The W100 virtual annual conference Reimagining University Reputation: Evolution and Change was held between 2– 6 November 2020.

Thank you to everyone who joined us online for the first World 100 virtual conference.

Operating as a week-long ‘festival of reputation’, the conference included top speakers on the key issues facing the sector as we adjust to the new environment driven by the pandemic. There were also opportunities to network with colleagues across the world.

The virtual conference was a key part of the 2020-21 W100 membership year, which will also feature new initiatives including a bespoke reputation workshop for each member, regional W100 events, free tickets to Times Higher Education summits, and more networking and training opportunities. Full details are available to members.

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World 100 Virtual Conference

Topics covered

The role of reputation is even more important in the new global post-pandemic environment, and so the conference addresed key issues around areas including:

  • New ways of working, including the role of technology
  • Structures and resources in a time of financial constraints but increased demand
  • Communicating change with students
  • Advancing the brand during a crisis
  • Has the role of science been advanced and how do universities capitalise?
  • How do we measure reputation on the new world?

Many of the workshops at the virtual conference were led by W100 members, sharing their own perspectives on challenges and opportunities.

Find out more about the sessions and speakers below:


catherine priestley

Catherine Priestley

Dan Dillon

Dan Dillon
Arizona State University

Duncan Ross

Duncan Ross
Times Higher Education

Andrea Farqhuar

Andrea Farquhar
McMaster University

Kirsten Andrews

Kirsten Andrews
The University of Sydney

Alex Lawson

Alex Lawson
McMaster University

Anders Frolund

Anders Frølund
Aarhus University

liz mcmillen

Liz McMillen
The Chronicle of Higher Education

Alan Ferns

Alan Ferns
The University of Manchester

Abi Kelly

Abi Kelly
RCSI University of Medicine and Health Sciences

Danita Knight
Agnes Scott College

Michael Schoenfeld
Duke University

Teresa Flannery
SUNY Stonybrook University

Bryan Alexander
Georgetown University

Prof Ylva Rodny-Gumede
University of Johannesburg

Lebethe Malefo
University of Johannesburg

Dr Miguel Antonio Lim
The University of Manchester

Ntombise Mangqase
University of Johannesburg

Philippe Beauregard
Concordia University

Johanna Lowe
The University of Sydney

David Estok

David Estok
University of Toronto

World Leadership and Management Summit

Other Conference Benefits Included:

  • Opportunities to network with colleagues around the world
  • The chance to put your questions to leading reputation experts
  • Repeated sessions to allow for different time zones
  • The virtual conference will also give ticket holders access to our THE Leadership and Management session which will be held during the week

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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