Jisc at Ahead by Bett

Ahead by Bett is back at London ExCeL for 2023 – bringing together higher education leaders and solution providers to connect and address evolution in the industry.

  • Three days
  • London
  • Free

This event will be held on

  • 29–31 March 2023

    • ExCel London
    • 10:00 – 16:00

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Ahead by Bett is an event for higher education leaders accelerating disruption. You can hear from changemakers, experience innovation and collaborate with peers all within one space dedicated to higher education.

The programme has been informed by conversations with the Higher Education community to cover the core challenges facing the sector today. Including:

  • Leadership
  • Innovation
  • Wellbeing
  • Inclusion
  • Futures
  • Skills

Find out more about this year's content themes.

Jisc is proud to be a founding member

Institutions around the world are working at great pace to adapt to hybrid learning and tackle accelerated digital transformation and business model disruption. The need to connect higher education senior leadership teams and university changemakers with cutting-edge technology solution providers has never been greater.

Ahead by Bett provides a critical forum to jointly tackle the urgent business and pedagogical challenges facing the sector and ultimately pave the way for a new era of higher education. We are proud to be supporting this important event for a second year.

Thursday 30 March - Jisc sessions

Demonstrating digital transformation: A framework for higher education

  • Location: Collaboration space
  • Speaker: Simon Birkett, senior consultant - Jisc

What needs to be in place at an organisational level for a university to achieve digital transformation? There are multiple factors for success, including effective digital leadership, appropriate investment, robust infrastructure, stakeholder engagement, and digitally capable staff and students.

The Jisc digital transformation framework provides a structure that can be used to break down various elements of digital transformation. It offers varying degrees of detail - from broad statements to illustrative examples of more specific activities.

This participatory session will offer delegates the opportunity to engage with the framework, discuss how this can support their universities with driving forward change, and to input into the development of a maturity model for HE.

Understanding the international students' digital experience

  • Location: Collaboration space
  • Speakers:
    • Sarah Knight, head of learning and teaching transformation - higher education, Jisc
    • Esther Wilkinson, head of international - Jisc

With the impact of the pandemic and uptake of digital in all aspects of the student experience, it has raised the importance of understanding the expectations and experiences that international students have of their digital environment.

This panel will discuss the factors influencing the digital experience of international students coming to learn in the UK, including national and institutional factors. The panel will discuss current institutional practice and will include contributions from a UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) student ambassador who will share their experiences of using digital to support their learning.


View the full programme.

Who should attend

Ahead by Bett is the destination for higher education leaders to come together with their peers and the world’s leading edtechs to learn, network and trade.

It's an opportunity for senior leadership, heads of faculty, technology leads and heads of research and innovation to congregate and tackle the plethora of business and pedagogical challenges faced by the sector today. 

Visit Ahead by Bett to read how the programme could benefit you.

Booking information

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