The 2018 Education Strategy Forum in Oxfordshire

Posted by  Elise Toulman

Unit4 is pleased to once again be sponsoring the Education Strategy Forum event this year. Bringing together the industry’s key decision makers in Further and Higher Education, 2018’s event will be hosted at Heythrop Park Resort in Oxfordshire on Tuesday 6th and Wednesday 7th February.

Now in its fourth year, the event provides a platform for Chief Executives,  Vice Chancellors, COOs, Directors, Heads of Procurement, Deans, and other Heads of Department to share best practices for driving revenue whilst delivering an excellent, sustainable education service to students via the latest technologies.

Addressing the digital downgrade in Further and Higher Education

Traditional SIS (Student Information Systems) cannot adapt easily to changes we’re seeing in the education market. Most were built before the internet became such an essential part of our lives, and as such, do not meet the challenges we face in today’s digital age. Unit4’s Student Management bridges the gap between the expectations of staff and students, and the experience their universities are currently delivering. Because we address that digital downgrade, turning it on its head, we’re proud to once again be a part of the Education Strategy Forum.

What to expect from the Education Strategy Forum 2018

During this two-day event, attendees will be met with exceptional keynote speakers, relevant case studies, group discussion, workshops, roundtables, and networking opportunities with representatives and peers from solution providers.

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On day one, the opening keynote this year will be from Alan Hill, the Chief Information and Digital Officer at University of Exeter. He has been with the university now for two years leading the transformation of the IT function to create a digital service. His topic, “The Education Digital Agenda - What It Means For Your IT Department” will address what IT departments must focus on in order to meet education leaders’ digital expectations.

With representatives from universities, colleges, and adult education institutes, the opportunities for meeting new, relevant peers, and sharing in their knowledge and expertise is rife. Between the Speaker’s presentations, the solution providers’ case studies, and the group discussions, there’s the chance to debate and learn from other institutions during the coffee and networking breaks throughout the day, and at the cocktail reception and networking dinner.


The closing keynote on day two comes from Sir Ian Diamond, the Vice Chancellor at the University of Aberdeen. Tackling the theme of funding in Higher Education, Ian will describe how he believes the Efficiencies agenda needs to change to accomodate and understand sector challenges.


“A perfect way to network, update, and discover new ICT business solutions”

With world class engagement platforms, delegates will see first-hand how solution providers can truly add value and help them deliver service excellence within the education sector. The one-to-one business meetings allow further discussion, meaning delegates can query how solutions can be tailored to fit their immediate requirements, as well as how they will continue to benefit in the future.


06 February 2018 08:00 - 07 February 2018

Heythrop Park Resort, Oxfordshire


Unit4 is proud to sponsor the Education Strategy Forum and looks forward to seeing you there.

Elise Toulman