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Begona Nunez-Herran, Data & Insight Director, The Open University (CONFIRMED)

  • Outlining HESA’s Open Data Strategy which aims to provide trustworthy, statistically reliable and accessible data through a data framework which works for all HE Institutions across the UK
  • Sharing updates for Data futures and the new revised direction for the programme with a move to three discrete data collections a year
  • Discussing the latest updates from HESA’s consultation on the services it provides for HE institutions to help them meet regulatory and statutory requirements

Rob Phillpotts, Managing Director - HESA Statutory, Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) (CONFIRMED)

  • Prevention of student suicides is a high priority in Government health policy, however, as an area of research, there is little robust evidence.
  • In response, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) linked two complex data sources: death registrations records and higher education student enrolment records from the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA). The linkage allowed ONS to provide the first robust rates of suicide among university students that could be compared to rates in the general population.
  • One thing we found was that the risk of suicide in the general population was higher than the risk of suicide among students, contrary to what was being published in the media at the time. The linkage also allowed an investigation of how certain factors changed suicide risk e.g., being part-time.
  • Following the research, the Department for Education announced plans for a University Mental Health Charter, backed by the Government and led by the sector. The talk will end with an overview on future research plans.

Neil Bannister, Assistant Deputy Director Health Analysis, Office for National Statistics (ONS) (CONFIRMED)

  • Evaluating the next steps of the journey, and navigating the internal and external challenges that have started to manifest in the face of strategic pressures
  • Learning how to create a business case to secure resources for delivery of an initial BI solution based in the planning and performance function
  • Exploring the sort of skills and practices developed within the analytical team along the journey, and how this has informed and supported the wider development of institutional skills and maturity
  • How to work collaboratively to gain positive forward motion in the absence of a clear and strong data-focused corporate/strategic lead
  • Understanding how to tie performance analytics to a core strategy to provide clarity and obtain buy-in from stakeholders

Simon Pettifor, Head of Business Analytics, Birmingham City University (CONFIRMED)

  • Sharing insights from the paper ‘Measuring well-being in higher education’ and other HEPI research to discuss the importance of using data to gain insights on the mental health and wellbeing of students
  • Using data insights to understand the long-term trends and aspects of student life influencing mental wellbeing, including the full student cycle
  • Highlighting gaps and inconsistencies in data collection, specifically on staff well-being and how these insights help to improve the wellbeing of both staff and students

Rachel Hewitt, Director of Policy and Advocacy, HEPI (CONFIRMED)

  • Analysing the latest trends and patterns in university admissions and impact this will have on future predictions
  • Outlining how admissions data collected by UCAS can be effectively and efficiently used by higher education institutions and providers
  • Exploring the insights provided from admissions data for long-term strategic planning which can aid institutions in forecasting future student intakes
  • Assessing the importance and use of clearance data for informing admission strategies of providers and institutions

Dr David Best, Director of Analysis and Insights, UCAS (CONFIRMED)

  • Sharing the journey of developing the University of Leeds Data Strategy, the challenges, solutions and progress throughout its development
  • Outlining the importance of having an institutional wide approach to data which is not just focused on IT and technology
  • Exploring the strategic change programme at Leeds, with focuses on the Student Life Cycle Programme and the Corporate Processes Systems Programme

Martyn Bullick, Data Strategy Lead, University of Leeds (CONFIRMED)

  • Overcoming barriers to students engaging with their studies by using learning analytics to understand how to deliver a more engaging and effective curriculum
  • Outlining strategies used at Nottingham Trent University to improve student engagement and retention, specifically through data collected on the NTU Student Dashboard
  • Exploring how to ensure that data being collected on student engagement is being used effectively to improve the student experience
  • Sharing strategies used to help tutors use data to coach and guide students

Ed Foster, Student Engagement Manager, Nottingham Trent University (CONFIRMED)

Gain the latest insights from leaders in the higher education sector on creating and developing effective higher education data strategies

  • Analysing how to develop a whole-institution approach to creating and embedding data strategies
  • Reflecting on the latest data trends across higher education and how this impacts data strategies
  • Sharing examples of best practice and practical insights for effective implementations of data strategies across different institutions
  • Discussing how to successfully utilise data to deliver maximum impact for students through improving course design, teaching provision and the student experience
  • The practicalities of implementing a data informed approach to strategy and performance

Helen Butler, Head of Data Management University of Birmingham (CONFIRMED)
Chris Newson, Chairman & CEO, Enlightened, The Student Room Group (CONFIRMED)
Naomi Drinkwater, Head of Planning & Data Insight, University of Essex (CONFIRMED)

  • Exploring the importance of data in providing insights to tackle strategic challenges and achieve goals and improvements for both students and staff
  • Sharing updates and latest trends from Jisc’s Learning Analytics Research Group on research into learning analytics including curriculum, retention and wellbeing analytics
  • Outlining strategic approaches and the principles of Jisc’s sector-wide model to help more HE institutions use data to develop learning analytics
  • Using data and analytics to enhance the curriculum, learning, teaching and the student experience

Karen Foster, Executive Director of Data Analytics, Jisc (CONFIRMED)

*Programme subject to change*

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