HESPA 2021 > Programme > Wednesday 23rd June


Day Three: Wednesday 22nd June

TimeSession informationSpeakers

Hosted by Shabana Akhtar, Associate Director : Strategic Planning & Business Intelligence, University of London

08:30 - 09:00


Hangout / Networking / Exhibition

09:00 - 09:30

Networking & Exhibition

09:30 - 11:00

Plenary 5: What’s next? Exploring key questions for future universities

This session will explore important future issues facing UK higher education looking at the intersection of the policy environment and the work of universities. How will universities demonstrate their impact on graduates’ outcomes? What does the modularisation agenda mean for student choice and institutional responses? How can universities influence culture and behaviour to make the best of their digital investments? Expert speakers from Australia’s Deakin University, the University of Birmingham and UCAS will explore these topics in short sharp discussions. It’s time to find out what’s next for universities.

09:30-10:00 | How can universities harness the power of information management? Learning from Deakin University
10:00-10:30 | Employability and graduate outcomes: how are universities responding to changing expectations?
10:30-11:00 | Modularisation and flexibility: how can the sector best meet students’ needs without overwhelming them with too much choice?

Dr Ant Bagshaw, Principal, Nous Group

Professor Kathleen Armour FAcSS, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Education), University of Birmingham

Peter Edwards, Information Architecture Lead, Deakin University

Kim Eccleston, Customer Adoption Lead, UCAS
11:00 - 12:00

Refreshment Break

Networking & Exhibition

12:00 - 12:45

Business Session 4: Simitive - Workload Management to enable strategic planning

The session will share an understanding of what workload planning and management means and involves from experience of working with over 50 HEIs across the UK providing insights into the breadth of approaches from across the HE sector, not from a ‘systems’ perspective, but from an institutional level strategic planning perspective. This will include, what it is, why universities are doing it, what the pitfalls can be, what works and what the data from Workload can be used for.

Paul Sheppard, Managing Director, Simitive

Business Session 5 - Billigence - How to link planning with agile analytics

Most universities have budget constraints, whilst having to adapt to an increasingly digital learning environment using siloed data and legacy systems that are no longer fit-for-purpose. Billigence will explore how to develop a lean data architecture that focuses on delivering maximum value with limited budgets, by connecting departments and getting everyone speaking the same language. The goal is to start small, prove value and systematically scale the data architecture in line with the university strategy.

Adam Shooter , Principal Consultant - Reporting, Visualisation & Data Governance, Billigence

Hamish Lawson , Sector Lead, Higher Education, Billigence

12:45 - 14:00

Lunch Break

Networking & Exhibition


14:00 - 15:00

Workshop Sessions

Workshop C1: Breaking data out of silo; the why, what and how

“Data is an asset” is something we hear all the time. But is it? Not by any definition that covers traditional assets like people, buildings and money. One of the main reasons is because data lives primarily in silo. This means it loses it’s superpower – that being collect once, use many.
We’ll guide you through the why, what and how of unleashing the utility of your data. From strategy to plan to sustainability, we’ll share our experience of breaking data out of silo based on working with over ten UK universities.
You’ll leave the session with a roadmap to pragmatically transform your data into an asset. Step 1, stop thinking in silos!

Alex Leigh, HE data consultant, The Leigh Partnership (www.leighpartnership.com)


Workshop C2: What if you didn’t have to sit there, what if you didn’t have to sit at all?

Since the pandemic, universities have adopted the technologies of virtual work remarkably quickly and employees are seeing the advantages of more flexibility in where and when they work. At Aston University we are recognising what is possible and embracing an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to reset work using a hybrid dynamic working model. This session shares the experiences of removing physical and perceived boundaries through a ‘people, space, digital’ approach to dynamic working. Aston has created an agile working environment and a dynamic working policy for all, to rethink how staff work together and serve their beneficiaries. Supporting staff through using space and technology differently is opening up the potential for more collaboration and cross-function working, enabling a more agile, efficient and engaged organisation.  

Richard Billingham, Executive Director of Human Resources and Organisation Development, Aston University

Lisa Gregg, Director of Organisational Change, Aston University

Workshop C3: When Coronavirus ate Horizon Scanning for breakfast (and how we might avoid indigestion)

In this session, we will talk about some of the factors affecting HE now, those we expect to affect us in the medium term and perhaps even engage in some crystal ball gazing for the longer term. We’ll also discuss how the pandemic has turned a lot of our assumptions about the future on their head and look at how universities will need to play to their strengths to stay ahead in an increasingly difficult world. What is a risk for some will likely be an opportunity for others and we’ll touch on some of the things we have learnt in the last few months about our campus, what it means to our sense of identity and what might need to change in the future. We’ll also take a look at the importance of close working relations between Planning and Estates teams as we come together to solve the uncertainties and challenges that lie ahead. 

Miranda Routledge, Director of Planning, Loughborough University

Graham Howard, Director of Estates and Facilities Management, Loughborough University

Workshop C4: Digital experience insights & learning analytics: working with staff and students to maximise data-driven decision making and interventions

An outline of how Jisc’s Digital Experience Insights surveys show how students and staff use the technology on offer, what impacts their learning and working experiences and where improvements can be made. This directly informs digital strategies and digital estate investment and provides a structured process to engage students and staff in conversation about digital services and environment. And an outline of Jisc’s Learning Analytics Service and how students and staff use engagement data from university systems in aggregated dashboards. These dashboards allow staff to understand their students’ patterns of engagement so they can provide impactful interventions. They also provide students with the agency to change their behaviour or compare their activity with peers, leading to a better student experience, and can enhance retention and inform curriculum design.

Steve Hoole, Head of Learning Analytics, Jisc

Kat Heywood, Head of Business Intelligence, Jisc

15:00 - 15:30

Refreshment Break

Networking & Exhibition

15:30 - 16:00


16:00 - 16:30

Networking & Exhibition

16:30 - 17:30

Interactive Social Quiz (sponsored by Simitive)


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

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