UA Summit 2017 – Locally rooted and globally-connected

Our Annual Summit took place this week at the University of Salford’s MediaCityUK campus.

It provided a chance for us to think strategically about the factors which will affect the sector in the near future and discuss how we can work together.

The implications of Brexit, the role of universities in the industrial strategy and working with the new metro mayors were all key themes.  We were delighted to hear from Andy Burnham, the newly-elected Mayor of Greater Manchester, Sir Stephen Wall, former EU Ambassador to the EU and Andrew Smith, Chief Economist to the Industry Forum.

An expert panel including Mark Leach, Wonkhe editor; Andrew Carter, Chief Executive of Centre for Cities; James Wilsdon, Professor of Research Policy, University of Sheffield, and Chair of the Campaign for Social Science, and NUS Vice-President, Higher Education Elect, Amatey Doku answered questions about the policy and political landscape.

Break out sessions explored the future of the REF, skills in the industrial strategy, university-industry collaboration and how universities can work together to have maximum impact.  Finally, the Network Groups met to talk about our priorities for the next year.

Below are some of the photographs of the event as well as a video shot and edited on the day by media students from the University of Salford, featuring several well-known faces from our Alliance universities and elsewhere. The university’s Quay News team also produced a one-off news programme during the day’s proceedings.

University Alliance Summit 2017 from University Alliance on Vimeo.


Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham speaks at UA Summit 2017 dinner











Sir Stephen Wall, former UK Ambassador to the EU











Summit delegates gather in the Egg Suite in the University of Salford MediaCityUK campus.











Policy panel discussion gets underway chaired by Maddalaine Ansell, Chief Executive of University Alliance









Andrew Smith, Chief Economist to the industry Forum

Closing plenary chaired by John Latham, Vice-Chancellor of Coventry University and Chair of University Alliance

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