Keynote speakers

Monday keynote speakers | 14.15 to 15.15 

Keynote speakers


Shân Wareing
Chief Operating Officer and Deputy Vice Chancellor (Education) | London South Bank University
What does fit for the future look like? And where does the bear fit in?
A personal perspective: Transforming the student journey and developing a digital strategy. 


About Shân

Shân Wareing is Chief Operating Officer and Deputy Vice Chancellor (Education) at London South Bank University (LSBU) and a Professor of Teaching in Higher Education.  Her previous roles include PVC Learning and Teaching at Buckinghamshire New University, Dean of Learning and Teaching at University of the Arts London, Lecturer in English Language and Linguistics at Roehampton University and visiting professor in linguistics at Michigan State University, USA.  She holds degrees from Oxford University, Strathclyde University, and the UCL Institute of Education, University College London.  She is a past Co-Chair of the Staff and Educational Development Association (SEDA), was a member of the 2014 English Subject Benchmark Review Group, and is a Senior Fellow of SEDA, a Fellow of the Leadership Foundation, a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and a National Teaching Fellow. She oversaw the LSBU 2017 TEF submission and the 2013 Bucks New University REF submission, and won the Wonkhe award for the best piece of original analysis or argument published on Wonkhe in 2017.


Jess Moody
Senior Adviser | Advance HE
Excellence and Equity: new directions for social mobility and student diversity


About Jess

Jess is a Senior Adviser at Advance HE, working on the promotion of equality and diversity for staff and students in universities across the UK. She has led projects supporting HEIs on positive action in recruiting underrepresented groups, and worked on the equality implications of the new regulatory landscape and the Teaching Excellence Framework. She also works on LGBT+ inclusion, and supporting diverse faiths in university. She has worked with Jisc on equality data issues, and the advisory forum of Action on Access, and occasionally blogs for Wonkhe.

Jess has worked in Higher Education for nearly 15 years, including at Russell group, post 1992, and small specialist institutions, focussing primarily on issues of fair access. She holds a Law degree from Oxford University and an MA in Gender, Sexuality & Culture from Birkbeck. She can’t seem to stop tweeting @JessMoodHE


Marian Hilditch
Head of Data Quality | Teesside University
Data Encounters of the Third Kind: The future of HE data is now. But what does it mean?


About Marian

Marian Hilditch is Head of Data Quality at Teesside University and member of the SROC steering committee. She has worked in Higher Education since 2008 across data, systems and records, though she’s picked up a few other things along the way. When not at her desk, she can be found in national roundtables and working groups with a good cup of coffee, exploring collaboration and best practice across the sector.


Patrick Hackett
Registrar, Secretary and Chief Operating Officer
University of Manchester
The Role of Professional Services

About Patrick

Patrick Hackett has been Registrar, Secretary and Chief Operating Officer at The University of Manchester since 1 October 2018 where he leads more than 5,700 Professional Services (PS) staff and is a member of the Senior Leadership Team.
Previously Patrick was Deputy Vice-Chancellor at The University of Liverpool, where he contributed to the development of a new institutional strategy, ‘Towards 2026’; led the Strategic Change programme to deliver new strategic objectives; and developed a new vision of ‘one PS’.
An architect by profession, Patrick has a BArch from University College Dublin and has previously held senior leadership positions at The University of Reading and Royal Holloway, University of London.  He has also been a consultant, advising higher education institutions across the UK on facilities management organisation and development and the delivery of major capital projects.

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