HEPN South 2023

23rd - 24th November, Radisson Blu, Edwardian Hotel, Heathrow

  • Day 1
  • Day 2

23 November 2023

  • 8:00 am - 8:55 am

    Main Room


  • 8:55 am - 9:05 am

    Main Room

    Chair's Opening Remarks

    Chris Green

    Chief Digital Officer
    University of Lincoln

    Welcome to the Higher Education Partnership Network (HEPN)

  • 9:05 am - 9:25 am

    Main Room

    Increasing the value of the UK HE offering

    Chris Green

    Chief Digital Officer
    University of Lincoln

    Sir Timothy O’Shea

    Emeritus Professor of Digital Education and former Principal & Vice Chancellor
    University of Edinburgh

    Against the backdrop of a testing economy, rising tuition fees, increased competition for international students, and changing regulatory frameworks are just some of the issues that UK higher education institutions must navigate…

  • 9:25 am - 9:50 am

    Main Room

    Fireside Chat

    Chris Green

    Chief Digital Officer
    University of Lincoln

    Mal Allerton

    CIO & Executive Director of iSolutions
    University of Southampton

    How can we apply AI in a meaningful way?

  • 9:50 am - 10:10 am

    Main Room

    AI & The Future of Education

    Kirri Watson

    National Accounts Manager & FE/HE Lead at Google

    During this keynote we will look towards the future of education and how AI plays a part in it.

    We already know that effective use of technology in education can improve outcomes, increase accessibility and be more sustainable. Ho...

  • 10:15 am - 10:40 am

    Main Room

    Dragons' Den

    Our signature ‘Dragons’ Den’ session provides each solution provider with an opportunity to deliver a short pitch, explaining why they are here and how their services can help tackle some of the sector’s ongoing challenges.

  • 10:45 am - 12:00 pm

    Main Room

    Coffee Break and Business Meetings

    15 minute meetings with suppliers who are offering solutions most relevant to your challenges. Please check the schedule on the back of your delegate pass for your meeting timings.

  • 12:05 pm - 12:25 pm

    Main Room

    Assuring competence and confidence for employability

    Martin Perfect

    Director of Student Employability
    University of Gloucestershire

    This presentation delves into the strategies that institutions can employ to ensure the competence and confidence of students for successful employability. It will explore practical approaches, including experiential learning opportuniti...

  • 12:30 pm - 12:50 pm

    Main Room

    Setting up your Higher Education transformation for business adoption success

    Keith Miller

    SAP Change and Training Team Lead
    NTT DATA Business Solutions UK&I

    • Removing politics through a clear adoption vision and plan, supported top down bottom up
    • Making the business case easier to digest (where appropriate (not commercially sensitive parts)), so the plan becomes meaningful to al...

  • 12:55 pm - 1:15 pm

    Main Room

    Widening access to education

    Maggie Leggett

    Director of External Relations
    Queen Mary University, London

    By actively working towards widening access, universities can contribute to a more diverse and inclusive higher education landscape, empowering individuals from all backgrounds to pursue their educational aspirations.

    This session...

  • 1:15 pm - 2:00 pm

    Main Room

    Networking Lunch

    An opportunity to connect with your peers and suppliers to talk over the learnings from the event. Lunch is served buffet style and a range of options are available to cater for different dietary requirements.

  • 2:05 pm - 2:25 pm

    Main Room

    Third party breaches from a legal and operational perspective

    Mark Cunningham-Dickie

    Senior Incident Responder
    Quorum Cyber

    Steven Hadwin

    Director and Head of Operations, Data Protection, Privacy and Cybersecurity
    Norton Rose Fulbright

    Charlie Weston-Simons

    Norton Rose Fulbright

    Third-party data breaches have become a serious threat to housing associations. For some time, cybercriminals have attempted to infiltrate third-party contractors as an indirect route to attack their primary target. In this session, Quor...

