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Jisc Change Agents' Network (CAN)  

8th Annual Conference

Civic and Cultural 


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APRIL 15TH - 16TH 2020


Civic and Cultural Intelligence: Partnerships for Student Success

Birmingham City University is delighted to host the Jisc Change Agents Network conference on the conference theme of Civic and Cultural Intelligence: Partnerships for Student Success.

At a time of significant political, social and economic uncertainty the ability of universities and students to engage with their communities is all the more important. This conference will reveal how students, universities and communities can create opportunities for social innovation and cohesion that enhances not only student learning but also the ways in which universities embrace their local communities.


This provides universities and colleges with an opportunity to change the paradigm. Moving from the goal of making students ‘ready for college’ to one where the institutions reinvent themselves to be ‘ready for their students’ and their communities.

Within the main theme students, staff and community representatives are invited to submit proposals that address the following sub-themes:

  • Learning beyond the classroom

  • Enabling underserved student success

  • Sustainability through partnerships

  • Citizenship and engagement

  • Wellbeing



Submissions are now closed 


Registration now open...

We are sorry to announce that due to the Covid-19 virus, Birmingham City University and Jisc have decided to postpone the 2020 Change Agents’ Network (CAN).

The Covid-19 pandemic has meant that many universities and colleges are restricting travel for staff and students which could significantly impact on attendance and engagement. We are naturally disappointed, especially as the student-led team at BCU have put in so much effort to put together such an inspiring programme. However, health concerns come first.

If you have registered and paid for the event, the conference team will contact you separately about refunding the fee.

We plan to reschedule the event for later in the year and hope that you will be able to join us then. Meanwhile, thank you for your participation and enthusiasm so far. We will share future plans as soon as we are able.