20 Tavistock Square
This event provides a unique opportunity for policy and public affairs professionals working in higher education to discuss the most relevant issues currently facing the sector, and to gain insight about how universities and academics can play a meaningful role in shaping policy and influencing legislation.
Why are we talking about political affairs in higher education now?
Chair’s welcome and introduction
Stephen Bush, Special correspondent, New Statesman
Former Director of Communications at No 10, Chair, iNHouse Communications.
Baroness Valerie Amos, Director, SOAS
Ian Morton and Nancy Platt, Campaign Collective
Are you uncertain what you can and can’t do as a
university during election periods? Delegates are invited to hear from
campaigning specialists Campaign Collective on how to navigate their way
through what is now a much riskier environment for charities. Hear how you can
maintain your campaigning activity on key issues affecting higher education
without being fearful of breaking the law. The session is based on a guide
which Campaign Collective published earlier in the year, following calls from
campaigners for easy-to-access advice without the legal jargon.
Ruth Arnold, Director of Strategic Projects and Public Affairs, The University of Sheffield
will share her experience of working with one of the UK's highest profile
Vice-Chancellors to communicate purpose and challenge misconceptions to
traditional educational audiences and beyond.
Anna Connell-Smith, Committee Specialist, Education
Select Committee and lead for the Committee’s inquiry into value for money in
Ben McNamee, Policy Analyst, Economic Affairs Committee
Anna and Ben will discuss the role of select committees, how universities can, and are engaging with such committees and what the committees look for when it comes to evidence from universities.
A series of seven-minute practical examples of UK higher education public affairs initiatives
A panel of students who will each tell delegates about their perceptions of university, how they engage with their university and how the university should engage with them. The session will then open to a Q&A with the audience.
Jones, Director Industrial Strategy, The Department for Business, Energy and
Nick King Commissioner for the UPP Foundation Civic
Philip Augar, Chair, Higher Education Funding Review Panel
Rt Hon Lord Willetts, former Universities and Science Minister
Professor John Denham, Professor, University
of Winchester and former government minister