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.**