HESPA 2020


HESPA 2020 Annual Conference


The Higher Education Strategic Planners Association (HESPA) is the representative body for those working in strategy and planning in UK higher education. HESPA supports strategic planners at all stages in their career to network, discuss, improve and influence.

The HESPA Annual Conference 2020 will be held at Edgbaston Park Hotel and Conference Centre, part of the University of Birmingham, from 6th – 7th February 2020.


HESPA’s objectives are to:

To provide an active forum for strategic planners in higher education to network, discuss, improve and influence;

To be the primary organisation dedicated to supporting the professional development and career progression of those working in strategy and planning in UK higher education;

To represent a compelling and unified voice for members, while recognising their contrasting needs and ideas;

To influence and shape the future of higher education by challenging policy and promoting awareness and understanding of strategy and planning issues locally, nationally and internationally;

To establish new and improved ways of engaging stakeholders to benefit strategic planners, their wider connections and the sector overall;

To continually learn and seek out new knowledge and understanding, including that of operational best practice, to expand and improve that of our members.


HESPA has continued to grow in size and standing as a higher education membership association. It is now a far reaching and influential organisation with excellent links to agencies and other sector bodies, as well as government representatives, media, think tanks and private business suppliers. The association has 146 institutional members from England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. HESPA is a Special Interest Organisation (SIO) of Professional HE Services (PHES), alongside AUDE, BUFDG, CHEIA, HEPA and UHR.

For more information about HESPA and its work, please visit the website: www.hespa.ac.uk




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