Westminster Higher Education Forum

Developing the role of universities in regional innovation - developing clusters, supporting collaboration and responding to the new regulatory environment

Morning, Thursday, 10th May 2018

Central London

THIS EVENT IS CPD CERTIFIED



This timely seminar will assess the next steps for universities in regional research and innovation, and priorities for delivering regional specialisation.


The agenda includes keynote contributions from Paul Mason, Director, Emerging and Enabling Technologies, Innovate UK and Kevin Richardson, Local Growth Consultant, HEFCE.


Delegates will also consider the potential impact of key measures from the Government’s recently released Industrial Strategy white paper - including commitments to develop Local Industrial Strategies and to introduce a new Strength in Places Fund designed to help local areas build on strengths identified in the Science and Innovation Audits.


Sessions discuss the future role for universities in contributing to local innovation - looking at knowledge exchange, business collaboration and smart specialisation - as well as opportunities for the commercialisation of intellectual property across the UK.


We expect attendees to include Members of both Houses of Parliament, senior government officials involved in this area of public policy, together with university Vice-Chancellors and Pro Vice-Chancellors for research and enterprise, university research, commercialisation and business liaison services, research-intensive businesses, local enterprise partnerships, catapult centres, science parks, intellectual property lawyers and economic development advisors within local government.



Guests of Honour

Paul Mason

Director, Emerging and Enabling Technologies, Innovate UK

Kevin Richardson

Local Growth Consultant, HEFCE

Guests of Honour

Kevin Richardson

Local Growth Consultant, HEFCE

Paul Mason

Director, Emerging and Enabling Technologies, Innovate UK

Speakers

Senior speaker confirmed from Oxford Innovation

Tom Frostick

Policy and Programmes Manager (Research, Innovation and International), University Alliance

Dr Chris Brammall

Economic Development Project Officer, Economy and Environment, Isle of Wight Council and Project Co-ordinator, Solent Offshore Renewable Energy Consortium (SOREC)

Dr Nicola Broughton

Investment Director, Head of Universities, Mercia Technologies