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Innovation and Transformation in HE: Unlocking Learning

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Tuesday 13 November 2012, Prospero House, central London Module info

Unlocking Learning runs over three days; flexible and optional booking arrangements, including group discounts, are available.

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The focus of our Innovation and Transformation in Higher Education: Unlocking Learning conference is on unlocking learning and thinking to generate fresh ideas and collaborations for change.

Unlocking Learning gives an opportunity for you to take stock of progress on the efficiencies and transformation agenda, to understand the possibilities of the projects now going forward under the ITF scheme and to engage with others who are grappling with change and transformation. Above all, it is a chance to look at genuine opportunities for innovation, to network with and benchmark against others.

Delegates told us that they want more opportunities to network with people from other professional groups and roles in the sector, more creative, innovative sessions and a stronger focus on contemporary challenges facing higher education. The event also brings in new partners, particularly UUK and GuildHE, who are working with us on our joint £1m Innovation and Transformation Fund (ITF) with Hefce and colleagues engaged in our Small Development Projects (SDPs).

Further information on the content of the conference days can be found in the Day One and Day Two & Three sections.

Contributors and speakers
The following contributors and speakers will deliver in a variety of plenary, parallel, round table and open space sessions:

  • Professor Ian Diamond, who led UUK’s taskforce on modernisation and efficiency in 2011
  • Sonia Sodha, Head of policy and strategy at Dartington Social Research Unit
  • Matthew Taylor, Chief Executive of the RSA, and passionate about innovation in higher education
  • John Dunnion, who has experience of applying Vanguard Consulting’s systems thinking in universities
  • Damian Hughes, exponent of ‘Liquid Thinking’.

Download the  Day One Speaker Biographies and  Day Two Speaker Biographies .

Download  Day 1 Programme or Day 2 Programme

Who should attend?
This new-style conference is for all involved in change and development at institutional or cross-sector levels. Do you have to think and do differently in bringing about transformation and innovation in key challenge areas? Do you want to find ways of thinking and doing differently? Are you working on a project to bring about transformation, innovation, change or development?

Unlike traditional conferences, this is about participants thinking and doing differently in order to really achieve efficiencies or transformation in whatever area is a challenge for an individual or an institution. You will benefit by working with people facing similar challenges and from engaging with different perspectives from within and outside the sector.

Prospero House, 241 Borough High Street, Southwark SE1 1GA
Travel Directions to Prospero House including directions from tube and mainline rail stations.

Delegate Fees: The various options for delegate fees (for members and non-members) can be found on the booking form
Early Bird Rate: book by 5pm 26 October 2012 to save from £100 per day

Group Booking Rate:
Group booking discounts are available to institutions who would like to book 2 or more delegates to attend on multiple days. Group booking discounts are not available on single day bookings.

  • Day 1 & 2: The 1st delegate fee will be £545, the 2nd delegate fee will be £490 and the 3rd, 4th or 5th delegate fee will be £465.
  • Day 1, 2 &3: The 1st delegate fee will be £795, the 2nd delegate fee will be £715 and the 3rd, 4th or 5th delegate fee will be £680.

Please email Melissa Scuteri if you are interested in the group booking discount.


The conference fee includes all costs associated with:

  • Lunch and refreshments during the programme times
  • Drinks reception at the end of day one
  • Conference dinner (only available for those booked to attend day one and two)
  • Materials
  • External speakers

The fee does not include accommodation or travel expenses.

Completed booking forms should be returned to Melissa Scuteri, Programme and Events Manager, 020 7849 6906

Download full  Workshop Information . Workshop information can also be can be found on the  Day 1 Programme.

Tuesday 13 November 2012
Unlocking learning, unlocking practice

In summary, day 1 unlocks learning through keynote contributions and provocations from within and beyond higher education, and through workshops and posters from current innovation and change initiatives. See the Call for Proposals if you wish to share your own good practice. There will be:

Learning from perspectives and experiences from:

  • Professor Ian Diamond on the efficiency and effectiveness agendas in HE
  • Matthew Taylor, CEO of the RSA, on innovation, HE, and society

Provocations on thinking about change from:

  • Sonia Sodha, Head of Policy at Dartington Social Research Unit
  • John Dunnion, systems thinking practitioner from Vanguard

Dowload the Day One Speaker Biographies 

Download the Day 1 Programme 

A showcase of innovation and transformation initiatives through parallel workshops, posters and small group sessions

Round table discussions on ‘wicked issues’ raised by participants

‘Would like to meet’, networking and 1-1 coaching taster opportunities

Celebration of new LF Fellowship awards and drinks reception


Wednesday 14 November 2012
Unlocking thinking, unlocking ideas

Day 2 is designed to give participants from a range of roles and levels in HEIs the opportunity to generate fresh project ideas, develop and refine them and identify colleagues with whom to take them forward. Practical input on project design and communication of key concepts comes from engagement with experienced funders, including the Leadership Foundation, Hefce and JISC.

