Partners and Exhibitors
We are independent specialists in workplace investigation and dispute resolution with considerable experience of Higher Education. Founded in 2010, we have over the past decade undertaken successful assignments in nearly 50 HEIs. Our team of trained investigators and dispute resolvers, with backgrounds in senior management, human resources and finance, are able quickly to understand client needs and deal confidently with the full range of complex and difficult employment relations issues. We pride ourselves on prompt and high-quality service, a systematic project approach to every assignment and our ability to be “thoughtful practitioners”.
Bevan Brittan is a UK-Top 100 national law firm providing legal and advisory services advising businesses across construction, energy and resource management, higher education and financial services sectors, complementing the firm’s market leadership within housing, local government and health and social care.
Our team of specialist higher education lawyers work with a growing number of universities and HEIs, including members of the internationally renowned Russell Group as well as dynamic new universities and colleges, providing well informed, pragmatic legal solutions, whilst delivering excellent value for money.
Contact our award-winning teams us today for advice on Brexit and COVID-19 related issues, education law including student disciplinary and academic misconduct processes, estate management and commercial and corporate law.
Browne Jacobson LLP is a national law firm with five regional centres in Birmingham, Exeter, London, Manchester and Nottingham. With a deep commitment to the education sector, Browne Jacobson is delighted to support The 2021 UHR Conference.
Always ahead of the curve, Browne Jacobson provides refreshing ideas and out of the box thinking. In the rapidly changing legal, regulatory and commercial landscape, they ensure that education institutions of all sizes are prepared for, and able to take advantage of opportunities that come their way. They also provide reassuring, professional support and guidance when challenges arise.
As one of the country’s leading (and largest) law firms operating in the education sector, clients benefit from a true partnership approach with their multi-disciplinary practice, with services designed to assist with your bespoke employment and HR needs – from recruitment, contractual and settlement agreements, immigration issues and employment training solutions to advocacy services and practical resolutions to grievance, disciplinary, ill-health and performance related matters
Browne Jacobson’s Higher Education (HE) team, led by employment specialist Bettina Rigg, recognise that it is more important than ever that institutions can rely on specialist and dedicated lawyers that understand the competitive, challenging environment in which you operate. They pride themselves on working with senior leaders, management teams and in-house legal counsel to support them to enable informed and strategic decision making and identification and management of risk.
Known for giving practical advice, having strong market knowledge and being proactive and prepared to ‘give a view’, please do contact the team to discuss how their services can be tailored to meet your institution’s needs.
For 30 years, its been our ambition to create workplaces where people can really be authentic, bringing their ‘whole self’ to work, without the fear of conflict.
Established in 1989 CMP pioneered the use of mediation at work in the UK, being the first organisation to provide workplace mediation skills training and established the UK’s first in-house mediation scheme with Birmingham City Council in 1992.
CMP’s “Certificate in Mediation” was developed in the early 1990’s, and over the past 30 years it has been accredited by OCR/RSA, OCN, and now the ILM, as the ILM Endorsed Award the Professional Workplace Mediator. A 6-day 40-hour programme, aligned to the EU Code of conduct for mediators, and is recognised by the College of Mediators, Civil Mediation Council (CMC) and soon, the Mediators Institute of Ireland.
We have successfully developed and trained more than 5000 mediators across the world based on this programme.
Rebecca, our Director of Operations, sits on the CMC’s workplace mediation working group, and Katherine, our Chair of the Board, is a former chair of the College of Mediators and is a co-founder of CMP.
To help organisations realise the cost of conflict after the 2006 CBI/CEDR/CMS report we developed the UK’s Conflict Profile, which is still used today by the report authors, to help them calculate the hidden, and apparent cost of conflict at work.
In 2009, CMP developed the first UK’s best practice standards for grievance and disciplinary investigations, endorsed by the Business School at Manchester University, and later adopted as the basis for the 2013 ACAS Code of Practice (1) on Disciplinary and Grievance Procedures. From these standards, we developed the internationally recognised Qualified Workplace Investigator programme, now the ILM Endorsed Award the “Professional Workplace Investigator”.
