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The Higher Education and Research Act (2017): What it means for your institution, is a national one-day conference to give you the opportunity to examine the key institutional and operational aspects of the Higher Education and Research Act, to consider where we are, and to discuss what happens next. Organised by Universities UK, the day will explore the implications for your institution and will give you the insight and intelligence you need to plan for the changes.
On the 27 April 2017, the Higher Education and Research Bill received Royal Assent and became an Act.
The Act ‘…represents the most important legislation for the sector in 25 years’ (The Viscount Younger of Leckie, Lords Spokesperson (Department for Education) (Higher Education)).
The implications of the Higher Education and Research Act are far reaching, with the impact being felt throughout all parts of the higher education sector. Institutions must be prepared for the changing architecture and ensure that they will be fit for the new landscape.
Join fellow higher education professionals and leading policy experts on 10 October 2017 to receive the most up to date briefing on the critical issues in the Act, and discuss the implications for your institution.
Professor Andrew Wathey, Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive, Northumbria University
Professor Andrew Wathey, Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive, Northumbria University
Smita Jamdar, Partner, Shakespeare Martineau
Susan Lapworth, Director (Regulation and Assurance), Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE)
Aaron Porter, Associate Director Governance, Leadership Foundation for Higher Education (LFHE)
Lee Sanders, Chair, Association of Heads of University Administration (AHUA) and Registrar and Secretary, University of Birmingham
Andy Moss, Senior Vice President Higher Education, Pearson Plc
Professor Mary Stuart, Vice-Chancellor, University of Lincoln
The Rt Hon. Lord David Willetts, Executive Chair, Resolution Foundation
Iain Mansfield, Deputy Director, TEF and Student Choice, Department for Education
Professor Lorna Milne, Vice-Principal (Proctor), University of St Andrews
Dr Graeme Rosenberg, Head of TEF, Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE)
Stephen Jones, Deputy Director, Landscape Reform, Higher Education Reform Directorate, Department for Education
Alex Marsh, Deputy Director for Strategy, Shadow UKRI
Smita Jamdar is Relationship Partner for the Shakespeare Martineau’s education clients and advises on strategic, regulatory, constitutional, governance and student matters. Identified as a leader in her field in both Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners, clients describe her as “a calm and reassuring presence...going above and beyond simply providing a service: she is genuinely interested in and cares about the organisation”. Her approach is best summed up by Chambers & Partners: "She is very knowledgeable about the sector, very well informed about the challenges the sector faces, and insightful about how we could change and adapt."
Smita is a member of the Higher Education Commission, a regular speaker at sector conferences and an enthusiastic contributor to sector debate through the firm’s education blog, Going Further & Higher (http://educationblog.shma.co.uk/) and her twitter feed, @smitajamdar
Susan joined HEFCE in 2014 and led on the development and implementation of new approaches to quality assessment. This work was an expression of, and extension to, HEFCE’s role as a regulator, and has re-shaped the way the organisation works with providers. Since February 2016, she has been responsible for all of HEFCE’s regulation and assurance activities and for ensuring that these are fit for purpose in a changing operating environment. More recently, Susan has been leading HEFCE’s contribution to the development of the OfS regulatory framework and to the wider transition process.
Susan’s career history is in the higher education sector. She has worked in a range of higher education providers – including pre- and post-1992 universities, a conservatoire, and providers with substantial distance learning provision. Prior to joining HEFCE, Susan was a member of a University executive team. Her roles have included responsibility for the development of institutional strategy and policy, for the design and operation of internal regulatory frameworks, and for teams working to deliver high quality services to students.
Aaron Porter is the Associate Director (Governance) for the Leadership Foundation, leading their work to support governance across the sector. He oversees the national Governor Development Programme which supported over 700 governors across UK higher education institutions in 2016/17. He has also undertaken board effectiveness reviews for over 12 institutions over the last 2 years. In addition to his work with the Leadership Foundation, he works extensively across the higher education sector on a range of consultancy and research projects.
A previous President of the National Union of Students (NUS) during the high profile debate over tuition fees under the Coalition government, he has also served on the board of the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), UCAS, the Higher Education Academy (HEA) and the Office of the Independent Adjudicator). Outside of higher education, he has been a non-executive board member for Endsleigh Insurance, and is currently a school governor, on the statutory education committee of the General Chiropractic Council and on an advisory panel to the National Employment and Savings Trust (NEST). In September 2017 he joins the Audit and Risk committee at Goldsmiths, University of London.
Lee Sanders is the Chief Operating Officer at the University of Birmingham. He is responsible for Professional Services and is a member of the University Executive Board and is involved in University strategy and policy and providing advice to the Vice-Chancellor and other senior colleagues. As Secretary to the Senate and Council, he is responsible for University governance.
