The programme for our virtual UKFIET Conference, on 13-17 September, is now live on the website. We have six themes this year, under the overarching theme of Building Back Better in Education and Training: Reimagining, Reorienting and Redistributing. Two themes will run in parallel each day.
The online conference will span five shorter days instead of our usual three long ones, and we have aimed to be as inclusive as possible for all time zones to join. All of the sessions will be recorded and made available to delegates for 30 days via the conference platform (so if a session is too early, or runs in parallel with another, delegates won’t miss out).
Registration will close on 6 September to allow all delegates the week before to set up their profile and familiarise themselves with the conference platform. You will be able to watch pre-recorded presentations, and connect with other delegates.
Monday 13 September – Our conference opening session will feature two great speakers:
- Baela Raza Jamil, CEO of Idara-e-Taleem-o-Aagahi (ITA), Centre of Education and Consciousness and Commissioner with the Education Commission
- Dean Brooks, Director of Inter-agency Network for Education in Emergencies (INEE)
Wednesday 15 September – As is tradition, the British Association for International & Comparative Education (BAICE) will host their Presidential plenary session on the middle day of the conference.
- Paul Morris, UCL Institute of Education, BAICE President, will address Covid and ‘Building Back Better’: Global Agencies, Crises, and the Future of Education.
Friday 17 September – The conference will close with a keynote address followed by a panel discussion.
- Alicia Herbert, Director of the Education, Gender and Equality Directorate (EdGE), at the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO).
As well as our formal sessions, there will be slots available throughout the day in our Networking Space. Some pre-organised sessions will be announced at the start of each day and you can also use this space to spill over from sessions and continue conversations with groups of delegates. More information will be provided at the start of the conference but do start thinking of informal conversations you would like to suggest.
We would like to thank our theme sponsors: Curriculum Foundation, ACER UK and Education Development Trust. There is still the opportunity to sponsor one of six themes of the conference. The sponsors will also be part of our exhibition area where delegates will be able to browse materials and have meetings with the stand holders throughout the conference.
During the conference we will be using Twitter to share your messages. Follow us at: @UKFIET and include the hashtag #UKFIETConf. Please be aware that these messages will be available to our wider network and not just conference delegates.