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British politics is in a time of upheaval. As politics swerves towards populism, universities must proactively engage with government to make their case. Brexit is taking up all the political bandwidth, and politicians openly question whether universities can be trusted to act in the public and student interest.
At this one-day event, we will focus on the policy challenges facing higher education, how you can influence policy, and the tools you need to effect political and policy change.
Universities can no longer take their status in society for granted. From populist attacks that paint universities as impractical, elitist institutions to funding insecurity and the host of practical issues that Brexit brings along, the higher education sector is facing a new set of challenges. Adding to this the fact that universities are now more likely to be scrutinised for controversy by the media, a solid understanding of the political landscape we now find ourselves in is more important than ever.
This event will bring together policymakers and sector leaders to give you a rounded picture of the state of higher education policy and politics in 2019. We will help you:
This event is essential for anyone working in policy, public affairs and external stakeholder management in universities. Relevant job titles include:
UK politics seems to be in a constant state of disarray, division and confusion. An exploration of where the nation is politically, what are the implications for universities and how we navigate the nonsense.
Matt Chorley, Editor, The Times Red Box
We are now in heavily contested territory for policy focus, local and national budget and politicians time. In the context of the spending review and Brexit – across government departments where do universities fit into the political agenda, how do we effectively make the case for universities and what policy agendas should universities be championing in order to be heard in the corridors of power?
In a world where politics plays out on social media, and it only takes a few tweets to generate a reputational issue for your institution, how can universities respond to issues, build trust and shape an agenda? And how can policy and public affairs professionals convince colleagues of the need for a fresh approach?
Charles Heymann, Higher education public affairs & strategy expert and Gabriel Huntley, Associate Director, Headland Consultancy
The results of new polling commissioned by Universities UK will be unveiled in this session, focused on MPs’ perceptions of universities and the issues that matter the most. Wider ComRes political polling work will also be discussed.
This is the delegates opportunity to learn more about a specific policy area and also discuss agendas, challenges and plans of action with peers. Delegates will be able to attend two of the below topics:
Learn about experiences of designing and implementing successful political engagement and advocacy strategies. Attendees will hear about ‘what works’ in terms of political advocacy and how to adapt strategies in a changing political climate.
Kirsty McNeill, Executive Director of Policy, Advocacy and Campaigns, Save the Children