Distinction and Diversity in Higher Education

GuildHE Annual Conference 2015


The GuildHE Annual Conference and AGM 2015 will be held on Tuesday 24th – Wednesday 25th November at the University Arena, University of Worcester – a spectacular venue which won the prestigious ‘Buildings that Inspire’ award at this year’s Guardian University Awards 2015.

This year’s programme will explore the higher education and political landscape in the wake of the General Election and in the lead up to the Comprehensive Spending Review. Speakers at the event include:

  • Francis Davis, CEO, Southern Policy Centre
  • Megan Dunn, President, NUS
  • Andrew McGettigan, Author of The Great University Gamble 

There will also be a panel discussion on the Green Paper including: Yvonne Hawkins (Director – Institutions, HEFCE), Douglas Blackstock (Interim CEO, QAA), Steve Denton (Director of Education, HEA) and Stephen Jones (Deputy Director, BIS).

Download an outline of the programme: GuildHE Annual Conference and AGM 2015 Programme FINAL

Delegates will engage in panel discussions with leading experts from key sector bodies and take part in breakout sessions covering topics such as regulation and teaching. The programme will include an opportunity for delegates to explore The Hive, the UK’s first fully integrated university and public library; an outstanding example of innovation in local and regional partnerships.

For the first time, members will be joined by SU presidents as fellow delegates, providing members and student representatives the opportunity to network and building on GuildHE’s commitment to student engagement.

This year we shall also be welcoming Gordon McKenzie, formerly Deputy Director, Higher Education Strategy and Policy, at the Department of Business, Innovation, and Skills, in his new role as GuildHE Chief Executive.

The conference includes a drinks reception and dinner, and refreshments during the day.

Conference Fees
1st Member Delegate – £300
Additional delegates from the same institution – £250
Day delegate including dinner – £200
Day delegate – £150

Overnight accommodation has been reserved at the Premier Inn in Worcester. To reserve a room indicate your preference on the form below and your accommodation fee will be added to the conference cost.

To confirm your place fill in the GuildHE Annual Conference 2015 Booking Form and return to Rhys Wait, Project Officer: rhys.wait@guildhe.ac.uk.

We look forward to seeing you in November.