Sussex at 60 Global Partnerships Conference 2022

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Join us online from 21st - 23rd June 2022

As the world continues to navigate the changes that have come about as a result of the pandemic, we are seeing a rise in the use of technology to deliver not just assessment, feedback, and learning outcomes but also other aspects of the student experience. The pandemic has also led to sustained conversations about the importance of incorporating sustainability into every aspect of higher education.

• What disruptions in technology and activities are shaping the future of international education?

•  Are universities mapping partnership activities against the Sustainable Development goals? What are the expected outcomes?

This year we will be pleased to welcome all our partners online as we explore the benefits of digital transformations in higher education and how we can leverage the United Nations Sustainable development goals to improve student outcomes globally.

Discussions will feature case studies and workshops to engage with partners on the skills, knowledge and strategic decisions required as we embrace the digitalisation of higher-education delivery and our ambitions to align international and global engagement activities to the delivery of the SDGs.

This conference is also being delivered in our 60th year and we welcome our partners to celebrate with us.

Tuesday 21st June

Opening Plenary

9.00am - 10:30am (BST)

In a series of keynote addresses, the Vice-Chancellor and President of the University of Sussex, and other speakers, will outline the importance of integrating the SDGs into the delivery of international education and research, emphasising how digital technologies are changing the face of higher education and shaping the future.

Professor David Maguire, Vice-Chancellor and President, University of Sussex

Professor Richard Follett, Associate Vice-President International, University of Sussex

Dr Adrian Ely, Reader in Technology and Sustainability and Co-Director of Training at the Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU), University of Sussex Business School, University of Sussex

Gemma Proudley, Head of Global Engagement, University of Sussex

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Debate: The Digital Transformation of Higher Education 

2:00pm - 3:30pm (BST)

There has been a rise in the use of technology to deliver not just assessment, feedback and learning outcomes but also other aspects of the student experience. In addition, ‘pay as you learn’ models are proliferating the higher-education landscape, with technology companies offering a range of micro-credentials. How are all these innovations affecting the delivery of higher education, what does this mean for traditional TNE models and how will this impact the future of higher education?


Dr Esther Wilkinson, Head of Internationalisation, Jisc

Professor Ying Tang, Department of Education, Southwest University

Dr Samuel Amponsah (D.Ed), School of Education, University of Ghana

Jason Oliver, Head of Digital Transformation, University of Sussex

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Wednesday 22nd June

Workshop: Academic Support in Difficult Times

9:00am - 10:30am (BST)

Covid changed the way we interface with students, and the higher-education sector had to pivot to deliver unique formats to support the student experience. Conflicts and disasters have also continued unabated through the pandemic, with conflicts in Afghanistan and Ukraine receiving global attention and attempts to support displaced students and academics varying per region.

This workshop will explore different approaches that universities and sector organisations have taken to ensure access to higher education for vulnerable communities post covid and in light of current conflicts.


Charles Cormack, Chairman, Cormack Consultancy Group

Naimat Zafary, Chevening Scholar, University of Sussex

Zeid Al-Bayaty, Deputy Executive Director/Fellowship Programme Manager, Cara

Tamsin Thomas, Senior Strategic Engagement Manager, Duolingo 

Professor Richard Follett, Associate Vice President, University of Sussex

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Workshop: Internationalisation on Our Campuses

2:00pm - 3:30pm (BST)

Initiatives to offer campus-based intercultural and international experiences accelerated during the pandemic, offering a response to the disruption brought to traditional student mobility. It is clear that online, virtual and hybrid experiences are here to stay, reshaping what internationalisation experiences we offer to our students. As we move forward, how can we make sure these experiences are meaningful and valuable? How might we innovate? How can we embed them into what we do going forward? This workshop will share highlights from different institutions and discuss ideas for the future.


Ian Fielding, Head of Global Programmes, University of Sussex

Prof Heidi Northwood, Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada

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Thursday 23rd June

Webinar: Partnerships and the Sustainable Development Goals

9:00am - 10:30am (BST)

How are universities approaching partnerships for the delivery of the Sustainable Development Goals? How are partnerships supporting innovation and aiding the development of infrastructure in communities across the world?


Prof Ayo Atsenuwa, Deputy Vice Chancellor, Development Services, University of Lagos

Ailsa Lamont, Director and Founder, Pomegranate Global

Professor Richard Follett, Associate Vice President, University of Sussex

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Workshop: New Directions in Widening Participation and Access

2:00pm - 3:30pm (BST)

This workshop will explore innovations in reaching disadvantaged groups across higher education to support the attainment of Widening Participation goals and fast-track student employability and retention.


Hannah Wallace, Head of Student Engagement, University of Sussex

Professor Ana Elena González-Treviño, Centre for Mexican Studies, UNAM-UK

Professor José Manuel del Val, Director of National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) Cultural Diversity and Intercultural Affairs

Professor Richard Follett, Associate Vice President, University of Sussex

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