November 19th 2014 | Our Dynamic Earth, Edinburgh

Who attended and what happened in 2013

Wednesday 6th November 2013, Our Dynamic Earth, Edinburgh

Who attended?

  • Principal
  • Head of Widening Participation and Admissions, Student Link
  • Vice Chancellor
  • Deputy Head of Policy Planning and Governance
  • Education Consultant
  • Director of Student Life
  • Head of School
  • Vice Principal
  • Chief Executive
  • Director of Research and Innovation
  • Head of Knowledge Exchange, Research & Innovation Services
  • Director of Finance
  • Senior Knowledge Exchange Manager

Over 100 delegates attended and were drawn from every higher learning institution in Scotland, further education establishments and the public sector including local authorities and the Scottish Government. There were also representatives from private industry and the voluntary sector.


  • Professor Ferdinand von Prondzynski, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of Robert Gordon University and Chair of the Review of Higher Education Governance in Scotland
  • Professor Jeff Haywood, Vice Principal Knowledge Management and Chief Information Officer, The University of Edinburgh
  • Dr Janet De Wilde, Assistant Director(Scotland) and Head of STEM, Higher Education Academy Scotland
  • Professor Paul Hagan, Director of Research and Innovation Group, Scottish Funding Council
  • Dr Neil Bowering, Head of Knowledge Exchange (Research Strategy and Innovation Office), University of Glasgow
  • Gordon Maloney, President, NUS Scotland

Agenda Overview

Higher Education: Progressing the Nation was made up of four sessions including:

The Future of Knowledge Exchange

The past few years have seen an increased focus on knowledge exchange including proposals for a ‘Single Knowledge Exchange Organisation' and the creation of a Universities Scotland Working Group. Work around the proposed organisation in particular has seen a great deal of change in 2012-2013. This session will update delegates on the future of knowledge exchange in Scotland.


Delegates were given the opportunity to explore developments in Higher Education through a series of breakouts, these included:

  • Aurora - A new dawn?
  • Who is living with you? Live dissection(!) of the modern student

Developments in Learning

The Higher Education landscape is constantly changing as the shape of the student population evolves, Scottish and UK policies change and Universities look at new methods to deliver high quality education. This session will explore just a few of the developments affecting Universities today.

Reviewing Governance

Higher education governance has dominated discussions within the sector over the past few months and these conversations look set to continue as the recommendations of the Review of Higher Education Governance in Scotland continue to be considered and implemented. This final session will explore the findings and outcomes of the review and give delegates the opportunity to hear a range of views on the future of higher education governance in Scotland.