Australia’s HE FEST

Marketing, Recruitment, Advancement and AI in Higher Education Conference
11-13 Sept 2024

A Future Campus conference Hosted by UniSA

The new forum for HE thought leaders

HE FEST is a new festival of Higher Education – celebrating ideas and best practice in Higher Education Marketing, Recruitment, Advancement and AI.

Developed by the team at Future Campus, and hosted on the UniSA campus, the conference will create a forum for new conversations and the opportunity to develop new networks, with a strong focus on practical solutions and best practice benchmarks.

Sessions will be focused on testing current policy and practice and showcasing best practice approaches across marketing, comms, recruitment, alumni, engagement, philanthropy. The conference will also have an AI stream, looking at best-practice AI implementation across the country in education, research, assessment, and operations.

HE FEST 24 offers a compelling mix of content:

  • Keynote speakers who are nationally-recognised thought leaders
  • Award entrants who are shortlisted for Future Campus 2024 awards presenting case studies of best practice approaches in short, practical sessions
  • Moderated panel discussions
  • Hands-on demonstrations of technology including AI

The conference will appeal to marketing, recruitment, advancement, alumni, and Faculty staff, as well as HE planning, policy and AI thought leaders.


Xavier Amouroux
Executive Director of Marketing and Communication, QUT
Karen Ashford
Media and Communications Expert, Flinders University
Professor Rufus Black
Vice-Chancellor and President, University of Tasmania
Bev Bury
Chief Marketing Officer, Flinders University
Ant Bagshaw
Executive Director, Australia Technology Network
David Coltman
Chief Executive Officer, TAFESA
Associate Professor Michael Cowling
Associate Professor of Engineering & Technology, CQU
Sarah Cutbush
Chief Marketing & Communications Officer, University of South Australia
Ray Fleming
Chief Education Officer at InnovateGPT & former Google and Microsoft Executive
Ben Grindlay
Chief Marketing Officer, University of Adelaide
Chamalee Karunanayake
Head of Customer Success, Student Garden
Eddie Major
AI Coordinator for Learning and Teaching, University of Adelaide
Stephen Matchett
Writer & Publisher, Future Campus
Rory McLean
Award-winning Creative Director, Adrian William
Professor Maree Meredith
Pro Vice-Chancellor (Indigenous), University of Canberra
Lou Morrissey
Director, Communications and Engagement, University of Newcastle
Professor Andrew Norton
National Leader in Higher Education Policy
Franzi Pranke
Senior Account Director, LinkedIn
Michelle Weir
Chief Marketing Officer, UTAS
Eric Knight
Head of the Macquarie Business School
Professor Merlin Crossley
Acting Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research and Enterprise & Deputy Vice-Chancellor Academic Quality, UNSW
Kim Paino
Chief Strategy and Engagement Officer, UAC
Mark Sampson
CEO, Cenote Solutions
Tim Winkler
Director, Future Campus & Twig Marketing


Future Campus HE FEST 24 Awards

In recognition of key achievements by university staff in Australia and New Zealand, the Future Campus HE FEST 24 Awards will recognise the nation’s leading work in AI and Advancement over the past year.

The awards, to be judged by an eminent panel of sector experts, will be presented at the HE FEST conference dinner on 12 September 2024.

We have chosen to bring together awards which recognise excellence in all aspects of generative AI use, expanding the frontiers of student experience, knowledge generation and efficiency and also work in Advancement, encompassing marketing, fundraising, communications and recruitment. Achievements in both of these areas requires input from multiple disciplines, and participation and contributions by both professional and academic staff.

We believe these two areas of AI and Advancement are critical to the future perceptions, efficiency, effectiveness and success of higher education and are also both under-recognised as enablers of change.

Future Campus, the news source produced by and for Australasian HE, intends to make these awards an annual event.

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