20 Tavistock Square
Professor Colin Riordan, President and Vice-Chancellor, Cardiff University
Mairwen Harris, Projects Business Partner, Universities Wales Ester Ruskuc, Director of Strategy and Policy, University of St Andrews - invited
Dr Mike Galsworthy, Programme Director, Scientists for EU - invited
Anne-May, Head of European Engagement, Universities UK International
This national one-day conference will give you the opportunity to examine the key institutional and operational aspects of Brexit, to consider where we are, and to discuss what happens next. Organised by Universities UK, the day will explore the implications for your institution and discuss the best way to ensure your institution can be successful regardless of the outcomes of the Brexit deal.
On the 29 March 2019 the United Kingdom will be leaving the European Union and as it currently stands there is still no practical plan or guidance on how to prepare for the results of the departure.
This event will aim to assist delegates whose roles in higher education will be most affected by this departure. It will be a chance for delegates to think about the possible scenarios they may find themselves in and the most practical ways to deal with what comes next. Throughout the day we will explore a range of key topics including but not limited to:
Alistair Jarvis, Chief Executive, Universities UK
Gill Wells, Head of European & International Team and Strategic Lead on GCRF, University of Oxford
Beth Thompson, Head of UK and EU Policy, Wellcome
Professor Jeremy Carrette, Dean for Europe, University of Kent
Vice-Chancellor (External Relations), University
of Central Lancashire
Dr David Pilsbury, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (International Development), Coventry University
Mairwen Harris, Projects Business Partner, Universities Wales
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Professor Colin Riordan took up the post of President and Vice-Chancellor at Cardiff University on 1 September 2012. Previously he was Vice-Chancellor of the University of Essex, having been appointed in October 2007. He moved to Essex from Newcastle University, where he had been Pro Vice-Chancellor and Provost of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences since August 2005.
Professor Riordan taught English as a foreign language at Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg in Germany (1982-84) and was Lecturer, then Senior Lecturer in German at Swansea University (1986-1998). He became Professor of German at Newcastle University in 1998, where he remained until his move to Essex in 2007.
Professor Riordan is a Board member of Advance HE (the new sector agency established in 2018), the Edge Foundation, UCAS and The Conversation (UK). He is a Fulbright Commissioner and a member of Council of the Association of Commonwealth Universities.
Dr Beth Thompson is Head of UK & EU Policy at the Wellcome Trust. Wellcome is a global foundation that exists to improve to improve health for everyone by helping great ideas to thrive. We spend around £1 billion a year to support research, innovation and public engagement.
Beth leads Wellcome's UK & EU policy and advocacy activities, covering issues including Brexit, research investment and emerging technology.
In 2017 Beth was awarded an MBE for services to science for successfully advocating against amendments to the EU General Data Protection Regulation that would have been severely damaging for research.
Beth holds a PhD from the Medical Research Council Laboratory of Molecular Biology in Cambridge and a degree in Natural Sciences (Biochemistry) from the University of Cambridge.
Maddalaine is a graduate of Emmanuel College, Cambridge where she studied Classics. She then studied and qualified as a solicitor practising with Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and later the US law firm Sullivan and Cromwell LLP. After six years, she joined the civil service on the fast stream.
She has held a number of appointments including with the Prime Minister's Delivery Unit, Home Office and BIS. She worked on the HE White Paper for the then Minister for Universities and Science, David Willetts, and was appointed to Deputy Director, International Knowledge and Innovation in 2011 where she was responsible for the £375 million Newton Fund. Maddalaine became Chief Executive for University Alliance in January 2015.
Maddalaine joined the British Council as Director (Education Policy) in November 2018.
David Goodhart is Head of Policy Exchange's Demography, Immigration, and Integration Unit, and Director of the Integration Hub website.
David is a former Director of Demos, and former Editor of Prospect magazine, which he founded in 1995. He is a prominent figure in public debate in the UK, as a well-known broadcaster, author, commentator, and journalist. He has presented several BBC Radio 4 Analysis programmes. Before Prospect, he was a correspondent for the Financial Times, including a stint in Germany during the unification period.
In 2013, he published The British Dream, a book about post-war multiculturalism, national identity, and immigration. It was runner up for the Orwell Book Prize in 2014. In 2017 he published The Road to Somewhere: The new tribes shaping British politics, about the value divides in western societies, which was a Sunday Times best-seller.
Ian is a Partner in Fragomen's London office where he focuses on UK immigration. He has worked in immigration for 15 years.
Ian manages Fragomen's UK Government Strategies Practice. He works with decision makers in and around government, helping key people understand how the immigration system can better support business. He also works with Fragomen's Strategic Migration Forum to ensure that messages to government are consistent and compelling.
Before joining Fragomen, Ian spent 8 years at the Home Office working on migration and criminal justice policies. His last role as a civil servant saw him play a central role in the design and implementation of the policy placing a cap on economic migrants. Ian also fronted an extensive Government consultation on the cap and worked with experts to revamp the UK's high value migration routes in Tier 1 of PBS.
Ian was a member of policy teams that developed, legislated for and implemented policies to prevent sham marriages, deport foreign criminals and incorporate civil partnerships into the UK immigration rules.
