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Universities and employer engagement

  • 24 March 2010
  • By Sam Laidlaw and Tim Wilson

Third seminar in a series of four in the House of Commons, hosted jointly by HEPI and JISC.

There is increasing acknowledgment that business and industry have an important role to play in higher education – a recognition that is shared by government, employers and universities themselves. The discourse about this has changed radically in the last decade or so. Each party has different motivations, but the dialogue is real, and this seminar explored its different dimensions, and what it is reasonable – and what it is wise – for each to expect of the other.

Speakers Sam Laidlaw (Chief Executive of Centrica plc and leader of the CBI’s Higher Education Task Force) and Professor Tim Wilson (Vice-Chancellor of the University of Hertfordshire) discussed the interaction between the university sector and business, and how each can engage more (and in the most productive ways) with the other.

A transcript of the main speeches is available, along with Professor Wilson’s slides.  In addition, JISC recorded podcast interviews with the speakers, which are available on JISC’s own site.

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