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IoD South online The Future of University Education Post-Pandemic

16 Sep 2021
Online webinar, Online
As students return to universities for the new academic year, join us for a webinar on the Future of University Education Post-Pandemic.
This webinar is brought to you by IoD Kent and Kent Business School, University of Kent.

While we are not fully past the pandemic, the success of the vaccination programme means that a return to an educational experience which we are more familiar with is now possible. Yet, it is important that we acknowledge and address the challenges students have faced over this past year and continue to encounter going forward into the new academic term. 

The Covid emergency has presented students with numerous and simultaneous challenges – completing their education while also preparing for their futures during an unprecedented time. For those students in their final year of study, there is a need to reflect on how they can best be supported and equipped to embark on building their careers post-pandemic.

The webinar will address questions around the use of blended learning, what resources can be provided to help students return to classroom-based education, what type of career support is needed post-pandemic and how can universities build connections with the business community to support the skill development of students and the needs of businesses?

Patricia Lewis,IoD Ambassador
Richard Reece, Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Education and Student Experience at University of Kent,

Ron Lynch, IoD University and Student Engagement Director
Shellina Prendergast, Cabinet Member for Education & Skills, Kent County Council

To explore the future of university education post-pandemic.

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Date & time: 16 Sep 2021 12:30 - 13:30
Location: Online webinar, Online
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Patricia Lewis is Professor of Management at the Kent Business School, University of Kent. Her research investigates the relationship between gender and management in small and large organizations.

Shellina Prendergast,  Kent county Council Cabinet Member for Education and Skills
I want to ensure that the Council works to support children and young people, whatever their background or ability, to do their best and good schools are critical to achieving this ambition. Amongst an extensive portfolio of key concerns lies that of the post-16 landscape, particularly in light of the Skills for Jobs White Paper, published by the DfE in January. Whilst there is much which is positive in the Paper, I also recognise that there is much to be addressed in terms of qualification reform and ensuring our young people are offered a range of educational experiences to ensure they can progress down the route which is right for them.  

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Richard Reece, Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Education and Student Experience at University of Kent,

Ron Lynch, IoD University and Student Engagement Director

From 2007-2019 Ron was the IoD’s Regional Director for the East Midlands before taking up his current role in January 2020.
Ron began his career in accountancy with a company that had 75 supermarkets before holding various senior posts in the Department of Trade & Industry, and senior management positions, including Chief Executive, in the private sector.
He launched a marketing and management consultancy in 2001 and subsequently set up several businesses of which he was a director and shareholder until he stepped down in 2017.
He is a member of the Advisory Board for Nottingham Business School, and previously he was a director of Leicester College, Regional, Chairman of the Institute of Consulting, a member of an advisory committee for the British Geological Survey, a member of the East Midlands Regional Assembly and the East Midlands Regional Economic Cabinet. 
Ron has an MSc in Entrepreneurial Studies from the University of Stirling. Currently a member of the Advisory Board for Nottingham Business School and an Apprenticeship Ambassador.




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