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HESPA 2019 Annual Conference

‘Value and the Greater Good’

HESPA19 has launched!

Our annual conference is now live and open for bookings. We’re very excited about this year’s event, which will welcome important speakers such as Shearer West, Mark Leach, Christine Keller, Ant Bagshaw and many more.


Value and the Greater Good is the title of this year’s event and we are going to examine the multiple and varying interpretations of value in higher education and what they mean to different groups. It continues to be a fascinating time in the sector and, in striving to keep up with external and internal demands, it is critical that we don’t lose sight of our purpose. For this reason, we are very excited to work with more students than we have ever done previously to remind ourselves why we are here and to ensure that the conference theme is properly addressed.


We are thrilled to be at the University of Nottingham’s East Midlands Conference Centre. A purpose-built conference venue with excellent facilities and well located in Nottingham’s beautiful University Park Campus - complete with boating lake and arts centre. If you can brave the weather in February, take a scenic walk around the lake to get some head space during the two days. It’s perfectly picturesque.

Launching early

We have populated the HESPA19 website with as much information as possible and the programme is pretty much complete, but - as we are launching slightly earlier this year - there are inevitably a few sessions yet to confirm. For this reason, we are asking you to book your place as soon as possible and, once the last couple of workshops and practical sessions are confirmed, we will email all delegates directly to make their workshop choices for each day. It has been difficult in the past to manage hotel room bookings closer to the event, so we are hoping that by launching early and introducing an early bird fee, many of you will book sooner rather than later this year. Please do this if you can, it helps us a lot 😊.

Booking site

This year we’re very grateful to PHES colleagues for bringing the conference and booking microsite in-house. It does mean, however, that you need to be registered with HESPA to book your ticket because the booking page is beyond the login wall. This has been the case for our other training events for some months now and it shouldn’t pose any problems, but if you haven’t already registered individually you have two choices: you can visit the quick registration page where you can set up an account just for booking events (good for support staff booking on behalf of colleagues), or you can register for a full website account here.

Conference Bites

Those of you who attended the conference last year will have seen our first ever Conference Bites plenary consisting of five 5-minute punchy presentations offered by planning colleagues. According to our event feedback, this session went down very well so we are running another one this time. I’m appealing for volunteers and this year we have a theme to help guide your presentation. The theme is: what does value mean to you? If you are interested in submitting an application for this, please send a short 100-word paragraph summarising your proposed presentation. Remember that these need to be short, sharp and stimulating; controversy is welcomed and there will be a buzzer!

Graffiti wall

As popular as the buzz wire was last year, we have upped our game and booked a graffiti wall for 2019. This will only be available on the Thursday, but I’d like to see as many entries as possible and, in true TEF style, we will be announcing gold, silver and bronze awards. Get your viz whiz heads on and come prepared to spray your way to gold.


You can view the full event and book here.

Get tweeting! @ukhespa #hespa19


Previous conferences

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

2018 – University of Strathclyde

2017 - University of Strathclyde

2016 - Loughborough University

2015 - Loughborough University

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