Higher Education Policy in 2018

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Dr Roberta Blackman-Woods, Chair, All-Party Parliamentary University Group
  • Gerard Dominguez Reig, Senior Researcher, Education Policy Institute
  • William Hammonds, Programme Manager, Policy Group, Universities UK
  • Alexander Proudfoot, Chief Executive, Independent HE
  • Smita Jamdar, Partner & Head of Education, Shakespeare Martineau
  • Gordon McKenzie, Chief Executive, GuildHE
  • Jane Forster, Vice-Chancellor’s Policy Adviser, Bournemouth University
  • Aaron Porter, Associate Director Governance, Leadership Foundation for Higher Education
  • Diana Beech, Director of Policy & Advocacy, Higher Education Policy Institute (event chair)


The main higher education announcements at the recent Conservative Party conference were that tuition fees will be frozen while a "major review of university funding & student financing" takes place and that the amount graduates can earn before they start repaying their debts will be raised to £25,000. While freezing fees may be politically expedient, what it means for university finances and the future of the TEF remains unclear. With much of the Higher Education & Research Act to be implemented in the next 12 months, and Brexit negotiations ongoing, what is the future for HE policy in 2018?

Join Westminster Briefing on 6 December for an up to date brief on current & future higher education policy. We will examine Government priorities for action, how the Higher Education & Research Act is being implemented and how the sector is responding to reform.

Key Issues to be Addressed Include:

  • The Government’s priorities & vision for HE
  • A "major review of university funding & student financing"
  • Freezing fees & what it means for finances & the future of TEF
  • The role/importance of HE in Brexit negotiations
  • Implementing Higher Education & Research Act measures in the short & medium term
  • Establishing the Office for Students & a new regulatory framework
  • Government plans to encourage new entrants into the sector
  • The impact of changes on current & future students
  • The wider role of the Act in preparing foundations for the future
  • How HEIs are responding to reforms
  • Identifying the opportunities & risks
  • Working with students & staff to help them understand change

The Event:

The morning sessions will examine priorities for the new government in 2018 and how The Higher Education & Research Act will be implemented.

The afternoon session will focus on how HEIs are responding to reforms.

Who Should Attend?

Anyone with an interest in higher education policy & its impact on the sector, including: senior leaders; policy teams; academics; student unions & independent providers.

For registration enquiries please contact: Customer.Services@westminster-briefing.com |
0207 593 5657

To discuss event sponsorship, speaking opportunities & agenda content, please email: Luke.Espin@dodsgroup.com

Wednesday 6th December 2017

11.00am - 3.30pm (including networking lunch)

110 Rochester Row, Victoria, London, SW1P 1JP

Public Sector | 1 Place: £245 | 2+ Places: £195 each
Private Sector | 1 Place: £295 | 2+ Places: £245 each
Above prices exclude VAT

Background Quote

“We have listened and we have learned. So we will undertake a major review of university funding and student financing. We will scrap the increase in fees that was due next year and freeze the maximum rate while the review takes place. And we will increase the amount graduates can earn before they start repaying their fees to £25,000, putting money back into the pockets of graduates with high levels of debt.”

- Rt Hon Theresa May MP, Prime Minister, October 2017

More from Dods