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Student Engagement Conference

Student Engagement Conference 2022: Meaningful, Active Participation

This one-day virtual conference will focus on good practice in engaging students, the student voice and student participation in the governance and decision-making processes within HE.

Student engagement has never been more important or more challenging. This conference will provide an opportunity for the sector to come together to review where we’ve been and to consider where next. It will focus on the engagement of students in all aspects of their higher education, from the ‘classroom’ to extra-curricular activities including leadership and governance; asking what does it mean to lead student engagement, and how can we continue to improve our vision of student engagement? The conference will consider leadership of student engagement through a 360 degree lens including the role of all staff, the Student Union, and the community as well as considering how we ensure inclusive engagement and remove all inequalities.

This conference will be of interest to those with responsibility for the student academic experience and student engagement more widely, SU teams wishing to widen their student engagement, course leaders seeking to have a more engaged cohort and others focused on the student experience and improving student outcomes.

Join the conversation #StudentEngagementConf22

Date: 12 May 2022

Location: Virtual

Who: Those with responsibility for the student academic experience and student engagement more widely, SU teams, course leaders and those focused on the student experience and improving student outcomes.

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Bring along a student free of charge

We would like to invite all paying delegates attending the conference to please bring along a student of your choice free of charge. You can add them as a guest to your booking when processing this through our online booking portal. To access the booking page, please use the Book Now button on the top right hand side of this page.

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Student engagement conference programme

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At Explorance, we believe that each experience matters. From students in higher education to employees at the workplace, feedback is vital to the lifelong learner's journey. That's why Explorance's mission is to help organisations create a personalised journey of impact and fulfillment for their people through innovative Experience Management (XM) solutions.

The Blue Student Experience Management platform offers a single source of truth from a centralised process. Blue is purpose-built to fully automate all major student feedback gathering initiatives - institutional surveys, course evaluations, competency assessments, alumni surveys – all on one platform. 

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Keynote speaker

Director of the Centre for the Study of Higher Education
University of Kent
Kathleen Quinlan
She is Professor of Higher Education and Director of the Centre for the Study of Higher Education at the University of Kent, UK. Since 1996, she has held academic and leadership positions in world-leading universities in England, the US, and Australia.

Panel sessions

Connecting engagement with student success

Director of Policy and Advocacy
Higher Education Policy Institute (HEPI)
Dr Alexis Brown
Alexis Brown is Director of Policy and Advocacy at the Higher Education Policy Institute (HEPI). Previously, she worked at the Russell Group and UCL, and holds a PhD in English literature from the University of Oxford.

Director of Student Attainment and Inclusion
University of Kent
Will Mbioh
I am a lecturer in law at the Kent Law School at the University of Kent. I am the Director of Student Attainment and Inclusion at the School and the Academic Lead and programme director for the School’s largest intervention to reduce the final awarding gap between BAME and non-BAME students, involving about 17 academic colleagues: Academic Coaching for Academic Excellence Programme (ACE). In addition, I’m the University’s Academic Lead for its Race Equality Charter Application and member of Solicitor Regulatory Authority’s External Reference group for its independent research into the attainment gap for BAME candidates in professional assessments.

Inclusive Curriculum Consultant Programme Lead
Kingston University
Tamara Reid
Tamara Reid is Inclusive Curriculum Consultant Programme Lead at Kingston University, where she supports the development of an inclusive curriculum through student-staff partnership.

Opportunities beyond the core curriculum

Governance Development Manager
Advance HE
Dan Tinkler
Dan joined Advance HE in January 2020 and has been in the post of Governance Development Manager since October 2021. Dan works on developing our approach to supporting Advance HE’s member needs across our governance portfolio of work.

Undergraduate Education Officer
University of East Anglia
Callum Perry
Callum Perry was the Undergraduate Education Officer at uea(su) from 2019-2021, supporting learning and teaching design, course representation and student voice, inclusivity, and academic spaces.

Students Association Vice President
The Open University
Fanni Zombor
Fanni is Vice President Engagement at the OU Students Association. Her main responsibilities are around overseeing the Association's communications strategy, and working with the university and Association staff teams around ensuring the student voice is an integral part of all decision making in the organisations.

Vice President, Education and Welfare, University of Winchester Students' Union
Dan Chevalier
Dan is a Winchester University graduate who studied Politics and Global Studies – coming to University from Poole area where he came straight from Sixth form (studying Science based A-levels). He began engaging with the SU beyond their events in his final year and will shortly be moving into his second term in office as Vice President, Education and Welfare.

How are we capturing and measuring student engagement in different areas? What are our strategies, models and metrics?


Regional Sales Director for Europe and Africa, Explorance
Ian Nickson
Ian is the Regional Sales Director for Europe and Africa at Explorance. He has spent 16 years supporting universities all over the world from South America to the Far East. Supplying student voice and experience technologies. Ian joined Explorance in 2020 to increase growth across the region.

Student Engagement Manager, Centre for Learning and Teaching
Shaun Stephenson-McGall
Shaun’s current role at the University of Bath is as the Student Engagement Manager within the Centre for Learning and Teaching.

Vice President Education
University of Strathclyde
Savvina Kritharidou
Savvina Kritharidou is the Vice President Education at the University of Strathclyde Students Union for 2021-2022. She completed both her undergraduate and postgraduate degrees at Strathclyde and has previously been a class rep and a faculty rep. As part of her current role she receives feedback from students and student reps and communicates with the university to both solve any issues and share new ideas and projects. She is part of numerous university committees which focus on students' learning experience and enhancement.

Student Voice and Engagement Lead
bethan foweraker
I joined the Quality Enhancement Directorate in July 2019 as the Student Voice and Engagement Lead. My career to date has had a focus on Student Voice and Engagement, which started when I was elected as Vice President Education at Aberystwyth University Students’ Union in 2010.

Workshop: Design Thinking: Approaches to Student Engagement

Senior Teaching Fellow
University of Warwick
Bo Kelestyn
Dr Bo Kelestyn is a Senior Teaching Fellow at the University of Warwick and Innovation Consultant at Sprint Valley. As one of Warwick’s lead experts on design thinking, she holds an extensive portfolio of design thinking and innovation modules.
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