From 2013 to 2018 CMP supported the British Standards Institute (BSI) to develop new national a standards for employment investigations (BS102000), and in 2018, we were invited to consult with the OIA on their latest framework and standards for investigations into non-academic complaints, including sexual misconduct on campus.
In 2019, we distilled ‘mediation soft skills’ into “Conversational Integrity”, a group of 5 core capacities to enable connected, effective and productive conversations. These 5 capacities are Empathy, Self Awareness, Situational Awareness, Curiosity and Reflective Listening, and these capacities now form the basis of our ‘soft’ skills programmes.
2020 sees CMP partner the Association of British Investigators (ABI), and become registered with the SSAIB, before being accredited with BS 102000, making CMP the only employment investigation service to hold the British Standard for Investigative Services.
We work holistically, from resolving complaints and conflict, through developing and supporting people to effectively manage their conversations without the fear of conflict.
Helping you to settle and take stock after cases are resolved, learn from the past, train your people to be their best selves, coach them to coach and mentor others. Supporting your people to communicate better, evaluate the situation and their perspectives, facilitate conversations and organisational development interventions, mediate relationship breakdowns and investigate those concerns that need to be, and settle again.
Dixon Walter was specifically established to provide quality-driven executive search services to Higher Education. Over the last decade we have quickly, quietly and effectively established ourselves as a key partner to a number of universities across the UK. Working in partnership, we make it our business to enhance their leadership capacity and capability with talented and effective individuals, always seeking to exceed our clients’ expectations. We always deliver, even the most challenging assignments and have developed a process and approach that is both effective and meets aspirations.
We are practical and pragmatic. Quality is most often achieved when the simple things are done well. We will not overcomplicate or over-elaborate, which is not to say that our services are not detailed. At the heart of our philosophy is a desire to provide a service built on:
- A deep understanding of the sector and the key issues facing it
- Quality of process
- A consultative approach and partnership working
- A true commitment to equality and diversity
- Access and availability
We take full responsibility for delivery of all aspects of the recruitment process and do not simply pass the bulk of the preparation and delivery to researchers and support staff, or indeed your HR function. In this way we will ensure consistency, confidentiality and quality so that our service principles are never compromised.
We believe we should be an extension of your brand and not the other way around. We will always operate as an extension of your interests, values and culture.
DocuSign helps Universities connect and automate how they prepare, sign, act on, and manage agreements. As part of the DocuSign Agreement Cloud, DocuSign offers eSignature: the world's #1 way to sign electronically on practically any device, from almost anywhere, at any time. Today, more than 750,000 customers and hundreds of millions of users in over 180 countries use DocuSign to accelerate the process of doing business and to simplify people's lives.
Eversheds Sutherland LLP
Eversheds Sutherland LLP is an international law firm with 68 offices in 34 countries. According to Legal 500, our Education Sector Group “is widely considered the market leader in the higher education field” and we are ranked in band 1 in Legal 500 and Chambers Directories for both our education and our employment law expertise. We have a dedicated team of experienced education lawyers with a thorough understanding of the issues and needs faced by HE institutions and we provide advice and support to education institutions and their senior leadership teams in all the legal areas they face (locally, nationally and internationally).
Over the past 12 months we have worked closely with sector clients in relation to a broad range of employment law issues, including helping institutions to meet the myriad challenges presented by the COVID19 pandemic. We have established ourselves as a thought leader for the sector on this critical issue and helped institutions respond to the rapidly changing regulatory environment they have faced over this period. Alongside this, we have continued to support clients with their ‘business as usual’ HR activities, advising across a full range of contentious and non-contentious areas of employment law including complex high value tribunal proceedings, organisational change, industrial relations, investigations, staff discipline and grievances, whistleblowing challenges, international staffing and collaborations, immigration issues, equality and diversity, fixed-term/hourly paid staff, health and safety, reputation management and HR-related governance and regulatory matters.
We are delighted to be supporting UHR with this year’s annual conference.
Employee Experience Management
From Hire to Retire
We help 35% of the Fortune 100 gain actionable employee feedback and drive higher performance and engagement.
Explorance strives to provide the best solutions for HR professionals in Higher Education HR. The Blue Experience Management (XM) platform facilitates feedback and assessment data in a holistic, automated package – deepening and centralizing employee insights at any institution.
