DASSH Spring Conference 2019

This year, the DASSH Spring Conference will be held on Friday 17th May in Central London.

The focus of the event will be ‘Being a Dean in Challenging Times’. With uncertainty around issues such as Brexit and the Higher Education Funding Review, we will explore both the developing policy environments, and the practical questions of how we get on with the job of running our Faculties and Schools.

The event is free for members of DASSH.


9:45 – 10:00: Tea/coffee & Registration

10.00-10.15: Welcome & Chair’s Opening Remarks

10.15-11.15: Debbie McVitty, Editor of Wonkhe. ‘The UK HE Policy Landscape’.

11:15 – 12:15: Professor Susan Bruce, Arts & Humanities Alliance coordinator. ‘ASSH Schools and Faculties and the OA Monograph Agenda’

12:15 – 13:15: Lunch & Networking

13:15 – 14:00: Nick Skeet, Assistant Director Membership (England & International) Advance HE,  Advance HE Connect: Share, Connect, Collaborate

14:00 – 15:00: Dr Rita Gardner, Chief Executive of the Academy of Social Sciences, and Sharon Witherspoon Head of Policy  of the Academy of Social Sciences, ‘Social Sciences and Plan S’

15:00 – 15:30: Closing Remarks and further opportunities to network

* NB: The Programme may be subject to change.

DASSH-UK Autumn Conference 2018

Making the Case for Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences Education
British Academy, London, 2nd November 2018

Speakers: Alun Evans, British Academy; Harriet Barnes, British Academy; Liz Hutchinson , British Academy; Amatey Doku, Vice-Chair, NUS; Prof. John Holmwood, Nottingham University; Prof. Julia Buckingham, Brunel University.

Programme *
9:45 – 10:00: Tea/coffee & Registration
10.00-10.15: Welcome & Chair’s Opening Remarks
10.15-11.15: Opening Address
Alun Evans, Chief Executive of the British Academy
Harriet Barnes, Head of HE and Skills Policy, British Academy
Liz Hutchinson, Director of Communications and External Relations, British Academy
11:15 – 12:15: ‘Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences Education: The student perspective’, Amatey Doku, Vice-President, NUS
12:15 – 13:00: Lunch & Networking
13:00 – 14:00: ‘Making the Case for the Social Sciences’, Prof. John Holmwood, Nottingham University
14:00 – 15:00: ‘Athena Swan Review’, Prof. Julia Buckingham, Brunel University
15:00 – 15:30: Closing Remarks and further opportunities to network
* NB: The Programme may be subject to change.

DASSH Spring 2018 Conference

Date: Thu, 17 May 2018, 12:00 – Fri, 18 May 2018, 13:00

Venue: York St John University, Lord Mayors Walk, York, YO31 7EX (Room SK/128, Breaks in Room SK/037)

Theme: Plotting a course through REF and TEF

Key Speakers: Prof. Anne Boddington (Kingston University and Chair of the Arts & Design UoA), Kim Hackett (Research Manager HEFCE/Research England), Prof. Susan Orr (Chair of Arts TEF panel), Ed Marsh (Chief Exec Officer, Middlesex SU), Diana Beech (HEPI), Prof. Clare Milsom (Liverpool John Moores), Prof. Neil Ward (DVC/PVC-Academic Affairs at UEA)


Thursday 17 May (TEF)

12  – 1.00pm Light lunch and Registration

1.00 Welcome

1.15 – 2.45 Session 1 (TEF)

Ed Marsh, Prof. Susan Orr, Charlie Leyland

2.45-3.15 Tea

3.15 – 4.45 Session 2 (TEF)

Dr Diana Beech, Prof. Clare Milsom, Prof. Neil Ward

5.00 AGM

6.00 Wine reception

Friday 18 May (REF)

9.00 – 9.30 Coffee and networking

9.30 – 10.30 Session 3 (Kim Hackett)

