Join us 12-13 November 2024

Brought to you by Wonkhe and the University of London, The Festival of Higher Education will bring together higher education leaders, opinion-formers, and wonks of all types to discuss the biggest issues facing universities today.

Over two thought-provoking days, you’ll take part in intimate one to one conversations with HE leaders, set-piece debates, and hear insights from journalists, commentators, and policymakers. You’ll hear from speakers inside and outside the sector, learn about new research, data and ideas and meet colleagues old and new, equipping you with fresh thinking and insights ready to take back and share with your team. It’s unlike any other event on the higher education calendar and not to be missed.

Tickets sold out fast last year so do make sure you book early to avoid disappointment.

Who's it for?

The Festival of Higher Education is for anyone with a keen interest in UK higher education. Whether you work in higher education or simply have an interest in the future of universities, this is the only event you need to attend this year.

Leaders and managers from across higher education, academics, policy wonks, SU staff and officers, business leaders, journalists, communications and public affairs professionals, planners, civil servants, politicians and everyone in between will be welcome. Feedback from previous years’ events has been unanimous, that the unique mix of guests both in background, experience and seniority, sets the event apart from anything else you will experience in higher education.

The University of London is a leading UK provider of distance and digital education internationally, offering programmes to 45,000 students in 190 countries around the world. It is a national leader in the humanities, and promote their value to society and the economy through knowledge creation and exchange.

The university is a unique federation of 17 world class higher education institutions, with collaboration at the heart of their ethos.

The Festival of Higher Education will take place at the University of London’s iconic home – Senate House.

Wonkhe is the home of the UK higher education debate, bringing the sector together through expert analysis, debate and insight. A community of diverse voices, we provide platforms to drive the policy conversation forward with articles, events, podcasts, research, consultancy services and more.

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