Westminster Higher Education Forum Keynote Seminar

Universities as ‘anchor institutions’ in their local economies: devolution, skills development and supporting entrepreneurship

with

Kevin Richardson, Local Growth Consultant, HEFCE and Jacqui Ward, Director, Cities & Local Growth Unit

and

Andrew Bacon, Enactus UK; Charlie Ball, HECSU; Rowena Burns, Manchester Science Partnerships; Susan Davies, Santander Business Banking; Nick Goldspink, N8 Research Partnership; Professor Ellie Hamilton, Lancaster University; Professor Mike Hinton, High Value Manufacturing Catapult; Gabriel Huntley, University Alliance; Matthew Rhodes, Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership; Professor Tom Rodden, University of Nottingham and Tristan Watson, Ignite Accelerator

Chaired by:

Baroness Hughes of Stretford and Jim McMahon MP, Member, Communities and Local Government Committee 

The focus:  The role of universities in the development of their local economies – including latest thinking, examples of best practice and discussion on addressing key challenges.

Context:

  • Government’s announcement of pilot areas for regional innovation audits to encourage areas to focus on ‘smart specialisation’, in areas of particular existing industrial or scientific strength;
  • Launch of the HEFCE-funded Leading Places Project which will seek to develop lasting collaborations between universities and their local councils to improve services and boost economic development.

Key discussion points:

  • Universities as ‘anchor institutions’ in the new devolution landscape: opportunities for universities to collaborate with England’s new Metro Mayors;
  • Developing the role universities can play in supporting local businesses to grow as well as fostering graduate start-ups;
  • Universities working with local employers to boost high-level skills and retain graduates in the local economy;
  • Translating innovation into local growth and making the most of regional research strengths through smart specialisation;
  • The potential for new mission groups focused on regional collaboration; and
  • Policy priorities for supporting universities and local growth – a keynote contribution from: Jacqui Ward, Director, Cities & Local Growth Unit.

Speakers:

Keynote: Kevin Richardson, Local Growth Consultant, HEFCE and Jacqui Ward, Director, Cities & Local Growth Unit.

Further confirmed speakers: Andrew Bacon, Chief Executive, Enactus UK; Charlie Ball, Head of Higher Education Intelligence, Graduate Prospects and Deputy Director of Research, HECSU; Rowena Burns, Chief Executive, Manchester Science Partnerships; Susan Davies, Commercial Director, Santander Business Banking; Nick Goldspink, Project Manager, N8 Research Partnership; Professor Ellie Hamilton, Emeritus Professor of Entrepreneurship, Lancaster University; Professor Mike Hinton, Director, Research and Technology Partnerships, High Value Manufacturing Catapult; Gabriel Huntley, Head of Communications and Public Affairs and former Leader, Regional Leadership Campaign, University Alliance; Matthew Rhodes, Managing Director, Encraft and Director, Innovation, Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership; Professor Tom Rodden, Director, Horizon Doctoral Training Centre, University of Nottingham and Tristan Watson, Chief Executive Officer, Ignite Accelerator.

Chair: Baroness Hughes of Stretford and Jim McMahon MP, Member, Communities and Local Government Committee.

Additional senior participants are being approached.

Booking arrangements Online booking form.

Once submitted, this will be taken as a confirmed booking and will be subject to our terms and conditions below.

Please pay in advance by credit card on 01344 864796. If advance credit card payment is not possible, please let me know and we may be able to make other arrangements.

Options and charges:

  • Places at Universities as ‘anchor institutions’ in their local economies: devolution, skills development and supporting entrepreneurship (including refreshments and a complete PDF copy of the transcripts) are £210 plus VAT;
  • Concessionary rate places (see conditions): £80 plus VAT. Please be sure to apply for this at the time of booking.

Can’t attend?

  • Full transcript available approximately 10 days after the event for £95 plus VAT;
  • Concessionary rate: £50 plus VAT.
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