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The Future of Higher Education: Beyond Brexit

January 24 @ 8:30 am - 4:30 pm

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the-future-of-higher-education_-beyond-brexit-normal-web-banner-sizeThe EU referendum result has long-term implications for EU students, staff and research projects. UK Universities currently benefit from EU research funding by about £1.2 billion a year alongside access to international networks of researchers via the freedom of movement rules. The Treasury has guaranteed to back EU-funded projects signed before the 2016 autumn statement. After this date any EU funded projects will be assessed by the Treasury to determine whether project funding should be guaranteed by the UK government. With uncertainty remaining over how long the home nations will remain inside the EU, and what the future exit deal will include, there are doubts whether EU researchers are being deterred from bidding for funding alongside UK partners. What action can universities take to ensure that Britain remains at the forefront of research and learning?

After the UK leaves the European Union there are further complications to navigate such as the immigration status of EU students, eligibility of loans, whether tuition fees will rise for EU students and also visa policies for university staff. Currently 125,000 EU students, five percent of the total number, study in the UK and it has been estimated that they have contributed £2.7bn to the British economy. How can institutions continue to attract the best talent to study, research and work in the UK? This timely conference will explore likely outcomes so that institutions are best placed to prepare, plan and proactively respond to the challenges and opportunities beyond Brexit.

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In June 2016 the British public voted for the seismic decision to leave the European Union. Universities in the UK currently benefit from EU funding programmes, research partnerships and staff. The UK provided 11% of the EU’s overall budget but received 15.5% of available funds during the last EU funding programme, FP7. Research funding amounts to over £1bn a year and, with European Research Council research grants allocated on the basis of excellence, UK research has secured over 20% of all distributed funds between 2007-13. The Treasury have announced that it will underwrite funding awards, including bids to the EU’s Horizon 2020 programme, even when projects continue post-Brexit. However some uncertainty remains as any projects that obtain EU funding after the 2016 autumn statement will be assessed by the Treasury for funds to be guaranteed by the UK government. What will new funding structures and research grant applications look after Britain leaves the EU and how can those leading research projects effectively plan for changes ahead? As events continue to develop what are the ramifications and the opportunities for the higher education sector? Is there now the chance to re-envision the UK university sector in a global as well as European landscape?

There is a huge number of staff, academic or otherwise, that comes from the EU to work at British universities. The EU’s freedom of movement rules simplified the immigration process to work or study abroad for both EU and UK citizens alike. Residents of EU nations are able to study in other EU nations as home students meaning fees are far lower than those charged to international students. Under the Erasmus scheme over 200,000 UK students have studied at European universities. It is estimated that the number of EU students studying in the UK is around 125,000, estimated to have contributed £2.7bn to the British economy with 19,000 extra jobs. How can the UK continue to attract the best talent to study and work and ensure UK students benefit from mobility and international collaborations? Will tuition fees rise for EU students studying at UK universities and will students still be eligible to receive loans and grants?

According to a Universities UK report Britain’s higher education sector generates £73 billion for the economy and contributes 2.8 per cent of the nation’s total gross domestic product. The findings from The Impact of Universities on the UK Economy report states that the sector is “comparable in size to the legal services sector” and “considerably larger than computer manufacturing, the basic pharmaceuticals sector and the air transport industry”. A statement from the Minister of State for Universities and Science, Jo Johnson, has sought to bring reassurance to the sector by confirming there are no immediate changes to:Research funding and programmes; tuition fees; staff visa policies; the immigration status of current EU students and those about to start a course in 2016-17; and students participating in the Erasmus exchange programme. The precise detail of a departure deal from the EU will be determined under the terms of the Lisbon Treaty and can take up to two years once article 50 has been triggered. With plans for the next academic year (2017-18) fast approaching what can universities do to ensure they have access to funding, that both UK and EU students have the support they need to study and they can continue to attract the best talent to work, research and study in the UK?

This timely conference will explore likely outcomes so that institutions are best placed to prepare, plan and proactively respond to the challenges and opportunities beyond Brexit.

