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This week: the Met Office Supercomputer, deprivation in coastal towns, £1.2 million jobs boost for Torquay, the latest on Hinkley and West of England Skills Junction. Last week’s newsletter covered challenging low pay, Women in Enterprise, Exeter’s high-earning graduates and the innovation agenda.

Exeter’s growing reputation as a world-leading centre for climate change science was given another boost this week (October 28) by the announcement that the Met Office has secured the investment required to purchase one of the most powerful supercomputers in the world. Funding has been confirmed for the £97m supercomputer to improve the Met Office’s weather forecasting and climate modelling. The new system will be housed partly at the Met Office headquarters in Exeter and partly at a new facility in the Exeter Science Park, and will reach its full capacity in 2017. The Met Office works in strategic partnership with the Universities of Exeter, Oxford, Leeds and Reading. As one of the most powerful supercomputers in the world when fully installed, it will also be a catalyst for regional growth in the South West, supporting collaboration and partnerships between science, business and academia, cementing the UK’s position as a world leader in weather and climate prediction.

The number of low paid workers in Britain is at an all-time high with more long-term low paid workers than ever, warns the Resolution Foundation. Figures suggest communities in coastal towns are dealing with higher rates of unemployment and poorer levels of health than the rest of the country. However, Devon, Cornwall and Somerset charted the highest employment rates in the country, a fact thought to be linked to progressing rollout of superfast broadband.

Environment Minister Dan Rogerson has announced £1.2 million worth of funding to help a South West company bring 60 new jobs to Torquay. Gooch & Housego – which design, manufacture and supply fibre optic solutions used across the aerospace, defence, industrial, life science and scientific research sectors – will receive the award towards an £18 million expansion project providing a major boost to the region.

A group of Somerset food and drink producers have been awarded the interim catering contract to feed more than 5,000 workers on the EDF Energy’s Hinkley Point C project. Nigel Cann, Site Construction Director at Hinkley Point C, said: “The South West regional economy will benefit by £100m each year of peak construction and using local suppliers wherever possible is a key commitment for the project. We are hopeful that this will be the first of many supplier collaboration success stories for the county.”

Skills Junction is a dedicated search engine that aggregates all courses and training opportunities, including apprenticeships, from the educational institutes in the West of England. It’s aimed at people who are looking to further their career and at employers who are looking to train their existing staff or recruit from particular educational institutes.

One of our key aims here at Marchmont is to summarise the wealth of developments relating to skills and growth into easily digestible chunks, so ….if you have been too busy to complete our survey, we would especially value your input

I hope you find this information useful.

Cheers!

Kevin

Headlines

Skills:

Student startups – could you be the next Mark Zuckerberg?
University might be the perfect time to create your own startup.

NIACE chief calls for broader debate on skills devolution
Today’s Metro Growth report by the City Growth Commission gives a welcome and clear recognition of the central role that skills will play in our future economic success.

Teaching assistant standards review – call for evidence launched
A range of views are being sought to support the development of a new set of professional standards for teaching assistants.

Quality Assessment Review Steering Group announced
A Quality Assessment Review Steering Group has been established, consisting of representatives from the higher education sector including the National Union of Students.

Student visa rules condemned by employers
A business leader has accused some MPs of “cheap and pathetic gestures” in their approach to student visas.

UK review of National Student Survey – the next phase
The review of the National Student Survey is entering a phase of testing and development.

Future financial challenges facing the higher education sector
A review of the financial health of higher education institutions published by HEFCE concludes that the higher education sector in England faces significant financial challenges over the next three years.

Further education and skills – statistical first release
Success rates for 2012 to 2013 and provisional further education and skills data for the full 2013/14 academic year.

Funding cuts, policy changes and careers advice – how are colleges faring?
Looking to the general election in 2015, further education needs more funding and a consistent, long-term strategy from the next government, reports Louise Tickle.

Apprenticeships website transition to GOV.UK
The apprenticeships website and online recruitment system (apprenticeship vacancies) are both at the heart of the Skills Funding Agency’s drive to improve services for users through digital service transformation.

