Panellist Iman Megahed - Executive Director, Data Analytics and Institutional Research (DAIR), The American University in Cairo

14:10 14:30 (20 mins)

The Teaching Excellence Framework

Transforming student outcomes with technology under TEF

  • Professor Robert Allison - Vice-Chancellor & President, Loughborough University

14:30 14:50 (20 mins)

The Teaching Excellence Framework

How will the TEF impact technology in education, and vice versa?

Technology solutions that improve key TEF criteria:

  • Teaching quality
  • Learning environment
  • Student outcomes & learning gain  

14:50 15:10 (20 mins)

The Teaching Excellence Framework

Approaching the TEF as a research university

  • Impact of TEF metrics on university processes
  • How can technology help research universities in achieve more?
  • Speaker Janice Kay - Provost and Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor, University of Exeter

15:10 15:45 (35 mins)

The Teaching Excellence Framework

Panel discussion: Digital Transformation driven by TEF

  • Panellist Graham Holden - Director of Learning and Teaching, Learning Enhancement and Academic Development Directorate, Sheffield Hallam University
  • Panellist Janice Kay - Provost and Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor, University of Exeter
  • Panellist John de Pury - Assistant Director of Policy, Universities UK
  • Panellist Nick Petford - Vice-Chancellor and CEO, University of Northampton

15:45 16:15 (30 mins)

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Afternoon Networking Break

16:15 16:30 (15 mins)

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Online learning platforms to facilitate peer assessment with students

  • The importance of valuable feedback in teaching and learning
  • Implementing peer assessment in universities
  • Using data to provide more valuable insight into teaching processes
  • Speaker David Kofoed Wind - Co-founder & CEO, Peergrade

16:30 16:45 (15 mins)

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Are we ready to lay down the pen and paper?

  • Digital assessment refers to the application of digital technologies to create, administer, report and manage tests and examinations.
  • The transition to fully digitise assessment is starting to pick up speed in higher education, but how and with which pro’s and con’s?
  • Speaker Niels Berg Conradsen - Business Developer, UNIwise

16:45 17:00 (15 mins)

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Education in the digital world

  • The impact of the students' experience on the reputation of the universities of the future
  • The modernization of universities in management, teaching and learning as a key element for sustainability
  • The concept of innovation applied to digital and the new channels of communication between institution, students and teachers
  • Speaker Ramon Grau-Sala - CEO, SIGMA AIE

17:00 17:15 (15 mins)

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Honours, obituaries and guinea fowl: The stories that recruit students

  • Why storytelling is essential in the competition of student applications
  • What research shows applicants are looking for when they visit your website
  • How to tell an engaging story clearly and persistently to boost recruitment
  • Speaker Gabriel Smy - Content Strategist, Zengenti

17:15 17:30 (15 mins)

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Improving the communication between universities and students

  • One mobile application for all key day-to-day information 
  • Field research: Looking at how students and universities currently communicate 
  • Improving student satisfaction whilst saving universities money
  • Speaker Brad Vanstone - Head of Growth, UK, Stucomm

17:30 17:45 (15 mins)

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Chair's closing remarks