Summit 2016 – Leading the way in our cities and regions


Neil Carmichael MP pictured speaking with Chief Executive Maddalaine Ansell and John Latham, Vice Chancellor of Coventry University

In June we were at Coventry University for our annual summit. It focused this year on exploring the role of our universities as leaders in their cities and regions, delivering the world-class teaching, research and employer engagement that makes the difference across the country.

Neil Carmichael MP, Education Select Committee and Co-Chair, Sub Committee on Education, Skills and the Economy, gave the keynote speech. You can also read speeches by Chief Executive Maddalaine Ansell and Chair Professor Steve West.

We also unveiled our new Making the Difference video at the Summit which is now featured prominently on our homepage.  Below are some of the pictures from the day – more can be found on our Flickr page.


Delegates networking at the Coventry University exhibition in between sessions. The summit took place in the university’s Engineering and Computing Building.

Nao robot at Coventry University

This Nao social robot is part of a project by Coventry PhD research student Ariel Ruiz-Garcia from the university’s School of Computing, Electronics and Maths.










Panel discussion during the morning plenary


Questions from delegates who were drawn from both our universities and key sector organisations








Wonkhe Director Mark Leach (centre) chaired the policy panel discussion which included Professor Andy Westwood, Professor of Politics, University of Winchester, Professor Julie Lydon, Vice Chancellor, University of South Wales, Ryan Shorthouse, Director Bright Blue and Sorana Vieru, Vice-President HE, NUS (L-R)


Professor Nigel Culkin, Professor of Entrepreneurship, University of Hertfordshire, introducing the Regional Leadership panel discussion: Supporting healthy innovation ecosystems – is local best? We launched our new report – Creating Innovative regions: The role of universities in local growth and productivity during the Summit.


One of several robots and advanced technology exhibited by Coventry University during the summit.


Our venue for the summit was the unversity’s fantastic-looking Engineering and Computing Building.

Further reading