Exeter wins £1m funding for new initiative in bio-medicine
The University of Exeter has been awarded £1 million by the Wellcome Trust to establish an initiative aimed at advancing our understanding of living systems and the causes of disease.

Employment:

Scrap Failing Jobcentre Plus to save long-term unemployed youngsters, says the LGA
New analysis conducted by the Local Government Association (LGA) and Inclusion reveals the number of 16 to 24-year-old’s out of work for more than two years has quadrupled in the past decade.

Claimants on working-age benefits for 3 out of previous 4 years – July 2014
Statistics on claimants claiming DWP working-age benefits for at least 3 out of the previous 4 years, by local authority.

Working and workless households – 2014
Information about households and the adults and children living in them, by household economic activity status.

UK Business – Activity, Size and Location, 2014
Companies and public corporations’ numbers have continued to rise and represent 66.1% of total businesses. The number of sole proprietors and partnerships has continued to decline and now represents 29.9% of total businesses.

Workplace employment by industry in Wales – 2001 to 2013
An annual report in which analyses presented cover the aggregate of employees, the self employed and government supported trainees at a broad industrial level for Wales with estimates also presented at sub-Wales levels.

Help for 16 and 17 year olds to find work
Jobcentre Plus work coaches, local authorities and voluntary sector organisations to help 16 and 17 year olds find work.

Fall in unemployment masking ‘fundamental weaknesses’ in the economy, Swindon Initiative warns
The economic recovery may not be as strong as anticipated despite the latest fall in unemployment, Business West, the organisation that runs the Initiative in Swindon & Wiltshire, has warned.

More than one million over-50s pushed out of employment
Employers are missing out by overlooking the skills and experience of more than a million older people, a charity has warned.

Government to tackle ‘revolving door’ of redundancy and rehiring
Public sector executives who receive large redundancy payouts will no longer be able to keep the money if they return to a comparable sector job, the government has announced.

Women and overseas staff increase in the City, research shows
Recruitment of women and overseas employees in the City has sharply increased over the past year, according to recruitment firm Astbury Marsden.

UK gender gap continues to widen, says World Economic Forum report
Britain falls to 26th in Global Gender Gap Report rankings, recording its lowest overall score for equality since 2008.

More than half of home-based entrepreneurs are women
According to a report from Enterprise Nation and Direct Line for Business, 64% of home workers are women, with the highest concentration of female entrepreneurs in the Midlands.

Women on the Tech Partnership’s ITMB degree inspired by IBM
This week more than 50 female students studying the ITMB degree at universities around the UK gathered at IBM on London’s South Bank, to find out how to establish a career in the tech industry.

Independent Living Fund – user profile analysis, September 2014
Data on users of the Independent Living Fund for the quarter to the end of September 2014.

Business & Growth:

Gross Domestic Product Preliminary Estimate, Q3 201
Output increased in all four main industrial groupings within the economy in Q3 2014. In order of their contribution, output increased by 0.7% in services, 0.5% in production, 0.8% in construction and 0.3% in agriculture.

Pocket databank – economic indicators
The Pocket databank is a weekly HM Treasury statistical publication, containing major economic indicators and series for both domestic and international economies.

UK Export Finance strengthens regional team to support UK’s export businesses
UK Export Finance (UKEF), the UK’s export credit agency, has strengthened its regional team of specialist export finance advisers with the addition of nine key appointments.

Business leaders headlining at UK Investment Summit announced
Businesses are backing this autumn’s UK Investment Summit Wales 2014, which will explore how new technologies are fuelling business growth.

Modern Commonwealth – potential for British business and young people
Hugo Swire spoke at a Commonwealth Exchange event on the Commonwealth role in enhancing business, trade and opportunities for young people.

NATEP Call 4 now open until 15th December
Do you have an idea that might improve a process, a technology, a supply chain? If you had some funding & a little support do you think you could improve, invent or develop something that would help your business & the aerospace industry?

