Conservative Party Conference 2019: ‘Completing the UK’s Silicon Valley: the Oxford-Cambridge Arc and a new university in Milton Keynes’

30th September 2019 9/30/19 08:00-09:30

At this year’s Conservative Party Conference, the Education Policy Institute has partnered with Cranfield University to co-host a fringe event to discuss the potential of a proposed new university in Milton Keynes.

The success of California’s tech capital of the world is clear: a high concentration of businesses, quality employment, and an economic output of $275bn… Is it possible to replicate this model in the UK?

At the heart of the Oxford-Cambridge Arc, located along the East West Rail and Expressway with successful finance and technology businesses, Milton Keynes is well-placed to help the Arc replicate attributes of the Valley. Backed by Cranfield University, renowned for its their world-class STEM provision, MK:U is a proposed new university designed to utilise the opportunities of the Arc. This includes a strong supply of highly-qualified tech specialists and a creative and innovative network of growing local and global businesses.

This session will ask, what are the needs of existing and target businesses in the region, and how can MK:U work with businesses to deliver the skills, and the graduates that the Arc and the UK economy needs?

Speakers at this event include: Professor Lynette Ryals OBE (Chief Executive, MK:U); Manroop Khela (Chief Transformation Officer, Santander UK); and Rt Hon. David Laws (Executive Chairman, Education Policy Institute). Other invited speakers include: Rt Hon. Jake Berry MP (Minister for the Northern Powerhouse and Local Growth); and Baroness Neville-Rolfe. Invited to chair: Sebastian Payne (Whitehall Correspondent, Financial Times).

** Note: This event will take place in the conference secure zone. To access the secure zone you will need to obtain a pass directly from the Conservative Party.**

 

SPEAKERS
Conservative Party Conference 2019: ‘Completing the UK’s Silicon Valley: the Oxford-Cambridge Arc and a new university in Milton Keynes’
Chair: Sebastian Payne
Whitehall Correspondent, Financial Times (Invited)
Conservative Party Conference 2019: ‘Completing the UK’s Silicon Valley: the Oxford-Cambridge Arc and a new university in Milton Keynes’
Rt Hon. Jake Berry MP
Minister for the Northern Powerhouse and Local Growth (Invited)
Conservative Party Conference 2019: ‘Completing the UK’s Silicon Valley: the Oxford-Cambridge Arc and a new university in Milton Keynes’
Manroop Khela
Chief Transformation Officer, Santander UK
Conservative Party Conference 2019: ‘Completing the UK’s Silicon Valley: the Oxford-Cambridge Arc and a new university in Milton Keynes’
Rt Hon. David Laws
Executive Chairman, Education Policy Institute
Conservative Party Conference 2019: ‘Completing the UK’s Silicon Valley: the Oxford-Cambridge Arc and a new university in Milton Keynes’
Professor Lynette Ryals OBE
Chief Executive, MK:U
Conservative Party Conference 2019: ‘Completing the UK’s Silicon Valley: the Oxford-Cambridge Arc and a new university in Milton Keynes’
Baroness Neville-Rolfe
Event Partners