Registration, exhibition and refreshments
Welcome and introduction by the Chair
Mark Stephen, Journalist and Broadcaster
Session One: Boosting research and innovation in Scotland
Scotland’s universities, colleges and research institutes are well known for quality research in science, technology and mathematics (STEM) but excellent research can also be found in arts, humanities, law and social sciences. We will consider how this research can be translated more effectively into innovative processes and products. You will also have the opportunity to discuss with experts how funding levels and the supply of top-level personnel for research and innovation can be maintained and boosted in the future.
Boosting Scotland’s research and commercialisation capacities through European cooperation
- Understanding European policy priorities to make the most of EU funding opportunities
- The Importance of EU engagement in influencing profile
- Scotland’s EU funding and engagement support network
Lesley Cannon, EU Funding Manager / Head of Scotland Team, Scotland Europa
Successfully commercialising research – pitfalls and platforms for success
- Understanding the commercial potential of research outcomes
- Finding the right partners and securing funding
- Choosing the best route to the market
Dr Diane Harbison, Managing Director, BioCity Scotland
Attracting and retaining top talent
- How can Scottish universities remain an attractive workplace for excellent researchers from across the globe in times of rising competition?
Professor Peter Slee, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, University of Huddersfield
Questions and discussion
Refreshments, exhibition and networking
Session Two: Scotland's universities post referendum
This session will focus on the future role and direction for higher education and science policy in Scotland. We will hear what the Scottish and UK Government are expecting universities to deliver and what funding and support they are willing to provide to make this happen. It will also be explored how Scotland could become and more innovative country and how the universities can contribute to this.
Keynote: Scottish Government Address
Michael Russell MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning, The Scottish Government
Questions to the Cabinet Secretary
The role of universities on the way to a highly innovative Scotland
- Lessons from highly innovative smaller countries
- How to create adaptive and effective innovation institutions
Jen Rae, Senior Researcher, Innovation Policy, Nesta
The UK government's higher education and science policy and its impact on Scotland
Pam Tatlow, Chief Executive, million+
Questions and discussion
Lunch, exhibition and networking
Session Three: Workshops - Future challenges for higher education in Scotland
This session will include four workshops that offer delegates the opportunity to discuss specific challenges Scottish higher education institutions will have to face and master in the future.
Delegates can choose between workshop A and B for workshop session 1 and between workshop C and D for workshop session 2. In total, they will attend two out of four workshops; each one will last approximately 50 minutes.
13:25 - 14:15
14:15 - 14:25
14:25 - 15:15
Workshop session 1
Transition between workshops
Workshop session 2
Workshop A: Leading the higher education agenda for Scotland
facilitated by Alison Johns, Chief Executive of Leadership Foundation for Higher Education
Managing unpredictable futures, influencing futures in a post referendum policy landscape, translational strategy with creativity, courage and innovation, what it means to be truly international, building entrepreneurial and good relationship building skills for successful collaborations, working successfully with industry led partners, being stakeholder savvy......are any of these challenges chiming for you? If so, why not join this workshop where we will use the collective wisdom and experience in the room to generate insights and some ideas for action! Expect definitely - participation, possibly some exasperation? and hopefully inspiration and enlightenment!
Workshop B: Global reach, local impact: the 21st Century University
facilitated by Alastair Sim, Director, Universities Scotland
Scotland’s universities’ global activity has a transformative effect on Scottish communities. University links with companies and universities throughout the world brings direct investment and new opportunities for Scottish businesses and society. Overseas students bring an international perspective to our campuses and the wider community, and a growing network of global alumni with a lasting, strong affection for Scotland.
In the face of international competition our higher education sector is at the forefront of innovation, world-leading research, the development of entrepreneurial staff and students, and the creation of new high growth Scottish companies.
Join us to discuss this significant contribution to Scotland, the emerging challenges and opportunities facing institutions forging such productive international links, and the potential for benefit for our communities.
Workshop C: A Strategy-First Approach to Launching Online Programmes / Technology-Enabled Learning that Positively Impacts on Teaching and Student Engagement
facilitated by Jonathan Harms, Executive Director of Partnerships, Pearson UK and Alyssa Hampton, Course Design Consultant, Pearson UK
As student experiences of a connected, mobile world increase, it’s all too easy to say “Let’s go digital!” without fully appreciating what will work for your institution, your staff, and your students. When launching new online courses, it’s essential to first research, reflect and then decide upon a clear strategy. This session will identify how institutions can create a strong, unique strategy and will explore how fully online or blended courses, when executed well, can positively impact on teaching and student engagement.
Workshop D: The future of research funding
facilitated by Dr John Rogers, Director of Research and Enterprise, Research and Enterprise Office, University of Stirling and Pam Tatlow, Chief Executive, million+
International comparisons show that public and private investments in R&D are significantly lower in the UK than in other European countries. In addition, the limited research funding provided by taxpayers is concentrated on a small number of universities due to narrow definitions of excellence and eligibility. This leaves the talent of staff at other universities unused and limits cooperation between universities, businesses and other partners.
How much investment is needed from public and private organisations? How could we change the criteria for allocating the funds to boost innovation and growth in all regions? Join this workshop to discuss and develop ideas on how research funding in the UK could look like in the future.
Refreshments, exhibition and networking
Session Four: Scottish higher education on the world stage
Scotland’s universities are particularly successful in recruiting international students but they are facing increasing competition from other universities across the globe. This session will consider how Scottish higher education institutions can develop and adapt their internationalisation strategies to remain attractive for international students and also enable more Scottish students to develop their foreign language skills and intercultural awareness.
Staying ahead of the increasing competition for international students
- Understanding the changing global context of provision for undergraduate students
- Meeting the changing international student demand
Dr Camille B. Kandiko Howson, Senior Lecturer and Head of Student Engagement, King's College London
Facilitating international experiences for Scottish students
- What prevents Scottish students from spending a part of their studies abroad?
- How the UK Strategy for Outward Mobility can benefit Scottish institutions and students
Anne Marie Graham, Head of Programme, Outward Student Mobility, UK Higher Education International Unit
Erasmus+ - opportunities for Scotland
- Scottish context
- Partnerships, Alliances and Consortia
- The international dimension
- Looking ahead
Ruth Sinclair-Jones, Director Erasmus+ UK National Agency, British Council
Questions and discussion
Summary and conclusions by the conference Chair
Drinks reception in cooperation with Universities Scotland
All conference delegates as well as Members of the Scottish Parliament are invited to join us for informal networking and discussion.
The reception will start with a few words from the organisers and sponsors of the reception:
- Holyrood Communications
- Professor Pete Downes, Convener of Universities Scotland
- Dr Diane Harbison, Managing Director, BioCity Scotland