Created as a natural extension of our 'Higher Education Dialogues', the 'Deep Dive' series aims to connect higher education representatives from across Europe and Asia with their peers in the UK. Together, we will discuss some of the biggest challenges universities and their staff face around the world. 

Each month, we will come together to address a particular challenge universities and teachers are facing. Not every session will be open for registrations, but after each one we will share the recording so that you can review the input from our speakers and see what ideas came out of the discussion. We will also share a short Spotlight Report, with main takeaways that you can apply in your own university/country. 

What we discussed in previous sessions:

January 2021 | 'What technology can universities use to provide better career service to their graduates this year?'

In our fourth 'Higher Education Dialogues – Deep Dive' session, we explored different ways that technology can be used to deliver existing career support and employability models but also to enhance practice within and outside the curriculum.  


  • Ali Orr, Head of Graduate Outcomes and Employability, Kingston University
  • Vanessa Freeman, (Acting) Director for Careers and Employability, City University of London
  • Martin Edmondson, CEO and founder, Gradcore
  • Moderator: Clare Sears, Deputy Regional Director Wider Europe, British Council
Watch the session recording Download the Spotlight Report

December 2020 | 'How can universities conduct online assessment that is secure and credible?'

For our third 'Deep Dive' session, we discussed the concept of academic integrity and provided guidance on how to assess with integrity as well as the remote and digital provision. Our panel also shared the institutional approach to assessment, including how to avoid academic misconduct.


  • Carolyn Westbrook –Test Development Researcher, British Council
  • Gareth Crossman – Head of Policy and Communications, QAA
  • Prof. Michael Draper – Professor in Legal Education, Swansea University
  • Dr Irene Glendinning – Institutional Lead for Academic Integrity, Coventry University
Watch the session recording Download the Spotlight Report

November 2020 | 'How can teachers encourage active learning in an online delivery environment?'

For our second 'Deep Dive' session, we organised a masterclass to share key principles and best practices for delivering online learning.  

Masterclass lead

Dr Catherine (Kay) Hack is the Principal Adviser (Learning and Teaching) for Advance-HE. Her role includes developing, managing and promoting excellence in teaching and learning, both generally and within STEM disciplines.

Watch the session recording Download the Spotlight Report

October 2020 | 'What can universities do to help graduates find employment?'

During the first of our 'Deep Dive' sessions, we explored the history and fundamentals of graduate employability, outlined current models to enhance graduate employability by universities, and provided practical examples from the UK’s experience in this area.


  • Martin Edmondson, CEO and Founder of Gradcore
  • Professor Karen Bryan, Vice Chancellor, York St John University
  • Adele Browne, Head of Graduate Success, De Montfort University
  • Moderator: Maja Mandekic, Regional Portfolio Manager, British Council
Watch the session recording Download the Spotlight Report

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