Funding available for SMEs to take on a placement student
Cogent announce that the Royal Society of Chemistry is again fully funding ten year long placements in SMEs for chemistry undergraduates in 2015.

Call for Action! £20m funding for Employer Ownership of Skills
Employers and employees know what training is best for them. The Employer Ownership Fund offers all employers direct access to public investment to design and deliver bespoke own training solutions.

Solent Young Entrepreneurs
To date, the Solent LEP’s (Local Enterprise Partnership) Young Entrepreneur Fund has awarded 10 young people with a share of £39,000. These business leaders of the future, all aged 16 to 24, were given a head start by the fund.

Sector Skills:

ProSkills – Call for proposals for Going Global 2015
Going Global is an annual conference hosted by the British Council, which provides a forum for world leaders in education to network, debate international tertiary education issues and challenges, and to discuss creative, collaborative solutions.

Proskills wins top international skills accolade
The International Skills Partnership between Proskills UK Group and Petra Egypt has been recognised as the British Council’s prestigious Partnership of the Year 2014.

Tesco executives realign culture with ‘hands-on experience’
In a bid to realign Tesco leadership strategy with what customers want, the retailer’s chief executive took its senior executives on an away day where he tasked them with buying, and then cooking, meals from Tesco stores.

Challenges in Health and Care for the next government
The NHS Confederation has produced a well-balanced and well referenced declaration.If you are looking for a speedy update, with signposting to recent research on the current issues facing health and care, this is as good a place as any to start.

Leading names in fashion & broadcasting to design new apprenticeships
Some of the UK’s leading names in fashion including Jasper Conran, Mulberry and Burberry and the BBC, ITV and SKY from broadcasting have announced (23rd November) that they will help design apprenticeships in their sectors.

SkillsActive launches largest Fitness Work-Force Survey in partnership with EMDP and REPs
SkillsActive, the Exercise, Movement and Dance Partnership (EMDP) and REPs are delighted to be working in partnership to launch the Working in Fitness 2014 survey.

CITB – Lack of careers information ‘creating skill gaps’
Teachers and employers need to collaborate more closely to encourage young people to enter skilled professions, according to a new study.

Have your say in shaping the future of plumbing and heating Apprenticeships
In an important and exciting move, Plumbing and Heating Apprenticeships are now joining Phase 3 of the Trailblazer project and employers in the industry are being invited to participate in an important electronic survey, the results of which will help greatly in altering the format of Apprenticeships for the better.

Semta Group hails Trailblazer announcement
Semta and EAL has welcomed today’s Government announcement that more than 700 employers are to design 76 new apprenticeship standards as part of the third phase of its successful Trailblazers scheme.

Trade Unions & SME’s:

#ibacksmallbusiness – FSB launch dynamic social media campaign for the 2015 General Election
The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) is launching a new campaign putting prospective politicians in direct contact with small businesses on social media. The #ibacksmallbusiness campaign forms the centrepiece of the FSB’s work in advance of the 2015 General Election.

TUC comment on Resolution Foundation low pay report
TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady commented on research published recently (Sunday) by the Resolution Foundation that shows the proportion of employees in low-paid work has increased and now stands at just over five million people.

UK Research Publications

Unleashing metro growth – final recommendations of the City Growth Commission
Makes the case for, and explains how, cities can take a new role in our political economy, creating stronger, more inclusive and sustainable growth in the UK.

Pay progression – understanding the barriers for the lowest paid
Finds that 64% of those on low pay are women. There is also a strong correlation between age and being stuck on low pay, with the chances of escaping low pay becoming less likely the older you become.

Universal Credit at work
Progress report on the implementation of Universal Credit: how we are restoring work incentives, renewing fairness and transforming lives.

The impact of welfare interventions on life-courses of deprived groups
Based on research carried out in five European cities (Dortmund, Malmö, Radom, Turin, Glasgow), in winter and spring 2014, descibes problem-centred case studies of interviews conducted among long-term unemployed, working poor and single parents, who currently receive – or have received minimum income benefits in the last five years.

