CMI HE Conference 2016


CMI Marketing MaterialCMI's inaugural HE Conference, held at our offices in London on 9th February 2016, was a sell-out success. The Conference drew over 70 guests. Those attending included key policymakers from Government alongside HE sector regulators, university leaders, Deans and academics, business, student unions, and other interested parties.

The overall theme of the day was how to improve student employability. The CMI HE Conference brought together key stakeholders with an interest in enhancing students careers and driving forward the management and leadership capability of students, and staff, in the HE sector, to share ideas and experience, forge new partnerships and collectively to reflect on how to drive excellence in delivery.

To achieve this, the one day event covered key topical issues on the Business School agenda.

The three main strands discussed of the event were:

  1. Teaching and Learning (including the new Teaching Excellence Framework and the QAA reforms & a viewpoint from the students on Teaching Excellence)
  2. The Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship
  3. Student Employability

The day was driven through a series of panel sessions which enabled a high level of interaction between the panelists and audience. These sessions were supported by a small number of keynote speakers to provide expert opinion on the agenda. The outcome being the sharing of knowledge and best practice, plus the opportunity to network.

View the full HE Conference agenda here.


Some highlights from the day

Teaching and Learning

Philip Lomas

The Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) - the view from Government presented by Philip Lomas, Head of TEF Stakeholders Engagement Team at BIS.

Philip explained why the framework is being implemented and how the government see it working.

Download Philip Lomas's presentation from the day.


Bethan Dudas

The Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) - the student perspective presented by Bethan Dudas, Policy Engagement Manager at NUS. 

Bethan shared with us the students’ view on the meaning of teaching excellence and views on what needs to be prioritised for enhancement in today’s universities.

Bethan also questioned if the primary object of the TEF is in fact to permit an increase in tuition fees, rather than the stated aim of improving teaching quality.

Download the full report on NUS Comprehensive Guide to Learning & Teaching.

Download the NUS Green Paper Briefing and the NUS response to the Green Paper Consultation in full.


The Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship

Petra WiltonPetra Wilton, Director of Strategy and External Affairs at CMI shared with us how the Chartered Manger Degree Apprenticeship scheme is shaping up since its launch in November 2015. In this session, we also heard success stories from HE partners, employers, and apprentices who are part of the scheme.

For more information and how you can get involved visit Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship designated webpage.

Download Petra Wilton's presentation from the day.


Student Employability

Daisy Powell ChandlerSessions focused on young people's attitude towards work experience and employment, as well as the perceived value of a degree for students considering entering higher education, particularly with the growth of Higher Apprenticeships providing a potential alternative to university study. They also looked at the role of universities in preparing graduates for the workplace, including the delivery of employability modules within courses.

Daisy Powell-Chandler, Lead Researcher at Populus shared with us interim findings of her research on 'Young people's attitude towards work experience and employment'.

Download Daisy Powell-Chandler's presentation from the day.


If you want to find out more about becoming a CMI HE Partner please click here.

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We invite you to join us next year by registering your interest here.

Please note: Further details from the event will be added throughout the year, including the white papers.