The day, facilitated, creative, divergent and generative development, will be facilitated by Damian Hughes, exponent of Liquid Thinking and Dr Paul Gentle and Stuart Hunt, Leadership Foundation for Higher Education:

  • Reflection on current and future contexts for change and development from day one
  • Developing fresh project ideas to meet these challenges
  • Fostering existing or new collaborations of individuals and teams to refine emerging projects

Practical hands-on workshop activity supported by contributions from and Q&A with funders and programme leaders:

  • Communicating key project concepts
  • The essential groundwork for business cases and project proposals
  • Action planning for ideas – where next?

Download the Day Two Speaker Biographies.

Download the Day 2 Programme

Tuesday 29 January 2013
Applying learning

The third day in January provides for peer and expert panel review of project ideas, whether developed from the November conference activity, or as completely new ideas, and further early engagement with funding streams such as our Small Development Projects scheme, a second phase of our joint Innovation and Transformation Fund and potentially other funders' schemes.

A structured, supportive and safe environment in which to:

  • Refine project outlines from November, or rehearse new project ideas
  • Give and receive peer feedback
  • Develop key concept summaries of project proposals
  • Pitch project ideas to expert panels
  • Gain constructive feedback on taking proposals forward (to the LF’s Small Development Projects Fund, a second phase of the Innovation and Transformation Fund, institutions’ development or investment processes or other funders’ schemes)

A high profile presence at the conference can be gained by a variety of sponsorship opportunities which include branding opportunities and exhibition space. We would urge you to register your interest as a sponsor with us early as some opportunities will be limited. We recognise that different organisations will have varying budgets and hope that you can find a suitable offering below, if you would like to look at a tailored option, please do not hesitate to contact Melissa Scuteri.

The Leadership Foundation for Higher Education is holding a new development event with an emphasis on how we unlock learning and thinking to generate fresh ideas and collaborations for change. We expect the conference, taking place in London, will attract 70 – 90 deputy vice-chancellors, registrars, pro vice-chancellors, directors and heads from change management, innovation, staff development, finance and HR. This new-style conference is for all involved in change and development at institutional or cross-sector levels. Unlike traditional conferences, this is about participants thinking and doing differently in order to really achieve efficiencies or transformation in whatever area is a challenge for an individual or an institution.

Exhibition Opportunities*

A limited number of exhibition spaces (£1750) are available on day 1 and which will be: one small table, one small pop up stand or a poster, free wi-fi access, and if you need it, a power socket. You will receive one free place on day 1 into the exhibition space, conference room, and the evening drinks and dinner. Additional spaces can be booked separately if you would like more of your colleagues to attend Unlocking Learning. Your logo, a link to your website and short text about your organisation (maximum 100 words) will appear on the conference sponsors web page and on display at the conference. You logo and website link will appear in all pre and post emails to delegates and promotional emails.

Sponsorship Opportunities*

£2500 Conference dinner
£2000 After dinner or other speaker
£1200 Pre-dinner drinks reception
£1000 Providing conference folders, not including the inserts
£1000 Providing conference bags
£1000 Providing conference lanyards
£1000 Logo and website link in all pre and post emails to delegates for day 1
£1000 Logo and website link in all promotional material between day 1 and day 2
£800 Providing conference pens
£800 Providing other conference stationary
£500 Conference lunches (per day)
£400 Marketing flyer attached to evaluation email
£300 Refreshment breaks (per day)
£250 Insertion of marketing materials into delegate packs
£100 Logo on conference programme

Why sponsor the Innovation and Transformation in HE: Unlocking Learning Conference?

  • Gain exposure and raise your profile with the UK’s higher education sector
  • Showcase and increase awareness of your products and services to a receptive audience
  • Build brand recognition with your target audience
  • Create new business and partnership opportunities
  • Hear feedback and potential development ideas from your audience
  • Find out about their key challenges and ways you could support them
  • Demonstrate your commitment to the sector and your support for the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education

Download the  Sponsorship Opportunities

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*All charges are subject to VAT at the standard rate. An invoice will be issued prior to the event taking place.

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