Newcomers' Fast Track
Are you new to the education sector? Never been to a CASE conference before?
The Newcomers’ Fast Track is an opportunity for you to enjoy a bonus day of learning, networking, and socialising before the main conference begins.
We welcome all newcomers working across advancement in education, regardless of whether you are a fresh-faced graduate, or an experienced manager entering the sector in a senior position.
Whether your day job is fundraising, communications, alumni relations, marketing, or leadership, our sessions have been handpicked with everyone’s personal and professional development in mind.
Our 24-hour programme is packed with as much valuable content as possible to help you feel connected, informed and super-charged for the rest of CEAC 2020.
Discover the international context of the education landscape. Learn how to work with academics. Be inspired by a social media innovation showcase. Overcome your imposter syndrome. Practice public speaking in our Pecha Kucha competition. Participate in speed-networking with senior leaders. Take an unforgettable tour of our host city. Experience an ‘unconference’. And win prizes in our group challenge: HE professionals assemble!
We can’t wait to get started. See you there!
Newcomers' Fast Track Chair and Deputy Chair
Catherine Thomson, Marketing and Communications Manager, University College London
Simon Fairbanks, Deputy Chair, Newcomers’ Fast Track
A panel offering advice on how best to work with academic colleagues, comprised of professional services staff and academic colleagues themselves.
An opportunity for delegates to practice their public speaking by delivering a Pecha Kucha presentation (20 slides, 20 seconds per slide) on the topic of fun facts and trivia about their university, college or school. Those not presenting will expand their knowledge of the sector, and vote for the winner.
An inspirational showcase of examples on how the education is using social media to further their goals of fundraising, student recruitment, public engagement, reputation management, and more. Furthermore, an overview of how a personal presence on social media can provide a HE professional with new knowledge, networks and career opportunities.
A group challenge: the VC is looking for a cross-functional team to champion an upcoming Giving Day. There will only be 24 hours to raise as much money for the University's research, scholarships and campus developments as possible, and the VC needs their best people. Groups will be asked to reflect on their skills and experience, and how they could complement each other to form the best team for the job.
An Unconference is where an agenda is set in the room, in real time and then enacted. People stand up and pitch topics at the start: either something they'd like to lead a conversation on, or just something they'd be interested in discussing with other interested parties. People can then decide which discussion sounds most useful and head to it. You might have a session with 25 people, and another with 2, but it doesn't matter because you're reacting to the room.
An opportunity for newcomers' and senior leaders to network through a facilitated rotation system, with suggested conversation starters. Newcomers will gain knowledge from more experienced HE professionals, whilst the leaders will gain fresh insight from the newest talent in the sector.