http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2011/12/06/gplogo.pngLeading figures join us to explore the future of higher education. Welcome to our live blog coverage from The Future of Higher Education, the Guardian's 2012 higher education summit. Throughout the day, we'll update this page with highlights, choice quotes, key advice and big themes from the event, as well as some interviews, tweets and views from attendees.
We're expecting there will be rather a lot to talk about. We'll be kicking off with the importance of maintaining competitive advantage internationally. Here our panel - including the International Association of Universities' Eva Egron-Polak and Professor Michael Farthing, chairman and vice-chancellor, 1994 Group and University of Sussex - will consider the changes to immigration policy and its impact on the flow of staff and students, partnerships and the image of UK HE abroad.
In other sessions we'll explore research, and its relationship with industry - fresh from his report into university-industry collaboration, we'll be joined by Sir Tim Wilson for this one. Also on the agenda is graduate employability and skills, and of course widening participation with a panel that includes Sir Martin Harris, director of fair access, Office of Fair Access. Set to be one of the hottest debates of the day, and a discussion we've visited many times here on the network, is the closing session: In this new landscape of higher education providers what does it mean to be a university? Brace yourselves for the tweets during that.
For the break-out sessions topics include efficiencies (in already stretched financial times) and ways universities can diversify their revenue streams, plus attracting students and student experience. We're especially intrigued to hear what Jenni Allen, head of public services delivery at consumer-champions Which?, has to say about the students as consumers debate.
Unfortunately, a cabinet meeting calls, meaning universities minister, David Willetts, can no longer join us in person. But we will have his keynote address via video. To follow the event on Twitter, the hashtag is #HE2012. We'll be sharing some choice tweets here, and you can also email comments and contributions to kerry.eustice@guardian.co.uk.
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