With much of the world still in the midst of a pandemic and most international travel restricted, the 2021 World 100 Annual Conference is taking a new format. Unlike 2020, when everything was an online necessity, we wanted to try and give those who could be with us in person a chance to do so.

Therefore, after months of online-only events, World 100 Live gives UK and European members the chance to reunite in person and hear from experts on a variety of issues pertinent to higher education reputation in 2021.

We will be running a series of regional World 100 Conferences during the 2021/2022 membership year that will offer the best opportunity (given pandemic uncertainties) of providing the face-to-face engagement that our members value so highly, and the ability to engage with leading speakers focusing on the key issues in higher education reputation management.

These regional events will take place in three key regions: Europe & the UK; the APAC region and North America.

The first of these was W100 Live and took place in London, UK, on November 24 2021.

The programme featured speakers from member institutions from across Europe and included a delegate dinner, giving attendees a return to the networking of previous conferences that we’ve been missing for so long.

The event, although separate, ran parallel to THE Campus Live UK and THE awards and formed part of this year’s conference series which sees The World 100 Annual Conference replaced with three regional in-person or hybrid events in three regions of the globe.


jane chafer - University of Exeter

Jane Chafer, University of Exeter
Garth Davies, University of Exeter

Garth Davies, University of Exeter

Rachel Sandison, The University of Glasgow
Santiago Fernández-Gubieda Director of the Reputation Unit

Santiago Fernández-Gubieda, University of Navarra
john gill

John Gill, Times Higher Education

The Schedule




Networking Lunch, including Q & A with John Gill, Editor of THE
12:00 PM (GMT) - 13:15 PM (GMT)

Session 1: 
A Reputation for Sustainability - how universities are leveraging their green impact to build profile
Jane Chafer, University of ExeterGarth Davies, University of ExeterRachel Sandison, The University of Glasgow
13:15 PM (GMT) - 14:10 PM (GMT)

Session 2
Consulting the Oracle – an expert approach to understanding reputation using the Delphi technique
Santiago Fernández-Gubieda, University of Navarra
14:10 PM (GMT) - 15:00 PM (GMT)

Refreshments & Networking
15:00 PM (GMT) - 15:30 PM (GMT)

Session 3: The Reputation Opportunity
A chance to explore and discuss the 2020/2021 research project which looks at reputational gain leveraged from research and communications conducted during COVID-19
Mark Sudbury, The World 100
15:30 PM (GMT) - 16:15 PM (GMT)

Drinks and Dinner
18:00 PM (GMT)

The Venue

World 100 Live was held at London Hilton, Metropole Hotel London, UK. Opposite Edgware Road tube station, the hotel is less than a mile from Hyde Park, Oxford Street, Marble Arch, and Paddington Station, which has express trains to Heathrow Airport.


covid policy W100Live

The World 100 acknowledges the ongoing COVID-19 crisis in the UK and accepts its obligation to comply with any official guidance from UK Government. The World 100 agrees to communicate without delay any issues it may have in delivering the conference as it has been marketed. Delegates acknowledge that COVID-19 may require The World 100 to take one or more of the following measures for the safety of the venue staff and the safety of delegates attending the event:

(i) impose maximum delegate numbers at the event;
(ii) limit food or drink availability;
(iii) impose specific requirements regarding personal protective equipment such as the wearing of masks;
(iv) offer a hybrid or fully virtual version of the conference;
Please be considerate of your peers and give people extra space.

In line with government advice, we are encouraging delegates to self-test before attending an event to ensure they do not have COVID-19. If positive, please stay away from the event to protect your colleagues and our staff and book a PCR test immediately.
We will not be asking for a ‘vaccine passport’ when attending an event, however, we do encourage clients to get both doses (and a booster if eligible) of the coronavirus vaccine.
If you are displaying any covid symptoms, please do not attend our event.

Become a Member

The World 100 Reputation Network is a group of the best universities in the world, delivering research that enhances reputation and offering leaders the chance to develop their own careers on a global stage. Members benefit from events and study tours, training, monthly media monitoring, and unique reputation research to provide institutional advantage.

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