Tuesday 16 & Wednesday 17 July
Sheffield, United Kingdom

16-17 July



Tribal's Empower FE Conference is here!

Join us at Sheffield Hallam University this July for Tribal's first Empower FE Conference. There'll be space for delegates to reconnect with colleagues, collaborate with new people and celebrate everyone's successes from the past year. 

Drawing on our experience as the UK's leading provider of education technology solutions and off the back of successes at previous Empower events, the theme for 2024 is STRONGER TOGETHER.

Over 200 people attended last year's HE conference, and this year we're thrilled to be welcoming our FE customers as well. There'll be a mix of keynotes, breakouts and lightning talks, with our experts, customers and external speakers delivering sessions throughout both days.

Not to be outdone, our evening entertainment takes the form of a Celebration of Success Gala Awards Dinner at the majestic Cutler's Hall (a short walk from Sheffield Hallam University). The only question that remains is whether your institution will win an award!



Tuesday 16 and Wednesday 17 July 2024



Sheffield Hallam University (Owen Building)

Cutler's Hall, Sheffield


2-day Conference & Gala Awards Dinner ticket*
£125 + vat

  • Access to all plenary and workshop sessions
  • Access to all on-demand session content post-event
  • Access to our sponsors exhibition space
  • Food and drink throughout the day
  • Delegate conference goody pack on arrival
  • Our 'Celebration of Success' Gala Awards evening and dinner held on the Tuesday night.

*Payment is via Purchase Order which will need to be supplied at the point of booking. 





Excellence as a standard in apprenticeships: the new Maytas

Synopsis: With brand new user dashboards for assessors, employers, and learners, and a new OData API layer, see the new Maytas Hub, and hear about the journey to Maytas 6.


Empowering students through collective ownership and guidance on their educational journey - South & City College Birmingham

Synopsis: SCCB discuss building a protective culture with safeguarding and learner progress tracking.


Working better: Lessons learned from ebs health checks


HESA and UCAS - getting ready for HE statutory - Architecture Association School of Architecture

Synopsis: Prepare for the HESA statutory funding return with this talk from the Architectural Association School of Architecture, an ebs HEI.


Undertaking change for the better – City of Portsmouth College

Synopsis: Beginning, and embedding, major change can be daunting. Hear from City of Portsmouth College about how to plan for, enact, and embed transformation in further education.


Data-led decision-making - Panel: NPTC Group of Colleges, Nelson & Colne College, Architecture Association School of Architecture

Synopsis: How do you surface, define, and share actionable data across your institution? Hear from Grŵp Colegau NPTC’s Lisa Tew about establishing a culture of data-led decision-making, followed by a panel of FE and HEI leaders on their data strategy, chaired by Tribal's Head of Data Management Services Carla Martinho.

Lasting student engagement - University of Gibraltar

Synopsis: How do you build a sense of community for learners who arrive from all over the world? Hear from ebs HEI the University of Gibraltar about using Engage to reach learners.


Transformation: Embedding best practice for lasting change - South & City College Birmingham

Synopsis: Following major transformation in 2023, South & City College Birmingham discuss creating lasting change and sustainable best practice.


The Tribal Spear: Enrolment discovery workshop

Synopsis: Join a hands-on problem discovery workshop to help define the development of ebs Enrolments in the web. Places for this session are strictly limited.


Accessible & Welcoming: Making your systems support multiple languages - Linguaskin

Synopsis: Translation can enable staff and learners to work better and faster. Discover ebs partner Linguaskin, enabling human translation for all your web platforms.


Strategy update for ebs

Synopsis: ebs Product Manager, Gabi Walshaw introduces Tribal’s long term strategy for ebs, including the journey to cloud.

New for 2024!

The Professional Services Lounge is the place to be to talk about the solutions to your project-management problems, the wider issues of transformative technology initiatives, and balancing the right project implementation strategies. Relax, collaborate and get involved in the informal discussion groups and interactive workshops throughout the two days.


All of these discussions will be available to pre-register or just feel free to join throughout the conference. Please bear in mind that these sessions are interactive and only work if you join in!


Agenda overview
Full agenda TBC

Your day will include; networking, workshops, discussions, panel sessions, demonstrations and interviews.*

If you would like to submit a session proposal, you can do this when you book your ticket.
We will update the agenda as we confirm more sessions. 




Registration & Refreshments


Welcome to Empower

Mark Pickett

A welcome and introduction to Empower Vision from Tribal's CEO, Mark Pickett.


Breakout Session One & Two

Breakout One (11:20 - 12:00) Undertaking change for the better (City of Portsmouth College)
Breakout Two (11:20 - 12:00) Excellence as a standard in  apprenticeships: The new Maytas


Main Stage Session

Strategy update for ebs


Networking Lunch


Main Stage Session

Data-led decision-making (NPTC Group of Colleges with panel members)


Afternoon Break & Refreshments


Breakout Sessions Three & Four

Breakout Three (15:30-16:10) Lasting student engagement (University of Gibraltar)

Breakout Four (15:30-16:10) Empowering students through collective ownership and guidance on their educational journey (South & City College Birmingham)


Breakout Sessions Five & Six

Breakout Five (16:15-16:55) Transformation: embedding best practice for lasting change (South & City College Birmingham)

Breakout Six  (16:15-16:55) Working better: lessons learned from ebs health checks


Final Main Stage Session & Close Of Day One


Gala Awards Evening and Dinner




Exhibition & Refreshments


Keynote: Professor Liz Mossop, Sheffield Hallam University


Life Long Learning Entitlement (University of Huddersfield) 


Refreshment Break


Panel: Accessible & welcoming - Making your systems support staff


Networking Lunch


Breakout Sessions Seven, Eight & Nine

Breakout Seven (12:30-13:45) The Tribal Spear: Enrolment discovery workshop

Breakout Eight (13:00-13:55) Nick Elston: Motivation and confidence for stakeholder engagement workshop

Breakout Nine (14:00-14:40) HESA and UCAS - getting ready for HE statutory (Architectural Association School of Architecture)


Closing Address


Conference Close


Venue: Sheffield Hallam University 

Sheffield Hallam University (Owen Building)
Hallam Square
Sheffield City Centre
S1 2LX
United Kingdom

Venue: Cutler's Hall

7-15 Church St
Sheffield City Centre
S1 1HG
United Kingdom


Getting to Sheffield Hallam University

The Owen Building is a very short walk up from Sheffield Train Station. 


By car
There is no parking available on-site. The nearest public car parks are:

Arundel Gate, S1 6DG
Q-Park Charles Street, S1 2NJ


By train
The City of Sheffield is on the main line running between London and Edinburgh providing regular trains through the city.

Visit the National Rail website for train times


Hotels near to the venue(s)

The Leopold Hotel Sheffield - OB: 7 mins | CH: 3 mins
Mercure Sheffield St Paul's Hotel & Spa - OB: 4 mins | CH: 6 mins Novotel Sheffield Centre - OB: 2 mins | CH: 10 mins
Jurys Inn Sheffield - OB: 5 mins | CH: 12 mins
Hampton by Hilton Sheffield - OB: 14 mins | CH: 7 mins