Overview

27 Jan, 20229:00 am-1:00 pm28 Jan, 20229:00 am-1:00 pm
Online Conference

The Future of Short Courses and the Lifelong Loan Entitlement (LLE) in Higher Education Conference will explore the next steps in delivery following the announcement of the Office for Students’ Short Course Challenge Competition. The Conference will examine what the pilots mean for short course design and how the programme will inform the future delivery of the Lifelong Loan Entitlement (LLE) in higher education.

The 2- day virtual Conference will take delegates on a breakdown of the core components of delivering high quality short courses include module design, evaluating quality and translating traditional courses into flexible forms. The Conference will also allow participants the opportunity to explore the business planning and marketing dimensions of delivering a high impact short course programme.

What to Expect

  • An update from the Office for Students on the Short Course Challenge Competition
  • Analysis from the Department for Education on the plans for LLE delivery in 2025
  • Assessment of what a short course funding model would mean for the higher education sector
  • 3 interactive workshops on the design and development of short course programmes
  • 3 interactive workshops on business planning and financial modelling around short courses

Online Experience

  • AI Matchmaking and Live Delegate Meet Ups
  • Replay Functions so you Never Miss a Session
  • Live Chat, Questioning and Polling Tools
  • Real Time Resources and Presentations
  • Topic Based Discussion Groups
  • Next Generation Conference Engagement Platform

Other Speakers

Alix McDonald photo
Alix McDonald
Head of the Centre for Lifelong Learning
University of Strathclyde
Dr Willy Kitchen photo
Dr Willy Kitchen
Head of Department, Lifelong Learning
The University of Sheffield
Guy Peters photo
Guy Peters
Professional Learning Manager
University of Leicester

Agenda

  • Day 1
  • Day 2
9:00 am
Online Login and Virtual Networking
9:30 am
Chair's Welcome Address: Day 1
Joanna Stroud
Joanna Stroud
Head of Online Learning
University College London (UCL)
Confirmed
9:50 am
OfS Update: Short Course Trial Challenge Competition: Aims, Progress and Outcomes
  • Exploring the successful bids for short course trials at Levels 4 – 6 across higher education
  • Assessing how the trial will be used to examine new models of flexible delivery in line with the development of the Lifelong Loan Entitlement (LLE)
  • Examining how providers will develop new short courses from existing programmes and what the design and transition to new delivery will look like
  • Discussing the timeline of delivery from funding allocations, the investment window and the implementation plans for the new courses in September 2022
Sandra Binns
Sandra Binns
Higher Education Short Course Manager
Office for Students (OfS)
Confirmed
10:10 am
The Road to 2025: The Delivery of the New Lifelong Loan Entitlement (LLE) and What it Means for Student Funding
  • Assessing the government’s plans for the introduction of the LLE in 2025 with an entitlement to four years of post-18 education
  • Exploring the pathway to implementation and how the DfE will act on the findings from the pilot schemes in 2022/23
  • Evaluating how the LLE will be used to meet the skills demands and CPD needs of employers
  • Analysing what the new student finance product will look like and how it will reflect the conditions of a lifelong flexible means of access
Peter Myant
Peter Myant
Higher Education, Strategy and Implementation
Department for Education (DfE)
Invited
10:30 am
Live Questions and Answers with the OfS and DfE

In this live Q&A session you will have the opportunity to raise your questions, challenges and ideas with the Office for Students and Department for Education on the implementation of the short course pilots, the roll of the Lifelong Loan Entitlement (LLE) scheme and what the future of short course delivery will look like for the higher education sector.

10:50 am
Break and Virtual Networking
11:10 am
Panel Discussion: A Revolution in Delivery? The Rise of Short Courses and Flexible Learning

In this session sector leaders and those at the forefront of delivering innovative short course programmes examine what the future development of flexible learning looks like.

The session will explore:

  • What does a high impact flexible short course programme look like in higher education?
  • How can institutions successfully translate traditional courses into new flexible programmes?
  • How can institutions effectively build and design short course programmes that meet student demand and fit in with the future LLE funding model?
  • What does a shift to short courses and professional education mean for evaluating quality in teaching and learning?
Tim Plyming
Tim Plyming
Managing Director, Short Courses and Microcredentials
The Open University
Confirmed
Mike Bennett
Mike Bennett
Head of Portfolio and Instructional Design for Professional Education
King’s College London
Confirmed
Mariska Thynne
Mariska Thynne
Head of Short Courses Development
University of the Arts London
Invited
Representative
Representative
University Alliance
Confirmed
11:50 am
Break and Virtual Networking
12:10 pm
Workshop Series: Short Course Design, Engagement and Implementation

In this live workshop series you will be able to choose 1 of 3 workshops to participate in to explore practical challenges around delivering a high impact short course programme. The sessions will examine the role of effective business engagement, managing quality and the transition process from traditional courses.

Come armed with your questions, ideas and core discussion points, as sector leaders explore ideas for implementation in the delivery of an action plan for your institution.

