EMPOWER HE
CONFERENCE
2024

Tuesday 16 & Wednesday 17 July
Sheffield, United Kingdom


16-17 July

 

ABOUT THE EVENT

Tribal's Empower Conference is back - scroll down for the full agenda!

Join us at Sheffield Hallam University this July for Tribal's Empower HE 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 back and bigger than ever - this time 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 see's the return of our Gala Awards Dinner, with a Celebration of Success taking place 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!

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WHEN

Tuesday 16 and Wednesday 17 July 2024

location

WHERE

DAYTIME
Sheffield Hallam University (Owen Building)

EVENING
Cutler's Hall, Sheffield

TICKET INFORMATION

2-day Conference & Gala Awards Dinner ticket*
£175 + 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.

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WE CURRENTLY HAVE MODERATE AVAILABILITY OF TICKETS

EMPOWER HE Session Breakdown

Our Partnership with Customers

A practical introduction to Tribal’s new full-service offering – including the benefits this will have to users in their day to day work, and how to access them.

Accessing the Value for Money in SITS

A panel session discussing the increasing need for HE providers to demonstrate comprehensive student value beyond quantitative financial and employment outcomes. The session will explore the impact of having access to a suite of tools covering the full student lifecycle, and how this allows institutions to access maximum value for money from their investment in the Tribal Platform.

Your Success is Our Success

Synopsis: Tribal’s Director of Customer Services and Global Director of Professional Services present our plans for true partnership through the included Customer Success, Business Advisory and Optimisation services all Full-Service customers will have access to.

Navigating the Student Lifecycle: From Inquiry to Completion and Beyond 

Synopsis: This session explores the current state of application demand and its consequences for a University business model. We examine how Tribal Admissions is designed for these contemporary challenges.

The Future of SITS: Examining our Full-Service Roadmap

Synopsis: Our teams are working hard on a development roadmap which sets the scene for the future of SITS. Join Tribal CTO, Adam Fox, as he talks through the full-service roadmap and how Tribal’s engineering teams are putting customers at the heart of their plans.

Protecting Personal Data in UK Education: Trends and Strategies

Synopsis: With the rise of data protection and security concerns, this session offers a critical update on data protection trends, legislative changes, and specific risks in the HE and Further Education (FE) sectors. Attendees will gain insights into recent information security practices, identify key challenges, and receive recommendations to enhance governance and compliance, ensuring better data protection across educational institutions.

Agile Transformation in University Student Systems

Synopsis: This session explores the University of Bristol’s transition from traditional project management to agile methodologies in student systems development. Highlighting the shift to a product owner model, stakeholder engagement, and the formation of multidisciplinary scrum teams, the narrative showcases the increased efficiency and engagement achieved through adopting agile practices, emphasising continuous improvement and cross-departmental collaboration.

Balancing Project Management Techniques for SITS Projects

Synopsis: Facilitated by Tribal Project Managers, this roundtable discussion evaluates effective project management strategies for SITS implementations. Comparing traditional versus agile methodologies, it seeks the ideal balance that minimises tool obstructions while maximising project value. Participants will share experiences, tools, and techniques that have successfully steered their SITS projects, fostering a collaborative environment for knowledge exchange.

What’s New in e:Vision

Synopsis: Discover the latest enhancements in e:Vision tailored to enrich interactions throughout the Academic Lifecycle for both staff and students. This update introduces an array of new functionalities, including improved Reference Data management, a Global Import tool for streamlined data entry, advanced Applicant Fee Status Calculation, and refined Student Card and Payment Plan Maintenance options. A leap towards bolstering user engagement and operational efficiency.

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.

What topics will be included?

Balancing Project Management Techniques for SITS Projects

This discussion will evaluate effective project management strategies for SITS implementations. Comparing traditional versus agile methodologies, it seeks the ideal balance that minimises tool obstructions while maximising project value. Participants will share experiences, tools, and techniques that have successfully steered their SITS projects, fostering a collaborative environment for knowledge exchange.

Transformation and Technology: Chicken & Egg?

This is where we examine Tribal's updated methodologies designed to address prevalent challenges and tackle the complexities of technological transformation within higher education. It invites a deep dive into the confluence of supplier and customer roles and offers strategies to streamline project execution and enhance the transition experience.

"Value for Money": Holistic Views of Student Achievement

This session aims to start a discussion on how existing functionality and potential future software developments could provide this holistic view for students and future employers to understand the attributes that an individua has gained through their HE experience.

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

AGENDA

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. 

DAY ONE

09:00-10:00

 

Registration & Refreshments


10:00-10:15

Welcome to Empower

Mark Pickett

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


10:15-12:00

Main Stage Sessions


12:00-13:00

Networking Lunch


13:00-13:40

Breakout Sessions One & Two


13:50-14:30

Breakout Sessions Three & Four  


14:30-15:00

Afternoon Break & Refreshments


15:00-15:45

Breakout Sessions Five & Six


16:00-16:45

Breakout Sessions Seven & Eight


17:00-17:30

Final Main Stage Session & Close Of Day One


19:00-Late

Gala Awards Evening and Dinner


DAY TWO

09:15-09:45

 

Exhibition & Refreshments


09:45-10:35

Main Stage Session


10:45-11:30

Breakout Sessions Nine & Ten


11:30-11:45

Refreshment Break


11:45-12:30

Breakout Sessions Eleven & Twelve


12:30-13:30

Networking Lunch


13:35-14:30

Keynote and Conference Close


 
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. 
 

09:00-10:00

10:00-10:20

10:20-11:00

11:00-11:15

11:15-12:00

11:15-12:15

12:00-13:00

12:15-13:00

13:00-13:40

13:00-13:40

13:50-14:30

13:50-14:30

14:30-15:00

15:00-15:50

15:00-15:50

16:00-16:25

16:25-16:55

17:00-17:15

DAY TWO

Registration


Conference Welcome: Mark Pickett


Accessing the Value for Money in SITS


Break


Swansea University Case Study


Balancing Project Management Techniques for SITS Projects


Lunch


Professional Services Session: Value for Money (Part One)


Breakout 1 HESA Data Futures 2022/23
Survey: Insights for Improvement


Breakout 2 SITS APIs: Shaping the Future of Integration


Breakout 3 What’s New in e:Vision


Breakout 4 Protecting Personal Data in UK Education: Trends and Strategies


Refreshment Break


Breakout 5 AMOS and UCA


Breakout 6  The Future of Finance and Payments in e:Vision


The Future of SITS: Examining our Full-Service Roadmap


Nick Elston: Adversity to Excitement: It’s Time to Forge Ahead


Closing Remarks


09:15-09:45

09:45-10:05

10:05-10:45

10:45-11:30

10:45-11:30

11:30-11:35

11:45-12:40

11:45-12:30

12:30-13:30

13:30-14:05

13:30-14:15

14:10-14:45

14:50-15:00

Navigating the Student Lifecycle: From Inquiry to Completion and Beyond


Keynote: Professor Liz Mossop, Sheffield Hallam University


Life Long Learning Entitlement (University of Huddersfield) 


Breakout 7 Agile Transformation in University Student Systems (University of Bristol)


Breakout 8 Tribal and UCAS: Collaborating for Advance Admissions


Break


Breakout 9 Nick Elston: Motivation and confidence for stakeholder engagement workshop


Breakout 10 How stitching payments into the student journey transforms the student & staff experience - (FLYWIRE)


Lunch


Making sense of the contemporary admissions landscape


AFD SPONSOR SESSION 


Your Success is Our Success


Closing address

ABOUT THE LOCATIONS

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

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Getting to Sheffield Hallam University

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

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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

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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

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