AUA Annual Conference and Exhibition 2019 #AUA2019

Higher Education: Fit for the future? 

15 to 16 April 2019 | University of Manchester 


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Welcome from the Chair

‘In some parts of the world, students are going to school every day. It’s their normal life. But in other parts of the world, we are starving for education… it’s like a precious
gift. It’s like a diamond.’

 – Malala Yousafzai, Education Activist and Nobel Laureate

Higher education, the “oxygen of opportunity” in society, plays a key role in preparing individuals and communities for the uncertainties of the future. In recent years, the tectonic plates of demography and politics have shifted the UK higher education landscape. We have seen higher education criticised heavily in the press as contemporary issues such as employer and student expectations, vice chancellors’ pay, technological disruption and reduced funding are threatening our current higher education model.

The theme of the upcoming Conference has been designed with these issues in mind – “Higher Education: Fit for the future?”, as we are grappling with such questions as:

Are our universities responding and adapting to our rapidly developing world?

 Are the benefits of education perceived as diminishing?

What role will governments, institutions, individuals play in making sure that higher education is fit for the future?

The higher education sector must adapt to the new conditions and demonstrate to the government and the public its value and role in nurturing talent for Britain’s tomorrow.

Set for a third (and final) year in Manchester, the birthplace of the industrial revolution, the suffragette movement and modern computer science, the AUA Conference is a must for all, as an individual and from an institution perspective. From our excellent programme, delegates will be able to identify, develop and practice the knowledge and perspectives we need to equip ourselves into the future.

Take this opportunity to engage, to learn, to extend understanding, to enjoy yourself with old friends and to make new ones, and to, perhaps, most importantly, celebrate the work that you do.

It is a great honour for me to serve as the AUA Chair and to welcome you to Manchester. Please do take the opportunity to say hello to me over the duration of the conference and let me know your thoughts on how everything is going or other activities we can undertake to support your professional development.




Dr Chris Ince
AUA Chair