2nd Annual Conference, Private Provision in UK HE
08 Dec 2011
Collaborating or competing with private providers To be held at the Westminster studio, 10 Greycoat Place, London SW1P 1SB.

Headline Speakers

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Private provision in Higher Education is set to expand beyond the professional and postgraduate spheres. This conference, timed to follow the Department for Business and Innovation’s empowering and protection consumers’ consultation will explore the future of private provision in UK HE. Sector leaders will provide guidance and examples of best practice in working alongside private providers.

The Higher Education White Paper opens up the HE market- moving away from funding classification towards results. The government wants to enable a wide range of providers to stimulate competition, create innovation and provide genuine choice for students.

With any opportunity comes a challenge and HE private provision is no exception. Should HE institutions compete or collaborate? And what mechanisms, legal frameworks, leadership structures and regulation make expanded private provision workable?

Programme
09:00
Registration, refreshments and exhibitions
09:55
John O'Leary, Editor, Times Good University Guide
Welcome and introduction from conference Chair

10:00
Paul Marshall, Executive Director, 1994 Group; Incoming Chief Executive, Association of Business Schools
Encouraging innovation and opportunity in higher education

10:20
Steve Egan, Deputy Chief Executive, HEFCE
Ensuring a level playing field and creating a fit-for-purpose regulatory framework for the HE sector

10:40
Dr Stephen Jackson, Director of Reviews, The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education
Assuring the quality and standards of alternative providers of higher education

11:00
Panel discussion: Session 1
What will private HE provision and competition mean for students and HEIs? Session speakers

11:30
Refreshments, networking and exhibition
12:00
Professor Ruth Farwell, Vice Chancellor and Chief Executive of Buckinghamshire New University; Chair, GuildHE
The role of 'Key Information Sets' in private provision

12:15
Dr Gina Hobson, Chief Executive, British Accreditation Council
Opportunities and challenges: The future of private providers

12:30
The Higher Education Academy's New Professional Standards Framework
Steve Outram, Academic Lead Institutional Strategy and Change, The Higher Education Academy; Helen Thomas, Head of Teacher Excellence, Higher Education Academy

12:45
Panel discussion: Session 2
What will the changes by the UKBA mean to private provision within the UK? What will private provision mean for recruitment both from a financial point of view and competition? Session speakers

13:10
Lunch, networking and exhibition
13:10
In conversation with conference chair
John O' Leary

13:15
In conversation with: Nicola Johnson
Development Manager, Marketing and Recognition University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations

14:10
Lynne Sedgmore CBE, Chief Executive, 157 Group
Further Education Colleges providing HE

14:10
Tim Stewart, Dean of Learning and Teaching, BPP University College
A truly incentivised partnership

14:30
Matthew Robb, Senior Principal, The Parthenon Group; Winner, Consultants of the Year, Education Investor Awards 2011
Show Me The Money! – Thriving with Private Sector Partners

14:50
Seminar Debate: The need for institutional partnerships and quality assurance in the private sector
Dr Lawrence Watson, Qualifications Advisor/Senior Inspector, ASIC; Professor Geoffrey Alderman, Michael Gross Professor of Politics & Contemporary History, University of Buckingham

15:15
Panel Discussion: Session 3
The future of HE provision? Competition, Innovation? Session speakers

15:40
Close of conference