Universities UK Event: Political Affairs in Higher Education Forum

Political Affairs in Higher Education Forum

Woburn House, London WC1H 9HQ

19 November 2015


The government's Green Paper for higher education: Fulfilling our Potential: Teaching Excellence, Social Mobility and Student Choice, signals the biggest change to how higher education is organised and governed in England for a generation.

Nick Hillman, Director of HEPI and a former Special Adviser to the Minister for Universities and Science, will offer his analysis of the government’s vision for higher education and how universities can engage and influence during the consultation period and beyond.

Political Affairs in Higher Education Forum is a unique opportunity to join Katie Razzall, Special Correspondent, BBC Newsnight chair a host of politicians, education practitioners and media experts for a day of practical workshops, talks and networking in London.

Discuss the most relevant issues currently facing the higher education sector and gain insight into how universities and academics can play a meaningful role in shaping policy and influencing legislation from those in the know.

Highlights include:

  • Open address delivered by Lord David Willetts, Executive Chair, Resolution Foundation and Former-Minister of State for Universities and Science (2010 - July 2014)

  • Closing keynote delivered by Iain Wright MP, Chair, BIS Select Committee and MP for Hartlepool


And sessions on:

  • Polling: What MPs Want - 2015

Katharine Peacock, Managing Director, ComRes

  • Why should universities do political engagement?

Bill Rammell, Vice-Chancellor, University of Bedfordshire and former-Minister of State for Higher Education (2005–2008)

  • The power of partners - how to build a successful multi-organisation political influencing campaign

Tom Baker, Head of Campaigns and Engagement, Bond