Inaugural Higher Education Partnership Network launches

Brand new platform brings education leaders together to share their views and experiences

At a time of great uncertainty and change for the UK HE sector, Higher Education Partnership Network (HEPN) provides a platform for higher education leaders to come together to share their views and experiences as well as listen and learn from others in the community.

Taking place on 30 April-1 May 2019, HEPN will cover all the current major issues in the higher education industry, bringing delegates up-to-date with the latest research, insight, policy changes and expert advice.

HEPN will expand on key topics including enhancing the student experience, tuition fees, TEF, and digital & learning technology.

HEPN is an opportunity for delegates, including vice-chancellors, deans, deputy directors and heads of departments at leading UK universities, to hear from and engage with fellow sector experts, as well as network leading industry speakers and suppliers.

Keynote presentations

Hosted by Partnership Network Events (PNE), HEPN will see delegates experience a range of keynote presentations from speakers, including:

  • Liz Bromley, Deputy Vice Chancellor, Corporate – University of Central Lancashire
    Liz has worked in senior roles in universities for over 20 years. Currently, she is Joint Institutional Head of the University of Central Lancashire, having been DVC (Corporate and International) there for the past two and a half years. Liz will explore how, in light of the increasing financial pressures facing universities today, the Value for Money agenda for taxpayers and students can be met. She will look at the more radical ways in which universities might position themselves as businesses and what steps they might take to ensure financial sustainability.
  • Dr Sal Jarvis, Pro Vice Chancellor, Education & Student Experience – University of Hertfordshire
    The Government is currently focused on grade inflation, and TEF metrics now include a measure for this. At the same time, there is a BAME attainment gap across the sector, with black students in particular lagging far behind their white British peers in the award of a first or 2.1. To tackle this disparity, OfS is now piloting a TEF metric for differential degree attainment in the subject level TEF pilot. Universities are therefore simultaneously charged with holding down grade inflation and reducing the BAME attainment gap. So, what should we do about it? In her talk, Sal will discuss ‘good degrees, and who gets them’.
  • Karen Ottewell, Director of Academic Development & Training for International Students – University of Cambridge
    The influence of standardised English language tests has never been greater, due to increased internationalisation and the ever-growing number of EMI courses. Yet, while such tests are clearly important in confirming whether students have reached a minimal language competence, as Wingate has recently noted, such tests that are largely ‘focused on language proficiency, such as grammar, structure and the use of cohesive devices, have been shown to have little predictive value of students’ ability to use language in an academic context’. In her talk, Karen will ask, what are the other linguistic skills and competencies beyond language proficiency that need to be gauged, especially for PG entry?

Other key speakers include:

  • Adrian Ellison, Associate Pro Vice Chancellor and CIO at University of West London
  • John Macintyre, Pro Vice Chancellor, Internationalisation at University of Sunderland
  • Sam Grogan, Pro Vice Chancellor, Student Experience at University of Salford

“HEPN promotes collaboration between leading HE professionals and education providers and gives all attendees an opportunity to share best practice,” said Jack Jacob, Managing Director, Partnership Network Events.

He added: “All our events provide a platform for likeminded experts who share the same problems, yet are in search of the same outcomes, to discuss different solutions.

“The very first HEPN will deliver value to all our attendees through innovative speaker sessions, targeted business meetings with HE’s leading commercial partners and networking opportunities with fellow education professionals.”

The event will also present industry-leading case studies, formal and informal networking, targeted business meetings with suppliers, as well as a complementary stay at De Vere, Horwood Estate, Milton Keynes.

The inaugural HEPN event takes place on 30 April-1 May 2019, at De Vere, Horwood Estate, Milton Keynes.

About Partnership Network Events

Partnership Network Events brings together industry leaders from both client and supplier sides enabling them to network, share best-practice and engage in thought-provoking content, ultimately enabling relationship development.

Higher Education Partnership Network (HEPN) provides a platform for higher education leaders to come together to share their own views and experiences as well as listen and learn from others in the community.


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