Official programme

09:00 - 19:30

Registration

Location: Grand Ballroom, Old Thorns Hotel
10:00 - 10:40

Welcome refreshments

Location: Champagne Bar, Old Thorns Hotel
10:40 - 11:00

Welcome remarks

Location: Grand Ballroom, Old Thorns Hotel
Speakers
11:00 - 11:20

Opening keynote: Lessons learned at a young university

Location: Grand Ballroom, Old Thorns Hotel
Speakers
11:20 - 12:45

World class universities of the future: university 4.0

Location: Grand Ballroom, Old Thorns Hotel
Are all world-class universities old, rich and led by men? In this data-led discussion with university leaders and early career researchers, we examine how the profile of a world-class university is changing.
Chair
Speakers
12:45 - 14:00

Networking lunch

Location: Hampshire Suite, Old Thorns Hotel
13:15 - 14:00

Lunchtime session: THE Branding Solutions workshop

Location: St Andrews, Old Thorns Hotel
Speakers
13:15 - 14:00

Lunchtime session: THE Hiring Solutions workshop

Location: Syndicate Room 1, Old Thorns Hotel
Speakers
14:00 - 15:00

How to start a highly-ranked university

Location: Grand Ballroom, Old Thorns Hotel
How do you create a world-class university from scratch? Leaders of highly successful, recently founded institutions discuss what their approach would be if they were to create a new university today.
Chair
Speakers
15:00 - 15:30

Networking refreshments

Location: Champagne Bar, Old Thorns Hotel
15:30 - 16:45

What does 'future-ready' look like?

Location: Grand Ballroom, Old Thorns Hotel
What does it mean for a university to be “future ready”? In our current period of rapid, global, socio-economic transformation, with hyper-connected societies, facing the fourth industrial revolution, how can universities ensure that they are fit for purpose for the next generation? How best can university leaders prepare their curricula for Generation Alpha and those who come next? Also, how can universities enable lifelong learning for mature students at the same time?
Chair
Speakers
18:30 - 21:00

Gala dinner and exclusive reveal of the THE Young University Rankings 2019

Drinks reception: Champagne Bar, Old Thorns Hotel
Gala dinner: Gatsby Ballroom, Old Thorns Hotel

Join us for the exclusive launch of two THE university rankings: the “Golden Age” rankings of institutions founded since 1945, and the Young University Rankings, featuring institutions under the age of 50.
Speakers
07:00 - 08:00

Breakfast masterclass: full data of the THE Young University Rankings 2019

Location: Gatsby Ballroom, Old Thorns Hotel
Speakers
08:15 - 08:15

Transport from Old Thorns Hotel to University of Surrey

09:00 - 09:05

Opening remarks

Location: Rik Medlik building, University of Surrey
Speakers
09:05 - 12:45

HIGHER EDUCATION AND PLANNING FOR AN UNCERTAIN FUTURE

As some universities have survived for close to a millennium, how exposed are universities to external threats, and how much can university leaders build resilience? Are ‘young universities’ especially well placed to adapt to rapid change? Could radically disruptive external events even be embraced as an opportunity for rapid progressive transformation? The following sessions will debate the role of governance, collaboration and innovation in responding to external grand challenges, discussing best practice of the past and envisioning effective practices for the future.
09:05 - 09:25

Opening keynote: Australia and UK universities - opportunities for the future

Location: Rik Medlik building, University of Surrey
Chair
09:25 - 09:45

Provocation: Higher education and grand challenges - creating a networked approach

Location: Rik Medlik building, University of Surrey
Speakers
09:45 - 10:45

Higher education and grand challenges- creating a networked approach

Location: Rik Medlik building, University of Surrey
There are a number of “grand challenges” facing the world this century. This panel will discuss the best models that higher education institutions should combine and collaborate on in order to confront these challenges most effectively.
Chair
Speakers
10:45 - 11:15

Networking refreshments

Location: Rik Medlik building, University of Surrey
11:15 - 11:45

Keynote: Is antimicrobial resistance a grand challenge

Location: Rik Medlik building, University of Surrey
Introduced by Max Lu.
Chair
Speakers
11:45 - 12:45

Responding to change, building resilience: the institutional perspective

Location: Rik Medlik building, University of Surrey
Geopolitical events, changes to funding systems, or disruptive newcomers entering the higher education landscape – these are just a few of the challenges that universities face. How can institutions ensure that they are resilient to external threats and adapt quickly? Can such threats ever be a positive impetus for change? And are young universities well placed to respond quickly?
Chair
Speakers
12:45 - 14:00