Improve organizational success by fostering a culture of innovation, and engage your employees at all levels through consistent stepwise feedback and continuous listening strategies.
Boost your decision support capabilities with better data and advanced analytics that allow you to uncover crucial context that might otherwise be missing during the employee journey.
Farrer & Co
Farrer & Co is synonymous with the highest quality legal advice and service. From our offices in London we work with trusted professionals around the world to deliver a seamless international service. Our Higher Education team is consistently ranked for Education in the leading legal directories, and was recently awarded Legal 500’s award for Firm of the Year for Education in 2020. Our university clients choose us because they value our ability to offer advice of the highest quality across all their activities. We can field specialists in every discipline, from employment, through to charity law and governance, intellectual property, and data protection. This diverse expertise combined with an intricate knowledge of how the education sector works means we can work quickly and proactively to resolve their issues.
GatenbySanderson is the UK’s leadership expert spanning Education and broader public services. We work within complex markets that are subject to high degrees of governance and public scrutiny and organisations at the heart of social and policy change.
Our reach and networks extend across Central and Local Government, Health, Defence, Housing, Not for Profit, Regulation, Faith organisations and the wider Education sector. We build long term, intelligent relationships and provide outstanding people care to support strategic corporate and academic leadership appointments at Board and Executive Level.
Whether identifying the next Vice Chancellor, devising top team or board development programmes, creating more inclusive teams or driving through organisational change initiatives, we partner with organisations to provide future ready leadership, improve board performance and accelerate change. We provide positive challenge, creativity and a rigorous process to those organisations looking to introduce or develop new talent, while managing risk.
We deliver diversity and inclusion with one of the largest track records of senior diverse appointee - under-represented groups make up 60% of all appointees. Our focus upon intersectionality, lived experience and social background offers a more nuanced approach to inclusive search strategies, where we adopt a creative, lateral approach to access influencers and shapers.
We achieve some of the highest levels of candidate and client care within the industry. Using the globally recognised customer service metric of Net Promoter Score (NPS), we achieve a ‘world class’ rating putting us in the top quartile of professional services industries globally.
As the foremost global job board for careers in research, science and academia, jobs.ac.uk offers a selection of products and services to help you access, attract, and engage with a large audience of bright, talented candidates.
Launched in 1998 by the University of Warwick, jobs.ac.uk serves more than 1,950 organisations in the higher education sector with a powerful digital platform and global reach to enhance their recruitment efforts.
We support every stage of the academic career path, helping to connect top talent to higher education opportunities. Through extensive research, we have developed insights into our jobseeker audience, trends, key drivers, career paths and jobseeker behaviour, to help you to improve the success of your online recruitment advertising.
MCR is a multi-disciplinary HR management consultancy headquartered in London. We have an established reputation providing consultancy advice and services to clients across a wide spectrum, from large multinationals to recent start-ups in the corporate (listed and private), government, higher education and not-for-profit sectors.
MCR is increasingly the destination of choice for Universities seeking greater impact, flexibility and value from their remuneration, HR and workforce advisers. Our higher education assignments have included organisation-wide strategic workforce planning for the transforming future higher education landscape, leadership and organisational development, staff learning and development, performance management and extensive remuneration advice. MCR is trusted with the delivery of business critical and high-profile HR consultancy assignments across this fascinating and increasingly competitive and commercial sector.
We have eleven practice areas which are detailed on our website: https://mcr.consulting and over the last seven years we have been reinventing human capital consulting to meet changing client needs. One of our core operating tenets is our belief in the value of interdisciplinarity to get to the heart of the opportunities and challenges that our clients face in their rapidly changing markets. Our mission is to develop and implement the most impactful and value creating consultancy solutions for our clients’ business needs.
Mercer’s Higher Education Group: Helping the university workforce thrive
University workforces are changing. From pensions to mental health to career paths, workers’ needs are evolving, and their employers need to evolve too.
There are myriad services, new approaches, investment strategies and benefits packages that universities might not have taken advantage of in the past. But what’s on offer is changing with the times as are the challenges and issues faced in the sector. We can support and help you to navigate these challenges, to look after your most important asset – your people – in a way that’s right for you and your university.
