Where do we go from here?

26 November 2020
THE Live 08:45 - 17:00 | THE Awards 17:00 - 18:00

This year has seen university life disrupted in ways previously unthinkable. The impact of Covid-19 continues to reverberate across the academy, affecting staff and students, research and teaching, and, increasingly, the relationships between town and gown.

To help us forge forward to address these enormous challenges, THE is convening a day of must-attend virtual discussions for university stakeholders. Together, we will collectively take stock and draw up a vision for UK higher education in 2021 and beyond.

Programme themes:

  • Cuts, casualisation and Covid and campus in crisis – the reality of a career in academia
  • Getting admissions right in 2021
  • The future of international student mobility
  • Maintaining student mental health during Covid
  • Moving online teaching from a short-term fix to a long-term solution
  • The impact of Covid on equality, diversity and inclusion at UK universities
  • The shifting landscape of UK research


Join us for this vital gathering for all who care about the future of UK universities. We will close on a distinctly positive note, as we celebrate the work of over 80 shortlisted institutions and reveal this year’s THE Awards winners.


Virtual platform

The event will be facilitated by our new immersive virtual events platform. Our online environment enables you to connect with delegates from around the world, access essential content and create new partnerships through this time of global separation.

Our speakers

Diana Beech
London Higher
David Bell
Vice-chancellor and chief executive
University of Sunderland
Simone Buitendijk
University of Leeds
Peter O'Brien
Executive director
Yorkshire Universities
'Funmi Olonisakin
Vice-president and vice-principal (international)
King's College London
Ale Palermo
Senior manager of external relations
Royal Society of Chemistry
Alice Roberts
Professor of public engagement in science
University of Birmingham
Chris Skidmore
Former minister of state for universities, research, innovation and skills
UK Government
Rama Thirunamachandran
Principal and vice-chancellor
Canterbury Christ Church University
David Woolley
Director of student and community engagement
Nottingham Trent University

High-quality conversations and sessions meant that I came away enthused with new ideas that I want to put into practice and talk to my colleagues about.

Charles Knight
Associate Director of Student Experience
Edge Hill University


Spectacular array of talent and knowledge at a well-run event that provided lots of opportunity to engage in meaningful and relevant discussions.

Callum Perry
Undergraduate Education Officer
University of East Anglia


THE Live provided an opportunity for officers and managers to network with vice-chancellors and senior leaders, and share best practice in the sector.

Hayley Cook
Corporate Communications Manager
Leeds Trinity University

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