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

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Dr Vicky Jones

Next steps for the Research Excellence Framework

Monday, 31st October 2016
Central London
This event is CPD certified

Guest of Honour: Dr Vicky Jones, Senior Policy Advisor, Research Policy Team, HEFCE

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Gregor Henderson

Improving student health: mental and physical wellbeing in university

Monday, 7th November 2016
Central London
This event is CPD certified

Guest of Honour: Gregor Henderson, National Lead for Wellbeing and Mental Health, Public Health England

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Chris Millward

The Teaching Excellence Framework - implications and implementation

Thursday, 24th November 2016
Central London
This event is CPD certified

Guest of Honour: Chris Millward, Director (Policy), HEFCE

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Vivienne Stern

The future for international student recruitment - marketing, building partnerships and tackling barriers to growth

Tuesday, 29th November 2016
Central London
This event is CPD certified

Guest of Honour: Vivienne Stern, Director, UK Higher Education International Unit (IU)

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Doug Cole

Exploring innovative curriculum design - employability, internationalisation and inclusivity

Wednesday, 7th December 2016
Central London
This event is CPD certified

Guest of Honour: Doug Cole, Head of Academic Practice, Higher Education Academy

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Jacqui Ward

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Kevin Richardson

Universities as 'anchor institutions' in their local economies: devolution, skills development and supporting entrepreneurship

Thursday, 8th December 2016
Central Manchester
This event is CPD certified

Guests of Honour: Jacqui Ward, Deputy Director, Cities & Local Growth Unit and Kevin Richardson, Local Growth Consultant, HEFCE

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Improving disabled students’ experience - funding, facilities and support services

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

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

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, 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.