We encourage attendees to bring students along to the conference and, if possible, co-present. 

Conference Programme

For details of how the conference will be structured and information on conference presentations/workshops and presenters, please see the Conference Programme. Presenters and registered delegates will be sent a full online version of the programme with abstracts for each session at the beginning of April. 

The conference will take place in the Peter Chalk Centre (EX4 4QQ), listed as number 17 on our Streatham Campus map. To book your place and for more details on conference fees, with or without on-campus accommodation, please see our Registration page. 

Keynote Addresses

The conference will open with a keynote address presented jointly by staff and students at the University of Exeter, charting the role that Exeter students have played as "Change Agents" over the last 10 years, and what developments and challenges lie ahead for Exeter. 

We are very pleased to announce that the Conference's second keynote address will be provided by Colin Bryson (Newcastle University, Chair of the RAISE Network) in partnership with Fanni Albert, a combined honours student from Newcastle University:

"Authentic Partnership - what, how and why?"

Over a very short period of time, the notion and practice of students and staff working in partnership has exploded onto the HE and FE and Skills scene. What are the principles and values that underpin an ethos of partnership? Are all ‘partnership’ practices really authentic partnership? What happens to such a ‘radical’ concept when it starts to be ‘mainstreamed’? Is partnership ethical and inclusive? Do students (and staff) genuinely feel like partners? What are the outcomes of such approaches? Colin and Fanni consider these questions, seeking to address them candidly and reflect on working as partners themselves and with others. 

Plenaries and regional networking

One of the most exciting parts of the conference is the openness for so many students to attend and co-present with staff. As in previous years, we will close the conference with a student panel discussion, reflecting on the themes and presentations from the conference, and looking to the future of student partnerships. 

This year, we are also pleased to offer time within the conference for institutions in specific regions of the UK to network and establish closer links. Previous conference feedback from delegates noted that while the CAN Conference was a useful annual event, the network lacked the opportunity to establish links more locally so that collaboration could take place throughout the rest of the year. 

Social and evening activities

We have tried to embed numerous social activities into this year's programme. Most notably, all delegates attending on either day or for the full conference are warmly invited to join us for an informal BBQ which will take place on the evening of Thursday 20th April in the gardens of Reed Hall, just few minutes' walk away from the conference venue (listed as number 14 on the Streatham Campus Map). Delegates are able to pay £19.99 per head in the online store to attend the BBQ if this is not already included within their chosen registration package. 

We will also be arranging an informal networking and social get together for delegates arriving on the Wednesday afternoon/evening at a convenient location to the main campus and to Exeter St David's station. More information about this will be emailed to presenters and registered delegates shortly before the conference.

Exeter is vibrant city with many places to explore. Delegates intending to make use of the spare time available in the conference programme may find the city's tourist information site useful.