On Friday 29 November, SUMS hosted our 2019 Annual Conference at the Hallam Conference Centre in London.

Themed: ‘The Growth Paradox in Higher Education’, this year’s programme covered a wide range of topical issues currently facing the higher education sector.

We welcomed over 90 delegates on the day, representing 30 institutions from across the UK.  The conference was also kindly supported by our exhibition of sector service providers including Headline Sponsors: Clarity and Exhibitors: Clyde & Co, Kinetic Software, Stephen Austin & Sons, Step Ahead and SMRS.

Speaker presentations from our are now available to download below. Please keep an eye on this page as more presentations will be added over the coming days.

You can still view the full programme and speaker profiles here.

  1. Keynote – Professor Shearer West
    Leading in Darkness: Why the Culture of HE Leadership Needs to Change
  2. Session 1 – SUMS Consulting Team
    The Lean, Mean, Delivery Machine: Being Efficient Across your University
  3. Presentation from Headline Sponsor: Clarity
  4. Session 2 – Mike Thomas
    A Culture of Compassion During Periods of Uncertainty and Complexity
  5. SUMS Insight Session – Susannah Randall
    Creating Positive Activity through Coaching at your Institution
  6. Exhibitor Lightning Talks


Thank you to Ellie Pritchard from Inky Thinking for capturing the key themes and ideas generated over the course of the day in her fantastic piece of artwork.  You can view this in full here.

Thank you to Simon Hildrew for photographing the day and capturing the images below.



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