  • 2:25 pm - 2:45 pm

    Main Room

    Embedding sustainability throughout the university

    Kelly Williams

    Executive Head of Operational Estates and Facilities
    University of Wales, Trinity Saint David

    Mohammed Aufogul

    Head of Technical Design and Delivery
    University College London

    How can we embed sustainability principles throughout universities, with a focus on carbon reduction, energy consumption, and minimising environmental impact?

    Fostering a culture of environmental stewardship can help to make subst...

  • 2:55 pm - 3:15 pm

    Main Room

    Redefining the future of education through digital transformation

    Robin Gardner

    Strategic Services Director

    As IT accelerates in this era of AI, cross-cloud services and big data, join Xtravirt as we share real examples of how universities are evolving to embrace these new opportunities. Challenged by skills shortages, financial constraints, t...

  • 3:20 pm - 3:40 pm

    Main Room

    Education 4.0: Unleashing Innovation, Resilience, and Human Potential

    Michael Conlon

    Education Transformation Consultant

    Explore how students and educators can leverage technology to build resilience in a period of accelerated digital innovation. If technology can carve out time for us to ask better questions, we can strive to be more human, elevating our ...

  • 3:45 pm - 5:00 pm

    Main Room

    Coffee Break and Business Meetings

    15 minute meetings with suppliers who are offering solutions most relevant to your challenges. Please check the schedule on the back of your delegate pass for your meeting timings.

  • 5:05 pm - 5:35 pm

    Main Room

    Taking care of hearts and minds

    Prof. Arad Reisberg

    Professor of Corporate Law and Finance
    Brunel University, London

    Mark Bramwell

    Chief Information Officer
    University of Oxford

    In this session, Mark and Arad will share their personal stories of a time where health and wellbeing wasn’t prioritised, and what the consequence of that neglect was.

    The aim is help you as leaders to understand how to look aft...

  • 5:35 pm - 5:40 pm

    Main Room

    Chair's Closing Remarks

  • 5:40 pm - 7:30 pm

    Main Room

    Hotel Check-in/Free Time

  • 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

    Main Room

    Drinks Reception & Networking Dinner

  • 12:30 pm - 12:50 pm

    Breakout Room 1

    AI for Education: Enhancing Productivity and Learning Outcomes

    Abdullah Abdelghafar

    Digital Workplace Consultant

    Joe Morley

    Technical Evangelist

    This presentation will explore the potential capabilities of AI for education, highlighting how educators can enhance learning outcomes and craft immersive learning experiences that align with educational objectives. This presentation wi...

  • 2:55 pm - 3:15 pm

    Breakout Room 1

    Supporting Student Success: Harnessing The Power of the TE Academic Operations Platform

    Matt Dalton

    UK Commercial Director

    The TimeEdit vision entails a revolutionary transformation in the way Universities manage their academic programmes and resource allocations. We aim to achieve this by offering a dynamic, cloud-based platform that can be tailored to a cl...

  • 12:55 pm - 1:15 pm

    Breakout Room 1

    The ripple effects of the digital economy

    Ariel Ezrachi

    Oxford University Centre for Competition Law and Policy

    The digital economy is a central driver for present and future prosperity. It has transformed market dynamics, business models and innovation. Alongside the many benefits, these changes also present new challenges related to competition,...

  • 3:20 pm - 3:40 pm

    Breakout Room 1

    Connecting the value of student and employee experience

    Leatham Green

    Transformation Director

    Over the last few years, employee expectations have changed drastically and changed for good. Students and employees want to know that their voices are heard and there is a purpose to what they do and treated as an individual with unique...

  • 12:55 pm - 1:15 pm

    Breakout Room 2

    How do we build a global strategy?

    Dr Tola Adesina

    Associate Provost (Global Engagement)
    University of Derby

    Join us in this dynamic presentation as we delve into the critical realm of global strategy for UK universities.

    We will explore strategic leadership of global engagement, emphasising vital aspects such as cultivating internationa...

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HEPN South 2023

23rd - 24th November, Radisson Blu, Edwardian Hotel, Heathrow