The Higher Education Data Conference 2017 provides a platform to discuss how to collect, manage and make effective use of data in Higher Education (HE) to capitalise on its potential in terms of modernisation, transformation and efficiencies.

Through policy-briefings, in-depth case studies, workshops and interactive discussions, participants will have the opportunity to explore how to utilise data to improve student retention, widen access and deliver improvements in teaching and learning outcomes.


  • Phil Richards, Chief Innovation Officer, Jisc
  • Mario Ferelli, Director (Analytical Services), HEFCE
  • Jonathan Neves, Survey Manager, Higher Education Academy
  • Paul Clark, Chief Executive, Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA)
  • Victoria Cetinkaya, Senior Policy Officer – Public Services, Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO)


  • Understand how to effectively use HE data in a constantly changing and increasingly competitive landscape
  • Identify the different types of data and how they can best be applied to gain a competitive advantage
  • Evaluate how to meet the data collection and dissemination expectations of the Higher Education and Research Act (2017)
  • Explore how to use data to improve student support, retention, recruitment and attainment
  • Examine how to exploit data to drive forward improvements in institution decision making and planning, as well as drive positive change
  • Understand how to establish an effective learning analytics model and client relationship management system (CRM)
  • Discuss how to ensure effective protection of university data and develop good data management practices


This Conference is specifically designed for the Higher Education Sector. Typical job titles will include:

  • Chancellors
  • Vice-Chancellors
  • Academic Registrars
  • Information Officers
  • Program Managers
  • Deans
  • Business Intelligence Managers
  • Directors and Heads of IT
  • Data and Systems Analysts/Officers
  • Directors of Strategic Planning and Projects
  • Directors of Performance and Quality
  • Heads of Information and Systems Development
  • Operations and Planning Officer


*This Conference is also open to the private sector to encourage networking and debate.

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