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Student Engagement Conference 2024

Student Engagement Conference 2024: fostering a holistic approach to success

This conference will focus on good practice in engaging students, the student voice and student participation in the governance and decision-making processes within HE.


Now in its fourth year, this conference will build on lessons learned and the latest thinking to delve further into what we learn from the data, from students, from staff, from other countries, and other types of institution to improve the student experience. The in-person conference will allow valuable networking and informal sharing alongside the formal conference elements to build together our understanding of student engagement.

Featuring a mix of expert keynotes and panel sessions, the conference will also include interactive workshops from the sector sharing best practice initiatives. 

Call for workshop contributions are now open.

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Join us at the Student Engagement Conference 2024

Date: 18 April 2024
Venue: Horizon Leeds

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Call for workshops

The programme will include 8 sector-led workshops designed to showcase excellent practice of:

+ Student engagement through extra or co-curricular opportunities
+ Student engagement: impact on well-being, satisfaction and belonging
+ Student engagement through learning, teaching and assessment strategy

Building on previous Advance HE Student Engagement Conferences we aim to support delegates and presenters explore both theory and practice in the context of current challenges. The cost of living, mental health and well-being and the persistent impact of the pandemic on learning loss and social reintegration can all impact on student’s motivation and ability to engage.

If you are interested in sharing your practice through an interactive and engaging workshop please complete the brief submission form (max 500 words), indicating the theme you will address and how you intend to engage delegates with the content. Student engagement has multiple stakeholders, we therefore particularly welcome proposals that model collaborative working across both academic and professional staff and students. We also welcome first time presenters, student representatives; underrepresented groups and everyone with a passion for the student experience and how we can enhance student outcomes for all.

Submissions from all institution types are welcomed and we will be looking to showcase a range of projects from different areas and perspectives. Submissions will be reviewed by the Conference Steering Committee. Presenters will be offered a 10% discount, and student presenters offered a 50% discount on conference fees.

If you have any queries about the conference or the workshops, please contact

The call will be open until midday 17th November 2023. Presenters will be informed of the outcome of the review process by the end of the first week of December 2023.

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Keynote Speaker

Tom Lowe

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Tom Lowe is a Senior Lecturer in Higher Education at the University of Portsmouth, where his research includes student engagement in development of education, embedding employability into the curriculum and supporting student belonging.


Rose Stephenson

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Rose Stephenson is the Director of Policy and Advocacy at the Higher Education Policy Institute. Rose directs HEPI’s work on policy, including research, policy analysis and the development of policy recommendations

Simon Varwell

Senior Development Consultant
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Simon Varwell is Senior Development Consultant with sparqs, Scotland’s national agency for student engagement, where he is lead for institutional support and staff development. He is a graduate of the University of Winchester’s Masters in Student Engagement, a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and the author of various articles and chapters on models of partnership.
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Event sponsor

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The Student Engagement Conference was a fantastic space to network with colleagues, discuss best practice, and learn from great projects, initiatives, and from students themselves about what they want to see from their student experience."

Mack Marshall, Education Officer, Newcastle University Students' Union

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Who should attend?

Those with responsibility for the student academic experience and student engagement more widely, SU teams wishing to widen their student engagement, course leaders seeking to have a more engaged cohort and others focused on the student experience and improving student outcomes.

We welcome student delegates and presenters who can attend the conference at a 50% discounted rate

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