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HESPA 2018 Annual Conference

‘Strategy in a Changing World’

Took place on 8th-9th February, 2018 at Strathclyde University

The HESPA 2018 Annual Conference was the biggest yet and saw over 250 delegates attend, and while planners made up the vast majority of attendees, there was also a balanced combination of other HEI colleagues, agency and sector body staff and business partners. The programme ran similarly to the previous year with a mixture of plenary and breakout sessions. 


Conference Programme

You can download the conference programme here.



Welcome - An introduction to the conference - Professor Andrea Nolan OBE

> Plenary 1 - Putting the 'strategy' into strategic planning - Pietro Micheli

> Plenary 2 - Acknowledging the importance of a changing global environment and how it impacts strategic planning

Plenary 3 - Strategy when the rules change: responding proactively to the emerging regulatory environment - Smita Jamdar



> Workshop 1 - What does Value for Money (VfM) really mean and how can you report it?

> Workshop 2 - Student Number Planning: sharing good practice and exploring common challenges

> Workshop 3 - Research Indicators and Responsible Metrics

> Workshop 4 - Strategic planning across the nations

> Workshop 5 - Beyond Horizon-Scanning - Steve Chadwick, Dr Christine Couper, Sonia Virdee, Mark Leach

Workshop 6 - Turbulent Times: Brexit, Internationalisation and Disruptive Dynamics - Simon Marginson

Workshop 7 - Strategic Analysis - John Pritchard and Dr Giles Carden

> Workshop 8 - Change Leadership - Tracy Hayler

> Workshop 9 - HECos, HESA Code of Practice and Data Futures Update

Workshop 10 - Managing strategic risk and making decisions in an uncertain environment - Ivana Vasic Chalmers, Phil Boshier, Rosa Scoble


Conference Bites

Conference Bites - Strategy in a changing world is more about psychology than analysis - John Pritchard

Conference Bites - Does culture eat strategy for breakfast? - Linda Mason


Practical Sessions

Practical Session 1 - University Transformation - the role of strategy - EY-Parthenon

Practical Session 2 - Plan Better Now (not later) for a Changing World - Account-Ability

Practical Session 3 - Informed Strategy Planning - StudyPortals

> Practical Session 4 - How do you measure 'value for money' in Professional Services

> Practical Session 5 - Student Feedback, Utilising Big Data from Module Evaluation in TEF submission


Platinum Sponsor


Achievability (Platinum Sponsor)


Gold Sponsors

Thank you to our sponsors, who were:


Account-Ability Ltd (Gold Sponsor)


StudyPortals (Gold Sponsor)



Tribal (Gold Sponsor)





Barrachd Limited (Exhibitor)



Billigence (Pre-Dinner Speech and Exhibitor)



Digital Science (Lanyard Sponsor and Exhibitor)


EY-Parthenon (Practical Session and Lunch and Refreshments Sponsor)



Halpin Partnership (Exhibitor)



QS (Exhibitor)



Simitive (Exhibitor)



Simpson Associates (Exhibitor)



Times Higher Education (Exhibitor)


Previous conferences

To find out what happened at the previous conferences and to download the presentations, follow the links below:

2017 - University of Strathclyde

2016 - Loughborough University

2015 - Loughborough University