Enhancing pathways to higher skills: a panel debate
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JHB Lecture Theatre, John Henry Brookes Building, Headington Campus
What does a skilled society want from higher education in the 21st century and how does that get delivered?
John will be amongst an expert panel reflecting on this issue in the light of the forthcoming general election, considering how higher education, government and business can work together to ensure graduates have the knowledge and skills for the modern age and asking such questions as “Does the current degree model work for subjects that change rapidly, like computing?”, “How will government policy impact on student choices?” and “What of A-level reform?”
Through questions from the audience the panel will explore the roles that business and higher education can play, and the way to incentivise choices.
JOHN CRIDLAND, CBI DIRECTOR-GENERAL
AS CBI Director-General, John Cridland is the key spokesman for the business community in the media, on public platforms and Government. John is a Board member of Business in the Community and a UK Commissioner for Employment and Skills. He was Vice-Chair of the National Learning and Skills Council from 2007-2010. He spent 10 years on the Low Pay Commission and the ACAS Council, and was also a member of the Council of Cranfield University and the Commission of Environmental Markets and Economic Performance. He has an MA in history from Christ’s College Cambridge.
DR JOHN NEILL CBE, CHAIRMAN AND GROUP CHIEF EXECUTIVE UNIPART GROUP
John Neill joined Unipart from General Motors in 1974 and has built Unipart, one of Europe's leading private logistics company. John is a Vice President of the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders as well as a Director of the SMMT Industry Forum. He is also a Vice-President of The Institute of the Motor Industry, a council member of the Institute of Directors, a Vice-President of BEN and Chairman of Atlantis Resources Limited. John was appointed Prince’s Ambassador for the South East for 2009 by HRH The Prince of Wales.
DAWN ELSON, HEAD OF ENGINEERING AT GATWICK AIRPORT Ltd
Dawn Elson became Head of Engineering at Gatwick Airport Ltd in November 2012 and is responsible for all infrastructure and technical services. She joined Gatwick as the Senior Engineering Manager for Engineering Services in October 2012 after 23 years as an Engineering Officer at the Royal Air Force. Dawn held several positions at the RAF; Head of Engineering at RAF Waddington looking after the Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition and Reconnaissance aircraft fleets; Deputy Chief Engineer for the Air Transport and Air to Air Refuelling aircraft fleets; Logistics Transformation Lead for Air Command; and the Senior Engineer for 216 Squadron. In 1997, Dawn was awarded the RAF Barrie Smart Memorial Award and gained her pilot’s licence. Dawn has an MBA from Cranfield University, an MA in Defence Studies from Kings College London and a BEng in Mechanical Engineering from Bath University.
ALISTAIR FITT, VICE-CHANCELLOR OF OXFORD BROOKES UNIVERSITY
Professor Alistair Fitt is Vice-Chancellor at Oxford Brookes from February 2015. Alistair joined Oxford Brookes in March 2011 as Pro Vice Chancellor for Research and Knowledge Exchange. Prior to Professor Fitt’s role at Oxford Brookes, he worked at the University of Southampton for 22 years, latterly as the Head of the School of Mathematics and then Pro Vice Chancellor, International. Alistair's external involvements include close connections with EPSRC and other funding agencies. He is a long-standing member of the Council of the IMA (Institute of Mathematics and its Applications) and the Executive Secretary of ICIAM, the worldwide organisation for Applied Mathematics.