Friday, 27 March 2015

FW: Conference on competition and regulation in Higher Education – inc. discussion on flexible learning - with HEFCE and Competition & Markets Authority keynotes: Westminster Higher Education Forum, Morning, Wednesday, 1st July 2015

 

Westminster Higher Education Forum Keynote Seminar

Competition and regulation in Higher Education

 

with

Heather Fry, Director (Regulation and Assurance), HEFCE

and

Helen Fleming, Project Director: Competition and regulation in higher education in England, Competition and Markets Authority

and

Adam Birt, Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales; Mike Boxall, PA Consulting; Isobel Brown, Swindon and Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership; Carol Burns, University of Brighton; Clare Hagerup, Wakefield College, West Yorkshire; Carl Lygo, BPP University; Professor Mike McLinden, University of Birmingham and Professor Sir Peter Scott, Institute of Education

 

Chaired by:

 Baroness Sharp of Guildford, Vice-Chair, All-Party Parliamentary Group for Further Education, Skills and Lifelong Learning and Rt Hon the Lord Triesman, Member, All-Party Parliamentary University Group

 

This event is CPD certified

 

Morning, Wednesday, 1st July 2015

Central London

 

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Dear Mr Andrew

 

I am writing to ensure you don't miss the above seminar if you are able to attend. Please note there is a charge for most delegates, although concessionary and complimentary places are available (subject to terms and conditions - see below).

 

This seminar will focus on the regulatory frameworks for higher education at a time of increasing competition affecting the undergraduate market in England.

 

As the agenda includes discussion on the challenges and opportunities presented by new forms of HE such as two-year degrees, sandwich courses, HE in FE, and online learning, I thought the subject matter may be of interest.

 

Delegates will consider the changing structure of the higher education market - and developments including the growth of flexible degrees, branch campuses and new entrants to the sector.

 

The seminar is scheduled to follow the publication of the Competition and Markets Authority's review into competition and regulation in Higher Education, expected imminently.

 

The agenda includes keynote contributions from Heather Fry, Director (Regulation and Assurance), HEFCE and Helen Fleming, Project Director: Competition and regulation in higher education in England, Competition and Markets Authority.

 

Overall, delegates will discuss:

·         Changing structures in Higher Education - including university mergers and the growth of branch campuses;

·         New entrants to the market - impact, accreditation, regulation and support;

·         New forms of higher education provision, including flexible learning and higher apprenticeships - challenges and opportunities for the sector; and

·         University 'cold spots'- causes, consequences and solutions for areas with low levels of higher education provision.

 

The draft agenda is copied below my signature, and a regularly updated version is available to download here. The seminar is organised on the basis of strict impartiality by the Westminster Higher Education Forum.

 

Speakers

 

We are delighted to be able to include the following confirmed speakers in the agenda: Adam Birt, Head of ACA Development, Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales; Mike Boxall, Higher and Further Education Consultant, PA Consulting; Isobel Brown, Director, Swindon and Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership; Carol Burns, Registrar and Secretary, University of Brighton; Helen Fleming, Project Director: Competition and regulation in higher education in England, CMA; Heather Fry, Director (Regulation and Assurance), HEFCE; Clare Hagerup, Director of Higher Education, Wakefield College, West Yorkshire; Carl Lygo, Vice-Chancellor, BPP University; Professor Mike McLinden, Programme Lead (Visual Impairment) and Co-Director of Education, University of Birmingham and Professor Sir Peter Scott, Professor of Higher Education Studies, Institute of Education.

 

 Baroness Sharp of Guildford, Vice-Chair, All-Party Parliamentary Group for Further Education, Skills and Lifelong Learning and Rt Hon the Lord Triesman, Member, All-Party Parliamentary University Group have kindly agreed to chair this seminar.

 

Additional senior participants are being approached.

 

Networking

 

This seminar will present an opportunity to engage with key policymakers and other interested parties, and is CPD certified (more details). Due to attend are officials from BIS and representatives from Architects Registration Board; BIS; BPP University; CMA; Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales; Royal Society of Chemistry; The Open University; University Campus Suffolk and University of Essex.

 

Overall, we expect speakers and attendees to be a senior and informed group numbering around 120, including Members of both Houses of Parliament and officials from BIS and other Government departments and agencies, university and college leaders; academics and other higher education professionals; representatives from students' unions; businesses and their advisors; interest groups and the voluntary sector; along with commentators and reporters from the national and trade press.

 

Output and About Us

 

A key output of the seminar will be a transcript of the proceedings, sent out around 10 working days after the event to all attendees and a wider group of Ministers and officials at BIS and other government departments; officials at HEFCE and other agencies affected by the issues; and Parliamentarians with a special interest in these areas. It will also be made available more widely. This document will include transcripts of all speeches and questions and answers sessions from the day, along with access to PowerPoint presentations, speakers' biographies, an attendee list, an agenda, sponsor information, as well as any subsequent press coverage of the day and any articles or comment pieces submitted by delegates. It is made available subject to strict restrictions on public use, similar to those for Select Committee Uncorrected Evidence, and is intended to provide timely information for interested parties who are unable to attend on the day.

