Unis challenged – business agility in an uncertain world

Higher education operates in increasingly turbulent times. CUBO’s summer conference will provide an opportunity to explore responses to the challenge

Never before have so many members benefited from the support and knowledge sharing of the CUBO network. The annual summer conference provides a focal point for members to gather and share their experiences. This year the conference will take place at Manchester Metropolitan University from 27–29 June. During the three-day event the emphasis will be on learning how the principles of business agility can help the sector to thrive in this ever-changing landscape.

We have developed a packed programme of activity, including an opportunity to learn from the students of tomorrow. The sessions will focus on sharing knowledge and supporting members to deliver an excellent student experience. Here’s a flavour of what’s in store: our first keynote, Professor Malcom Press, Vice-Chancellor of Manchester Metropolitan University will open proceedings with a welcome to Manchester Met and set the scene with an overview of the current HE and political environment. Adam Kingl, Executive Director of Learning Solutions, Executive Education at London Business School will provide a practical approach on how to survive challenging times. International best-selling author and renowned motivational speaker Michael Heppell, will speak about challenging belief systems and delivering excellence in what’s sure to be an energetic, insightful and memorable session. Alice Webb, Director BBC Children’s and BBC North, will share with us her experience of, amongst other things, successfully orchestrating the BBC move to Manchester. A move which became a catalyst for a media and creative boom, creating the second-largest cluster of digital and creative business in Europe.

Alice Webb

Following on from the success of the workshop format in Kent, delegates will be able to choose from a selection of sessions tailored to their own interests. A brand-new interactive session will provide a unique insight into the lifestyles of the students of tomorrow. Teenagers’ lives are changing rapidly, are you up to date with their needs? In this session a group of future students will discuss their wants and aspirations to help us better understand how to flex our services to meet the needs of Generation Z.

Manchester Metropolitan University is delighted to be hosting the conference and the social programme includes a cultural tour of Manchester for the early birds on Wednesday morning. If you haven’t been to Manchester before, this tour is a must.

Professor Malcolm Press

Football fans will be pleased to hear that they will have the opportunity to watch the big game. Thursday’s informal social event will include screening of the England match alongside an evening of fun and entertainment for everyone.

For many, a highlight of the conference is the CUBO Awards ceremony. Now in its seventhth year the Awards have evolved to reflect shifts in the trends and popular initiatives at UK universities. With a brand-new Residence Life Award and developments in other categories, the gala dinner and CUBO Awards recognise and reward the best in our sector, a night not to be missed.

This year’s CUBO conference will take place at Manchester Metropolitan University from 27-29 June.

A full conference programme and registration will be available at www.cubo.org.uk/conference from mid-February. Not a CUBO member? Join now to be eligible to attend the conference. Find out more at www.cubo.org.uk.



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