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Jonathan Neves, Head of Business Intelligence & Surveys, Advance HE (CONFIRMED)

  • Exploring the Office for Student’s (OfS) data led approach in monitoring HE providers
  • Outlining the new 2018 OfS data strategy and the data requirements that will be placed on providers as the OfS performs its regulatory functions
  • Understand how data and lead indicators will be used to monitor the performance of providers and deliver risk-based regulation of the sector
  • Assessing the role of the OfS in analysing and developing Teaching Excellence Framework data to monitor universities in their support of student satisfaction, continuation and employment outcomes
  • Evaluating the future of HE regulation and the role of data in assessing performance

Richard Puttock, Head of Data, Foresight and Analysis, Office for Students (OfS) (CONFIRMED)

  • Assessing the role of HESA in supporting the HE sector to advance capabilities and data maturity to support improved planning and decision making
  • Understanding the expectations on universities in collecting and reporting on key indicators and assessing how HESA is supporting a new streamlined collection process through the Data Futures programme
  • Evaluating the next steps in marketing insight, bench marking and sector analysis through Heidi Plus to support enhanced data visualisation and business intelligence for universities
  • Exploring the future of HE data infrastructure and assessing opportunities for improving the quality, efficiency and accessibility of data provision

Paul Clark, Chief Executive, Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) (CONFIRMED)

  • Sharing lessons and guidance in effectively demonstrating GDPR compliance and the lawful basis for data usage
  • Analysing the role of a Data Protection Officer (DPO) within the higher education sector
  • Understanding the lawful basis for processing data and assessing what an effective privacy notice looks like
  • Evaluating the role of data protection in learning analytics and higher education marketing
  • Enhancing data security solutions within universities and effectively collaborating with data processors
  • Exploring the future of data protection and management within universities

Victoria Cetinkaya, Senior Policy Officer – Public Services, Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) (CONFIRMED)

  • Outlining the principles of Jisc’s new sector-wide learning analytics model designed to improve the learning experience for students
  • Assessing how predictive modelling can be utilised to deliver targeted interventions for students at risk to improve student outcomes and support retention
  • Sharing lessons in utilising learning analytics findings to redesign and develop teaching and assessment practices across a course
  • Exploring the impact of GDPR on learning analytics and assessing when consent is required when using a predictive data model

Phil Richards, Chief Innovation Officer, Jisc (CONFIRMED)

  • Exploring the latest trends and future predictions in the development of university admissions
  • Assessing the data collection conducted by UCAS within the HE admissions landscape and how it can be effectively used by providers
  • Using admissions data to inform long-term strategic planning and decision making in the forecasting of future student numbers and demographics
  • Analysing UCAS data at a course level within an institution to inform student marketing and course development

Rich O’ Kelly, Head of Analytical Data Services and Reporting, UCAS (CONFIRMED)

  • Utilising a data focussed evidence-based strategy to inform planning and decision making across the university and improve student outcomes
  • Developing bespoke key performance indicator reports and performance profiles for individual departments and faculties to shape strategic planning in teaching, student experience and course provision
  • Assessing how data forecasting and impact assessments are used to inform planning on student numbers and programme delivery
  • Developing a data led approach to risk management, using data modelling to predict and analyse risk in order to inform the university’s strategic direction
  • Evaluating the outcomes of the data strategy in enhancing course provision, supporting student recruitment and enhancing teaching and learning outcomes across the university

John Pritchard, Director of Strategic Planning, Durham University (CONFIRMED)
Helen Fawcett, Planning Manager, Strategic Planning Office, Durham University (CONFIRMED)

  • Trialling and developing a learning analytics project using data on student’s academic performance to support effective interventions to ensure progress
  • Presenting learning analytics findings through a bespoke student data dashboard for student and staff to allow users to monitor performance
  • Engaging students in the development of the project with 90% of first year students opting-in and students contributing to user focus groups to assess how data insights can provide further support
  • Conducting data mining research from multiple data sources in line with academic performance to assess how student engagement can be improved and how staff can deliver targeted support where required
  • Evaluating the lessons learnt from the project and how the analytics projects can be replicated to improve academic interventions and student progress across HE

Professor Wendy Robinson, Academic Dean for Students, University of Exeter (CONFIRMED)
Sue Milward, Head of Education Transformation Projects, University of Exeter (CONFIRMED)

  • Adopting a data strategy to address challenges of student withdrawal, retention and long-term course engagement
  • Developing a range of datasets including quantitative surveys of first year expectations and the formation of qualitative focus groups
  • Utilising data insights to develop processes to monitor and track student support and academic engagement
  • Assessing how the data project led to the development of a major retention programme including the NTU Student dashboard and a reform of the delivery of education provision and student support
  • Outlining the challenges and common barriers in using data to drive change on retention outcomes

Winner of the Gold Award at the University Market Insight Awards 2017

Kim Winter, Market Research and Insight Manager, Nottingham Trent University (CONFIRMED)

This session will explore how the rich data available in the UK HE sector can be effectively interrogated and analysed to drive course development and support an appealing and strongly performing portfolio strategy

  • How can Marketing or Planning departments contribute to course development?
  • What data are available and what can they tell us?
  • How can data strengthen performance in terms of institutional strategy and student recruitment?

Maria Luisa Ross, Head of Programmes Marketing and Insight, Middlesex University (CONFIRMED)

Following the implementation of GDPR, join data leaders sharing practical insights on the next steps in ensuring high quality data management and protection in universities

  • Sharing lessons and learning in enhancing and developing data protection policies and implementation procedures following GDPR
  • Conducting an effective data protection audit and reviewing data management processes
  • Discussing insights into how universities can demonstrate GDPR compliance and develop an effective data accountability structure
  • Implementing data protection by design and default
  • Assessing how the higher education sector can ensure effective collection and maintenance of data to support core functions of marketing, recruitment and record management following GDPR
  • Developing training and guidelines for staff across all fields in ensuring high quality compliance in managing the data of students, alumni, employees and prospective students

Anjeli Bajaj, Information and Data Compliance Director, University of Warwick (CONFIRMED)
Tony Brown, Head of Information Governance, The University of Manchester (CONFIRMED)
Rowena Hall, Head of Governance and Quality, University of Nottingham (invited)

*programme subject to change