Impact of Higher Education Institutions on Regional Economies: A Joint Research Initiative



Making an Impact - Universities and the Regional Economy

Wednesday 4th November 2009


Making an Impact - Universities and the Regional Economy

Woburn House Conference Centre, 20 Tavistock Square, London,


A one day conference of the Impact of higher education institutions on regional economies research initiative.

Final Programme Now Available


09.45    Welcome
            Nicola Dandridge, Chief Executive, Universities UK
09.55    Initiative Progress Update
             Professor Peter McGregor and Ursula Kelly, Joint Initiative Coordinators, University of Strathclyde
10.05    KEYNOTE SPEECH : Impact of HEIs on regional economies – HEFCE’s perspective
            Sir Alan Langlands, Chief Executive , Higher Education Funding Council for England
10:35    Knowledge Exchange Between Academics and the Business, Public and Third Sectors
             Dr Michael Kitson, University of Cambridge
11:00     Discussion
11:15 – 11:30 Coffee Break
11:30    Benefits and Challenges of University - Industry Interactions: A Critical Perspective
             Professor Jeremy Howells, University of Manchester
11:50    Universities as Innovation Networks Nodes: An Analysis of Key Institutional and Industrial Players
             Professor Rob Huggins, University of Wales Institute, Cardiff
12:10    Discussion
12: 30 – 13:15 Lunch
13:15    PANEL SESSION:  
      Chair: Mark Batho, Chief Executive, Scottish Funding Council
·         Professor Ian Diamond, Chief Executive, ESRC
·         Nicola Dandridge Chief Executive, Universities UK
·         Lizzi Holman,  Senior Higher Education Policy Adviser, CBI
·         Sir Alan Langlands, Chief Executive, HEFCE
·         Martin Williams, Director of Higher Education Strategy, BIS
14.00    From Engagement to Impact: Social and Cultural Perspectives on the Regional Role of Universities Professor John Brennan, Open University
14:20    Universities' Engagement with Excluded Communities
             Paul Benneworth, Centre for Higher Education Policy Studies , University of Twente
14:40    Discussion
14:50 – 15:05 Coffee Break
15:05    Overall Impact of Higher Education Institutions on Regional Economies, including
·         Migration and the Pursuit of Graduate Jobs
             Professor Robert Wright, University of Strathclyde,  
·         Modelling institutional impact : The overall impact of Scottish HEIs on the economy of Scotland Professor Peter McGregor, University of Strathclyde
16:00  Concluding Remarks and FINISH


This event is now full.

This event is supported by the Economic and Social Research Council, the Department for Employment and Learning(NI), the Scottish Funding Council, the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales and the Higher Education Funding Council for England.

Due to the sponsors' generous support there is NO FEE for participation in this event.

Advance registration is necessary - please register online through the link above.