What does the new Government mean for Higher and Further Education?

Sep 15, 2016

With keynote speeches from:

Wes Streeting MP, Former NUS President,

Neil Carmichael MP, Chair, Education Select Committee

Dr Claire Crawford, University of Warwick and IFS

And the launch of the Wonkhe “HE Powerlist 2016”

The new Prime Minister has made it clear that hers will be a government focussed on social mobility, and a government that works in ‘the interests of all, not just a privileged few’.

Education is obviously key to that mission. In particular, the role of Further and Higher Education is central to a society in which everyone can go ‘as far as their talents take them’.

There are no shortage of issues to be addressed, and which need to come to the attention of the new government. As such, Policy Exchange is pleased to be convening a conference to discuss what role FE and HE can play in advancing social mobility.

The day is scheduled to run as follows:

10:30 – Registration and coffee

10:45 – Keynote Speaker 1: Wes Streeting MP

11:30 – Introductory Presentation: “Education and social mobility: state of play” Dr Claire Crawford, University of Warwick and Institute for Fiscal Studies

12:15 – Panel 1: Association of Colleges: “Higher level technical education: the future for post-16 skills after the Sainsbury Review”
Lowell Williams, Principal,Dudley College
David Hughes, Chief ExecutiveAoC
Roxanne Stockwell, Principal, Pearson College
Maddalaine Ansell, Chief Executive, University Alliance

13:15 – Lunch

13:45 – Panel 2: The Open University: “Education and training for everyone: a framework that lasts for life”
Peter Horrocks, Vice Chancellor,Open University
Jenny North, Director of Policy and Strategy, Impetus PEF
Martin Anderson, Partner, KPMG
Ian Ashman, Principal, Hackney Community College

14:45 – Coffee

15:00 – Panel 3: UPP Foundation – “Widening participation, fair access and retention: what can universities do to improve social mobility?”
Simon Gaskell, Principal, Queen Mary University London
Rich Brabner, Head of Foundation, UPP Foundation
Sonia Sodha, Chief Leader Writer, Observer
Ndidi Okezie, Executive Director, Teach First

16:00 – Keynote Speaker 2 – Neil Carmichael MP

16:45 – End

17:00 – Announcement of Wonkhe HE Powerlist and drinks reception

19:00 – End

Following the event, a summary of the key issues will be published by Policy Exchange as an agenda for government action.

We are also delighted to be partnering with Wonkhe to launch the 2016 HE Powerlist during the evening. This event will mark the second annual publication of the list of the most influential people within Higher Education, and will be celebrated with a drinks reception following the end of the conference

We are grateful to a number of supporters for working with us on this occasion:


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