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HESPA 2015 Annual Conference

Maintaining strategic direction amid policy turbulence and global competition

Took place on 5-6 February, 2015 at Loughborough University

The HESPA 2015 Annual Conference provided an excellent opportunity for planners at any stage in their career to analyse and explore the changing HE landscape, address some of the challenges around new HE policy and look at ways to deal with increased global competition.  At HESPA 14 you said you wanted more places – so doubled capacity to around 170 delegates.  In addition we had a number of key colleagues from HESA, funding councils and other agencies attending to allow for plenty of opportunity to get your views across about policy, funding, regulation, metrics and more.

The conference included plenary and panel sessions from prominent speakers, including Sir Ian Diamond, Nick Hillman from HEPI, Mark Leach from WonkHE, Theresa Bauer (HE Minister from Germany),  Gordon MacKenzie from BIS, Huw Morris from Welsh Government …  and there was a choice of six workshops taking place on each day offering seminars on current topics such as Making HE Policy, Open Data, Risk Management, SLC data accessibility and DevoMax. Dinner and drinks took place on Thursday evening, with ample opportunity to network throughout the conference.  Delegates also had time to talk to suppliers of BI/planning systems in our exhibitors’ area.

Conference Programme

You can download the conference programme here.

Conference Live Blog

We ran a live blog during the conference - you can find out what happened here.

Download the Presentations

> What defines a global university? Sir Eric Thomas, Vice-Chancellor, University of Bristol

> How policy is made Paul Clark, Director of Policy, Universities UK (UUK)

> Open Data Bob Bailey, Chief Information Architect, Thomson Reuters William Hammonds, Policy Researcher, Universities UK (UUK)

> Using Student Loans Company (SLC) Data Paul Smith, Head of Partner Services, SLC Dave Cartwright, Senior Manager, Data Services & Analysis, SLC

> After the Research Excellence Framework (REF) – what next - 1? Dr. Lisa Colledge, Director of Research Metrics Elsevier

> After the Research Excellence Framework (REF) – what next - 2? Deborah McClean, Head of Operations and Assistant Director of Research & Innovation Services University of Sheffield

> National Student Survey (NSS) developments Richard Puttock, Head of Data and Management Information, Sarbani Banerjee, Senior HE Policy Advisor – Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE)

> Question Time: Looking at the Changing Information Landscape Andy Youell, Director, Higher Education Data and Information Improvement Project (HEDIIP) John Britton, Assistant Director of Planning at Cardiff University and member of HEDIIP Advisory Board Dr Christine Couper, Director of Strategic Planning, University of Greenwich and member of HEDIIP Advisory Board, Jackie Njoroge, Head of Strategic Planning & MI, Manchester Metropolitan University

> Getting ahead: UCAS data for planners Helen Thorne MBE, Director of Policy and Research, Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) Em Bailey, Strategy Planning & Business Analyst, Heriot-Watt University Stella Fowler, Planning and Reporting Manager, University of Gloucestershire

> Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) and Jisc Business Intelligence (BI) Workshop Jonathan Waller, Director of Information and Analysis, HESA Nicola Phelps, Heidi Service Manager, HESA Dr Phil Richards, Chief Innovation Officer, Jisc Myles Danson, Senior Co-design Manager, Jisc

> Scenario Planning – why? Matthew Robb, Partner, Parthenon Consulting (UK) Haven Ladd, Partner, Parthenon Consulting (US)




Account-Ability Ltd (Lanyards and Badges Sponsor and Exhibitor)





QS Intelligence Unit (Conference Lunches and Refreshments Sponsor)






Acuma Solutions in partnership with SAS




BME Solutions




Digital Science




Economic Modelling Specialists Inc




Elsevier B.V.




The Information Lab




The Knowledge Partnership




Thomson Reuters






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