We’re excited to announce a brand new collaborative online conference from the Centre for Innovation in Learning and Education (CILE). Funded by the Office for Students, CILE is a virtual centre between Cranfield and Aston Universities which aims to advance innovation within UK higher education (HE).

Suitable for all HE professionals, September’s conference will look at the needs of future HE students and staff as well as the important partnership between HE and employers.

Join us for some probing discussions to bring together learning from across the sector as we consider HE innovation in the new economy.

Conference themes

Employers: the importance of partnership for future HE

Students: meeting the needs of the future HE student

Staff: recruiting and developing staff for the future of HE

Technology: supporting the future of HE

 

How to join

Click here to join the morning session

Click here to join the afternoon session

 

News, publications and events

Press release - speakers announced 

Event programme

09:15 Event open
09:30-10:00 Introduction Professor Lynette Ryals, Cranfield University and Professor Helen Higson, Aston University
10:05-10:45 Keynote 1: The value and values of HE - what Westminster thinks about the future of universities and what that might mean. Rachel Wolf, Founding Partner of Public First
10:45-11:00 COFFEE BREAK
11:00-11:50 Theme 1: Employers - the importance of partnership for future HE Lorraine Bell, MK:U Professional Skills Lead, Cranfield University Emma Mason, Head of Business Intelligence, Aston University Mark Homans, Senior Relationship Director, Santander Universities Q&A moderated by Professor Lynette Ryals
11:50-12:00 BREAK
12:00-12:50 Theme 2: Students - meeting the needs of the future HE student Ellen Pope, Head of the Learning Development Centre, Aston University Mel Ellis, Mastership Operations Manager, Cranfield University & Michael Bernon, Associate Professor of Supply Chain leadership, Cranfield University Andy McDowell, Senior Lecturer, Queens University Belfast Q&A moderated by Professor Helen Higson
12:50-13:30 LUNCH BREAK
13:30-14:10 Keynote 2: Regeneration through Education: Re-inventing Universities’ Social Purpose Lord Jim Knight, Chief Education and External Officer at TES Global
14:10-14:15 BREAK
14:15-15:05 Theme 3: Staff - recruiting and developing staff for the future of HE Chris Wilson, Lecturer, Education Department, Aston University Rebecca Jarrett, Head of Resourcing, Cranfield University Paul Towers, Educational Developer, Wolverhampton University and Gemma Witton, Educational Developer, Wolverhampton University Q&A moderated by Professor Lynette Ryals
15:05-15:20 COFFEE BREAK
15:20-16:10 Theme 4: Technology - supporting the future of HE Gillian Knight, Associate Dean in Education, Aston University Graham Bell, Director Digital Education, Cranfield University Ian Woolner, Modern Education Solution Specialist, Microsoft Q&A moderated by Professor Helen Higson
16:15 Close and future collaboration Professor Lynette Ryals, Chief Executive of MK:U Ltd and Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Cranfield University Professor Helen Higson, Provost and Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Aston University

Cost

Free to attend.