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01 Dec 2022

The Year in Review: Reflections on 2022

The Year in Review: Reflections on 2022
As the year draws to a close, we've invited our Founding Partners and our Event Director, Max Oliver, to reflect on a year of accelerated transformation for Higher Education. Read on to hear from Max, UCISA, Jisc, ALT and Universities UK on their key takeaways from 2022, and what we're looking forward to for Ahead by Bett 2023!

'8 months have now passed since the industry came together for the inaugural Ahead by Bett, 'and in that time we have continued to see the sector transform at pace through a huge number of challenges borne from the pandemic. Throughout our research this summer and in our programming for our 2023 show, we've explored the themes of Leadership, Innovation, Skills, Inclusion, Wellbeing and Futures across our Think Ahead Hub in an effort to reflect the incredible work the Higher Education sector is doing to evolve for a post-pandemic landscape. One topic that I've enjoyed focusing on has been on the role of the student and how student experience is being reshaped. In one of our Think Ahead TV episodes this year, I had the pleasure of interviewing two UCL students who are heading up Jisc's Change Agents Student Network, through which they are forging a closer relationship with staff to ensure they have a say on wider university issues. This is well worth a watch back on our website!

As we look towards Ahead by Bett 2023, it's staggering how much we have grown in the short months since our launch. 'Our 2023 show will increase in size by over 300%, still incorporating thought-provoking and forward-thinking content across three content theatres and prioritising peer-led conversations. Through the guidance of our Founding Partners, Jisc, UCISA, ALT & Universities UK, along with our Advisory Board consisting of industry experts, we are continuing to sculpt the event into a truly memorable experience with actionable takeaways for all of our attendees. Thank you to our collaborators, supporters and partners for their ongoing support of Ahead by Bett.

I have no doubt that over the course of the four months we will have to navigate further disruption within the sector, but this makes me even more excited to see everyone again from the 29th-31st of March to share our challenges and work together to find the right solutions.

In the meantime, do watch out for a new episode of Think Ahead TV in January, and keep an eye on our website for news about the event and regular articles on industry trends. Lastly, I wish you all a Merry Christmas and hope you all manage to get a well-deserved break with family and friends.

See you in March!'

Max Oliver
Event Director, Ahead by Bett


Thank you for joining us on our EdTech journey this year! We can't wait to welcome you to Ahead by Bett 2023, but for now see below for some further reflections from our Founding Partners on how the Higher Education sector has changed in 2022.



Ahead by Bett returns to the ExCeL London on 29-31 March 2023, bringing the Higher Education community together to learn, network and trade. Get your ticket here!


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