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HUMANE Annual Conference - Retaining public trust in universities in a post truth world - Malmö University, June 15-16

Retaining public trust in universities in a post truth world

HUMANE Annual Conference
Hosted by Malmö University
June 15-16, 2018

We live in a world where public trust in all of our great civic institutions is being eroded by those who proselytise 'alternative facts' and 'fake news'. These challenges to institutional legitimacy are particularly poignant for universities as they stand for, among many things, truth, evidence-based argument and a commitment to intellectual enquiry.

In the face of this negative rhetoric, the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cambridge recently said "…we need to make a better case for our role as institutions that contribute to the public good. If society does not believe that we have its interests at heart, we need to do a better job at engaging with it and communicating the impact of our work."

The practical and managerial implications of this are extensive and most universities are struggling to deal effectively with these developments.

We're bringing together an impressive group of speakers for our conference, who'll guide us in getting to grips with these issues. The programme is designed around parallel sessions and case studies of institutional experiences to facilitate greater participation in discussion, with keynote speakers providing inspiration in plenary sessions.

It promises to be a lively and engaging annual conference, and a convivial social programme in the middle of a Scandinavian summer hosted by our friends at Malmö University.

Register now to secure you place.

HUMANE Study Visit - Utrecht University, April 22 to 25 - Sustainability, social responsibility and university leadership

HUMANE 2018 Study Visits
Utrecht University, April 22-25

Sustainability, social responsibility and university leadership: strategic responses to sustainability challenges

The historic Paris Climate Change Agreement provided a much needed impetus for universities to demonstrate more visibly, the unique role that they can play in effecting lasting change in relation to climate change by virtue of their role as knowledge-intensive organisations.

More than this, however, it put the spotlight on institutional leaders to lead by example; to demonstrate that universities had much more to do in the way they managed themselves in terms of their contribution to greenhouse gas emissions targets.

It reminded us that sustainability management in universities has to go through a fundamental change in mindset, transitioning from being a worthy project involving a few changemakers, to a central feature of the institution’s ethos, character and strategy.

Our study visit focuses on Utrecht University, an institution which has committed itself to making this journey. It is designed as an intensive, interactive programme over two and a half days, with participants arriving on the Sunday evening for an informal get-to-know-each-other dinner.

The programme culminates in the study visit team providing feedback on what they have learned to the Utrecht home team. It promises to be a lively, engaging and enlightening programme.

Register early to secure your place as this will be a popular programme with a limit of circa 20 participants.

There is a discount for teams of participants from the same institution.

Visit our website for information on the full 2018 programme of events.

HUMANE Spring Seminar, Digital transformation is getting ready for higher education. University of Aveiro (PT), April 13-14, 2018

Digital transformation is getting ready for higher education; but is higher education ready for digital transformation?

HUMANE Spring Seminar
Hosted by the University of Aveiro
April 13-14, 2018

  • GE Healthcare and Alterys ViosWorks can create a 3-D moving picture of a beating heart while also showing in real time how much blood is pumped with each contraction.
  • Carrefour use electronic beacons in to collect data about customer behaviour and purchasing patterns, using AI to personalise promotions to customers
  • A Georgia Tech professor and his team created a robot teaching assistant, providing online answers to students’ questions for five months without the students noticing. Soon the robot will answer 40% of the students’ questions.

Are we ready for the revolution?

Rapid technological advances in data and analytics, digitalisation, AI and machine learning have been reshaping the landscape, enabling transformational innovations in many industry sectors, not least education.

Machines today can match or outperform human performance in a range of work activities, including ones that require cognitive capabilities, learning, making tacit judgments and sensing emotion.

Yet their advent raises questions for institutional leaders:

  • How should we best prepare for and harness these technologies?
  • What are the skills and institutional transformation that will be required to harvest the benefits?
  • How will institutional leaders as well as staff adapt to the impact on their jobs, capacity-building and the nature of university work itself.

We’re bringing together a cast of senior, experienced speakers to challenge our thinking about these big issues in an interactive seminar programme that will be informative, engaging and thought-provoking, which is available here.

This seminar will appeal to Heads of Administration, CIOs, Directors of Planning, Directors of Student Services and HR, and FDs. Register here to secure you place, as this promises to be a very popular seminar in a stunning location!

Register now to secure your place.

HUMANE Professional Pathways Programme for Senior Finance Professionals, Utrecht University, March 12-13

Senior Finance Professionals

Re-framing financial leadership in a more complex and turbulent world

Hosted by Utrecht University, March 12-13, 2018

With contributions from:

Frans-Paul van der Putten
Senior Research Fellow Clingendael - Netherlands Institute of International Relations

Marko Mršnik
Senior Director S&P Global Ratings

María J. Redondo
Founder and Director ImprovToritos & ImprovLead

Bob Rabone
Former CFO Sheffield University

Timothy Murphy
Senior Cyber Security & AI Consultant

As the world has become increasingly complex and turbulent over recent decades, European higher education has, compared with many other sectors, fared remarkably well.

But as the combined mega trends of Europe’s demographic crisis, the shift eastwards of political and economic power, and the advent of artificial intelligence gather momentum, is this apparent stability sustainable?

Can higher education keep dodging the bullets and retain relatively predictable funding compared with others, based on a business model that has remained largely unchanged for 70 years?

How rapid and disruptive will the resulting changes be? And what are the consequences of these changes for European higher education, for individual institutions and the role of senior finance professionals?

These are just some of the questions which the senior finance professionals pathways programme will address. Click here to view the final programme. It is designed to be a highly interactive, professional and personal development experience, led by an impressive array of contributors.

Register here to secure your place. This programme would be ideal for a range of senior finance professional including CFOs, FDs, Planning Directors, Chief Accountants, Financial Controllers and senior management and project accountants. As ever, Heads of Administration HUMANE members are also welcome to join the programme.

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HUMANE Autumn Seminar, Managing the university campus, Trinity College Dublin, November 9-10, 2017

Managing the university campus: current challenges and future opportunities

HUMANE Autumn Seminar, Trinity College Dublin

November 9-10, 2017

As Europe’s universities have grown in scale over the past 30 years, the effective management of space has become a constant and complex challenge for university managers. The demand for new and better space to accommodate innovative teaching, research and team-work, often with industry and business partners, is as acute as the challenge of managing older and less well designed space more efficiently. This, combined with the need to re-think space and its management as a critical component of the student and staff experience, makes the challenge even more complex if only because it requires an integrated and negotiated approach to the management of the campus.

Our Autumn seminar aims to deal with these knotty problems in a practical and innovative way, with contributions from a range of speakers from Ireland, Norway, the UK and other member countries, as well as representatives from other industry sectors who will share their insights, successes and challenges in managing the contemporary university campus. Contributions from professionals working in estates and facilities, IT, benchmarking, organisational development and change management, and the student and staff experience promise to make this seminar a great learning and networking experience for our members and their senior staff.

Our venue will be the historic campus of Trinity College Dublin. Our host institution and HUMANE look forward to welcoming you to Dublin in the Autumn.

Please note: The HUMANE survey in December 2016 found that many members preferred events to be held over Thursday-Friday rather than Friday-Saturday. As a result, the Autumn Seminar will take place from lunch time Thursday, 9 November and will close with lunch on Friday, 10 November.

Full information, latest updates, the draft schedule plus who can attend can be found on the seminar webpage.

Register now to secure your place.