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**Why you shouldn’t miss the HEPI Annual Conference 2017**

  • 26 May 2017
  • By Diana Beech

On 7 June, HEPI will host its 2017 Annual Conference at Regent’s University London. The conference will provide a timely opportunity for senior leaders and policymakers from across the sector to come together to reflect on what it takes to create a university for students.

But why is that important?

Given the ongoing reforms to higher education in England, which seek to put students at the heart of the system, it is vital that the sector comes together – sooner rather than later – to ask:

  • What does a university for students really look like?
  • What needs to change about the way universities are traditionally run?
  • How would we design a new university wholly around the needs of its students?
  • What role does technology play in the process?
  • And is a university for students a more ‘positive university’?

But we’ve heard it all before…

Not a day before the General Election you haven’t! HEPI is proud to announce that the Institute for Fiscal Studies will be opening the day with a special keynote on ‘Higher education policy: what has happened, where we are and where we are heading after the election’ – a perfect way to get us in the mood for whoever steps into No 10 the next day!

But we know what our students want from us already…

Or at least you think you do! On the day, we will launch the 2017 HEPI/HEA Student Academic Experience Survey with an exclusive presentation on the survey’s findings by HEPI and the HEA. Only by attending the conference will you be the first to know how students from across the UK rate their courses, institutions and provisions.

But what about the rest of the day?

It’s jam-packed with panels and presentations from senior HE leaders looking at:

  • The institutional challenge
  • Going for Gold – Rebuilding a university from the ground up
  • A University for Students – what do they want and need?
  • And transforming teaching with technology

HEPI is delighted that Sir Anthony Seldon, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Buckingham, will be giving the afternoon keynote on how to create a ‘positive university’.

Okay, you’ve convinced us! So how do we sign up?

Institutions in the HEPI Partnership are entitled to a free reserved place at the conference (plus additional reduced rate tickets). A full list of all HEPI partner institutions can be found here:

For institutions and individuals outside the HEPI Partnership, tickets can be purchased from £240.

To see the full programme and to book online, please visit

…What are you waiting for?!

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