Invest for Greatness in Higher Education
28 Oct 2009
Big Issues, Big Challenges - Beyond the fees debate. Held in central London

This conference looked at the challenges facing UK higher education and the strategic decisions VCs, principals, finance directors and other senior decision makers can take to ensure their institution prospers in the difficult restructuring ahead.

Programme
Refreshments, networking and exhibition
10:00
James Ross, Chair, Leadership Foundation
Welcome and introduction from Conference Chair

10:05
Dr David Docherty, Chief Executive, Council for Industry and Higher Education
Introduction from Chief Executive

10:40
Professor Nigel Thrift, Vice-Chancellor, University of Warwick & Geoff Hall, Principal and Chief Executive, New College Nottingham
Responses to the keynote

11:00
Questions and discussion: Session 1
11:15
Refreshments, networking and exhibition
11:45
Jeremy Darroch, Chief Executive and Director, Sky
What will tomorrow’s leaders look like

12:05
Questions and discussion: Jeremy Darroch
12:15
Panel discussion: Who pays and how?
Richard Brown, former Chief Executive, Council for Industry and Higher Education Wes Streeting, President, National Union of Students

13:00
Buffet lunch, networking and exhibition
14:00
Key issues seminar 1: Building alternative funding streams
David Sweeney, Director, Research, Innovation and Skills, Higher Education Funding Council for England

14:00
Key issues seminar 3: Lessons learned from overseas
Dr John Law, British Council

15:00
Refreshments, networking and exhibition
15:20
David Willetts MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Universities and Skills
Keynote address

15:35
Question and answer: David Willetts MP
15:35
Dr David Docherty, Chief Executive, Council for Industry and Higher Education
Response to David Willetts MP

15:40
Sir Alan Langlands, Chief Executive, Higher Education Funding Council for England
Meeting UK funding challenges

16:00
Question and answer: Sir Alan Langlands
16:05
Dr David Docherty, Chief Executive, Council for Industry and Higher Education
Response to Sir Alan Langlands and closing remarks