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HEPI Annual Conference, Thursday 9 June 2022

  • 9 June 2022
  • 9.30am - 3pm
  • One Great George Street, London

Challenges for the future? The student experience, good governance and institutional autonomy

On Thursday 9 June 2022, HEPI hosted its Annual Conference at One Great George Street, London.

With Keynotes from the Rt Hon Michelle Donelan MP, Minister for Higher and Further Education, and Michael Crick, broadcaster, journalist and author, as well as the launch of the 2022 Advance HE / HEPI Student Academic Experience Survey – including an exclusive presentation of the key findings – the HEPI Annual Conference brought together colleagues to discuss and debate the challenges faced across the sector both now and in the future.

**HEPI University Partner institutions have two free reserved places at the Conference**

To book your place, please go to

2022 HEPI Annual Conference Agenda

9.30am Registration / coffee 

10.00am Welcome and Introduction 

Nick Hillman, HEPI Director 

10.10am Setting the scene 

Jon Wakeford, Director, Sector Engagement, UPP 

10.20am Opening Keynote 

The Rt Hon Michelle Donelan MP, Minister for Higher and Further Education 

10.40am Questions / discussion 

10.50am Launch of the findings from the 2022 HEPI / Advance HE Student Academic Experience Survey (Nick Hillman Chair) 

Jonathan Neves, Advance HE 

Dr Alexis Brown, Director of Policy and Advocacy, HEPI 

11.10am Questions / discussion 

11.20am Break / networking 

11.50am The student experience: Moving on from the pandemic (Alexis Brown to Chair) 

Panel discussion responding to the findings of the 2022 Student Academic Experience Survey with guest speakers to include: 

Josephine Hansom, Managing Director of the Insight Team, YouthSight 

Professor Elizabeth Treasure, Vice-Chancellor, Aberystwyth University 

Melody Stephen, General Secretary, University of Manchester Students’ Union 

12.20pm Questions / discussion 

12.30pm Lunch 

1.45pm Afternoon Keynote: The changing political environment and higher education (Nick Hillman to Chair) 

Michael Crick, Broadcaster, journalist, author and University of Kent Council Member 

2.05pm Questions / discussion 

2.15pm HEPI Debate: “This House believes that university autonomy is under threat” (Alexis Brown to Chair) 

For the motion: 

– Diana Beech, Chief Executive, London Higher 

– Professor David Green, Vice-Chancellor, University of Worcester 

Against the motion: 

– Professor Adam Habib, Director, SOAS 

– Stephen Marston, Vice-Chancellor, University of Gloucestershire 

3.00pm Conference closes 

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