Programme

08:30 - 09:00

Registration and welcome refreshments

Location: Marriott Hotel
09:00 - 09:05

Opening remarks

Speakers
09:05 - 09:25

Opening keynote

From lunar landings to open data, the US space agency Nasa has blazed a scientific trail for six decades. To mark the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission, THE is honoured to welcome Kevin Murphy to explain how NASA’s role has evolved to become one of the world’s most important data providers, using its satellites, airbone campaigns and field observations to produce thousands of products annually that shape the face of industry, agriculture and the environment across the world.
Speakers
09:30 - 10:30

Breakout session: Teaching Rankings and big data

THE has been publishing teaching rankings for four years across the US, Europe and Japan. How do we measure teaching performance in such varied locations? What does teaching quality mean for institutions in those regions? We will present the core teaching ranking methodology and discuss how we have developed a consistent assessment framework and location-specific metrics over the years, and the insights we have gained.
Speakers
09:30 - 10:30

Breakout session: Impact Rankings and big data

Our University Impact Rankings is the world's first global attempt to document universities' impact on society rather than just research and teaching performance. Tracking the performance of almost 500 universities against the United Nations' sustainable development goals, metrics covered areas including institutions' policies on academic freedom, gender equality and combating staff precariousness. This session will explore the indicators behind our "alternative view of university excellence" and the sector's reaction to our brand-new rankings.
Speakers
09:30 - 10:30

Breakout session: Reputation and Research Rankings and big data

The THE World University Rankings is the definitive list of the top universities globally, including more than 1,250 institutions across 86 countries in 2019. Used by students and their families, university academics, university leaders, governments and industry since 2004, it is the only global university league table to judge research-intensive universities across each one of their core missions: teaching, research, international outlook, citations and industry income. This session will take you inside the world’s most trusted university rankings to offer insights on what it takes to be considered “world class”.
10:30 - 11:00

Networking refreshments

11:00 - 12:00

Panel session: Teaching and learning, and big data

Big data is quietly transforming how universities are run, impacting on how students learn, engage with faculty and their classmates, and perceive their institutions. Drawing on the newest ideas, three higher education leaders will explain how analysis of big data within universities is shaping the 21st-century student experience.
Chair
Speakers
11:00 - 12:00

Panel session: Impact and big data

From reducing health inequalities and providing clean water to combating climate change, research-intensive universities excel in tackling the world's grand challenges. But how can analysis of big data help institutions to take this work to the next level? This session will hear from three university experts on how crunching the numbers has contributed to progress against work linked to the UN's sustainable development goals.
Chair
Speakers
11:00 - 12:00

Panel session: Reputation, research, and big data

The use of big data and analytics in research and operations can make a big impact on an institution's reputation. Three experts will share their experiences and insight with examples of the reputational impact that ethical research and use of data can have.
Chair
Speakers
12:00 - 13:40

Networking lunch

13:00 - 13:20

Keynote

Sam Seddon, head of IBM’s 180-strong data team at the annual Wimbledon tennis championship, will explain how artificial intelligence and analytics are changing professional sport. With AI robots now capturing every smash, volley and forehand, IBM’s client lead for Wimbledon will drill down into how technology is reshaping everything from coaching and punditry to fan behaviour and customer service at the All-England Club, and what other sectors could learn from the sport’s embracement of big data.
Speakers
13:20 - 14:50

Big data, big responsibility

Big data is helping universities to improve their marketing, student engagement and research productivity. But does it have a darker side? Should universities consider how changes triggered by data analysis affect students and faculty, potentially damaging morale and staff relations? As institutions seek answers from datapoints, do they risk ignoring important issues around student learning and staff wellbeing? Our experts will explain where we are now with big data, where are we going, and how to do it safely and ethically.
Chair
Speakers
14:50 - 15:20

Networking refreshments

15:20 - 16:50

Interactive session: Inventing the future of global university rankings

Join THE chief data scientist Billy Wong, chief data officer Duncan Ross and chief knowledge officer Phil Baty, to help THE create the next generation of international university rankings. Just days before the 16th annual edition of the THE World University Rankings are published at the World Academic Summit, hear the THE team's thinking around a fundamental review of the rankings methodology. Which indicators should be scrapped or revised? What new data sources are available for a more sophisticated view of global higher education? How should research be evaluated in an ever-more complex and challenging publishing environment? Join us at the special session to help build a new global university ranking system.
Speakers
16:50 - 17:00

Closing remarks