HESPA 2021 > Programme > Thursday 24th June


Day Four: Thursday 24th June

TimeSession informationSpeakers

Hosted by Naomi Drinkwater, Head of Planning and Data Insight, University of Essex

08:30 - 09:00


Hangout / Networking / Exhibition

09:00 - 09:30

Networking Carousel with Members  (open to members only)

09:30 - 10:00

Networking & Exhibition

10:00 - 11:00

Plenary 6: Tackling Racial Inequality

Tackling racial inequality is everyone’s business. This session will explore the role of strategy and governance in tackling racial disparities in outcomes and experiences in HE, and look at the data required to make real positive change. Building on work which HESPA and Nous colleagues initiated in April, Amatey Doku and Zac Ashkanasy from Nous will share some of their recent findings in this area and discuss how the sector can do more to understand race, further close attainment gaps and build an actively anti-racist environment. We will also hear from senior sector colleagues, Kaushika Patel (DMU) and Louise Banahene MBE (Leeds), about the progress they have been making in their own institutions, how they have achieved it and what their next challenges might be.

Amatey Doku, Consultant, Nous Group

Louise Banahene, Director of Educational Engagement, University of Leeds

Kaushika Patel, Deputy Pro Vice Chancellor for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) and Deputy Dean for the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences at De Montfort University (DMU) 

Zac Ashkanasy, Principal, Nous Group

11:00 - 12:00

Refreshment Break

Networking & Exhibition

12:00 - 12:45

Business Session 6: Nous | Cubane - Using data well to make better decisions

The panel, including strategy directors from Exeter and Liverpool alongside colleagues from Nous and Cubane, will discuss topics including:

  1. How can large, complex datasets be used to clearly inform major decisions and implementation planning?
  2. How can good data be used amidst the reality of committee-oriented university decision-making processes?
  3. What approaches help to bring data to life for key stakeholder groups e.g. academics?
  4. What works in using data effectively to track impact over time and return on investment?

Phil Copestake, Managing Director, UK & Europe, Cubane Consulting

Karen Banks, Director of Strategic Change, University of Liverpool

Dr Michael Wykes, Director of Policy, Planning & Business Intelligence, University of Exeter

Ariel Rainbow, Manager, Consulting Services, UK & Europe, Cubane Consulting

Jessica Weereratne, Manager, Nous UK

12:45 - 14:00

Lunch Break

Networking & Exhibition


14:00 - 15:00

Workshop Sessions

Workshop D1: Tackling Racial Inequality – DMU’s practical approach 

De Montfort University is committed to tackling racial inequality. This is not only driven by the University’s ground-breaking Decolonising DMU programme, but also through the passion and dedication of staff across the University. Strategic planning plays a vital role in making this commitment a reality. This practical session will look at examples of how the Strategic Planning Service use planning, performance monitoring, strategy implementation, and data governance and analysis to help tackle such inequality.

David Bryan, Director of Strategic Planning Service, De Montfort University

Dr James Evans, Deputy Director of Strategic Planning Service, De Montfort University

Workshop D2: Data Governance and Data Science: moving from stand-off to handshake

Join members of the HESPA Data Science Special Interest Group along with colleagues from the Data Governance Network for ‘Data Governance and Data Science: moving from stand-off to handshake’. Presenters will discuss the intersections between the two disciplines, using a matrix model that will be provided to participants along with linked maturity models. We’ll discuss how the relationship between Data Governance and Data Science is being approached, what possible use cases there may be, the intersection with Learner Analytics, ethical matters and the related internal and external factors that may present themselves.

Dr Garrick Fincham, Head of Planning, University of East Anglia

Helen Butler, Head of Data Governance in Strategic Planning, University of Birmingham


Daniel Farrell, Head of Data Transformation, University of St Andrews

Workshop D3: Delivering a research planning process – tales of the unexpected

Research planning at a time of increasing uncertainty and competition requires us to work in partnership across academic and professional services communities. It is a complex but critical process, and challenges faced over the past year have necessitated changes in culture and new ways of working. At the heart of research planning is a demand for enhanced management information and business intelligence, which allows institutions to make evidence-based strategic decisions about research. This session will explore what institutions need to deliver a robust research planning process – what questions to ask, what information you need, where to access that information and how to use it to make transparent and robust decisions.

Dr Sophie Collet, Director of Strategy, Information and Operations, Research & Enterprise Division, University of Bristol

Lita Denny, Head of Research Services, University of Manchester 

Karen Kay, Interim Head of Research Planning, University of Birmingham

Workshop D4: Embedding a Coaching Culture in a Third Level Institution - What we have learned in the first six years

Munster Technological University has partnered with EDelia Group and EMCC since 2015 to bring the institution from a place where coaching and mentoring were new and poorly understood concepts to where MTU will soon become the first third level institution in the world to be awarded the EMCC International Standards for Mentoring and Coaching Programmes.
The International Standards for Mentoring and Coaching Programmes (ISMCP) is an independent accreditation awarded to organisations designing, delivering and evaluating mentoring and/or coaching programmes either ‘in-house’ or externally. It ensures programmes are:
Thoughtfully designed
Systematically managed
Significantly contributing to the development of the organisation and the wider stakeholder objectives.
Medecine Sans Frontière and the New Zealand Air Force are also holders of this prestigious award.

Ruairí Kelleher, CEO, EDelia Group

Dr. Richard Beaumont, UK Lead Consultant, EDelia Group 

Marese Bermingham, Head of the Teaching and Learning Unit, MTU
15:00 - 15:30

Refreshment Break

Networking & Exhibition

15:30 - 16:30

Plenary 7: Putting the pieces together: Learning to do planning with an American accent

The US higher education system seems familiar, and yet in many ways it is so different from the UK’s. What is it like to move your career to another country? What “holds true” and what are the surprises? What are the top issues in US HE? Hear reflections from a former HESPA member who took her career back to the USA after many years in Britain. 

Olivia Kew-Fickus, Assistant Provost and Executive Director, Planning & Institutional Effectiveness, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee, USA
16:30 - 17:00

Refreshment Break

Networking & Exhibition

17:00 - 17:30

Wellness Programme


Please note that the session titles and speakers are subject to change.


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