Policy Forum for London

London's Higher Education sector - key issues in recruitment, regulation and competition

Morning, Wednesday, 17th January 2018

Central London


This timely seminar will assess key issues for the higher education sector in London and options for supporting its position in the UK and internationally.

It takes place with the recent year 2 Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) results showing bronze being achieved by 34% of higher education institutions in London - half the national total for the lowest TEF rating.

Delegates will discuss the implications for the HE sector in London, including for its reputation and for staff and student recruitment - as well as underlying factors such as cost and housing issues, together with the overall relevance of the TEF to the situation in London and steps that could be taken to improve both quality and the TEF rating. 

Those attending will also assess the developing competitive landscape in the London HE market following the passing of the Higher Education and Research Act, with a growing number of UK-based institutions opening branch campuses in London, several London based institutions considering opening EU-based branch campuses, and the removal of a cap on student numbers.

Further sessions consider the impact of Brexit on HE in London, including future access to research funding - and options for improving the marketing of London as an attractive destination for learning, teaching and research, with latest UCAS applicant data showing a 5% decline in applicants from the EU and a 2% rise in non-EU applicants to UK universities.

Guest of Honour

Jane Glanville

Chief Executive Officer, London Higher

Guest of Honour

Jane Glanville

Chief Executive Officer, London Higher

Keynote Speaker

James Lee

Senior Policy Officer, Economic and Business Policy, Greater London Authority


Jennette Arnold AM

Chair, London Assembly and Chair, London Assembly Education Panel


Dr Janet Hannah

Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive Officer, Coventry University London

Simon Baker

Data Editor, Times Higher Education

Jodie Eastwood

Chief Executive Officer, Knowledge Quarter

Professor Julia Black FBA

Pro Director for Research, London School of Economics and Political Science and Non-Executive Board Member, UKRI

Lalage Clay

Head of Education, London & Partners

Eva Crossan Jory

President, Goldsmiths Students’ Union

Alexander Proudfoot

Chief Executive, Independent Higher Education

Christina Paine

University and College Union Branch Secretary, London Metropolitan University

Professor Peter John

Vice-Chancellor, University of West London