 

All delegates will receive complimentary PDF copies and are invited to contribute to the content.

 

The Westminster Higher Education Forum is strictly impartial and cross-party, and draws on the considerable support it receives from within Parliament and Government, and amongst the wider stakeholder community. The Forum has no policy agenda of its own. Forum events are frequently the platform for major policy statements from senior Ministers, regulators and other officials, opposition speakers and senior opinion-formers in industry and interest groups. Events regularly receive prominent coverage in the national and trade press.

 

Booking arrangements

 

To book places, please use our online booking form.

 

Once submitted, this will be taken as a confirmed booking and will be subject to our terms and conditions below.

 

Please pay in advance by credit card on 01344 864796. If advance credit card payment is not possible, please let me know and we may be able to make other arrangements.

 

Options and charges are as follows:

·         Places at Competition and regulation in Higher Education (including refreshments and PDF copy of the transcripts) are £210 plus VAT;

·         Concessionary rate places for small charities, unfunded individuals and those in similar circumstances are £80 plus VAT. Please be sure to apply for this at the time of booking.

 

For those who cannot attend:

·         Copies of the briefing document, including full transcripts of all speeches and the questions and comments sessions and further articles from interested parties, will be available approximately 10 days after the event for £95 plus VAT;

·         Concessionary rate: £50 plus VAT.

 

If you find the charge for places a barrier to attending, please let me know as concessionary and complimentary places are made available in certain circumstances (but do be advised that this typically applies to individual service users or carers or the like who are not supported by or part of an organisation, full-time students, people between jobs or who are fully retired with no paid work, and representatives of small charities - not businesses, individuals funded by an organisation, or larger charities/not-for-profit companies). Please note terms and conditions below (including cancellation charges).

 

I do hope that you will be able to join us for what promises to be a most useful morning, and look forward to hearing from you soon.

 

Yours sincerely 

 

Jonny Roberts

 

Jonny Roberts

Associate Editor, Westminster Higher Education Forum

 

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Westminster Higher Education Forum Keynote Seminar:

Competition and regulation in Higher Education

Timing: Morning, Wednesday, 1st July 2015

Venue: Central London

 

Draft agenda subject to change

 

8.30 - 9.00

Registration and coffee

 

 

9.00 - 9.05

Chair's opening remarks

Rt Hon the Lord Triesman, Member, All-Party Parliamentary University Group

 

 

9.05 - 9.55

The changing structures of Higher Education

Professor Sir Peter Scott, Professor of Higher Education Studies, Institute of Education

Carol Burns, Registrar and Secretary, University of Brighton

Senior speaker, university

 

 

 

What do we need from the Higher Education sector?

Mike Boxall, Higher and Further Education Consultant, PA Consulting

 

Questions and comments from the floor

 

 

9.55 - 10.25

'Cold spots': causes, consequences and solutions

Clare Hagerup, Director of Higher Education, Wakefield College, West Yorkshire

Isobel Brown, Director, Swindon and Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership

Questions and comments from the floor

 

 

10.25 - 10.30

Chair's closing remarks

Rt Hon the Lord Triesman, Member, All-Party Parliamentary University Group

 

 

10.30 - 10.55

Coffee

 

 

10.55 - 11.00

Chair's opening remarks

Baroness Sharp of Guildford, Vice-Chair, All-Party Parliamentary Group for Further Education,  

Skills and Lifelong Learning

 

 

11.00 - 11.40

New forms of Higher Education provision: challenges and opportunities for the sector

Professor Mike McLinden, Programme Lead (Visual Impairment) and Co-Director of Education,

University of Birmingham

Senior speaker, higher apprenticeships

Senior speaker, MOOCs platform

Questions and comments from the floor

 

 

11.40 - 12.20

New entrants to the market: accreditation, regulation and support

Carl Lygo, Vice-Chancellor, BPP University

Adam Birt, Head of ACA Development, Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales

Senior speaker, regulation

Questions and comments from the floor

 

 

12.20 - 12.55

Regulation for competition and choice

Heather Fry, Director (Regulation and Assurance), HEFCE

Helen Fleming, Project Director: Competition and regulation in higher education in England, Competition and Markets Authority

Questions and comments from the floor

 

 

12.55 - 13.00

Chair's and Westminster Higher Education Forum closing remarks

Baroness Sharp of Guildford, Vice-Chair, All-Party Parliamentary Group for Further Education,  

Skills and Lifelong Learning

Jonny Roberts, Associate Editor, Westminster Higher Education Forum

 

 

 

 

 

 

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