10.30 – 11.00 Coffee and networking

11.00 – 12.00 Session 4 (Anne Boddington )

12.00 – 12.30 Q&A

12.30 – 1.00pm Light lunch

1pm End


DASSH Autumn 2017 Conference

Date: Friday 3rd November 2017 (10am-3.30pm)

Venue: Senate House, University of London

Theme: The ‘Ins and Outs’ of Higher Education: Recruitment, Admissions and Graduate Outcome

Key Speakers:

  • Margaret Farragher, Head of Policy and Qualifications, UCAS
  • British Academy Flagship Project’s Team (Celebrating Skills in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences)

DASSH Spring 2017 Conference

Date: 12th May 2017

Venue: Bloomsbury Room, Senate House, London

Theme: Managing in a Time of Change

Key Speakers:

  • Dr Diana Beech (HEPI): “The main challenges and opportunities facing UK universities today”
  • Dr David Morris (Wonkhe): “What the TEF is going on? Breaking down the motives, methods and maneuverings around TEF”
  • Professor Jackie Labbe (University of Sheffield): “The Future of Modern Languages”
  • Professor Jane Longmore (Vice Chancellor, University of Chichester): “The HE Trailblazer Apprenticeship programme”

DASSH Residential Conference – 12-13th May 2016 : The Election One Year On

Booking Now Open

Date: 12th-13th May 2016

Projected Venue:  Grand Connaught Rooms, Central London

Theme: The Election: One Year On

Key Speakers:

  • Nicola Dandridge, Chief Executive Universities UK
  • Professor James Wilsdon
  • Laura Dyer,  Executive Director Arts Council England
  • Chris Millward HEFCE Director (Policy)
  • Policy Futures Round-table

With a focus on policy change and challenges for Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities.

Programme runs from lunchtime to lunchtime  (12-13th May), and includes Conference Dinner with guest speaker Rick Rylance on 12th May.

Members fee £125 (including conference dinner)


DASSH November 2015 Conference – ACCESS and DIVERSITY

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Date: 6th November 2015

Venue: Mary Ward House, Tavistock Place, Central London


Member’s Fee: £45

Non-Member’s Fee: £100

Key Speakers: Mary Curnock Cook (UCAS), Averil Macdonald and Susan Bruce (Gender Equality/Athena Swan), Imran Awan (BCU)

Provisional Programme:

9.30 Registration, refreshments and networking

10.00 Session 1: Mary Curnock Cook (UCAS) – UCAS Update:  Progression and participation for ASSH students (45 minute presentation plus table discussion)

11.15 Break for refreshments

11.45 Session 2: Averil Macdonald and Susan Bruce – Athena Swan (45 minute presentation plus discussion)

13.00 Networking lunch & AGM

14.00 Imran Awan (BCU) –  Prevent: Implications for Humanities and Social Sciences

15.15 Close

Residential Conference – 14-15th May 2015, Northumbria University

We are sorry to announce that due to the low numbers of members registering for the May conference, we have had to make the difficult decision to cancel it. 

We would like to thank everyone again for the various ways through which they agreed to support the event, and we hope that it can be arranged for a future occasion.

We are communicating with all participants to arrange any recompense.

DASSH May 2014 Conference – Shifting Landscapes

The DASSH-UK Annual Conference will take place 15-16th May at Regent’s University London.

The 2014 conference entitled Shifting Landscapes will include talks covering the following topics:

Restructuring academic provision – the strategic and legal issues
Developing a successful enterprise culture among academic staff
Persuading debt-laden students graduating in 2015 that PG studies are worth the investment
Understanding the strategic impact of the removal of the cap on student numbers in 2015/16

The conference dinner will take place on Thursday 15th May.

For the full program and ticket bookings please visit the booking site for booking information.

If you have any questions please contact Sarah Rimmo-Toure by email: rimmotos@lsbu.ac.uk or phone 0207 815 5743.