Wednesday 29th November 2017
  • Morning Agenda
  • 08:45
    Registration, Exhibition and Networking Breakfast
  • 09:30
    Chair’s Welcome Address

    Dr Giles Carden, Director of Strategic Projects and Chief of Staff, Lancaster University (CONFIRMED)

  • 09:40
    Morning Keynote: The Future of HE Data
    • Defining the role of HEFCE in supporting HEIs with their data analysis
    • Understanding the implications on HE data of the Higher Education and Research Act (2017)
    • Highlighting how data will be used to support the functions of the Office for Students
    • Determining future priorities for HE data collection and analysis

    Mario Ferelli, Director - Analytical Services, HEFCE (CONFIRMED)

  • 10:00
    Special Keynote: Establishing HE Data Infrastructure for the 21st Century
    • Understanding how to meet the data collection and dissemination priorities of the Higher Education and Research Act (2017)
    • Taking the necessary steps to transfer existing arrangements to the proposed new set-up supported by the Act
    • Highlighting the importance of retaining a single UK-wide data infrastructure for higher education
    • Pursuing reforms in the HE data landscape, which will significantly upgrade the sector’s capability and infrastructure to meet the requirements of the new Act

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


  • 10:20
    Case Study: Enhancing the Quality and Reliability of University Business Data
    • Outlining how data is helping the University to meet the priorities of its Strategic Plan
    • Discussing the relative merits of leading and lagging indicators
    • Understanding when we have too much data and not enough insight

    Jackie Njoroge, Director of Strategy, University of Salford (CONFIRMED)

  • 10:40
    Sponsored Session: The Chief Data Officer: The Dirty Truth
    • The harsh realities of data quality
    • The "Hidden Data Factory" footprint
    • The dirty little secret of data analytics
    • Building new realities using the Data Value Map

    Professor David Sammon, Faculty Director - Information Systems, University College Cork (CONFIRMED)

    Texuna Technologies Ltd

  • 10:55
    Questions and Answers Session
  • 11:15
    Refreshments and Networking
  • 11:35
    Special Keynote: Effective Use of Survey Data to Enhance the Student Experience
    • Explaining why data and surveys are so valuable to the HE sector
    • Highlighting how results from national surveys can provide insight at sector and institutional level to drive policy debate and the enhancement of the experience
    • Using examples from the latest results of HEA’s portfolio of national surveys e.g. UK Engagement Survey, which reflect the student voice, to demonstrate the best ways of enhancing the student experience
    • Outlining the future direction of surveys and metrics in HE

    Jonathan Neves, Associate Head of Insights, Higher Education Academy (CONFIRMED)

  • 11:55
    Special Keynote: Ensuring the Effective Protection of Staff and Student Data
    • Giving a summary of the changes to data protection requirements when the General Data Protection Regulation comes into force on 25 May 2018
    • Highlighting how this will affect how HEIs treat staff and student data
    • Offering guidance as to how HEIs can ensure compliance with the law from analysing student data, to fundraising and marketing activities
    • Tips on how to prepare for the changes

    Victoria Cetinkaya, Senior Policy Officer - Policy & Engagement (Public Sector), Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) (CONFIRMED)

  • 12:15
    Sponsored Session: Personalised Learning Analytics from Personalised Learning Environments
    • Proxies for teaching excellence have been widely criticised and yet government seem to have been slow to adopt/research new data sources
    • Evidence for the use of metrics more closely aligned with behaviours, engagement and understanding - although more complex and less compulsory
    • The development of digital learning experiences with the growth of online learning pathways and experiences has advanced data capability
    • The movement towards personalised digital learning experiences mean that future learning data will be both more accurate and more able to support student success

    Yaz El Hakim, Director of Education and Communication, Kortext (CONFIRMED)

  • 12:30
    Questions and Answers Session
  • 12:45
    Lunch and Networking
Wednesday 29th November 2017
  • Afternoon Agenda
  • 13:40
    Case Study: Using the Student Dashboard to Improve Attainment and Engagement
    • Giving a brief summary of what the Student Dashboard is
    • Highlighting the challenges in developing the technology and testing the system, as well as ensuring legal and ethical issues were appropriately addressed, including how these problems were overcome
    • Explaining why the specific four metrics were chosen at the beginning
    • Building on the success of the four metric focused dashboard to increase the number of data sources used, including the implications on students of this dashboard, then and now
    • Outlining how the dashboard has helped to improve student engagement and helped the University to develop strategies to improve their attainment

    Dr Rebecca Edwards, ABLE Project Officer, Nottingham Trent University (CONFIRMED)

    Times Higher Education 2014 Award Winner: 'Outstanding Support for Students' category

  • 14:10
    Case Study: Using Predictive Learning Analytics to Increase Retention
    • Exploring the benefits of using analytics to give tutors the ability to have ‘sight’ of their students in order to keep track of their progress and quickly identify 'at-risk' students
    • Evaluating information from two main data-sets to identify 'at-risk' students: demographic data and usage data from the virtual learning environment
    • Understanding how to create an effective predictive analytics model from demographic and usage data to ensure that at risk students are identified before issues become too difficult to resolve
    • Outlining the implications of this model on student retention in terms of significantly reducing the number of student drops outs, and next steps for further improvements of this model

    Avinash Boroowa, Senior Product Development Manager, The Open University (CONFIRMED)


  • 14:40
    Case Study: Improving University Performance Through Effective Data Management
    • Outlining a multi-dimensional approach to improving data governance
    • Exploring the challenges of protecting the University's data in an ever threatening environment
    • Highlighting the increasing role of analytics in UK universities
    • Examining what this means for the University's students and next steps

    Neil Williams, Director of IT and Digital Transformation, University of Derby (CONFIRMED)

  • 15:10
    Refreshments and Networking
  • 15:30
    Special Keynote: Exploiting HE Data to Enhance Teaching and Learning
    • Understanding how to establish a learning analytics model that encompasses data from the library, virtual learning environment, attendance records and grade data
    • Evaluating data on student engagement with learning to measure the effectiveness of staff teaching and interventions
    • Exploring the possibility of using learning analytics to increase student retention
    • Linking learning analytics to OFFA access agreement expenditure, whilst integrating it with strategies for improving the outcomes of under-represented and disadvantaged groups

    Phil Richards, Chief Innovation Officer, Jisc (CONFIRMED)

  • 16:10
    Case Study: Using a Contextualised Admissions and Data Model to Widen Student Access
    • Examining how to build and develop the use of contextualised admissions to successfully widen access to the university
    • Outlining how to obtain and use verifiable datasets
    • Exploring the pros and cons of the data that the University uses and how they mitigate this
    • Highlighting the need to constantly revisit the University's admissions policy, as well as how the policy links in and fits with its outreach programmes

    Dr Neil Croll, Head of Widening Participation (Marketing, Recruitment & International Office), University of Glasgow (CONFIRMED)

  • 16:40
    Chair’s Summary and Closing Remarks

    *programme subject to change

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