University Alliance Annual Summit 2016: Leading the way in our cities and r...

University Alliance Annual Summit 2016: Leading the way in our cities and r...

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Engineering and Computing Building

Coventry University

Gulson Road



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Our Annual Summit brings together our member institutions and key stakeholders to focus on the key issues facing the higher education sector.

This year we are exploring the role of our universities as leaders in their cities and regions, delivering the world-class teaching, research and employer engagement that makes the difference right across the country. During the event we will host a series of speeches and panel discussions with policy makers and sector figures, and deliver workshops led by our universities and HE stakeholders.


Arrival and registration
Refreshments and networking

Welcome and Opening Plenary: Powering the knowledge economy
Neil Carmichael MP, Chair, Education Select Committee and Co-Chair, Sub Committee on Education, Skills and the Economy
Professor John Latham, Vice-Chancellor, Coventry University
Maddalaine Ansell, Chief Executive, University Alliance

Refreshment break and opportunity to network

Panel Discussion: what's next for HE policy?
Mark Leach, Editor, Wonkhe (Chair)
Professor Julie Lydon, Vice-Chancellor, University of South Wales
Ryan Shorthouse, Director, Bright Blue
Sorana Vieru, Vice-President HE, National Union of Students
Professor Andy Westwood, Professor of Politics, University of Winchester and Associate Vice-President for Public Affairs, University of Manchester

Lunch and opportunity to network

Workshop sessions:

Embedding employability in higher education
Doug Cole, Head of Academic Practice, HEA

The experience of travel from home students
Ian Dunn, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Student Experience), Coventry University

Research management and a future REF
Vicky Jones, Senior HE Policy Adviser, HEFCE

The future of quality and standards: Implications for Alliance institutions
Graeme Wise, Head of Policy, University Alliance

Refreshment break and opportunity to network

Regional leadership panel discussion: Supporting healthy innovation ecosystems - is local best?
Professor Nigel Culkin, Professor of Entrepreneurship, University of Hertfordshire (Chair)
Liz Flint, Head of Innovation Networks, Innovate UK
Charlotte Heyes, Deputy Director, Innovation and Place, Department for Business, Innovation & Skills
Dr Joe Marshall, Chief Operating Officer and Director of Strategy, NCUB
Jen Rae, Senior Researcher - Innovation, NESTA

Closing Plenary
Professor Steve West, Chair, University Alliance & Vice-Chancellor, University of the West of England

The Annual Summit welcomes University Alliance stakeholders and colleagues including Vice-Chancellors, Deputy Vice-Chancellors, Pro Vice-Chancellors, Communications Leads, Deans and any other colleagues of all levels at Alliance universities who are interested in our work. Please share this invite with colleagues who may like to attend.

Please register for this event using the registration button.