Changing the story

THE Live will celebrate UK higher education’s myriad strengths, as well as asking how our world-leading universities can more effectively set the agenda and deal with perceived scepticism about their role and value to society.

This two-day event will be a unique opportunity for delegates from across different specialisms of the higher education ecosystem, academic and administrative, to engage with the nominees from our prestigious THE Awards. The event will provide a platform to scrutinise university leadership from the UK and abroad, debate the facts behind the headlines of how our sector is described in the mainstream media, debate the top stories and significant challenges for the sector and gain exclusive access to advice, practical discussions and case studies with our expert team of journalists, data scientists and award-judges.

Join us and explore how UK universities can renew their sense of purpose with the public and tell their story to the world at a period where the UK’s global reputation is in the middle of significant change.


THE LIVE programme revealed - view the full programme here


With hand-picked speakers from across UK higher education covering the most pressing issues facing our sector.

10 Reasons Why

THE editor John Gill’s 10 ways in which higher education may be able to “change the story”.

Book Your Tickets

Early bird tickets are now available until 27 September with plenty of savings to be had with the ticket package offers.

Key highlights video


Vice-chancellor and chief executive
Staffordshire University
The Open University
Chair of public understanding of the humanities
School of Advanced Study, University of London
Anaesthetist, helicopter emergency medical service doctor and Professor of Public Engagement for Science Technology & Medicine
University College Hospital
Higher Education Policy Institute
Principal and vice-chancellor
University of Glasgow
Vice-provost of research
Reader in equity and education
Goldsmiths, University of London
Research associate
Imperial College London