HE communications: ‘crisis’ as the new normal

The programme for this year’s online conference includes an update from UCEA and case study presentations from four higher education institutions. These will cover employee engagement, employment and communications issues which will share experiences from the pandemic and this challenging autumn term for HE employers. 
The conference will be chaired by Professor Graham Baldwin, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Central Lancashire, Deputy Chair of the UCEA Board and Chair of UCEA’s Communications Strategy Working Group.
Raj Jethwa, UCEA Chief Executive will update us on industrial relations and possible industrial action and other challenges in support of our members. 

We are also pleased to welcome four case study presentations:
Hand in Hand: Shoulder to Shoulder - How Communications and HR worked together to manage a local dispute to a successful conclusion
A university that has recently experienced a high profile local dispute 
Damage limitation: how effective communications can help in a university crisis
Abi Kelly, Director of International Engagement and External Relations at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland / University of Medicine and Health Sciences 
Cyber-attack during a pandemic? Why HR & Comms must be perfect partners
Deborah Mattock, Executive Director HR, Marketing & International Relations and Owen Morris, Deputy Director - Public Relations and Corporate Communications at the University of Northampton 
The human side of internal comms during the pandemic
Julie Jupe, Head of Internal Communications and Mark Lambert, Internal Communications Lead at UK Research and Innovation (UKRI)
This online event will be hosted on Teams and will run between 10.00 am and 1.00 pm.

A timed programme can be found below: 
 HE communications - ‘crisis’ as the new normal - programme

Joining the event

As there will be presentations and discussions on the day, participants should join the event either via the Microsoft Teams App or via a web browser (i.e. Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge or Safari).

Who should attend, attendance fee and how to book

This annual event provides the perfect event for HR and communications colleagues to plan internal and external communications together.
We anticipate demand for this event to be high. To ensure that as many HEIs as possible have access to places, whilst ensuring that discussions can take place, the maximum number of attendees for this event is 200.
The special UCEA member attendee price for this conference is £195 per place, or book two places for £340. This is to encourage HR and communications specialists to attend together to prepare their HE institutions for the challenges and changes that lie ahead.
When you book you have the option of paying for a place by credit/debit card or to be invoiced.

If you would like to attend, please complete the TicketTailor booking form

If you have any queries regarding your interest in attending, please contact events@ucea.ac.uk