HEFCE's annual conference took place in Birmingham and attracted a large group of heads of HEFCE-funded higher education institutions and leaders of partner organisations.
This year's conference was on the theme of achieving excellence in a new world, in view of the planned changes to higher education funding and finance, and the anticipated government White Paper on higher education. It therefore offered a timely forum for discussion.
Sir Alan Langlands and Vince Cable spoke, and there were presentations by representatives from the academic and student communities.
Keynote speech: the Government view
The Rt Hon Dr Vince Cable MP Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills
The Challenges of University Reform: the view from Australia
Peter Coaldrake, Vice-Chancellor of Queensland University of Technology, Chair of the Board of Universities Australia, and Chair of the Organisation for Economic Development – Institutional Managemen in Higher Education
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Securing the student interest
Dora Meredith, President, University of Birmingham Guild of Students
The challenge for learning and teaching
Professor Janet Beer, Vice-Chancellor, Oxford Brookes University
The challenge for research
Professor Jonathan Bate, Professor of Shakespeare and Renaissance Literature, Warwick University
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Professor Brian Cox, Professor of Particle Physics, University of Manchester