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Day Four: Thursday 23rd June

09:00 - 11:00 Special Interest Group, Welcome, and Plenary 6

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Hosted by Shabana Akhtar, Head of Business Intelligence and Management Information, University of London
09:00 - 09:45 Special Interest Group Discussion 6: Data Science Group – reboot

The HESPA Data science group has not met for a while – but we have not been idle on the DS agenda. With a better understanding of the sector’s position, we are re-booting the group- please come and join us!
Dr Garrick Fincham, Associate Director of Planning (University of East Anglia)
09:45 - 09:55 Refreshment Break and Networking  
09:55 - 10:00 Welcome to Day 3 Shabana Akhtar, Head of Business Intelligence and Management Information, University of London
10:00 - 11:00 Plenary 6: Reimagining Higher Education

With change now a norm, and new pressures arising all the time, we are delighted to be joined by Professor Neal Juster University of Lincoln’s new vice chancellor , to hear about his predictions for the future of HE, what plans he has for managing these and his views on how planning and strategy colleagues can best support their Universities.
Professor Neal Juster, Vice-Chancellor, University of Lincoln
11:00 - 11:30 Refreshment Break and Networking  

11:30 - 12:30 Workshops Block D

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11:30 - 12:30 Workshop D1: Strategy Implementation – A couple of Case Studies

Many new institutional strategies have been launched or are currently in the process of development or launch as HEIs begin to take stock and decide how they want to position themselves in the dynamic, post-pandemic world. It therefore feels like a good time to reflect on some of the challenges we face in implementing strategy and how we can address them. This session will explore how two Russell Group universities are using new (for them) approaches to addressing the obstacles in turning strategy into action.
Tina Egan, Director of Strategy & Planning, University of Leeds

Steve Chadwick, Director of Strategy, Planning & Change, University of Bristol

Dr Jeung Lee, Head of Integrated Planning, University of Manchester
11:30 - 12:30 Workshop D2: A journey to implement Data Management Framework

With the changes in the data landscape of the HE sector, HE Institutions are under pressure to deliver quicker and more robust data analysis that requires the integration of databases and enterprise systems, and defined data lifecycles. In this workshop, using our journey in the development and implementation of the Data Management Framework at the University of Cambridge, we will:
  • share the steps that could help you to draft your data management guiding principles that could form the base of your strategy based on your pain points working with data across your institution,
  • draft a layout for a business case
  • draft steps to define the data domains of your institution and the steps to start building a toolkit that helps you to gather information to assess data lifecycles, capabilities and levels of maturity
Katya Samoylova, Head of Business Information and Strategic Insights, University of Cambridge

Constanza Arias-Aldana, Senior Information Analyst, University of Cambridge
11:30 - 12:30 Workshop D3: Hitting the ‘sweet spot’ with HR stats: knowing your numbers without loving data

HR professionals are involved in making decisions every day. But how are these decisions informed by data and how can you leverage the data you have (as well as the data you don’t!) to your advantage? This session will explore the importance of data collection, analysis & presentation in strategic decision making by HR professionals. You don’t need to be a data expert to attend – in fact anyone who has to use or understand any kind of HR data is welcome. We will explore the huge range of data that is generated by HR processes; why knowing what question you’re trying to answer is crucial; and why it’s important that HR teams are data-savvy (even if they are spreadsheet-averse!). Featuring examples from outside the HE sector and best practice from within, join me to find out how to hit the ‘sweet spot’ with your HR stats.
Sophie Crouchman, Strategic Projects & Research Manager, Universities HR (UHR)
12:30 - 13:30 Lunch Break & Networking Carousel  

13:30 - 16:00 Business Session 3, Plenary 7, and Conference Close

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13:30 - 14:30 Plenary 7: Planning 2.0: Senior planners reflect on the demands of the new world and what they might do differently

As we draw the conference to a close, a panel of Planning Directors reflect on the themes which have been represented by the programme, including current challenges and opportunities facing the sector, and some of the ‘hows’ and ‘whats’ being addressed by planning teams, including leading through change, conflicting priorities, navigating complexity and uncertainty and focusing on strengths.
Matt Atkin, Director of Planning, University of Manchester

Anita Jackson, Director of Strategic Planning and Performance, University of Kent

Lucy Hodson, Director of Planning and Intelligence, Birmingham City University

Dean Stokes, Director of Planning, University College London
14:30 - 14:35 Conference Close Shabana Akhtar, Head of Business Intelligence and Management Information, University of London
Please note that the session titles and speakers are subject to change.
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