Lee is involved in national and international work in Higher Education. He is currently Chair of the UK Association of Heads of University Administration and a member of the UK-Sweden Registrars’ Group.
Andy leads Pearson’s Higher Education business in the UK, supporting learners, institutions and employers with a range of market-leading services. Those services range from courseware - blending world-class content, assessment and data analytics in new and effective ways - through to development and management of online degree programmes, and to delivery of Pearson’s leading suite of Higher National qualifications.
Prior to this Andy was Managing Director of Pearson’s Venture Markets, a group of sixteen priority countries across Latin America, the Middle East and Asia. He has held a number of other senior leadership roles within Pearson, having joined in February 2007 as Associate Director of Strategy & M&A.
Before Pearson, Andy spent several years in M&A advisory at KPMG. He graduated from St Catherine’s College, University of Oxford with an MA in Geography.
Professor Mary Stuart is Vice Chancellor of the University of Lincoln. She is a graduate of the University of Cape Town and the Open University where she obtained her Doctorate in Social Policy in 1998. Her research interests are focussed on life histories, social mobility, higher education students and community development.
Mary has a strong track record in all aspects of University management, having worked in senior roles in three different universities. Since joining Lincoln she has established and grown the first new Engineering School to be created in the UK for more than 20 years (in collaboration with Siemens plc). Mary has also successfully led the development of Science provision at Lincoln (including the Schools of Chemistry, Pharmacy and Physics and Mathematics) and has established the Lincoln Institute of Agri-Food Technology, to develop the future of farming and grow our food industry’s competitiveness.
Passionate about the student experience, Mary seeks to continually drive change and improvements in the partnership with students and the academic community, working closely with the Students’ Union at Lincoln.
Mary is currently a Board member of the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), Chair of HEFCE’s Teaching Excellence and Student Opportunity Committee, member of Universities UKs task force on Social Mobility, and Vice Chair of the Equality Challenge Unit and Trustee of Universities Partnership Programme (UPP). Mary is also Chair of the Lincoln Cultural and Arts Partnership (LCAP) and the Founding Director of the Greater Lincolnshire Local Enterprise Partnership (GLLEP), and a member of the Greater Lincolnshire Leaders Board.
The Rt Hon. Lord David Willetts is the Executive Chair of the Resolution Foundation. He served as the Member of Parliament for Havant (1992-2015), as Minister for Universities and Science (2010-2014) and previously worked at HM Treasury and the No. 10 Policy Unit.
Lord Willetts is a visiting Professor at King’s College London, Governor of the Ditchley Foundation, Chair of the British Science Association and a member of the Council of the Institute for Fiscal Studies. He is an Honorary Fellow of Nuffield College Oxford.
Lord Willetts has written widely on economic and social policy. His book ‘The Pinch’ was published in 2010. He has just completed a book on universities which will be published by Oxford University Press in November.
Iain Mansfield is a Deputy Director in the Higher Education Directorate in the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills. He is responsible for the development of the Teaching Excellence Framework, or TEF, as well as for oversight of the student choice policy in Higher Education.
Prior to his current role he has served in a number of positions in BIS and other government departments, including as part of the team that carried out the 2013 Triennial Review of the Research Councils. He has previously worked in trade policy, responsible for the UK’s trade policy with Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific, and in competition and consumer policy where he led on implementing the Groceries Code Adjudicator Bill and contributed to the recent Consumer Rights Bill. Immediately before his current role he served overseas as Director of UK Trade & Investment, Manila, supporting British exports to the Philippines.
Professor Lorna Milne, MA, PhD, has been Senior Vice-Principal and Proctor at St Andrews University, Scotland, since 2011. Her remit covers strategic and management responsibility for academic standards, learning and teaching practice and the student experience. She is a member of the Advisory Committee on Degree Awarding Powers and the UK Standing Committee on Teaching Quality. Her academic interests are in modern and contemporary French prose; publications include books in French and in English about both metropolitan and Antillean French writers. She holds the rank of Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Palmes Académiques.
Stephen is a Deputy Director in the Higher Education Reform group in the Department for Education. He is leading the team responsible for the creation of the Office for Students. Prior to that, Stephen led the team responsible for the Higher Education Green Paper, White Paper, and the preparation of the legislation that became the Higher Education and Research Act. Stephen has worked in Whitehall for over 14 years, across 6 different Departments, including spending a number of years working for the Cabinet Office and HM Treasury, where amongst other roles, he was the head of the Deputy Prime Minister’s Policy Unit.