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HESPA 2017 Annual Conference

‘Data, policy and planning in turbulent times’

Took place on 9th-10th February, 2017 at Strathclyde University

The HESPA 2017 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.


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Day One

Plenary 1 - Making the case for data-led policy - Dr Jennifer Engle, Senior Programme Officer, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Plenary 1 - Making the case for data-led policy - David Price, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Strategy & Performance), Cardiff Metropolitan University

Plenary 1 - Making the case for data-led policy - Duncan Ross, Data and Analytics Director, TES Global / Times Higher Education

> Plenary 2 - Brave New world: the research revolution - Professor Anton Muscatelli, Principal and Vice-Chancellor, University of Glasgow and Alistair Tebbit, Head of Government Affairs, RELX Group and David Sweeney, Director (Research, Education and Knowledge Exchange), HEFCE 

> Workshop 1 - Working across borders: the landscape for student information and HE indicators - Chris Millward, Director (Policy), HEFCE 

> Workshop 2 - HE Policy: what your exec team needs to know and how to brief them - Jonathan Woodhead, Policy Advisor, Birkbeck, University of London and Amerjit Basi, Head of Policy and Projects, University of Sheffield 

> Workshop 3 - Career planning for planners  - Kerry Shepherd, Partner, Minerva and Martin McCrindle, Director of HR & Organisation Development, University of Stirling 

> Workshop 4 - Strategy principles and practice - John Pritchard, Director of Strategic Planning, Durham University and Anna Barber, Head of Strategic Planning, The Open University 

> Workshop 5 - Exploring approaches to risk appetite - Claire McDonald, Risk and Strategy Manager, Durham University; Rachel Pye, Senior Planning Analyst (Risk and Business Continuity), Sheffield Hallam University and John Baker, Corporate and Business Planning Manager, London South Bank University 


Day Two

> Plenary 3 - The future of Learning Analytics - Sheila MacNeill, Senior Lecturer in Digital Learning, Glasgow Caledonian University and Paul Clark, Chief Executive, Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) and Phil Richards, Chief Innovation Officer, Jisc 

> Plenary 4 - Impact and social mission - Bill Rammell, Vice Chancellor and Chief Executive, University of Bedfordshire - Nick Hilman, Director, HEPI - Professor Charlie Jeffrey, Professor of Politics and Senior Vice Principal, University of Edinburgh - Vonnie Sandlan, President, NUS Scotland

> Workshop 6 - TRAC for Planners - Olivia Kew-Fickus, Director of Strategic Planning, University of Birmingham and Andrew Dicken, Manager, KPMG 

> Workshop 7 - How workload models can help support the TEF - John Tully, Senior Faculty Manager, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, University of East Anglia 

> Workshop 8 - Brexit: what next? Mark Leach, Founder, Director and Editor in Chief, Wonkhe 

> Workshop 9 - Integrated Reporting - Simon Perks, Director, SockMonkey Consulting and Phil McNaull, Finance Director, University of Edinburgh 

> Workshop 10 - HESA data futures - Andy Youell, Director of Data Policy and Governance, Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) and Rob Phillpotts, Programme Director (Data Futures), HESA 


Sponsor Practical Sessions

Practical session 1 - How to plan in turbulent times - a practical demonstration - Account-Ability

> Practical session 2 - Bibliometrics and research management - Clarivate Analytics

> Practical session 3 - What now HE strategy in the new new world - EY Parthenon

> Practical session 4 - Making online module evaluation work - EvaSys



Thank you to our sponsors, who were:


Account-Ability Ltd (Platinum Sponsor)



Clarivate Analytics (Practical Session Sponsor and Exhibitor)



Elsevier B.V. (Conference Pack Sponsor)



EvaSys (Practical Session Sponsor)



Parthenon EY (Practical Session Sponsor)



The Energy Consortium (Lunch and Refreshments Sponsor)


The Information Lab (Practical Session and Water Bottle Sponsor and Exhibitor)





Altmetric / Figshare



Barrachd Limited






QS Intelligence Unit






Times Higher Education



The hashtag for the conference was #HESPA17 - to find out what was being said, view the conference tweets here

HESPA 2016

To find out what happened at the 2016 conference and download the presentations, click here. To read about the 2015 event, click here.