20 Tavistock Square
This event provides a unique opportunity for policy and public affairs professionals working in higher education and associated organisations to discuss the most relevant issues currently facing the sector, and to gain insight about how universities and academics can identify and engage with the right political figures, and play a meaningful role in shaping policy and influencing legislation.
· The future of British Politics
· The Higher Education and Research Bill – what happens next?
· How to talk about immigration in 2016
· Effective engagement with Brussels
· Working with parliamentary researchers to get your message across
Under the theme, the new politics – influencing in a changing landscape this national one-day conference will examine the rapidly evolving political scene and what opportunities and challenges this poses to the higher education sector.
Now in its third year, the forum brings together senior leaders of policy, public relations and political affairs from across the higher education sector and associated organisations to offer a vital forum to learn and share.
Through a mixture of plenary, workshop and panel discussions delegates will equip themselves with the tools and tactics they need to maximise the impact of their work in the new post-Brexit political landscape.
This event is organised in partnership between Universities UK and CASE Europe.
We have a range of sponsorship opportunities available at this event. Please contact Rachael Firth, Head of Events and Conferences for information. tel: 020 7419 5402; email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Isabel Oakeshott, Political Editor At Large, Daily Mail
Lord Kerslake, Former Head of the Civil Service
Ayesha Hazarika, commentator, former Chief of Staff to Rt Hon Harriet Harman MP and Director of Communications for Ed Miliband MP
Rachel Wolf, formerly David Cameron’s Special Adviser - Education
Sunder Katwala, Director, British Future
Jo Attwooll, Programme Manager, Universities UK
Karmjit Kaur, Political Affairs Manager, Universities UK
Rob Dale, Senior Account Manager, Connect Communications and author of ‘How to be a Parliamentary Researcher’
Briony Robinson, Parliamentary Assistant to Nick Thomas-Symonds, Labour MP for Torfaen and Shadow Secretary General
Anna Trevers, Senior Parliamentary Researcher to Jo Churchill, Conservative MP for Bury St Edmunds
Oliver Ilott, Researcher, Institute for government
Naomi Saint, Universities Programme Manager, Houses of Parliament
Tom Mludzinski, Director of Political and Social Research, Comres
Roberta Blackman-Woods MP, Chair, Universities All Party Parliamentary Group
Baroness Brown of Cambridge, previously Vice-Chancellor, Aston University
Susannah Street, House of Lords Public Bill Office, Member, Higher Education Bill Team, House of Lords
Isabel Oakeshott, Political Editor At Large, Daily Mail
Isabel Oakeshott is Political Editor At Large on the Daily Mail and a panellist on BBC1's Sunday Politics show. She was educated at Gordonstoun before obtaining a BA in History from Bristol University in 1996. Until 2014, she was Political Editor of the Sunday Times. She left to co-write an unauthorised biography of Prime Minister David Cameron, Call Me Dave. The book attracted global publicity. She was awarded the title 'Political Journalist of the Year' at the 2011 British Press Awards.
Lord Kerslake is Chair of London’s King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Chair of Peabody, Chair of the Centre for Public Scrutiny (CfPS), Chair of London CIV, and is President-Elect of the Local Government Association. A former Head of the Civil Service, Lord Kerslake led the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) from November 2010, stepping down in February 2015.
Prior to his DCLG role, Lord Kerslake was the first Chief Executive of the Homes and Communities Agency, where he was responsible for promoting new and affordable housing supply; supporting the regeneration of cities, towns and neighbourhoods; improving existing housing stock, and advancing sustainability and good design. Before joining the Civil Service Lord Kerslake received a knighthood for his services to local government, spending eight years serving the London Borough of Hounslow and then a further 11 years leading Sheffield Council. In early 2015, he was made a life peer, taking the title Baron Kerslake, of Endcliffe in the City of Sheffield.
