Build your digital action plan with our Collaboration Space sessions.
We’re hosting a series of roundtables at our 2023 show to help you network with peers and build tangible action plans for some of the biggest challenges facing the sector right now. Join us along with our content partners – Jisc, UCISA, ALT, Rubrik, Work as One and QS – to explore key themes such as digital transformation, cybersecurity and upskilling staff at Ahead by Bett.
Enjoy refreshments and informal networking with peers. Join curated networking sessions and in-depth roundtable discussions hosted by some of our partners.
Please note all session take place in-person at the ExCeL, London, and you must have a ticket to Ahead by Bett (Bett Show) to participate. Please register for a ticket here.
Wednesday 29 March
Session 1 | 11:00 - 12:00: Defining digital confidence in the age of blended learning
In collaboration with UCISA
So many terms have "Digital" preceding them these days, but what does it actually mean to have confidence using digital tools, apps, applications, systems, and devices to deliver and support effective blended teaching and learning? What does having that confidence look and feel like? Identifying the targets can help us identify what will actually help our staff get there.
Jim Florence, Support and Operations Team Lead, Robert Gordon University
Mary Hill, Digital Skills Manager, Sheffield Hallam University
Richard Goodman, Learning Technology Team Manager, IT Services, Loughborough University
Sally Jorjani, PMO Manager, University of Stirling
Session 2 | 14:30 - 15:00: Your Cybersecurity Gameplan: Recovering key critical systems in the event of ransomware
In collaboration with Rubrik
With ransomware on the rise and the increased prevalence of attacks in Higher Education, it’s essential to have a recovery plan in place in the event of a ransomware event. Breach detection with instant recovery should be a top priority within any organisation’s cyber security strategy, particularly when it comes to critical data systems such as finance, student records, and admissions data.
In this session we’ll be working in groups to explore the increased threat of a Cyber Attack Higher Education, review Jisc’s latest requirements for recovering critical systems and how you can navigate new frontiers in cybersecurity.
Kevin Mortimer, Head of Operations, University of Reading
Senior Representative, Rubrik
Thursday 30 March
Session 1 | 11:00 - 12:00: Demonstrating Digital Transformation: A framework for Higher Education
In collaboration with Jisc
What needs to be in place at an organisational level for a university to achieve digital transformation? There are multiple factors for success, including effective digital leadership, appropriate investment, robust infrastructure, stakeholder engagement, and digitally capable staff and students.
The Jisc digital transformation framework provides a structure that can be used to break down various elements of digital transformation.. It offers varying degrees of detail - from broad statements to illustrative examples of more specific activities. This participatory session will offer delegates the opportunity to engage with the framework, discuss how this can support their universities with driving forward change, and to input into the development of a maturity model for HE.
Sarah Knight, Head of Learning and Teaching Transformation – Higher Education, Jisc
Simon Birkett, Senior Consultant, Jisc
Session 2 | 14:30 - 15:30: Integrating Sustainable Development Goals in Universities' DNA
In collaboration with QS
Not just talking the talk but walking the walk: SDGs solutions for university management, faculty & students to impact strategy, research and experiences.
Zoya Zaitseva, Innovation Manager, QS
Friday 31 March
Session 1 | 11:00 - 12:00: Empowering agency and expertise for EdTech futures
In collaboration with ALT
The Association for Learning Technology was established 30 years ago, in 1993. Since then, much has changed! Yet as the decades have become ever more digital, our focus on the central role of human agency and expertise has remained strong.
This session brings together findings from benchmark surveys, insights from leaders and practical resources to help tackle professional development and recognition challenges in the sector.
We will share new findings from ALT’s Annual Survey 2023, charting how practice is shifting in the sector and what institutions are investing in. We will also reflect on the continued challenges rapid digital transformation poses for staff development and professional recognition.
Dr Maren Deepwell, CEO, Association for Learning Technology
Dr Julie Voce, Head of Digital Education / Deputy Director, Lead, City, University of London
Puiyin Wong, Digital Learning Producer, Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London
Session 2 | 14:00 - 15:30: Work as One for Displaced Learners
Learners around the world are displaced by war, disaster, economics, health, abuse... How can we work as one to maintain and improve their education?
This is a fast-paced and interactive session in which we bring HE students together with stakeholders from across the education and tech sectors.
We are looking for people inspired by making education available to all, innovators in education and tech, creative thinkers and those who have experienced displacement themselves. Using creative prompts and step-by-step processes, we will be ‘working as one’ to generate responses that could help displaced learners around the world.
Attendees will get to hear from people working on the front line, innovators in the sector and gain insight from an in-depth briefing and scene-setting film before collaborating with a diverse team of people passionate about education.
Mike Bond, Strategy Director, Bond and Coyne
Erica Neve, Senior representative, Bond and Coyne