Shaping the future: the social and economic contribution of higher education
This was an event for heads of higher education providers in England and representatives of HE stakeholder organisations.
See conference videos: the chair's summary and comments from delegates.
See our live commentary on the conference.
Conference programme and speaker biographies
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Tim Melville-Ross, Chair, HEFCE
Welcome and introduction. Read the commentary.
RT Hon David Willetts MP, Minister for Universities and Science
What's the value of going to university? Read the minister's speech in full. Read the commentary on David Willetts' speech.
Sir Alan Langlands, Chief Executive, HEFCE
The social and economic contribution of higher education. Download the Alan Langlands. Read the commentary on Alan's speech.
Heather Fry, Director (Education, Participation and Students), HEFCE
Higher education and social mobility. Download the Heather Fry. Read the commentary on Heather's speech.
Shami Chakrabarti, Director, Liberty
Higher education - a rights perspective. Read the commentary on Shami's speech.
Professor Danny Dorling, University of Sheffield
Patterns of social mobility. Download the Danny Dorling. Read the commentary on Danny's speech.
David Sweeney, Director (Research, Innovation and Skills), HEFCE
Universities: the social, cultural and economic contribution to society. Read the commentary on David's speech.
Professor Craig Calhoun, Director, LSE
An international view. Read the commentary on Craig's speech.
Hans Dröge, Senior Vice President, Unilever Research and Development
Universities and economic growth; Unilever's perspective. Download the Hans Droge. Read the commentary on Hans' speech.
Sue Hoyle, Director, Clore Leadership Programme
A view from the arts. Download the Sue_Hoyle. Read the commentary on Sue's speech.