VC's delight as 400 staff push for an outstanding student experience

Journalism student Alexander Smith followed Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive Mark Power as he opened this week's key learning and teaching conference 'Students at the Heart'

Vice Chancellor Mark Power was delighted at the buzz at this week’s Students at the Heart Conference as almost 400 staff turned out.

He said that it was fantastic to get back into a conference of this size - the first large-scale in-person event the university has hosted since the Pandemic.

Mark said it was great to see colleagues reunited after the time apart, saying that it was wonderful to see their reunion on the first morning.

“We saw colleagues who had not seen each other for a considerable time. There's nothing like that creative energy and  buzz of people physically coming together.”


The Conference aimed to bring together staff from across the university to discuss and develop the creation of an outstanding student experience. It was based around the four new mission values of the university: Student focused, Inclusive, Community and Courageous.

“We have to continue to focus, to innovate, to create, and ensure that we can deliver the best possible student experience, within an environment in which our staff can thrive,” he said.

The conference sought to create dialogue over the student experience, introducing ideas and sharing best practice from both academic schools and professional services.

The VC said that the conference “will enable us to look, reflect and consider how we then implement these creative ideas into the next academic year.”

The two-day conference was also attended by Chancellor Nisha Katona, Chair of Governors Mike Parker, Faculty PVCs and executives of the Student Union, JMSU.


- The Students at the Heart team have funded a number of LJMU Journalism students, in partnership with the university’s Corporate Comms team, to report on and cover the conference over June 15/16, 2022.  With the support of the Journalism School staff, Frances Yeoman and Alan Humphries, these reports have been produced and written by our students showcasing their skills and talents in a professional setting.


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