Benefits of Attending View Programme

  • Learn about the long term implications for EU students, staff and research programmes and projects following the EU referendum vote.
  • Gain insights into what a future exit deal should include for the Higher Education Sector.
  • Explore the likely outcomes so that your institution is best placed to prepare, plan and proactively respond to the challenges and opportunities beyond Brexit.
  • Hear what action your institution can take to ensure it remains at the forefront of learning and research.
  • Gain further clarity on the immigration status of EU students and eligibility criteria for loans.
  • Learn what new funding structures and research grant applications will look like after Britain leaves the EU and how universities will access funding.
  • Gain insights into how research projects and programmes can effectively plan for the changes ahead.
  • Explore the opportunities to re-envision the UK university sector in a global as well as European landscape.
  • Take part in high level discussions as to whether tuition fees will rise for EU students and how UK universities will compete for the best talent to study, research and work in the UK.
  • Debate how UK students can continue to benefit from mobility and international collaborations.
  • Ensure both UK and EU students have the support they need to study and develop their careers.
  • As events continue to develop learn more about what the ramifications and opportunities are for the higher education sector.
  • Benefit from the opportunity to question, discuss and debate progress on the UK’s decision to leave the European Union.
  • Take advantage of knowledge sharing and professional networking.
  • Gain the maximum number of 6 CPD points.

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In the UK, we have over 12,000 partners and staff working in more than 20 offices. Being part of a strong global network of member firms gives us a truly global mindset.
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Parthenon-EY_Logo_vPositiveHorizontal (002)Parthenon has been a leading advisor to the education sector since its inception in 1991 and joined Ernst and Young LLP in August 2014. The combined Parthenon-EY Education Practice – the first of its kind across management consulting firms — is the leading strategy advisor to the global education industry. We are the largest Education Practice globally, having completed more than 1,250 strategic education projects across more than 70 countries in the last 10 years, including more than 180 projects in 2016 alone. We have deep experience and a track record of success supporting governments, universities, colleges, districts, schools, investors and leading policymakers across the globe.


Diversity Travel

Diversity TravelWe are a multi-award-winning travel management company, providing a fully integrated service to clients in the academic, charity and not-for-profit sectors. At Diversity Travel, our consultants bring a wealth of experience and understanding to often complex travel requirements.

As a preferred supplier on every UK Purchasing Consortia framework for travel, we provide over 100 academic institutions with cost-effective travel solutions, enabling them to undertake important projects, recruitment outreach and vital research.

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Barnett Waddingham LLP


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The firm has grown steadily since its foundation in 1989 with a headcount today of over 800. We pride ourselves on being wholly owned and managed by our 64 partners across seven offices in the UK.

Our Higher Education sector specialists have over 20 years of knowledge and experience providing pension scheme and employer services to 21 clients (including seven university schemes) in the sector.



Aaron Porter, Director of Insights, Hotcourses & former President, National Union of Students

AP headshotAaron Porter is an education consultant working for a range of organisation in the higher education sector. Aaron has responsibility for sharing trends and insights across the global suite of websites to inform and support education providers in their marketing and recruitment plans. Before Hotcourses, Aaron was President of the National Union of Students and has also served as a non-executive director on a number of sector bodies, including UCAS, the HE Academy and the Office of Independent Adjudicator. He has undertaken projects for over 30 universities, and also HEFCE and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS).

Outside of higher education, he has also served on the board of Endsleigh Insurance. In 2014, he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from the University of Leicester in recognition of his contribution to higher education and the student experience. He is a fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts (RSA), a governor at All Saint’s School in Croydon, a qualified football referee and a keen supporter of Crystal Palace Football Club and Surrey County Cricket Club.



Dr Thomas Ekman Jørgense, Senior Policy Coordinator, European University Association

thomas-johanssonThomas Ekman Jørgensen is Senior Policy Coordinator at EUA. His responsibilities include ensuring coherent policies for universities as well as overall policy development and managing cross-cutting issues with policy relevance.

