The events of 2020 have led higher education institutions and policymakers to focus on the immediate challenges facing them to respond to the current pandemic. It is clear there will be knock-on effects in future. With the Institute for Fiscal Studies estimating losses for the sector of between £3 billion and £19 billion, what will be the long-term financial picture for higher education institutions in the UK? How will last minute policy changes, such as the removal of the student numbers cap and changes to the administration of A-Levels in 2020, impact higher education and students in years to come? What can we learn from the technological developments of the last few months? Is blended learning here to stay?
This webinar will provide an opportunity to switch focus from the immediate to the longer-term effects of the pandemic, to consider what we can learn from our response to COVID-19 and what the sector can do to mitigate its negative impacts.
- Andrew Connors, Head of Higher Education, Lloyds Bank
- Mary Curnock Cook, Non-executive director across the education sector, former Chief Executive of UCAS
- Rachel Hewitt, HEPI Director of Policy and Advocacy (Chair)
- Professor April McMahon, Vice President for Teaching, Learning and Students, University of Manchester
- Professor Nick Petford, Vice-Chancellor, University of Northampton
- Sarah Randall-Paley, Director of Finance, Lancaster University and Chair of the British Universities Finance Directors Group (BUFDG)