Be part of the CAN Conference student panel!

Photo of Liz EllisA guest blog post from Elizabeth Ellis, senior product development manager at The Open University, hosts of the 2019 CAN conference


Are you already registered for the 2019 CAN Conference, or thinking of registering?

One of the most interesting parts of the conference programme is the Student Panel, which will be on Thursday 30th May, from 2:45pm to 3:30pm. The Student Panel discussion is a highlight at the CAN conference, giving delegates a chance to listen to students from a variety of institutions answer a variety of questions and offer their experiences. There are still a few spaces on the panel available for students who may want to take part.

This year the panel has been organised by Fanni Zombor, Vice President Media and Campaigns at the Open University Students Association, and a member of the OU’s CAN organising team. She will also be facilitating the panel. The discussion will focus on how the relationship between students and staff is changing.

‘We would like to have conversations with students to find out from them about their ideal relationship, what has and hasn’t worked for them and how they see the future of student staff relationships,’ says Fanni.

She asks: ‘If you are a student, or know a student attending the conference who you think might be interested, please encourage them to volunteer to take part in the panel. We welcome all students, and we are especially keen to hear from students who study with alternative providers and students from underrepresented groups (BAME, those with disabilities, LGBT+).’

Students should reply to to express their interest by 10 May 2019. They should include a short introduction, and a few reasons why they believe they would be ideal to include in the discussion. We will confirm with panellists by 15 May.

Buy your tickets for CAN 2019 now, 29-30 May, hosted by The Open University at our campus in Milton Keynes.  Just follow the link to Eventbrite (opens in new window).

For the full programme and information on accommodation and travel visit (opens in new window).

By Clare Killen

Senior consultant, Jisc data analytics

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