The Inaugural Scottish Creative Economy Conference
09 Mar 2010
Held at the University of the West of Scotland

This new conference, developed in partnership with Creative & Cultural Skills, was an opportunity to share national policy and local good practice designed to boost Scotland’s creative economy and reinforce its position as a world-leader in the creative and cultural sectors.

Programme
10:00
Professor Seamus McDaid, Principal and Vice Chancellor, University of the West of Scotland
Welcome and introduction by Conference Chair

10:30
Caroline Parkinson, Director, Scotland and Northern Ireland, Creative & Cultural Skills
Meeting the skills challenge

10:50
Ken Hay, Chief Executive, Scottish Screen and Creative Industries Lead for Creative Scotland
Creating a climate of excellence for industry

11:10
Questions and discussion: Session 1
11:30
Refreshments, networking and exhibition
12:00
Colin Macdonald, Studio Manager, Realtime Worlds
What does industry need from government?

12:20
Deborah Keogh, Director, Cultural Enterprise Office
Specialist support and development for creative businesses and practitioners

12:40
Alasdair Smith, Strategic Relationship Manager - Creative Industries, Skills Development Scotland
Maintaining Scotland's reputation for excellence in creative media

13:00
Questions and discussion: Session 2
13:30
Lunch and networking
14:30
Jim Galloway, Service Manager, Economic Development, The City of Edinburgh Council
The role of local authorities in supporting creative and cultural industries

14:50
Panel discussion: The role of education in nurturing talent and supporting economic growth
Prof. Malcolm Foley, Executive Dean, Faculty of Business and Creative Industries, University of the West of Scotland Alastair Sim, Director, Universities Scotland Dr Alex McCluskey, Head of Arts, Humanities and Design Faculty, Cardonald College

15:30
Paul Tucker, Freelance Producer/Director Lecturer in Broadcast Production, University of the West of Scotland
Closing address

15:50
Questions and discussion: Session 3