Westminster Higher Education Forum

Regional innovation in the UK and the role of HEIs - implementing University Enterprise Zones and the next steps for the Strength in Places Fund

Morning, Tuesday, 12th November 2019

Central London

THIS EVENT IS CPD CERTIFIED



This timely seminar will examine the future for university-led regional innovation across the UK.


It comes as the Government aims to develop universities as regional hubs of innovation utilising their research and knowledge capabilities.


The seminar will discuss the development of UKRI’s Strength in Places Fund, with full bids for its first wave of funding due to be submitted by September and consultations on wave 2 taking place across the summer.


Delegates will examine the progress made within wave one and how to achieve the high-level aims of the Fund - which include identifying local R&D strengths to support innovation-led regional economic growth and enhancing collaboration at a regional level on R&I between universities, businesses, catapult centres and others.


The wider role universities can play in supporting development in the local area will also be examined.


It comes with Research England now considering proposals from universities following the £10m fund announced by the Government earlier this year to develop ten further University Enterprise Zones (UEZs) across England.


Sessions will examine the lessons from the first wave of UEZs and the impact - particularly on local businesses - and how this template could be rolled out across the UK.


There will also be discussion on the role universities can play in meeting the overall aims of the Government’s Industrial Strategy and in supporting the development and aims of local industrial strategies which are currently being developed and implemented in a number of areas across England - including in Manchester, the West Midlands and the Oxford, Cambridge and Milton Keynes Corridor.



Keynote Speakers

Dame Kate Barker

Chair, Strength in Places Fund and Chair, Industrial Strategy Commission

Alice Frost

Director, Knowledge Exchange, Research England

Keynote Speakers

Dame Kate Barker

Chair, Strength in Places Fund and Chair, Industrial Strategy Commission

Alice Frost

Director, Knowledge Exchange, Research England

Chair

Peter Aldous MP

Chair, All-Party Parliamentary Group on Housing and Employment and Chair, County All-Party Parliamentary Group

Speakers

Professor Mark Gillan

Head of Innovation and Project Lead, Autonomous Sailing Vessel, Artemis Technologies

Professor Dame Anna Dominiczak

Regius Professor of Medicine; Vice Principal and Head of College, College of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences, University of Glasgow