Westminster Higher Education Forum Keynote Seminar
The future for Postgraduate Taught education: funding, choice and student experience
Dr Pam Macpherson Barrett, Higher Education Policy Advisor, HEFCE
Stephen Lee, Chief Executive, CentreForum; Jason Leman, Surveys Officer, Higher Education Academy and Jayne Rowley, Director of Business Services, Graduate Prospects
Juan Guerra, StudentFunder and Adam Wright, NUS
This event is CPD certified
Morning, Thursday, 22nd October 2015
Dear Mr Andrew
I am writing to invite you to attend the above seminar. Please note there is a charge for most delegates, although concessionary and complimentary places are available (subject to terms and conditions - see below).
Delegates at this seminar will examine changes to postgraduate taught (PGT) education - focusing on funding, choices, competition and the student experience, as well as the impact of the HE sector.
This conference comes as the HE sector prepares for the introduction of student loans for taught postgraduate students in 2016, and as those in receipt of HEFCE’s interim bursaries begin their programmes.
The discussion is also timed to consider HEFCE’s forthcoming PGT Choices tool - due to be launched later this year; and will examine competition and choice in PGT provision, along with the potential of the PGT Choices tool to address this.
We are delighted to be able to include in this seminar keynote addresses from: Dr Pam Macpherson Barrett, Higher Education Policy Advisor, HEFCE; Stephen Lee, Chief Executive, CentreForum; Jason Leman, Surveys Officer, Higher Education Academy and Jayne Rowley, Director of Business Services, Graduate Prospects.
At this early stage, further confirmed speakers include: Juan Guerra, Chief Executive Officer and Founder, StudentFunder and Adam Wright, Research and Policy Officer, NUS.
Additional senior participants are being approached.
This seminar will present an opportunity to engage with key policymakers and other interested parties, and is CPD certified (more details). Places have been reserved by officials from HMRC. Also due to attend are representatives from Bath Spa University; Birkbeck, University of London; Sheffield Hallam University; UEA; Univeristy of Essex; University of Essex; University of Hertfordshire; University of Oxford; University of Reading; University of Sheffield; University of Southampton and University of Sussex.
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.
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