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Tuesday, February 15 • 9:30am - 10:15am
(Auditorium) Student futures are about belonging

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The question on everyone’s mind as the higher education sector emerges from the global Covid-19 pandemic is about how to foster a sense of student belonging and inclusion for a diverse student body accessing education in diverse ways. 

The UPP Foundation Student Futures Commission, chaired by Mary Curnock Cook, in its consultation with universities, students’ unions and student polling has identified belonging as a key theme that encompasses the importance of inclusion, and authentic communication and co-production with students. 

And at Wonkhe, we’re working with Pearson and students’ unions on a major year-long project to extend our understanding of student belonging and inclusion and how universities and students’ unions can take action to foster belonging and inclusion. 

This session will feature key findings from all this work and ask what the sector’s priorities and actions should be in the years ahead to generate the sort of step-change required. 

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Debbie McVitty

Editor, Wonkhe
Debbie McVitty is Editor of Wonkhe. Debbie is a former chief of staff at Universities UK, director of policy at the University of Bedfordshire, and head of policy at the National Union of Students, and is a founding member of Wonkhe’s editorial group.

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Gail Capper

Outcomes & Insight Manager, Pearson
Gail has held commercial and insight roles at Pearson for over 18 years. Advocating for the transformative power of education, she produces research which explores the challenges, practices and innovations required of teaching and learning in Higher Education. Alongside her day job... Read More →
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Mary Curnock Cook

Chair, UPPF Student Futures Commission
Mary Curnock Cook CBE is an independent education expert serving in a non-executive capacity on a number of Boards. From 2010-2017, Mary was Chief Executive of UCAS. Earlier in her career she held executive and non-executive positions in the education, hospitality, food and biotech... Read More →
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Hillary Gyebi-Ababio

Vice President for Higher Education, National Union of Students
Hillary Gyebi-Ababio is the vice president for higher education at the National Union of Students. Formerly she was the undergraduate education officer at Bristol SU.

Tuesday February 15, 2022 9:30am - 10:15am GMT