Dr Jørgensen worked with EUA as Head of the Council for Doctoral Education for a number of years. He studied History and German Studies at the University of Copenhagen and the Free University Berlin. He received his PhD in History and Civilisation from the European University Institute in Florence in 2004 and worked as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Copenhagen and at the Université libre de Bruxelles before coming to EUA. As a historian, he has worked on students and left-wing movements around 1968. He has also published on youth movements during World War I.


Professor Ole Petter Ottersen, Rector, University of Olso

ole-petter-ottersen-presseOle Petter Ottersen is the University of Oslo’s Rector (President) for the period 2009-2017. In 2016, he was elected the first Chair of The Guild of European Research-Intensive Universities.

Professor Ottersen graduated from the University of Oslo as MD in 1980, and gained his doctorate in medicine in 1982. He was Vice-Dean of Research at the Medical Faculty 2000 – 2002, and from 2002 to 2009 he headed the Centre for Molecular Biology and Neuroscience, one of Norway’s centres of excellence. Ottersen chaired a national Functional Genomics Program under the Norwegian Research Council, and from 2006 to 2009 he was Chief Editor of “Neuroscience” – the journal of the International Brain Research Organization (IBRO). He chaired the Lancet-University of Oslo Commission on Global Governance for Health whose report was launched in February 2014. Ottersen serves as a board member of the Oslo University Hospital.

Professor Ottersen has received a number of awards for his research, including the Anders Jahre Medical Prize for young scientists in 1990, The Lundbeck Foundation Nordic Award for Outstanding Research 2005, and the Anders Jahre Award for Medical Research (main award) in 2008.

Justine Andrew, Director Public Sector, KPMG

justine-andrewBased in Leeds, Justine joined KPMG in 2001 after six years in the automotive industry where she led a multidisciplinary team and grew the business to $10m from a zero base. She had led the development of our work across the Public Sector in the North, encompassing Local Government; the NHS; Higher Education and Social Housing. Since 2015, she took a national role as the Market Director for KPMG’s Education practice – encompassing the wider skills agenda linked to Northern Powerhouse and the devolution agenda.

Justine is passionate about the evolving role of public service: its perception; the opportunity for more public / private crossover and the way we currently deliver services.  Justine is also a Senior Independent Governor at Leeds Trinity University and member of Leeds and York Chamber leadership Board and York Economic Partnership board.



Jessica Cole, Head of Policy, Russell Group

jcole-002Jessica is Head of Policy at the Russell Group and is primarily responsible for policy relating to the EU and Brexit, research and innovation, and medical and health education. She joined the organisation from the European Parliament in August 2013, where she was previously a policy adviser for Vicky Ford MEP, working on EU research and energy policy in particular. The main focus of Jessica’s current work includes the impact of Brexit on universities, the Higher Education and Research Bill, preparations for the next Research Excellence Framework, the Industrial Strategy and medical student numbers.

Jessica has a degree in Modern & Medieval Languages from the University of Cambridge.

The Russell Group represents 24 leading UK universities which are committed to maintaining the very best research, an outstanding teaching and learning experience and unrivalled links with business and the public sector.


Alex Davies, Research Analyst, Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce

alex-davies-6Alex is an economist and Research Analyst at Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce, and has worked on various large-scale projects including the North West Construction Pipeline. More recently, Alex has been the lead on all issues around the EU referendum and Brexit, producing content for a dedicated website and writing blogs, as well as speaking at related events around Manchester on a regular basis.







Dr Lesley Thompson, Director Academic & Government Strategic Alliance in the UK,  Elsevier 

lesley-thompsonDr. Lesley Thompson joined Elsevier in 2016 as Director Academic & Government Strategic Alliance in the UK. Prior to joining Elsevier, Lesley worked for 26 years at the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, EPSRC, the largest of the UK’s 7 Research Councils. In 2006 she was appointed Research Director, and made responsible for the strategy and delivery of the scientific programme, with an annual  budget of 800 M UK pounds. As Research Director she was responsible for driving the quality of the research portfolio as well as fostering the collaboration with industry. EPSRC’s collaboration with industry grew from 12 to 54% from 1994 to 2015 while the international research standing grew ensuring the portfolio delivered Excellence with Impact. During her time in EPSRC, Lesley introduced a number of innovations including; Ideas Factories, designed to encourage radical thinking with funding available to enact research following a sandpit in a research area;  Discipline Hopping enabling academics to take time out in another discipline and cohort based doctoral training growing the investment of 2 centres in 2001 to 115 centres in 2014. She has always championed early career researchers, interdisciplinary research and diversity. She is a member of the Royal Society Diversity group and in January 2016 was awarded an MBE for services to research. Lesley has a PhD in Biology from the University of Essex and is married with 2 children.


