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The Higher Education and Research Act (2017): What it means for your institution

10 Oct 2017, 09:30 - 16:30
20 Tavistock Square 
United Kingdom


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.

Key themes to be examined at this conference on the Higher Education and Research Act (2017) include:​

  • How the different aspects of the Higher Education and Research Act interact and fit together and their impact on your institution
  • The government perspective and timetables for change
  • How to successfully run an institution in the new landscape
  • The implementation of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), Research England and the Office for Students (OfS) and how universities can build relationships to maximise engagement and effect with the new bodies
  • The short, medium and long term plans for the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) and what you need to be doing to prepare
  • How the TEF review will be conducted and the impact on your planning
  • What might the sector look like in five years’ time, and how to prepare for the changes (e.g. accelerated degrees, alternative providers)
  • Maximising the coherence between the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) and the Research Excellence Framework (REF)

Why are we talking about the Higher Education and Research Act (2017) now?

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.​

Rachael Firth

Rachael Firth

Head of Events and Conferences
Universities UK

Agnes Jacobs

Agnes Jacobs

Events Producer
Universities UK

Katie Ross

Katie Ross

Events Officer
Universities UK

Holly Wildish-Jones

Holly Wildish-Jones

Events and Marketing Assistant
Universities UK


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