Our University hosts the 2018 Higher Education Leadership Forum

Our University will be welcoming delegates from across the world to the Higher Education Leadership Forum (HELF) held in the Diamond this week, in partnership with Carleton University, Ottawa.

The theme of this year’s event is ‘Forging the Future’ and has attracted over 100 attendees and speakers from the UK, Canada, USA, Australia and South Korea. The theme was chosen as the event will promote the international reputation of both the city and the University of Sheffield.

HELF was established as a result of close partnership working between Sheffield and Carleton universities and was first held in April 2017 at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada.

Following a formal reception launch on Wednesday 12 September, the main event will take place over the 13 and 14 September at the Diamond. The event will combine both keynote speakers and parallel workshops with the aim of sharing the latest in research and practice in the field of leadership development in Higher Education internationally.

Keynote speakers include Peter Cheese (CEO of the Chartered Institute for Personnel and Development), Alison Johns (CEO of Advance HE), Professor Jonathan Gosling (Emeritus Professor of Leadership Studies at Exeter University) and Simon Fanshawe OBE (writer/broadcaster, Chair of the University of Sussex).

The parallel workshops are being delivered by a wide range of global organisations and cover a broad spectrum of topics.

Last year's Higher Education Leadership Forum in Canada was opened by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. This year Prime Minister, Theresa May, who visited Canada last September, wrote a letter to our University applauding the collaboration forged between the University of Sheffield ad Carleton University. She said:

“I welcome the important contributions of The University of Sheffield and Carleton University in hosting this Higher Education Leadership Forum.

“During my visit to Ottawa, Prime Minister Trudeau and I agreed to pursue an ambitious bilateral agenda to deepen the Canada-UK relationship. I am clear that our academic communities play a significant role in strengthening the ties between our two countries, and I am pleased to see another example of the UK and Canada working closely together.”

See the full statement from the Prime Minister below.

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