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2022 Highlights



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Looking back: The launch of Ahead by Bett

Ahead by Bett was launched in March as a brand-new opportunity within the Bett events portfolio for Higher Education visitors to learn, network and trade together with their peers, over 100 speakers and the world’s leading EdTechs. 

Our launch at Bett 2022 welcomed over 2,300 visitors to Ahead by Bett from a variety of backgrounds, including representatives from Higher Education, Further Education, Government and EdTechs. With a third of our total audience joining us from overseas, and 50% of our attendees have never visited Bett before, we were delighted to celebrate the Higher Education community reuniting after two long and difficult years of virtual teaching and online networking. 

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Day 3 highlights

The first ever Ahead by Bett ran in March 2022. It was fantastic to see the Higher Education community come together to share solutions to challenges facing the sector network with peers and learn from thought-leaders in our content spaces.



Agenda spotlight

The last day in The Auditorium started with Dr Peter Bonfield, University of Westminster, presenting findings from research into the future of blended and hybrid learning. In the afternoon the audience was shown 3 case studies from institutions tackling key aspects of the student experience, including wellbeing, skills, inclusion, culture and strategy.


In The Sandbox, Perlego shared results of a survey that show student satisfaction is continuously decreasing. They explored how to engage students in new and exciting ways. Later, Nathan Mentzer, Purdue University and The eAssessment Association shared an award-winning approach to utilising an innovative, student-led peer review process.


Day 2 highlights

With Ahead by Bett in full swing, HE educators flocked to our content spaces, exhibitor stands and roundtable sessions to listen to and share current challenges faced by Higher Education institutions and how to combat them.

Visitors attended cutting-edge sessions from thought leaders such as Professor Wendy Alexander, Vice-Principal (International), University of Dundee and Nick Gilbert, Chief Information and Digital Officer, University of Surrey.

Agenda spotlight

Arizona State University kicked off Day 2 in The Auditorium with a fantastic keynote about putting AI analytics to work on student data to gain a better understanding of what’s happening inside of learning. We also welcomed Prof Liz Bacon, Abertay University, Paula Shaw, University of Derby Jisc, Times Higher Education and Kinly to the stage.



Day 2 was another fantastic day in The Sandbox with inspiring sessions from Google Cloud, AvePoint, Studiosity, plus many more.  A standout session was from Tom Duff, City of Glasgow College on how designing effective learning for tomorrow’s students is an opportunity, not a compromise. Success requires far more than just video EdTech.


Day 1 highlights

Day 1 marked the launch of Ahead by Bett and it was fantastic to see the content spaces and exhibitor stands bustling with HE educators eager to collaborate, network and learn.

Roundtable sessions with AWS and UCISA took place in The Collaboration Space, providing a forum for up to 30 HE leaders and educators to share experiences and expertise and learn from each other.


Agenda spotlight

The Auditorium kicked off with a morning of inspiring talks including a welcome address from Prof Sir Steve Smith on using imagination to reform the student experience and increase engagement in this age of digital transformation. Prof Diana Laurillard, Microsoft, UCISA, Google Cloud and Matthew Syed all shared insights on the future of Higher Education



Day 1 at The Sandbox showcased innovative technologies from solution providers such as Alteryx, Microsoft, AWS and Extreme Networks. sparking ideas for educators and leaders in Higher Education. Closing the day, Teesside University presented its 4-year plan for the training of teaching staff, developing digital literacy and driving education 4.0.


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