Whether you are a teacher, higher education professional, journalist or student, the Festival of Higher Education has much to offer.
Hear the variety of viewpoints from our broad range of engaging speakers. Learn more about the transition from school to higher education and speak to the country’s most experienced admissions experts.
Higher Education Professionals
A broad range of leading thinkers from the HE sector will enlighten delegates with their dynamic perspectives. Contributions range from the current state of the sector to its untapped potential.
Hear all the news about the higher education sector and what the future holds. Meet a wide range of HE’s top educationalists.
Whether continuing with education or entering the graduate labour market, learn what the true value of a Higher Education qualification holds and how to shape your future.
Our line-up of educationalists will be speaking on a diverse range of topics dealing with the most important issues that the higher education sector currently faces.
Day one – Wednesday 28 June 2017 Themes: Improving Outreach and Access to HE; Enterprise and Entrepreneurship; Preparing for Brexit – Does Brexit spell disaster for Higher Education?; Well being, Happiness, Positive Institutions and Governance; A Curriculum Fit for Purpose – Preparing Young People for HE; Mental Health – Higher Education in Crisis? Coping Strategies; and HEPI Debate: Is it time to call time on university rankings?
Speakers: Professor Les Ebdon, Chair, Office for Fair Access to Higher Education; Mary Curnock Cook, Outgoing Chief Executive of UCAS; Dr Graeme Atherton, Head of AccessHE London Higher and Director of NEON; Jamie Bytheway, Project Manager, Greater Manchester Higher Network for Collaborative Outreach; Ed Smith, Sports Journalist and former England cricketer; Luke Johnson, Entrepreneur and Author; Sir Anthony Seldon, Vice-Chancellor University of Buckingham, Author, political commentator and contemporary historian; James Seymour, Director of Admissions and Student Recruitment, The University of Buckingham; Professor Len Shackleton, Professor of Economics at University of Buckingham; Alex de Ruyter, Birmingham Business School Brexit Centre; Professor Alastair Buchan, University of Oxford, Head of Brexit Strategy; Professor Lord Layard, Programme Director, Wellbeing, LSE; Dr Alan Martin, Head of Psychology, University of Buckingham; Martin Robinson, Author, The Trivium; John Claughton, Former Chief Master of King Edward’s School, Birmingham; Professor Chris Husbands, Vice Chancellor, Sheffield Hallam University; Dr Ruth Caleb, Head of Counselling, Brunel University; Bahram Bekhradnia, HEPI President and author of HEPI Paper International university rankings; Professor Tim Blackman, Vice-Chancellor, Middlesex University; John O’Leary, Editor, The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide; Johnny Rich, Director of Communications & Usability for global universities comparison tool U-Multirank.
Day two – Thursday 29 June 2017 Themes: Education Exports – Attracting and Retaining International Students; Business and Enterprise, Partnerships with HE Sector; Degree and Higher Apprenticeships – The Developing Landscape; Sport the Humanities and Education; Careers Education Information and Guidance – The Changing Landscape; Free Speech on Campus Rights and Responsibilities; and HEPI Debate: There is a role for the profit motive in higher education.
Speakers: Lord Bilimoria, Chancellor of the University of Birmingham and President of UKCISA; Professor Catherine Montgomery, Professor of Education, University of Bath; Professor GQ Max Lu, President and Vice-Chancellor, University of Surrey; Dr Joanna Cox, Head of Business Alliance and Partnerships, Cranfield University; Andrew Smith, Chairman of Buckinghamshire and Thames Valley LEP; Adrian Anderson, Chief Executive of UVAC; Martin Birchall, Managing Director of High Fliers; Professor Tristram Hooley, Director of Research, The Careers & Enterprise Company; Virginia Isaac, Chief Executive of the Inspiring Futures Foundation; Dr Elnaz Kashefpakdel, Senior Researcher, Education and Employers Taskforce; Professor Dennis Hayes, Professor of Education at the University of Derby and Director of AFAF; Professor Anthony Glees, Director of BUCSIS at the University of Buckingham; Paul Kirkham, Chief Executive, Institute of Contemporary Music Performance; Richard Simmons CBE, Chair, BPP University; Sally Hunt, General Secretary, University and College Union (UCU); Pam Tatlow, Former Chief Executive of MillionPlus, The Association for Modern Universities; Professor Sue Edwards, Dean of Law at the University of Buckingham; Cllr Warren Whyte, Buckinghamshire County Council.