Professor Wilkinson is DVC (External Relations) at the University of Lincoln, where prior to joining Toby served 6 years as the inaugural Director of International Strategy at the University of Cambridge, devising and delivering an institution-wide strategy for global engagement with partners in Europe, Asia, Africa, the Middle East and the Americas.
Toby is an internationally acclaimed Egyptologist and prize-winning author of 10 books which have been translated into 11 languages. He is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries, a member of the international editorial board of the Journal of Egyptian History, a school governor and a trustee of the Thomas Wall Trust.
Joel joined the University in 2010 as Director of Marketing and Communications. He currently serves on the leadership team as Pro Vice-Chancellor (External Relations) with responsibility for external engagement and policy shaping.
A graduate of the University of Edinburgh, where he read Economic History, Joel spent the first 14 years of his career working in marketing roles and at advertising agencies across a wide range of clients, including Marks and Spencer, Rolls-Royce and the Royal Bank of Scotland. His transition into the higher education sector followed two years working with the Open University's marketing agency as their Client Services Director and an adviser on brand and direct marketing.
A passionate strategic marketer, communications expert and senior leader, Joel's PVC role is focused on engaging and influencing external stakeholders both regionally and nationally.
Mairwen is currently on secondment from Cardiff University to Universities Wales where she leads policy development for Brexit, Immigration and Research and Innovation.
She has undertaken a variety of roles in higher education including Departmental Administrator, School Manager and most recently Head of the Vice-Chancellor's Office at Cardiff University.
Mairwen studied English literature at the University of Essex and recently completed an MBA in Higher Education Management at the Institute of Education, University College London.
Ester Ruskuc has over 20 years of higher education experience.
She is a member of the extended Principal's Office with leadership responsibility for strategy and policy development, implementation, institutional planning, and risk. She translates policy developments into institutional context and provides advice, scenarios for strategic decision making and analyses. She also oversees the key institutional planning processes and leads special projects. She maintains and develops some key partnerships in line with institutional objectives.
Previously Ester was the Academic Registrar with leadership responsibility for the student life-cycle from application to graduation. She concurrently held the position of Director of Planning.
Anne-May leads UUKi's European policy and engagement activity, working to maximise the sector's profile, impact and visibility in Brussels and in other European countries.
Before joining UUKi, Anne-May worked at Neth-ER where she represented the Dutch knowledge field in Brussels. In particular, she represented the interests of the Netherlands Federation of University Medical Centres and Nuffic, the Dutch organisation for international education which includes the Dutch Erasmus+ National Agency. She previously worked at the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs and the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sports in The Hague.
She holds an MSc in Public Policy and Human Development, a BA in European Studies and a Bachelor of Business Administration.
Alistair Jarvis was appointed Chief Executive of Universities UK on 7 August 2017.
Before taking up his current role, he was Deputy Chief Executive, and prior to that Director of Communications and External Relations at Universities UK. Before joining UUK in 2013 he was a Director at the University of Birmingham and has previously held communications, campaigning and political relations roles for national or ganisations in both the public and private sectors.
He has also previously held voluntary roles as Deputy Chair of the board of Wonkhe, a higher education policy media company; a member of the judging panel for the Guardian University Awards; and is a fellow of the RSA.
He was educated at the Universities of Kent, Leicester and the Institute of Education, University of London .
Gill Wells is Head of Research Services European & International Team at the University of Oxford. Gill's current role is to lead support EU applications across the University as well as enhance Oxford's strategic engagement with the European Commission and UK government. She is the University's Strategic lead on GCRF and a member of the Brexit Impact Group and is helping deliver the Brexit Research Strategy.
Up until July this year, she was Chair of UUKi's European Network. She remains a member of LERU's EU Policy Group
Professor Jeremy Carrette is Dean for Europe at the University of Kent and Professor of Philosophy, Religion and Culture. He is responsible for European strategic planning at the University of Kent – 'the UK's European university' - and for the management of the four University European Centres in Brussels, Paris, Rome and Athens. His work involves developing European partnerships and enhancing postgraduate studies in the European Centres, working alongside the International Partnership office at the University of Kent.
Responsible for all international activities including joint ventures, student recruitment, collaborative partnerships, curriculum internationalization, mobility, and cultural enhancement, Pilsbury leads an ambitious globalisation agenda recognised by many awards including the Queen's Award for Enterprise and EAIE's premier award. Made a VTC Fellow for outstanding contributions to international education, he's a Board Member of the China-Britain Business Council. Previously the founding CEO of the Worldwide Universities Network, HEFCE Head of Research Policy and Assistant Director R&D at Cambridge University Hospital. He spent a number of years in strategic consultancy and investment banking after completing a D.Phil and research at Oxford University.
Andrew Gimson is an author and political journalist. His most recent books are Gimson's Prime Ministers: Brief Lives from Walpole to May and Gimson's Kings and Queens: Brief Lives of the Monarchs since 1066.
As contributing editor to ConservativeHome, he specialises in interviewing and profiling Conservative politicians. His biography of Boris Johnson, Boris: The Adventures of Boris Johnson, was described as "brilliant" and "an effervescent delight".
He has served as deputy editor of the Spectator, political columnist of the Independent on Sunday, and Berlin correspondent and parliamentary sketch writer for the Daily Telegraph.