From considering pensions, financial education, engagement, wellbeing and attracting and retaining talent, our insight and experience is unrivalled:
- Manage employee benefits with ease and maximise engagement
- Improve the financial wellbeing of your staff and empower them to make better financial decisions
- Boost performance with a positive culture of health and wellbeing
- Secure the best talent with a compelling employment proposition
- Attract and retain the best talent with a more competitive benefits package
- Navigate a challenging pensions environment and achieve better outcomes for you and your people
- Improve your endowments investment strategy
MHR International Group is a global software and consultancy company specialising in HR, payroll, employee engagement, analytics and artificial intelligence services.
We are an independently owned company headquartered in the UK but with operations across the world. Established in 1984 we now employ more than 700 people globally and have been developing and implementing our solutions for over 35 years. We continue to invest in research and development to ensure we deliver the latest technology and services to our customers.
Our product portfolios include iTrent, People First and MHR Analytics, which we provide alongside a number of partners to deliver consultancy, business intelligence and analytics solutions. More than 1,000 companies from SMEs to large multi-national corporates work with us to help them maximise employee engagement, generate better insights from their data and improve operational efficiencies. Customers include Hugh James, Admiral, Swinton Insurance, Jupiter Asset Management, Turner & Townsend and more.
Mills & Reeve
Mills & Reeve is a major UK law firm and a top tier provider of legal services to the education sector in England and Wales, advising over 130 universities, colleges, national agencies, academies, educational businesses and charities. The firm has one of the largest teams of specialist education lawyers in the country with legal expertise in all areas in which universities need support including employment, pensions and immigration. The firm provides clients with expert lawyers who know the sector back to front and give practical, context-aware advice that they know works. The strength and depth of the team allows the firm to resource work at the most cost effective level for its clients. Mills & Reeve has supported UHR for over 17 years, running workshops and providing support and legal briefings to members across a variety of specialist subject areas, and is delighted to be sponsoring their first virtual conference.
Mills & Reeve is the only law firm to feature in The Sunday Times' Best 100 Companies to Work For list 17 years running. The firm was also recently ‘highly commended’ in the Charity Times awards for its firm-wide collaboration with the charity Into University which seeks to support young people from disadvantaged backgrounds.
NTT DATA Business Solutions
NTT DATA Business Solutions is a global SAP Partner with a strategic focus in Higher Education. We are currently supporting a number of UK Universities in their Transformation Projects and have the right knowledge, experience, and the best SAP solutions to help you in your ambitions and plans.
We help universities deliver the very best experiences for students and staff and offer unrivalled knowledge of the challenges facing the higher education sector. With nearly 10,000 SAP experts in 27 countries, we are there where and when our customers need us. That is why people trust us. All over the world.
Our Key focus areas:
- Finance Transformation
- Employee Experience
- Analytics and Data Management
- Student Lifecycle Management
- Student Engagement Platform
To deliver world-class services to their students and staff, universities are introducing digitally-integrated processes and higher education software for Finance, HR, and Analytics to increase student engagement and staff retention.
Combine financial processes with automated, real-time analytics, and translate them into forward-looking business insight across the university. Modern SAP higher education software creates an intelligent digital core with a single financial data source for transactions, analytics, and planning, embedded directly into E2E processes.
NTT DATA Business Solutions is helping Universities to deliver the very best employee experiences with SAP SuccessFactors® Human Experience Management (HXM) Suite. Develop top performers, drive employee engagement and increase productivity. With SAP SuccessFactors Human Experience Management (HXM) Suite, you support the full hire-to-retire process and improve the everyday experience of your people.
Today, more and more higher education institutions operate like B2C businesses. Speak with NTT DATA Business Solutions and find out how we are helping universities to digitally transform student engagement as they embark on a journey to the ‘intelligent enterprise.’
The Oracle Cloud offers a complete suite of integrated applications for Sales, Service, Marketing, Human Resources, Finance, Supply Chain, and Manufacturing, plus Highly Automated and Secure Oracle Cloud Infrastructure featuring the Oracle Autonomous Database. For more information about Oracle (NYSE: ORCL), please visit our website.
We’re your expert global partner who’ll find, excite and secure the people (from graduates to executives) who will bring you success.
