Update: 18 March 2020

We have taken the decision to postpone The Secret Life of Students to the 17th September because of the unfolding pandemic situation. As you know, we had planned initially to take the event entirely online, but ran into too many obstacles that would let us deliver something for you at the levels of quality you would expect from us. All delegates and bookers have been emailed with further information.
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Wonkhe’s Secret Life of Students is all about doing student experience differently. We’ll bring together the research and intel, and review everything we learned about students in 2019 – asking what that means for government, regulators, universities and their SUs.

It’s about getting beyond the stale debates and case studies and rethinking the student experience – bringing together experts, sector leaders and managers, as well as student leaders and students’ union managers, to forge a new agenda for students.

What does the new government and associated regulatory agenda mean for students? What might major changes to funding, the TEF and the National Student Survey mean for universities and their SUs? If Generation Z treasures “fairness”, how can we respond to strengthen students’ rights? How is teaching and learning changing to adapt to 2020’s busy students? And what does student influence and partnership mean in a world of big data?

We’ll also ask how we might we get beyond reductive debates on free speech and build a culture of democratic engagement on campus. We’ll find out what happens when we listen to students on their own terms. And we’ll explore what safety means to students, and what “safeguarding” really means.

It’s an essential event for anyone working on policy and delivery for students.

In partnership with:

In partnership with:

Update: 18 March 2020

We have taken the decision to postpone The Secret Life of Students to the 17th September because of the unfolding pandemic situation. As you know, we had planned initially to take the event entirely online, but ran into too many obstacles that would let us deliver something for you at the levels of quality you would expect from us. All delegates and bookers have been emailed with further information.
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Wonkhe’s Secret Life of Students is all about doing student experience differently. We’ll bring together the research and intel, and review everything we learned about students in 2019 – asking what that means for government, regulators, universities and their SUs.

It’s about getting beyond the stale debates and case studies and rethinking the student experience – bringing together experts, sector leaders and managers, as well as student leaders and students’ union managers, to forge a new agenda for students.

What does the new government and associated regulatory agenda mean for students? What might major changes to funding, the TEF and the National Student Survey mean for universities and their SUs? If Generation Z treasures “fairness”, how can we respond to strengthen students’ rights? How is teaching and learning changing to adapt to 2020’s busy students? And what does student influence and partnership mean in a world of big data?

We’ll also ask how we might we get beyond reductive debates on free speech and build a culture of democratic engagement on campus. We’ll find out what happens when we listen to students on their own terms. And we’ll explore what safety means to students, and what “safeguarding” really means.

It’s an essential event for anyone working on policy and delivery for students.

In partnership with:

In partnership with:

For any problems or questions about tickets, please email events@wonkhe.com


 

Agenda and themes

View the The Secret Life of Students 2020 schedule & directory.

Schedule will now change following the change of date. Further updates to follow. 

Speakers

  • Michelle Donelan

    Universities minister

    Michelle Donelan Minister of State for Universities at the Department of Education

  • Nicola Dandridge

    CEO, Office for Students

    Nicola Dandridge

  • Alison Johns

    CEO Advance HE

    Alison Johns is CEO at Advance HE

  • Felicity Mitchell

    Independent Adjudicator

    Felicity Mitchell is the Independent Adjudicator for Higher Education in England and Wales

  • Sue Rigby

    Vice Chancellor, Bath Spa University

    Sue Rigby

  • Ann Olivarius

    Senior Partner, McAllister Olivarius

    Ann Olivarius is a Senior Partner at McAllister Olivarius 

  • Jenny Shaw

    Unite Students

    Student Experience Director, Unite Students

  • Jayne Aldridge

    Chair, AMOSSHE

    Jayne Aldridge

  • Amatey Doku

    Consultant, Nous Group

    Amatey Doku is a consultant at Nous Group

  • Andreas Pavlou

    Network Lead, Involve

    Andreas Pavlou is the Network Lead at Involve

  • Amy Eberlin

    Quality Enhancement Specialist QAA

    Amy Eberlin is Quality Enhancement Specialist at The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education

  • Liani Mannifield

    Student Accommodation Manager at the University of Surrey

    Liani Mannifield is Student Accommodation Manager at the University of Surrey

  • Hillary Gyebi-Ababio

    Undergraduate Education Officer at Bristol SU.

    Hillary Gyebi-Ababio is Undergraduate Education Officer at Bristol SU.

  • Jackie Yip

    President, Cardiff SU

    Jackie Yip is the President at Cardiff SU

  • Eve Alcock

    President at Bath SU

    Eve Alcock is President at Bath SU

  • Jake Verity

    President, Sheffield SU

    Jake Verity is President at Sheffield SU

  • Jim Dickinson

    Associate Editor, Wonkhe
  • Debbie McVitty

    Editor, Wonkhe

    Debbie McVitty, Editor, Wonkhe

  • Mark Leach

    Editor in Chief, Wonkhe

In partnership with:

In partnership with: