evasys Student Engagement Forum 2024

Trinity College Dublin, 24th October

Amplifying Student Voice | Building Evidence-Based Engagement Strategies for Student Engagement and Success

Call for Contributions: Share your expertise with university leaders and practitioners from Ireland and the UK

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Join us for the evasys Student Engagement Forum at Trinity College Dublin!

Building on the successful discussions at the evasys Student Engagement Symposium in Dublin in October 2023, this full-day forum in October 2024 will delve deeper into the themes of student engagement, student voice, and student success. It will provide a platform for learning, collaboration and action planning for university leaders and practitioners across Ireland and the UK.

An ideal event for both people who attended the evasys Student Engagement Symposium in 2023, or for anyone with an interest in the latest trends and best practices in student engagement, student voice and evidence-based decision making, the evasys Student Engagement Symposium will be:

  • Interactive and Engaging: The event format will incorporate presentations, panel discussions, workshops and breakout sessions to encourage active participation, knowledge exchange and collaborative problem-solving.

  • Data-Driven and Evidence-Based: Sessions will emphasise the importance of student voice, surveys and evaluation in informing and strengthening engagement practices.

  • Focus on Action: Sessions will be designed to equip participants with practical strategies and tools to take back and implement within their own institutions.

Conference themes

The evasys Student Engagement Forum aims to take a deep dive into the trends and practices driving student voice, engagement and success strategies across higher education. Our event will focus on the following themes:

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  • Theme: Building evidence-based engagement strategies for student engagement and success
  • Date: Thursday 24th October 2024

  • Location: Trinity College Dublin

  • Cost: There is no charge for this event

  • Amplifying Student Voice: This theme emphasises the importance of student voice in creating effective engagement strategies. Sessions will explore ways to gather student feedback, ensure their voices are heard in decision-making processes, and utilise their perspectives to improve student success.

  • Data-Driven & Evidence-Based Engagement: This theme highlights the importance of using surveys, evaluation data, and student feedback to inform and strengthen engagement practices. Sessions will equip participants with practical skills for designing and utilising surveys, as well as leveraging data for evidence-based decision making.

  • Actionable Strategies for Student Success: This theme focuses on translating knowledge and best practices into concrete action plans. Sessions will provide practical tools and strategies that participants can implement within their institutions to improve student engagement and ultimately student success.

Benefits of attending the evasys Student Engagement Forum

The evasys Student Engagement Forum will offer delegates an excellent opportunity to further their knowledge in student engagement and success, and network with likeminded peers.

Attendees will be able to:

  • Gain in-depth knowledge of the latest trends and best practices in student engagement, with a focus on student voice

  • Develop practical skills in designing and utilising student surveys and evaluation tools.

  • Learn how to leverage data, insights and evidence for making informed decisions about engagement strategies

  • Network with a diverse group of stakeholders from across Ireland and the UK who are committed to student success

  • Collaborate with peers to develop actionable plans that integrate student voice and data-driven approaches

Call for Contributions

Would you like to showcase the innovative and successful strategies and processes that you have implemented in your institution to create positive impacts on student engagement and success?

Presenting at the evasys Student Engagement Forum will enable you to:

  • Share your expertise with a broad audience of university leaders and practitioners from across Ireland and the UK
  • Network with colleagues and build relationships with potential collaborators
  • Gain valuable feedback on your work

Additionally, selected presenters will have the opportunity to have their work included in the post-event proceedings publication.

We are seeking contributions from individuals passionate about student engagement and success to submit proposals following one or more of the conference themes in one of the following formats:

  • Presentation (20 minutes): share research, ideas, or strategies

  • Case study (20 minutes): focused presentation to share a specific project, initiative or programme, including implementation, results, and lessons learned

  • Lightning Talk (10 minutes): quick, highly-focused presentation designed to share a single key concept or practice

  • Workshop (60 minutes): interactive session leading participants through an activity or skill-building

  • Roundtable discussion (60 minutes): collaborative discussion format/facilitated conversation among participants on a key issue

For full details on our call for contributions for the evasys Student Engagement Forum, please review to contributions document.

Confirmed keynote speakers and contributors 
Tom Lowe

Tom Lowe

University of Westminister

Tom Lowe has researched and innovated in student engagement across diverse settings for over ten years, in areas such as student voice, retention, employability and student-staff partnership. Tom works at the University of Westminster as Assistant Head of School (Student Experience) in Finance and Accounting where he leads on student success and belonging. Tom is also the Chair of RAISE, a network for all stakeholders in higher education for researching, innovating and sharing best practice in student engagement. Prior to Westminster, Tom was a Senior Lecturer in Higher Education at the University of Portsmouth, and previously held leadership positions for engagement and employability at the University of Winchester. Tom has published two books on student engagement with Routledge; ‘A Handbook for Student Engagement in Higher Education: Theory into Practice’ in 2020 and ‘Advancing Student Engagement in Higher Education: Reflection, Critique and Challenge’ in 2023, and has supported over 30 institutions in consultancy and advisory roles internationally. 

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Professor Judy Williams

Pro Vice Chancellor Education and Students, Queens University, Belfast

As Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Education and Students, Professor Judy Williams is responsible for steering the University’s education strategy, including maintaining oversight of educational performance and ensuring the highest standard of student learning experience and an environment and culture of innovation in pedagogy and educational enhancement.

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Dr Kay Hack (PFHEA)

Lead Consultant (Education), for Advance-HE

Kay leads a team of senior consultants to deliver a range of services to the HE sector to support strategic leadership and change in HEIs. She has worked with a diverse range of UK and international higher education providers on key themes which aim to improve student engagement and outcomes.

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We hope to see you there!