Work 2.0 – helping the hardest to help – targeted assistance, incentives and the Work Programme
Provides a blueprint for how the Work Programme should be improved, including ideas on how to better assess jobseeker needs, how to integrate the Programme into the structures of Universal Credit, and how to better recognise local labour market conditions.

Deep value assessment – how ongoing, participatory employability assessments could improve outcomes for jobseekers
Highlights four areas where the principles of a Deep Value approach to assessment can be put into practice now. The processes and tools of assessment need to be less ‘tick-box’ and more collaborative and engaging – and it needs to be possible to regularly update them. Partnerships need to be strengthened to ensure that different providers are able to share information about jobseekers’ strengths, abilities and barriers. Frontline staff need additional training to be able to undertake ongoing, participatory assessment. Employment coaches and advisors need to be enabled to build Deep Value relationships between jobseekers and their advisors.

Future of cities – investing in city regions – London and the UK system of cities
Essay examining how London interacts with the UK system of cities and the implications of this relationship.

Project STEM – book of insights 2014
Describes young people’s attitudes, beliefs, motivations and behaviours that affect their decisions on subject choice and career paths.

Economic resilience in small and medium sized towns
Shows how regional economic resilience has been widely inconsistent during the crisis in geographical terms. Analyses the unique factors of small and medium sized towns in the UK, and how these factors have contributed to economic resilience, or lack of resilience, in UK regions.

Hidden potential of small and medium sized towns
Argues that the size of urban settlements plays an important role within the wider regional and functional context, hence towns can make an important contribution in supporting EU strategic policies and for the achievement of territorial cohesion.

Professionalism in further education
Final report from an independent review chaired by Lord Lingfield. Makes recommendations to Government on a new framework for professionalism…

Local Enterprise Partnership – Intelligence

Infographic – the Labour Market in the Heart of the South West LEP
Infographic illustrating the Labour Market in the Heart of the South West LEP benchmarked against the South West region and England in terms of percentage change.

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UK Labour Market, October 2014
Key Points for June to August 2014

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  • Comparing the estimates for June to August 2014 with those for March to May 2014, employment continued to rise and unemployment continued to fall. These changes continue the general direction of movement since late 2011/early 2012.
  • There were 30.76 million people in work. This was 46,000 more than for March to May 2014, the smallest quarterly increase since March to May 2013. Comparing June to August 2014 with a year earlier, there were 736,000 more people in work.
  • The proportion of people aged from 16 to 64 in work (the employment rate), was 73.0%, slightly higher than for March to May 2014 (72.9%) and higher than for a year earlier (71.5%).
  • There were 1.97 million unemployed people, 154,000 fewer than for March to May 2014 and 538,000 fewer than a year earlier. This is the largest annual fall in unemployment on record. Records for annual changes in unemployment begin in 1972.
  • The unemployment rate continued to fall, reaching 6.0% for June to August 2014, the lowest since late 2008. The unemployment rate is the proportion of the economically active population (those in work plus those seeking and available to work) who were unemployed.
  • There were 9.03 million people aged from 16 to 64 who were out of work and not seeking or available to work (known as economically inactive). This was 113,000 more than for March to May 2014 but 46,000 fewer than for a year earlier.
  • The economic inactivity rate was 22.2%, higher than for March to May 2014 (22.0%) but lower than for a year earlier (22.4%).
  • Pay including bonuses for employees in Great Britain was 0.7% higher than a year earlier. Pay excluding bonuses for employees in Great Britain was 0.9% higher than a year earlier.
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Regional Labour Market, October 2014

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  • The employment rate in Great Britain was highest in the East of England (76.8%) and lowest in Wales (68.8%).
  • The unemployment rate in Great Britain was highest in the North East (9.3%) and lowest in the South West (4.6%).
  • The inactivity rate in Great Britain was highest in Wales (26.3%) and lowest in the East of England (19.1%).
  • The Claimant Count rate in Great Britain was highest in the North East (4.8%) and lowest in the South East (1.6%).
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NATEP Call 4 now open until 15th December
Do you have an idea that might improve a process, a technology, a supply chain? If you had some funding & a little support do you think you could improve, invent or develop something that would help your business & the aerospace industry?

