The aim of Academic Rep Conference is to provide an opportunity for students and staff to work in partnership to develop key College and Union strategies. This year, we have a range of activities for you to get involved in!

Day Plan

12:30 - 13:00 // Registration

13:00 - 13:15 // Introduction to Conference with Kate Roberts, VP Education and James Knowles, Senior Vice-Principal (Education)

13:15 - 13:45 // Keynote Speech

We're welcoming Jim DickinsonAssociate Editor at think tank WonkHE to give our keynote speech. Jim is an expert on students' unions, university regulation and governance, and has an extensive professional background in higher education, including being CEO of UEA students' union and a director at the National Union of Students. 

13:45 - 14:45 // Workshop Sessions - see the available workshops here

14:45 - 15:00 // Break with tea, coffee and cake

15:00 - 16:00 // Workshop Sessions - see the available workshops here

16:00 - 16:30 // Plenary Session

Learning and Unlearning
We want learning to be done in a way that allows students from all backgrounds to succeed. Does this mean we have to unlearn how we traditionally 'do' Higher Education, unlearn all our unconscious biases, and learn how to better support students? Should we make a conscious effort to unlearn in order to dismantle the structural processes that favour some students over others? 

  • Renee Landell, multi-award winning founder of the Beyond Margins project, Royal Holloway PhD candidate and alum 
  • Sammy Miller, Disabled Students Collective Convenor

More panel guests tbc! 

16:30 - 16:45 // Concluding Address from Kate Roberts, VP Education