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 sue.harris@westminsterforumprojects.co.uk.

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Doug Cole

Innovation in curriculum design - internationalisation, employability and inclusivity

Wednesday, 7th December 2016
Sixty One Whitehall, London SW1A 2ET
This event is CPD certified

Guests of Honour: Doug Cole, Head of Academic Practice, Higher Education Academy and Dr Amanda Wilcox, Regional Consultant, North East, Yorkshire and the Humber, HEFCE

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Kevin Richardson

Universities in their local economies: devolution, skills development and supporting entrepreneurship

Thursday, 8th December 2016
Manchester Town Hall, Albert Square, Manchester M2 5DB
This event is CPD certified

Guests of Honour: Joe Manning, Head of Private Sector Growth, Cities and Local Growth Unit and Kevin Richardson, Local Growth Consultant, HEFCE

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Disabled students at university - facilities, support services and the impact of funding changes

Thursday, 26th January 2017
Central London
This event is CPD certified

Guest of Honour: Paul Williams, Deputy Director, Student Funding Policy, Department for Education

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Kevin Baughan

The future for UK science and innovation funding and policy - Brexit, the HE and Research Bill and supporting disruptive innovation

Thursday, 2nd February 2017
Central London
This event is CPD certified

Guests of Honour: Kevin Baughan, Chief Development Officer, Innovate UK and Stephen Metcalfe MP, Chair, Science and Technology Select Committee

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Competition and regulation in England's higher education market - quality assurance, new providers and the impact of TEF

Thursday, 9th February 2017
Central London
This event is CPD certified

Guest of Honour: Jenny Bradley, Assistant Director, Higher Education Market Reform, Department for Education

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Using the UK research base to support evidence-based policymaking

Thursday, 9th March 2017
Central London
This event is CPD certified

Guest of Honour: Dr Chandrika Nath, Deputy Director, Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology

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Next steps for widening participation: key target groups, reforming admissions processes and best practice in outreach

Tuesday, 21st March 2017
Central London
This event is CPD certified

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

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Graduates and the labour market - improving employability, addressing skills gaps and latest recruitment practices

Thursday, 30th March 2017
Central London
This event is CPD certified

Guest of Honour: Nicola Turner, National Lead for Skills Strategy and Policy, HEFCE

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The future of Modern Foreign Languages in Higher Education

Tuesday, 4th April 2017
Central London
This event is CPD certified

Guest of Honour: Rebecca Hughes, Director of International Higher Education, British Council

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 info@westminsterforumprojects.co.uk 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, Rt Hon the Baroness Neville-Jones, 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.