Pinsent Masons LLP is an award winning full service law firm with a Universities and Higher Education team of over 150 lawyers based in our offices in the UK, Europe, Asia Pacific and Middle East. We advise over 70 universities in the UK and internationally as well as private and for-profit higher education providers outside of the publicly funded sector.
We have a leading reputation in the sector for employment and HR related advice, built on our team’s pragmatic and robust approach. Our approach is what sets us apart – a practical attitude focused on delivering business objectives, delivered by a team who are easy to work with and who understand the sector.
In a year like no other for the higher education sector, we have continued to find solutions for our clients on both day to day employment issues such as ET claims, disciplinary, grievance and discrimination matters, whistleblowing, industrial relations, pension and immigration matters and issues arising from the Covid-19 pandemic, ranging from furlough and returning to work to mental health and vaccination policies. Our group of specialists are always there to pick up the phone to should you have queries trying to navigate the not-so-certain future of a post-Covid world.
We recognise the need for our clients to be kept up to date in the ever changing world of employment law. Our award winning knowledge service, Employment Law +, enables our clients to do this through its unique dedicated offering of employment law developments and our specialist training team.
Shakespeare Martineau is a leading law firm that combines creativity, commerciality and clarity. They work with leading organisations both in the public and private sector. Their multi-disciplinary team delivers a broad range of specialist legal services, and particularly stands out for its expertise across key sectors, including the education sector.
They have particular expertise of advising in the HE sector on HR issues. They pride themselves on protecting and growing organisations. Their approach goes beyond just legal solutions: clients trust them to advise on what’s possible, what’s prudent and what’s coming around the corner.
Simitive Limited solutions enable effective and efficient workforce planning. Academic Workload Allocation and Management System provides valuable data to support equality and diversity, staff well being and promote student satisfaction. The Living Review enables continuous conversations around performance reviews providing a platform for feedback to take place throughout the year on an ongoing basis.
Taking care of your financial future
Tilney’s financial planners and investment experts help people to achieve their financial goals and ambitions.
It looks after £24 billion on behalf of its clients, who include solicitors, senior professionals, company executives and business owners along with families, charities and other private individuals.
Tilney’s experts understand that as an education professional, your personal finances are likely to be complicated and you may have very little time to dedicate to them. You face unique challenges when it comes to your pension and retirement planning, inheritance tax and estate planning and tax planning.
As an education professional, you’ll know the importance of talking to an expert. Just as you have the specialist academic knowledge to help your students, Tilney has the specialist financial planning and investment knowledge and expertise to help you.
See the details of awards won by Tilney.
How Tilney can help you
Tilney does not have a ‘one size fits all’ approach – its service is personal to you. Some people require a comprehensive financial plan with ongoing management of their investments and regular meetings. Others need a one-off recommendation on a single topic. It can help with both and everything in between.
As you think about your personal wealth, you're likely to have a number of questions. Tilney’s advisers understand these queries and what considerations you need to make, such as:
- How much do I need for the retirement I want?
- Are my personal finances at the mercy of the markets?
- Are my investments set up correctly for the future?
- Am I as tax efficient as I could be?
- Is now the right time to start passing down wealth to my loved ones?
- How can I financially prepare for life’s ‘what ifs’? For example, what would happen if I were unable to work for any length of time? Or how would my family cope financially when I die? A financial planner can work with you to review your finances and help prepare for life’s ‘what ifs’ through the use of cashflow modelling.
The value of an investment may go down as well as up, and you may get back less than you originally invested.
Issued by Tilney Financial Planning Limited. Authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. Financial services are also provided by other companies in the Tilney Smith & Williamson Group, further details of which are available here.
Your partner for talent solutions.
Whether it’s attrition, attraction, skills shortages, too many applicants, virtual assessment or improving diversity and inclusivity, TMP creates and delivers award winning solutions that solve your talent problems.
Currently working with over 20 Universities in the UK, our services include:
- Executive & professional search & selection
- Virtual assessment design & delivery
- Equality, Diversity & Inclusion consulting
- Recruitment Process Outsourcing
- Managed Service Provider
- Employer Branding
- Recruitment Advertising & Marketing
Started by the University of Warwick in 1997, Unitemps is a university-owned, campus-based recruitment service which addresses the key challenges in higher education. The Unitemps franchise model allows institutions to tackle issues such as efficiencies, cost savings and student debt, while enhancing the overall student experience and meeting the temporary employment needs of your institution.
