2018 ARC Conference

Event Details

2018 ARC Conference
12 November 2018 09:30
13 November 2018 16:00
The Grand Central Hotel, Glasgow
99 Gordon Street
United Kingdom
G1 3SF

We are delighted to announce that the 2018 ARC Annual Conference and Exhibition will take place on the 12 & 13 November 2018 at the Grand Central hotel, Glasgow. The theme for this year's event is:

The New Age of the Student: Consumer or Partner?

The conference programme is now confirmed and can be found further down the page. 

Learning in the digital age is linked to skills and individual student requirements. Since the UK government began identifying students as ‘consumers’, higher education institutions have increasingly had to operate under forces of marketisation which demand competitiveness, efficiency and consumer satisfaction. In today’s competitive marketplace, schools are sellers offering courses, a degree, and a rich alumni life. Students are buyers who register for courses, apply for graduation, and make donations as alumni.

However, looking at the University-Student relationship merely from the prism of capitalism can be reductive. A more fulfilling approach would be the development of a partnership between students and institutions, but in today's context of heightened competitiveness, economic instability and political discourse, is a relationship too much to hope for?

 We can anounce the following speakers will be attending:

Professor Tom Inns, Director of Glasgow School of Art
Professor Tom Inns is the Director of The Glasgow School of Art (GSA), Scotland’s Specialist Institution for Art, Design and Architecture. With campuses in Glasgow, the Highlands & Islands and Singapore, GSA aims to be a global leader in studio-based teaching and research in art, design, architecture and digital visualisation and simulation. Tom studied Engineering at the University of Bristol and Design at the Royal College of Art. In 1990 he co-founded the Design Research Centre at Brunel University, becoming Director in 1996. His PhD explored the impact of design on innovation in small companies.

Chris Millward, Director for Fair Access and Participation, Office for Students
Chris oversees the Research, Education and Knowledge Exchange directorate, working with David Sweeney and the heads of each of the policy areas. In doing so, he is responsible for harnessing HEFCE’s expertise on research, education and knowledge exchange to inform its funding to universities and colleges, and its advice to Government. Chris particularly leads on education and skills, including postgraduate policy and funding.

Rachel Holmes, Executive Coach and Team Development Consultant
Rachel is a qualified Executive Coach and Team Development Consultant. She is part of the pool of AHUA registered coaches who provide support to both newly appointed and experienced Registrars, University Secretaries and COOs through coaching and facilitated Action Learning Sets. She is joint Programme Director of the AHUA’s two flagship programmes: “Flying Higher” (for those aspiring to the most senior roles in university administration) and “Impact and Influence” (for those operating in Director level roles across the institution). A Key Associate for the LFHE, Rachel also facilitates the leadership styles session on their Top Manager Programme.

To support her plenary session, Rachel will be available for a series of 1-1 sessions, designed to enable you to explore personal/career/team development needs in confidence. These slots are now all full however if you wish to be added to a waiting list please contact events@aua.ac.uk

Social activities

Newcomers Welcome
There will be an informal newcomers welcome for anyone new to ARC which will be held in the hotel at 6pm on Sunday 11 November. Members of the ARC Executive Committee will be on hand to welcome new faces and talk all things ARC related.

Bus Tour of Glasgow
We will be arranging for an open top double decker bus to collect guests on the Monday morning for a sightseeing tour of Glasgow. Make sure you wrap up warm as it will most probably be chilly! 

 Attendance costs:

Full Package (Includes Mon B&B)    £325
Full Package (Includes Sun & Mon B&B) £455
Sunday B&B  £130
Monday Day with Dinner £245
Monday Day without Dinner   £175
Tuesday Day £175

*Please note all bookings are subject to the ARC terms and conditions HERE

 Book your place here


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