Workshop A: Building and Planning Modular Learning for Short Courses
Carol Elston
Carol Elston
Director, Digital Education Service
University of Leeds
Invited
Workshop B: Managing Quality in Short Course Delivery
Cecilia Lowe
Cecilia Lowe
Head of Learning Enhancement
University of York
Invited
Workshop C: Translating Traditional Programmes into Short Course Formats
Guy Peters
Guy Peters
Professional Learning Manager
University of Leicester
Confirmed
1:00 pm
Close of Day 1 of Conference

Day 1 of the Conference concludes at 1:00pm.

You will still have the opportunity to make the most of the virtual Conference, meet up with fellow delegates, make connections and tour our real-time resources and content.

Don’t forget if you’ve missed a session, you can use our replay functions, so you can watch all the content on demand at a time that suits you.

9:00 am
Online Login and Virtual Networking
9:30 am
Chair's Welcome Address: Day 2
Joanna Stroud
Joanna Stroud
Head of Online Learning
University College London (UCL)
Confirmed
9:40 am
Matching the Skills Needs of Employers: Flexible Delivery in the Context of Professional Education
  • How can the new Lifelong Loan Entitlement (LLE) reflect the skills needs and professional training demands of employers?
  • What are major employers looking to learn from the Short Course Challenge Competition pilots?
  • How can the LLE model offer solutions to major workforce challenges around productivity and skills deficits?
  • What are the expectations from employers in bridging the gap between academic and technical education routes?
Dr Joe Marshall
Dr Joe Marshall
Chief Executive
National Centre for Universities and Business
Confirmed
10:00 am
Responding to Demand and Leading Growth on Short Courses – Approaches to Marketing and Recruitment

This session will examine best practice and insights from an established and growing short course model at UAL. The session will consider how short courses can be linked to business growth and what it means to market this model of learning.

The session will explore:

  • Understanding demand and the core audience for short courses
  • Establishing a business model for short courses and assessing key revenue streams
  • What it takes to lead an expanding intake on flexible means of delivery
  • How to communicate on short courses through powerful storytelling
Amanda Mattsson
Amanda Mattsson
Marketing and Communications Manager, UAL Short Courses
University of the Arts London
Invited
10:20 am
Break and Virtual Networking
10:40 am
Breaking Barriers to Access: What do Short Courses and the LLE Mean for Mature Learners?

In this panel session, sector leaders will examine what the short course agenda can mean for breaking barriers to access for mature learners and those with work or caring responsibilities. The session will explore:

  • How can ambitions for widening access be embedded within short course and LLE delivery?
  • How can flexible delivery open up courses to those with work and care responsibilities?
  • How should course design and the funding model reflect the barriers to access for mature learners?
Dr Willy Kitchen
Dr Willy Kitchen
Head of Department, Lifelong Learning
The University of Sheffield
Confirmed
Alix McDonald
Alix McDonald
Head of the Centre for Lifelong Learning
University of Strathclyde
Confirmed
Professor Osama Khan
Professor Osama Khan
Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Education
University of Surrey
Invited
Theresa Loughlin
Theresa Loughlin
Head of Lifelong Learning Partnerships
University of Wolverhampton
Invited
11:40 am
Break and Virtual Networking
12:00 pm
Workshop Series: Understanding the Market and Building a Business Model for Growth

This workshop series will allow you to assess the financial planning dimensions of short course and flexible delivery expansion. You will be able to choose 1 of 3 workshops to participate in, giving you the opportunity to explore what effective business planning looks like for short course models.

These sessions will be interactive sessions outlining practical implementation ideas, as well as giving you the opportunity to map out action points for your institution.

Workshop A: Business Development for Short Courses and Engaging with Employers
Andy Colley
Andy Colley
Head of Short Courses, CPD & Executive Education
Queen Mary University of London
Confirmed
Workshop B: Understanding the Market for Short Courses: Working with Mature and Returning Students
Clair Jackson
Clair Jackson
Marketing Manager, Short Courses
The Open University
Invited
Workshop C: Financial Planning and Building a Revenue Model for Short Courses
Ying Kay
Ying Kay
Director of Finance
University of East London
Invited
1:00 pm
Close of Day 2 of Conference

Day 2 of the Conference concludes at 1:00pm.

You will still have the opportunity to make the most of the virtual Conference, meet up with fellow delegates, make connections and tour our real-time resources and content.

Don’t forget if you’ve missed a session, you can use our replay functions, so you can watch all the content on demand at a time that suits you.

Audience

This Conference is designed for the higher education sector. Those in attendance will include:

  • Heads of Short Courses
  • CPD and Executive Education Leads
  • Heads of Business Development
  • Heads of Employer Engagement
  • Head of Lifelong Learning Partnerships
  • Directors of Teaching and Learning
  • Pro Vice Chancellors – Education
  • Short Course Managers

Pricing

For group discounts and enquiries about your registration please contact us on 020 3770 6580 or [email protected]