Westminster Higher Education Forum

Next steps for regional innovation policy - developing clusters, strengthening university-business collaboration and priorities for the Knowledge Exchange Framework

Morning, Thursday, 10th May 2018

Central London


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

The agenda includes a keynote contribution from Paul Mason, Director, Emerging and Enabling Technologies, Innovate UK.

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.

Guest of Honour

Paul Mason

Director, Emerging and Enabling Technologies, Innovate UK

Guest of Honour

Paul Mason

Director, Emerging and Enabling Technologies, Innovate UK

Keynote Speaker

Guy Robinson

Deputy Director, Innovation Directorate, Intellectual Property Office


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)

Professor Jane Turner

Pro-Vice Chancellor, Enterprise and Business Engagement, Teesside University

Dr Nicola Broughton

Investment Director, Head of Universities, Mercia Technologies

Andrew Basu-McGowan

Policy Manager, Smart Specialisation Hub, National Centre for Universities and Business

Kate Pym

Managing Director, Pym’s Consultancy and Member, Innovation Council, Great Lincolnshire Local Enterprise Partnership

Beata Szoboszlai

Head of Academic Engagement, Transport Systems Catapult

Professor John Fisher

Professor, School of Mechanical Engineering, University of Leeds