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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.

Join us at the Student Engagement Conference 2024

Date: 18 April 2024
Venue: Horizon Leeds

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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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Student Engagement Conference Programme 2024

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Student Engagement Conference Abstracts 2024

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Keynote Speaker

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


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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

Vice President of Welfare
Cheryl Chingosho
Cheryl Chingosho, currently serves as Vice President of Welfare at the University of South Wales Students Union, with a profound commitment to improving the health and well-being of students in Wales.

Director of Student Engagement and Representation
Highlands and Islands Students’ Association
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Simon Varwell is the Director of Student Engagement and Representation at the Highlands and Islands Students’ Association at UHI (the University of the Highlands and Islands). He has held this post since November 2023, prior to which he spent sixteen years at sparqs, Scotland’s national agency for student engagement, where he led institutional support and staff development activities.

VP Welfare & Community
Bath Spa University
Laura Bold
Laura Bold is the current VP Welfare & Community at Bath Spa SU for the 2023/24 academic year, and was the VP Education for the 2022/23 year. In her team, she works on all things related to the student community - this includes welfare, mental health and wellbeing, equality, diversity and inclusion, housing, and the SU's relationship with the local council and local residents. Laura works closely with the student Networks at Bath Spa, supporting them to make change and ensuring minoritised and marginalised voices are listened to as the SU develops.
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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