Oxford HE & Business Summit 2016

Thursday 1st September 2016

Oxford Martin School, 34 Broad St, Oxford OX1 3BD

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Welcome to the Oxford HE & Business Summit 2016

Take stock at the start of a year where government reform and BREXIT will act as the catalyst for huge change in higher education.

This one day summit, broadcast online, will explore the relationship between higher education and the world of business and commerce, creating insight and ideas for delegates from both higher education and business to take away.

The disturbing drop in mature and part time students, and the predominance of overseas students in MBA courses, reminds higher education that earning whilst learning is going through profoundly worrying change and is a critical sector which cannot be neglected.

Businesses face increasing need for new skills and knowledge, plus expectations from employees to offer the transferable qualifications, recognised worldwide, which higher education can offer. Higher education is seeing a growing demand for employability from students. 

The past decade of growth has masked a disconnect between UK business and higher education, reflected in many of the criticisms implied in current government reform proposals.  

How to respond?

Successful universities are seeking to reconnect with business objectives, not just because of the opportunities of the apprenticeship levy and the new business education budgets it creates, but to understand how to connect courses, teaching and learning to lifelong learning and student demand.

Throughout the world the connection between high quality higher education, effective employees and enhanced productivity and employment prospects has been understood but fiercely debated.

Alternative providers are gearing up and being encouraged by government to meet new demands from business and students who want to stay in employment and study whilst working. 

How can existing universities and colleges provide alternative routes and experiences and adjust to the new world of work and online education?

This summit seeks to answer some of these critical questions.


Register your delegate place:

To book your delegate place at this conference complete the registration form here.

Speakers include:

Iain Wright MP
Chair of Business, Innovation and Skills Select Committee 
Sir Anthony Seldon
Vice Chancellor, University of Buckingham
David Sweeney
Director (Research, Education and Knowledge Exchange), HEFCE
Gordon McKenzie
Chief Executive, GuildHE 
Professor Clare Schofield
Associate Dean, Faculty of Business and Management, University of Chester
Stephen Isherwood
Chief Executive, Association of Graduate Recruiters
Dr Anita Richert-Kaźmierska
Gdansk University of Technology, Faculty of Management and Economics, Poland
Professor Ray Land
Director, Centre for Academic Practice (CAP) & Professor of Higher Education, School of Education, Durham University
Dr Jill Shepherd
Degree Apprenticeships Work-based Learning Leader, BPP Business School
Christopher Williams
President, Oxford Entrepreneurs​
  See the full agenda and list of speakers here

This event will:

  • Present the latest insights into improvements in university and higher education business collaboration
  • Look at impacts of online technology in lifelong learning at work and in businesses
  • Examine the way higher education can be “integrated” with work rather than purely a precursor to work in particular in the new wave of apprenticeships
  • Look at emerging understanding of the soft skills and thresholds employers and business look for in graduates from all topics 
  • Examine how innovative academics are embedding these soft skills and experiences into their teaching and learning processes
  • Examine how governments and funding bodies are diversifying the funding models for higher education and lifelong learning through new levies and targeted funding on STEM

The themes for our 2016 conference include:

  • What should business education prepare the students to manage and address?
  • What new ways can students be prepared for the corporate, business and world of work?
  • How can business ideas and attitudes reach into traditional academic subjects?
  • How can business education be better integrated with work?
  • Can the online world transform access to top quality business education?

Find out more:

If you have any questions about this event or ways in which you or your organisation can participate and get involved please contact Paul Rushworth on 020 7324 4330 or email paul.rushworth@neilstewartassociates.co.uk.