Alan was appointed managing director of Kingston City Group, an HE internal audit consortium, in May 2015. He was previously a partner at Grant Thornton and Robson Rhodes, and head of IT audit at National Grid. Alan has specialised in risk advisory services and audit leadership for over 35 years.
Data analytics is touted as being a huge help in many areas of higher education. But Alan Lees of Kingston City Group is sceptical that it can replace the bloodhound-like investigative instincts of human internal auditors.
This conference will explore how universities are using their global networks and partners to achieve more far-reaching knowledge exchange impacts and create new international business partnerships in other regions of the world.
This year’s event will tackle the challenges and opportunities that come with increased competition and choice in the sector off the back of momentous higher education reforms. Delegates will gain an exclusive introduction to the Office for Students, learn how to establish their institution as an international brand, debate the drive for digital in the sector and identify ways to enhance the student experience.
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