Heads of University Management & Administration Network Europe

HUMANE 2018 Annual Conference, Malmö (SE), June 15-16, 2018

Retaining public trust in universities in a post truth world

Hosted by Malmö University (SE)

We live in a world where public trust in all of our great civic institutions is being eroded by those who proselytise ‘alternative facts’ and ‘fake news’. These challenges to institutional legitimacy are particularly poignant for universities as they stand for, among many things, truth, evidence-based argument and a commitment to intellectual enquiry. 

In the face of this negative rhetoric, the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cambridge recently said “…we need to make a better case for our role as institutions that contribute to the public good. If society does not believe that we have its interests at heart, we need to do a better job at engaging with it and communicating the impact of our work.”

The practical and managerial implications of this are extensive and most, if not all universities are struggling to build capacity to be able to deal effectively with these developments, whether its adapting to the bewildering pace of change in relation to social media and communications, to the need to resource highly professional public and community engagement, through to the development of sophisticated systems of internal and external communications. 

We’re bringing together an impressive group of speakers for our conference, who’ll guide us in getting to grips with these issues.

The programme is designed around case studies of other universities’ experiences as well as those of practitioners working in other industry sectors, with keynote speakers conducting plenary sessions; and we’ll be running parallel sessions to enable participants to engage with speakers and other participants in smaller, interactive groups.

It promises to be a lively and engaging annual conference, and a convivial social programme in the middle of a Scandinavian summer hosted by Malmo University, which has been central to the transformation of the city over the past 20 years.

The programme is available here. Register now to secure you place.

Would you like to bring somebody to attend the social programme with you? It's possible to have an accompanying person. The fee is €160. This allows your accompanying person to attend the lunches and dinners plus the social programme on the Saturday afternoon. This does not allow access to the conference sessions.

Practical information will be sent upon registration, but please note that Copenhagen is the closest airport linked by fast and frequent trains to Malmö, just 30 minutes away.