About the event
This year London Higher is hosting its inaugural London HE Week. A week dedicated to promoting and advocating for London’s HE sector by showcasing the work of our divisions and projects, which bring together representatives from across London’s diverse HEIs. Taking place between 17-21 June 2019 across London, a week-long series of events and seminars will be hosted for all our members and stakeholders to attend. Please find the full programme of events below.
Many of these events operate on a first come first serve basis and we anticipate they will be very popular. Places can be confirmed by clicking the links below. Please note that our programme continues to grow and new events may be added in due course, please check this page regularly for updates.
In order to celebrate the diversity of the London Higher membership, if you’d like to host an event or share your successes as part of London HE Week, please contact Amy Lightstone.
MONDAY 17 JUNE
- 9:00am-1:00pm – The London Factor: the Future of Access and Participation in the Capital. This event will review London’s work in this area within the context of current equality targets for the HE sector. The programme will cover approaches to targeting outreach work in London, phase two of the National Collaborative Outreach Programme and the role of AccessHE and its members. Keynote speeches will include discussions on POLAR/indicators in a London context. Open to all. BOOK PLACE
- 9:30am-11.30am – Universities under Pressure: a Panel Discussion with PwC. Kindly hosted by PwC, we will explore the pressures on institutions (and on the HE system); from market-driven competition, challenges driven by short-term and long-term demographics, changing regulatory requirements and a shift in student attitudes to Higher Education. Contributions from the audience will be encouraged.Open to all. BOOK PLACE
- 6:30pm-8:30pm – Improving Access for white students from lower socio-economic backgrounds: Westminster Launch. This event from our NEON division will take place at the House of Lords. Further information provided in due course. By invitation only.
TUESDAY 18 JUNE Hosted by BT
- 10:00am-12:00pm – Commuter Students in London: Discussion of findings from pilot study on how travel time and other factors affect progression and measures to improve engagement by campuses with their commuter students. Open to all. BOOK PLACE
- 3:00pm-5:00pm – London Medicine “There’s Nowhere Like London” Celebrating what is unique about studying medicine & dentistry in London. This event will explore the unique opportunities available to students in London, and the ways in which London’s medical and dental schools can best collaborate and work collectively to provide a world-class experience for students. Case studies from students from across London Medicine’s membership will showcase some of the varied opportunities available in the capital. Speakers include: Jenny Higham, Principal, St George’s, University of London & Chair of the Medical Schools Council; Ed Hughes, Head of Health and Medicine, OfS; and Ozzy Eboreime, Chair of London-wide medical students group. Open to all. BOOK PLACE
- 6:00pm onwards – ‘Greater together’ Private Dinner. The dinner will draw together the Chair of London Higher, Access HE and a select group of senior leaders representing not only London’s world class cluster of higher education institutions but also London’s business and public bodies which engage with our universities, their staff and students. It will enable us to share thoughts and perspectives on upcoming challenges and opportunities that face us all, and to consider how we might work together effectively in 2019 and beyond. Closed, at full capacity.
WEDNESDAY 19 JUNE
- 10:00am-12:00pm – Educating London’s Future Health Workforce: When it comes to funding, what’s fair? Set in the context of the recent bursary reforms, we will debate the advantages of different funding models and ask if a fresh approach would be more sustainable. Panellists represent a diverse range of perspectives, including the NHS, Office for Students, the Royal College of Nursing, Nuffield Trust, the Council of Deans of Health and two of London’s largest providers of health higher education. Closed, at full capacity.
- 4:00pm-6:45pm – UniVenture19: The London Student Entrepreneurship Exhibition. Hosted by HSBC Global.This exhibition will provide students from across London’s universities with the opportunity to present their innovative ideas to an audience and network with mentors, investors, funders and entrepreneurs. The exhibition will also see this year’s London Passporting Programme unveiled,a collaborative programme which pools HE enterprise resources from across the London. This event is aimed at HE staff working in enterprise and non-HE audience members involved in supporting start-ups or entrepreneurs in London. BOOK PLACE
THURSDAY 20 JUNE
- 10:00am-12:00pm – Mapping HE Estates: Digital maps of university estates, student housing, transport and regeneration areas. Aim to show physical relationships and place shaping opportunities for local authorities and HEIs. Open to all. BOOK PLACE
- 4:00pm-4:30pm – London Higher Annual General Meeting. By invitation only. MORE INFORMATION
- 4:30pm-6:00pm – London Higher Plenary ‘Student Mental Health and Wellbeing in London‘. A panel discussion will take place, inviting colleagues from the university, regulatory, charity, health and research sectors to discuss this important and timely theme. Facilitated by Dr Peter Bonfield, Chair of London Higher’s London Health and Wellbeing Network and Vice-Chancellor, University of Westminster. Closed, at full capacity. Panellists include:
- Yvonne Hawkins, Director of Teaching Excellence and Student Experience, Office for Students.
- Professor Sir Simon Wessely, Regius Professor of Psychiatry at King’s College London and member of the core management team for SMaRteN (Student Mental Health Research Network). In addition to his role at King’s and SMaRteN Simon recently Chaired an Independent Review of the Mental Health Act and is the current president of the Royal Society of Medicine.
- Rachel Piper, Policy Manager, Student Minds. Rachel focuses on tackling inequalities in student mental health, through research, policy and Student Minds partnerships with other organisations.
- Professor Oliver Shanley OBE, Regional Chief Nurse for London, NHS England and NHS Improvement. Oliver has worked in Mental Health Services since 1987, qualifying as a Mental Health Nurse in 1990.
- 6:00pm-8:00pm – London Higher Annual Summer Reception. Sponsored by Barclays An extremely popular event, we expect over 150 guests to attend from universities and HE colleges across the Capital, HE stakeholder organisations and influential individuals from within and outside of the HE sector. The reception includes drinks, canapés and live music until 8pm. Closed, at full capacity.
FRIDAY 21 JUNE
- 9:00am-12:00pm – Social Media Roundup. Join London Higher colleagues on our social media platforms whilst we provide a round up and overview of the week’s events #LondonHEweek @LondonHigher
We look forward to seeing you there!