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Learning from the crisis: HEPI Annual Conference, sponsored by Lloyds Bank and UPP, 24 June 2021

  • 24 June 2021
  • 9.00am - 12.45pm
  • Zoom

After a COVID-related hiatus last year, we are delighted to announce the details of the next HEPI Annual Conference, which will be held online (via Zoom) on Thursday, 24 June 2021 under the title ‘Learning from the crisis’.

Jointly sponsored by Lloyds Bank and UPP, the event will include the launch of the results of the Advance HE / HEPI 2021 Student Academic Experience Survey, opening remarks from the Secretary of State for Eduction, the Rt. Hon Gavin Williamson, keynote addresses by the Chief Executive of the Office for Students, Nicola Dandridge, and the Rt Hon. James Purnell, President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of the Arts London as well as a session on crisis and disaster management.

The Conference is open to all. Institutions that already support HEPI’s work, including most UK universities and our corporate Partners, are entitled to a number of free places. Institutions and organisations that are not within the HEPI Partnership Programmes may purchase a place at the Conference at a small cost.

To register your place, please go to


9.00am            Welcome: Nick Hillman, HEPI Director (Chair)

9.10am            Opening Address from the Rt Hon. Gavin Williamson CBE MP, the Secretary of State for Education 

9.35am            Introduction to the day from UPP 

– Jon Wakeford, Director, Strategy and Communications at UPP 

9.45am            Results of the 2021 HEPI / Advance HE Student Academic Experience Survey 

– Jonathan Neves, Head of Business Intelligence and Surveys, Advance HE 

– Rachel Hewitt, Director of Policy & Advocacy, HEPI

10.05am          Questions / discussion 

10.15am          Panel discussion on the results of the 2021 Survey 

– Rama Thirunamachandran, Chair of MillionPlus and Vice-Chancellor of Canterbury Christ Church University  

– Shirley Pearce, formerly Chair of the LSE and former Vice-Chancellor of Loughborough University 

– Bobby Duffy, Professor of Public Policy and Director of the KCL Policy Institute 

– Sunday Blake, President of University of Exeter Students’ Guild 

10.45am          Questions / discussion 

11.00am          SHORT BREAK 

11.05am          Introductory remarks from Lloyds 

– Andrew Connors, Head of Higher Education, Lloyds Banking Group 

11.15am          Morning Keynote Address 

– Nicola Dandridge, Chief Executive, Office for Students 

11.35am          Questions / discussion  

11.45am          Handling a crisis: what universities need to know 

– Donald Steel, Director at Donald Steel Public Relations London Ltd and Vice President, Crisis Communications at Kenyon International Emergency Services Ltd 

12.05pm          Questions / discussion 

12.15pm          Afternoon Keynote Address 

– The Rt Hon. James Purnell, President and Vice-Chancellor, University of the Arts London 

12.30pm          Questions / discussion 

12.40pm          Concluding remarks 

12.45pm          Conference ends 

For any queries, please contact [email protected]

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