Dr Damian Mather, ‎Principal Lecturer in Law of the European Union, Manchester Metropolitan University

Damian-Mather-0246-crop-145x145-577bfab20f74eDr Damian Mather is a Principal Lecturer at Manchester Metropolitan University. In 2003, Damian won a scholarship from the Centre of European Law and Legal Studies at the University of Leeds to read for a PhD. For his doctoral thesis, Damian carried an empirical study into the existence of multi-level governance in the implementation of European regional policy in the English regions. He was awarded a doctorate in November 2008. Before coming to Manchester Law School as lecturer in law in 2006, Damian was associate lecturer at Edge Hill University and the Universities of Manchester and Leeds. He has led the LLM at Manchester Law School since 2010 and is currently a principal lecturer.


Dr Duncan Connors, Fellow of the Durham Energy Institute and Teaching Fellow in Finance & Economics, Durham University Business School

Duncan Connors Profile PictureDuncan Connors currently works at Durham University and is a Fellow of the Durham Energy Institute and Teaching Fellow in Economics. He has been involved in the wider culture of student and employee representation since his undergraduate years and during his PhD undertook a sabbatical to become General Secretary of the National Postgraduate Committee. He has published in a number of newspapers on higher education and economic subjects and has recently become a stanch opponent of Brexit and the effect it will have on higher education in the United Kingdom as well as the wider national economy. His current research is in the development of nuclear power after 1945 and research into the relationship between commodities, energy consumption and monetary economics, with a co-authored book entitled ‘A History of Money’ published in 2016. Prior to being involved in higher education Duncan worked in the family business, finance and was injured whilst serving in the RAF.



Matthew Robb, Managing Director, Parthenon-EY

matt-r-3-002Matt joined Parthenon-EY in autumn 2010, having worked in both public and private sectors within education following a career at McKinsey & Co., where he led strategy and organization work in a wide range of contexts, from highly successful FTSE 30 companies and mid-caps to public sector institutions and government departments.

For seven years, Matt worked in the education support services sector, holding P&L responsibility. He led teams working on school improvement (National Challenge), academy development, the Building Schools for the Future (BSF) programme, and on children’s services technology and management information.

Since joining Parthenon-EY, Matt has led our Education Practice in the UK and Europe. He has led work across every stage and sub-sector of education in the UK and across Europe, including nurseries, public and private schools (K-12), vocational and further education, universities and support services.

He has worked in buy and sell-side diligence, international strategy, marketing and sales force strategy and general corporate strategy. Matt also works closely with leadership teams in education on leadership, top team alignment and organisation. He has written on school reform, including published work for Policy Exchange and Reform on performance-related pay for teachers and school and MAT governance

Matt holds a degree in Natural Sciences from the University of Cambridge and was the Gatsby Scholar.

David Cockayne, Managing Director, Good Governance Institute

david-cockayneDavid Cockayne is Managing Director for GGI and is widely recognised as a leading expert in bringing innovation, commercial acumen and extensive communication skills to the roles that he undertakes. David believes that class-leading customer service is at the heart of successful businesses and works closely with Boards undergoing transformation, particularly those experiencing growth and expansion.

David was recently appointed to the Audit Committee of York St John University – a rapidly growing and transforming university in York. David is also a member of the advisory group for Roald Dahl Marvellous Children’s Charity where he supports ‘The Precious Moments programme’.

Previous roles saw him Managing Services Director for Tunstall Healthcare and Director of Business Development for Humana Europe. David also played an active role in emergency planning, leading the design, construction of the NHS Major Incident Coordination Centre for the Secretary of State – including operational roles during the 7/7 London bombings and the South Asian tsunami.

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