Rachel Wolf is a Director of Public First. Her previous roles include Education and Innovation Adviser to the Prime Minister, Senior Vice President at Amplify Learning, and Founder and Director of New Schools Network. She has also acted as an adviser to Michael Gove and to Boris Johnson, including in Higher Education.
Sunder Katwala is the director of British Future. He has previously worked as a journalist. He was general secretary of the Fabian Society thinktank from 2003 to 2011, and was previously a leader writer and internet editor at the Observer, a research director of the Foreign Policy Centre and commissioning editor for politics and economics at the publisher Macmillan. He celebrated his 10th wedding anniversary with his wife, Stacy, in 2011, and is the proud father of four children, Zarina, Jay, Sonny and Indira. His support for Everton and Southend United football clubs reflects an upbringing in Cheshire and Essex, though he was born in Doncaster, Yorkshire, to parents who came to Britain from India and Ireland, to work for the NHS
Karmjit is responsible for leading Universities UK's day-to-day political engagement and influencing among parliamentarians and key policymakers.
Her previous roles include Public Affairs Lead at the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health and Senior Government Relations Adviser for Save the Children UK.
She studied philosophy, politics and economics at the University of Oxford.
Jo Attwooll manages Universities UK’s programmes on immigration and universities and counter-terrorism and is also working with the Universities UK Taskforce to examine violence against women, harassment and hate crime affecting university students.
Jo works with Universities UK’s International Policy Network. Before joining Universities UK in 2011, Jo spent three years at the British Medical Association leading on its immigration work and refugee doctors initiative and four years working for the Reed Recruitment Group primarily in international business development.
Jo studied Politics and Modern History at the University of Manchester.
Oliver works on Brexit, public service failure and long-term policymaking at the Institute for Government. Prior to this, he working for the shadow energy team in Parliament, with responsibility for North Sea, thermal generation and markets policy. Oliver has previously worked in the House of Lords and in Public Sector PR.
Naomi manages the Universities Programme at the Houses of Parliament, which supports teaching and learning about Parliament across Higher Education, and supports continuing engagement between the academic community and Parliament. She has worked in the Outreach and Engagement at Parliament for 7 years, firstly as a Regional Outreach Officer in South West England before starting my current role. Before this, Naomi worked in relationship management for a Sector Skills Council in the creative and cultural industries, and also in public liaison for the Mayor of London.
Tom oversees all of ComRes’s high profile political and media research for the likes of the BBC, Channel 4, Independent, Daily Mail, Sunday Mirror and ITV News. A well-known commentator, Tom is regularly interviewed by the BBC, ITV, Sky News and many other media, to provide analysis on topical issues.
As Director of Political & Social Research he is responsible for driving ComRes’s research across the education, arts, sports, public and third sectors working with clients ranging from TeachFirst, Universities UK and leading universities to the Arts Council, Sport England and the English Federation of Disability Sports. Tom uses his research and policy expertise, critical thinking and trusted strategic counsel to drive real-world impact for clients – whether for regulatory and public policy success, better decision making, better relationships, higher sales or positive publicity. He leads the ComRes team to support the strategic and tactical needs of our clients with highly flexible, tailored, innovative and insightful bespoke qualitative and quantitative solutions.
Roberta Blackman-Woods has been Member of Parliament for the City of Durham for over ten years, having first been elected in 2005. Prior to entering Parliament, she was an academic having worked in social sciences at Newcastle University; as Dean of Social Sciences and Labour studies at Ruskin College, Oxford; and as Dean and Professor of Social Policy at the University of Northumbria. She was also a councillor in Newcastle and Oxford.
She is currently Chair of the All Party Parliamentary University Group which was formed in 1994 by MPs and Peers to establish a dialogue between parliamentarians and university leaders on the issues concerning higher education. It is now one of the largest groups in the Palace of Westminster.
Roberta is a member of Higher Education Public Bill Committee, scrutinising and considering evidence on the Higher Education and Research Bill. She is also a member of the Science and Technology Committee.