Forthcoming events

The Westminster Higher Education Forum aims to provide the premier environment for policymakers in Parliament, Whitehall and government agencies to engage with key stakeholders in timely discussion on higher education policy. These include university and college leaders; academics and other higher education professionals; representatives from students' unions; businesses and their advisors; interest groups and the voluntary sector; along with commentators and members of the reporting press.

In planning its programme of events, the Forum regularly consults Parliamentarians, senior government officials, regulators, industry representatives, charities and action groups, professional bodies and academics, local government and others.

The Westminster Higher Education Forum is completely impartial and has no policy agenda of its own. Whilst we are grateful for the support and advice on themes that we receive from sponsors, all editorial decisions remain with the Forum in order to maintain impartiality.

Should you have any booking queries, please email

Westminster Forum Projects |  Dr Geoff Stoakes Photo

Dr Geoff Stoakes

Reforming degree classification in the UK

Wednesday, 15th June 2016
Royal Over-Seas League, Over-Seas House, Park Place, St James’s Street, London SW1A 1LR
This event is CPD certified

Guest of Honour: Dr Geoff Stoakes, Head of Special Projects, Higher Education Academy

Westminster Forum Projects |  Tom Copley AM Photo

Tom Copley AM

The future of the student housing market - investment, regulation and meeting changing expectations

Thursday, 16th June 2016
Sixty One Whitehall, London SW1A 2ET
This event is CPD certified

Guest of Honour: Tom Copley AM, Chair, Housing Committee, London Assembly

Westminster Forum Projects | Westminster Higher Education Forum

What next for the UK's outward student mobility strategy and involvement in Erasmus+?

Tuesday, 5th July 2016
Central London
This event is CPD certified

Guest of Honour: Anne Marie Graham, Acting Assistant Director, Programmes, UK Higher Education International Unit

Westminster Forum Projects |  Sarah Howls Photo

Sarah Howls

Priorities for part-time and mature students: outreach, retention and tackling barriers

Wednesday, 6th July 2016
Central London
This event is CPD certified

Guest of Honour: Sarah Howls, Head of Student Opportunity, HEFCE

Westminster Forum Projects |  Dr Steven Hill Photo

Dr Steven Hill

Ensuring integrity and rigour in UK research: best practice, open data and the impact of the REF

Thursday, 7th July 2016
Central London
This event is CPD certified

Guest of Honour: Dr Steven Hill, Head of Research Policy, HEFCE

In Production

Lots. The Westminster Higher Education Forum is planning a very full programme for the next 12 months.

But as we're the ones others tend to follow, please give us a ring or email to discuss future conferences.

We'd be happy to share ideas on areas to focus on, speaker suggestions, and other ways of getting involved.

Parliamentary Patrons of the Forum

The parliamentary patrons of the Westminster Higher Education Forum are: Sir David Amess MP, Rt Hon the Lord Baker of Dorking, Lord Bilimoria, Rt Rev the Lord Bishop of Bath and Wells, Dr Roberta Blackman-Woods MP, Paul Blomfield MP, Lord Boswell of Aynho, Lord Dixon-Smith, Baroness Donaghy, Professor the Baroness Finlay of Llandaff, Baroness Fritchie, Baroness Garden of Frognal, John Glen MP, Rt Hon Margaret Hodge MP, Lord Holmes of Richmond, Baroness Howe of Idlicote, The Earl of Listowel, Ian Lucas MP, Baroness Maddock, Gordon Marsden MP, Professor the Lord May of Oxford, Baroness McIntosh of Hudnall, Stephen Metcalfe MP, Rt Hon Nicky Morgan MP, Baroness Morgan of Huyton, Anne Marie Morris MP, Baroness O’Neill of Bengarve, Baroness Perry of Southwark, Lord Roberts of Llandudno, Baroness Sharp of Guildford, Lord Shipley, Lord Storey, Rt Hon the Lord Sutherland of Houndwood, Lord Triesman, Lord Turnberg, Andrew Turner MP, Baroness Wall of New Barnet, Mark Williams MP, Rob Wilson MP, Viscount Younger of Leckie and Rt Hon the Lord Young of Graffham. Note: parliamentary patrons take no financial interest in the Forum.