Networking lunch

Location: AP Piazza, University of Surrey
13:10 - 13:50

Lunchtime session: Update on the methodology behind the THE World University Rankings

Location: Room 80MS02, University of Surrey
Speakers
14:00 - 17:15

STUDENTS AS PARTNERS

Young people today are being educated in a world increasingly transformed by the three megatrends of hyper-connectedness, super intelligence, and the convergence of cyber, physical and biological systems. This must impact how universities identify and develop human talent, therefore how do universities today have an accurate impression of what their future students will want, need and where they will be? How challenging will it be to offer life-long learning to a mature audience alongside the potentially differing needs of Generation Alpha, and what alternatives providers of life-long learning might emerge? We invite industry leaders and forecasting experts to share their experiences working directly with young people, and hand the platform over to students from the UK and Australia for their informative stance on how well universities are equipped to satisfy the demands of the future student. Our panel of higher education leaders will respond with their approach to redesigning what universities can offer across teaching and learning, and proving their public value.
14:00 - 14:30

Digital behaviour of generation alpha

Location: Rik Medlik building, University of Surrey
Speakers
14:30 - 15:45

Participatory workshop

Location: Rik Medlik building, University of Surrey
The universities of Surrey and Wollongong are excited to introduce a new student-led session to this year’s THE Young Universities Summit. A session that we feel confident will offer an open and honest dialogue with the university audience that matters the most – the students. As university leaders, this is your opportunity to hear about their hopes and ambitions; the challenges that they not only expect to face, but those that they have faced; how they feel that being part of the digital native generation has influenced their university experience; and whether they are confident that universities are keeping up with the outside world when it comes to digital learning. Our students will also share their thoughts on the future of work and how they feel universities are preparing them for their careers.

Following the student-led session, there will be responses from a carefully selected panel to include Michael Kearney, provost and executive vice-president, University of Surrey, Sue Bennett, professor of education, University of Wollongong; Ellen Wilson, vice-president Higher Education Services, Pearson and Paulin Tay Straughan, dean of students, Singapore Management University. We have selected a range of students at different stages of their university journey, from foundation level, through to PhD. They will offer their honest and open opinions in an informative and thought-provoking session.
Speakers
15:45 - 16:15

Networking refreshments

Location: Rik Medlik building, University of Surrey
16:15 - 17:15

Higher education response to the student presentations

Location: Rik Medlik building, University of Surrey
Chair
Speakers
17:15 - 17:20

Closing remarks

Location: Rik Medlik building, University of Surrey
Speakers
17:30 - 19:30

Drinks reception and Australian barbeque

Location: University of Surrey
Speakers
19:30 - 19:30

Transport from University of Surrey to Old Thorns Hotel

Location: University of Surrey
08:45 - 08:45

Transport from Old Thorns Hotel to University of Surrey

09:30 - 09:45

Welcome refreshments

09:45 - 09:50

Opening remarks

Location: Rik Medlik building, University of Surrey
Speakers
09:50 - 11:00

The innovation ecosystem

Location: Rik Medlik building, University of Surrey
What is the university’s role in the innovation ecosystem? How can young institutions adopt co-creative approaches to research and utilise new interdisciplinary research practices and emerging industry partnerships in contrast to their more established peers? This session will highlight how young universities are approaching real-world problems with real-world solutions. We will also explore the potential wider consequences that applied research may have on university strategy.
Chair
Speakers
11:00 - 11:30

Networking refreshments

Location: Rik Medlik building, University of Surrey
11:30 - 12:15

A UK success story: public engagement in science

Location: Rik Medlik building, University of Surrey
Chair
Speakers
12:15 - 13:15

Opportunities for growth

Location: Rik Medlik building, University of Surrey
What are the priorities for higher education development in varied political and economic contexts around the world? Does a common model for higher education growth exist? Or is diversity a key sectoral asset to be preserved and protected?
Chair
Speakers
13:15 - 13:30

Closing remarks

Location: Rik Medlik building, University of Surrey
Speakers
13:30 - 15:00

Networking lunch

Location: AP Piazza, University of Surrey
15:00 - 15:00

Transport from University of Surrey to Old Thorns Hotel