Monday, 5 March 2018

FW: Student Experience Conference: Final call for contributions - 14 March 2018




Student Experience Conference 2018: Final call for contributions


How can Higher Education providers ensure we are offering students a ‘value for money’ experience?


This is a reminder for the final call for contributions for the Student Experience Conference, to be held on the 3 May 2018 at the University of Derby.


The conference will be centred around the theme of ‘value for money’. The HEA’s Student Academic Experience Survey (Neves and Hillman, 2016) shows that student perception of receiving a value for money experience has decreased year-on-year since the tuition fee increase in 2012. This conference invites delegates to share best practice and experiences in understanding and providing a ‘value for money’ student experience.


There’ll be two keynote sessions in the day – one to be delivered by Professor Liz Thomas, of Liz Thomas Associates, and the other to be delivered by students from the University of Derby.


We welcome submissions based on the following themes:


  • Student Voice – how can providers understand from students what constitutes a ‘value for money’ experience?
  • Employability – research (NUS, 2008) indicates that the top reason students choose to study at university is to get a job or gain employability skills; what employability initiatives have been introduced by providers and how have these impacted on the student experience? 
  • Student Engagement – there is a lot of activity in the sector on engaging students in their university experience, working in partnership with students to move away from the idea of students as passive consumers. What has been done so far, what has the impact been, and what next?

This conference has been developed with students and to continue the ethos of students as partners we ask that all presentations are co-delivered (or exclusively delivered) by students. 


Submissions need to be sent to by 14 March 2018. We welcome submissions from students or staff in Higher Education, as well as partnership organisations. Your proposal should indicate whether your session will be a presentation or workshop; please find the submission template attached to this email. We will confirm accepted proposals by 23 March 2018. If your proposal is accepted, you must register as a conference delegate (cost of £50 per delegate) – registration details will be circulated in the coming weeks.


For any queries, please contact us by emailing



Student Experience Team

University of Derby,
Kedleston Road,
DE22 1GB





University of Derby





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