With its heritage firmly grounded in the higher education sector, Unitemps is an employment solution placing students and workers from the wider community in temporary, permanent, graduate and internship roles within universities and local businesses.
We currently have 18 offices within the franchise network across the UK, having launched new branches at Liverpool John Moores University and the University of Edinburgh in the last financial year. All of our branches have been successfully working remotely since March 2020.
The benefits offered by the Unitemps franchise solution include:
- Integrate your students into the working environment, providing them with flexible job roles to balance work with their studies
- Easily manage casual staff’s entire recruitment process, from sourcing to booking, including correspondence with clients and candidates
- Sustainable income source for institutional investment, your university will benefit from all the cost savings an in-house recruiting system can bring
- Ensure employment risk mitigation and robust legislative compliance, including GDPR and DPA 2018
With more than 20 years’ experience, Veredus is the Executive Search & Selection and Interim Management provider of choice for leaders who drive their organisations forward. For the positions that matter, and the niche roles that are hard to fill, we have the expertise and insight to find the right person, at the right time, for the right role. We consult and partner with our clients to help them positively impact their current and future workforce and to ensure that they attract and retain the best talent and make informed talent-related decisions.
We work with a diverse range of organisations across the Higher Education and wider skills sector to deliver innovative and practical solutions to the challenges they face. We help them deliver transformation with the student experience at its heart and we support organisations to embrace opportunities and manage the risks they face as they increasingly operate globally. We have conducted global searches for senior academic leadership posts and have appointed to senior professional services roles, often looking to attract talent from other sectors. We have also supported university governing bodies with appointments of independent lay members.
As an organisation, we are committed to creating an environment where diversity is valued and respected and where our people can bring their different perspectives and whole selves to work. We therefore take our responsibility in helping our clients to ensure diversity of their workforce very seriously. Diversity and inclusion are key elements of our recruitment practice and processes, and we are proud to have been involved in many high-profile appointments of women and minority ethnic candidates.
Our insight products and expertise set us apart from other firms. We use real time research and high-quality data to assist organisations to better understand their marketplace, so they can make informed business plans and talent strategies. Our services are grounded in comprehensive market analysis, that is then verified with qualitative insight conversations with people within that market who can provide a picture of the landscape that our clients operate in.
From business psychology and assessment, through to coaching and supporting placements through their first 90 days, we help leaders understand their business and talent landscape, nurturing them with the tools and advice they need to succeed.
With extensive reach, we operate across a broad range of sectors and industries including education, central government, local government, healthcare, transport, infrastructure, manufacturing and engineering, energy and utilities, retail, technology and FMCG.
VWV's dedicated team of higher education lawyers provides specialist legal support to universities nationally from our offices in London, Watford, Bristol and Birmingham.
We are a leading adviser to higher education sector and are recognised in the legal directories as being top ranked in education, with Legal 500 commenting that VWV "has an outstanding track record of excellence in the HE sector so is the "go to" firm for complex claims, particularly involving academic staff".
Our HE employment team is dedicated to providing specialised, tailored legal advice to suit the particular challenges and demands faced by higher education institutions in employment and HR related matters. We understand the environment in which HEIs operate and provide innovative, pragmatic solutions on everything from day-to-day queries to complex, sensitive, strategic issues, with a focus on helping clients understand and manage risk.
Workday is a leading provider of enterprise cloud applications for finance and human resources, helping customers adapt and thrive in a changing world. Workday applications for financial management, human resources, planning, spend management, and analytics have been adopted by thousands of organizations around the world and across industries—from medium-sized businesses to more than 45 percent of the Fortune500.
Zellis is the largest provider of payroll and HR software, and Managed Services, to UK and Ireland-based companies with over 1,000 employees. With over 50 years’ experience and over 2,500 employees, we count a third of the FTSE 100 as customers and pay over five million employees a year. We are also the people behind ResourceLink, now part of Zellis HCM Cloud, which won the Chartered Institute of Payroll Professional’s (CIPP) Payroll Software of the Year Award for 2020.