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‘Strategic Priorities and Managing Risk 2010’

The Queens Hotel, Leeds
10 December 2009 00:00

This is the first EIAT National conference for Higher Education and Further Education

Conference Overview

The executive and senior management in further education colleges are currently under external and internal pressure to ensure that higher education and higher level skills training are prioritised as part of their strategic planning. The challenges include the uncertainty of collaborative partnerships, demand-led funding arrangements, the need to increase commercial income and reacting to a rapidly evolving environment where market potential may be lower than the expectations of policy makers. This conference brings together expertise and experience to assist colleges in developing strategies to manage risk through informed choice.


  • John Widdowson, Principal and Chief Executive, New Durham College & Chair of the MEG Group  
  • David Jenkins, Director of Educational Partnerships, Staffordshire University, Executive for Associate for Collaborative Provision (ACP)
  • Charlie Woodcock, Executive Director: Business & Community Development, Chester University

Conference Aims

This conference aims to reflect the current short to medium term landscape for HE in FE including:

  • Evolving HE strategies for external, internal quality, peer review, research and scholarly activity
  • Ensuring the Quality of Academics Standards - IQER
  • Mitigating risk associated with the mixed economy environment
  • Managing  risk within Collaborative Partnerships
  • Supporting and developing efficient  organisational structures to facilitate the management and expansion of higher education
  • Developing employer-led curriculum to meet the needs of the economy and the higher level skills agenda and Lifelong network
  • Managing the effects of demand-led funding arrangements 
  • Expanding International and Postgraduate markets
  • Scholarly activity and recruiting and developing the best staff with best resources

Draft programme

09:00    Registration/network refreshments
10:00    Welcome
Question panel
11:15    Break network
11:30    Parallel seminar session - Choice of workshops 1 to 4
12:30    Lunch
13:30    Parallel seminar session - Choice of workshops 1 to 4
14:30    Break
14:45    Plenary feedback on strategic priorities
15:30    End

Delegate Registration and Conference Fee

The conference fee is £395 (+ 15% VAT £454.25)
This includes a conference delegate pack, buffet lunch and refreshments throughout the day. Please note that fees do not include travel costs or accommodation.
To register please visit the conference webpage.

Contact Name:
EIAT Conference Team
Contact Telephone:
01484 487994
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