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Webinars update: Oct/Nov/Dec 2019

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News and analysis of higher education from our leading team of wonks.


If you’re new to our webinars we tend to run them on Thursday lunchtimes, and we use MS Teams which allows you to join on a PC, tablet or mobile. We also record them and post them up a few hours after each one.

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Detail on how to take part will be posted here.

Thursday October 24: 1.00pm

What difference do SUs make?

We’ve published our research on SUs and their value, and in this webinar we’ll take you through the key findings and ways you can use them to boost your SU’s block grant funding



Wednesday 30 October: 10.00am

Hidden costs and student costs campaigns

We’ll review the legal position on hidden costs and fee increases and take you through a decade of SU student costs campaigns.



October 31: 1pm

What happens when the auditors come to your trustee board

Governance expert Nick Smith will lead a discussion on why this meeting of the SU’s Board is massively important- and how you can ensure that you get the most out of the meeting.



November 7: 1pm

What about the postgrads?

Numbers of postgraduate students are climbing, but the Office for Students is firmly undergraduate focused and universities aren’t always great at supporting their postgraduate populations. Ex postgrad union president Sofia Ropek will take you through some key issues for postgraduate students.



November 21: 1pm

What’s keeping your vice chancellor awake at night?

Getting things done means knowing what matters to the decision makers. Drawing on interviews with heads of institutions, Debbie McVitty explores the pressures on university leaders and how they are managing those pressures.



November 28: 1pm

Understanding TEF

At provider and subject level, the teaching excellence and student outcomes framework is making waves in your institution. David Kernohan explains how it works and how it is changing.



Understanding your university’s accounts

Universities have to have published their financial statements for 2017-18 by now. We’ll take you through the key things to look out for when analysing what’s going on.


December 9: 3pm (NOTE NEW TIME/DATE)

The new student mental health charter

Student minds have published their new charter. Could it be useful to your work in tackling student mental health? We’ll explore.



  • How to improve your university’s student protection plan
  • Understanding Subject Level TEF
  • Both to follow based on OfS timings

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