West of England – Skills Junction
Skills Junction is a dedicated search engine that aggregates all courses and training opportunities, including apprenticeships, from the educational institutes in the West of England.

#ibacksmallbusiness – FSB launch dynamic social media campaign for the 2015 General Election
The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) is launching a new campaign putting prospective politicians in direct contact with small businesses on social media. The #ibacksmallbusiness campaign forms the centrepiece of the FSB’s work in advance of the 2015 General Election.

Sense and instability – three decades of skills and employment policy
Tracks and evaluates key changes to skills policy over the past three decades in order to identify areas of good practice and ways in which lessons can be learnt in skills development.

What are the prospects for a wage recovery in the UK?
Compares employment, wage and cost of living data over two distinct periods of recession and recovery (1990-2001 and 2004-2014).

Univercities – the knowledge to power UK metros
Makes recommendations for universities to enhance their economic impact on UK metros – our largest cities and their surrounding areas. 72 of the UK’s 123 universities are in our 15 largest metro areas.

The match factor – good practice in Apprenticeship recruitment
Looks at the role of learning providers and recruitment practices and how mismatches between the supply of Apprenticeships and the demand for Apprenticeships can be improved.

European Programmes – Latest

Economic crisis and the resilience of regions
Exposes territorial evidence that supports policymakers at different administrative levels in making the economic structure(s) in Europe and its countries, regions and cities more resilient to economic crises and a sudden economic downturn.

Making Europe open and polycentric – vision and scenarios for the European territory towards 2050
Provides answers to the following key questions: 1. Why does Europe need a territorial vision now? 2. How will Europe develop if current policies are not changed? 3. How could different policy scenarios influence Europe? 4. How to make Europe more Open and Polycentric? 5. What policies could support this?

Sector Skills Publications

Workplace employment by industry in Wales – 2001 to 2013
An annual report in which analyses presented cover the aggregate of employees, the self employed and government supported trainees at a broad industrial level for Wales with estimates also presented at sub-Wales levels.

Funding available for SMEs to take on a placement student
Cogent announce that the Royal Society of Chemistry is again fully funding ten year long placements in SMEs for chemistry undergraduates in 2015.

Solent Young Entrepreneurs
To date, the Solent LEP’s (Local Enterprise Partnership) Young Entrepreneur Fund has awarded 10 young people with a share of £39,000. These business leaders of the future, all aged 16 to 24, were given a head start by the fund.

Preparing for the perfect storm – skills for a sustainable economy
Shows that investment in developing organisational capability and skills to address the sustainability challenge is significantly lagging behind other areas.

Understanding skills and performance challenges in the logistics sector
A report by the UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES) examining current issues with skills and performance for the logistics sector.

Mapping the core public health workforce
Explores the context and key considerations for mapping the core public health workforce under the following headers: Public health workforce policy; Counting the public health workforce; Previous recommendations on numbers and roles; The Public Health Skills and Knowledge Framework education and training; Education and training; Registration and revalidation of the workforce; and, Previous attempts to examine the public health workforce.

Measuring employment in the tourism industries – guide with best practices
Suggests that employment in tourism and the economic value of tourism in terms of employment remain inadequately measured and insufficiently studied. Provides examples of best practices of measuring employment in the tourism industries from countries that have demonstrated capacity to develop a comprehensive set of employment indicators.

Future of the financial workplace – identifying the future trends for work and the workplace in the financial sector
Identifies the future trends for work and the workplace in the financial sector, including views of key decision makers from leading financial organisations across the globe through a series of interviews and workshops held over the past year.

Events

SKOPE seminar
3 November 2014, 10:45 – 18:00, St. Anne’s College, Oxford

03/11/2014 – This event is part of the Economic and Social Research Council’s annual Festival of Social Science. Entry is free, with lunch and refreshments provided. For reservations please contact skope@education.ox.ac.uk

Join ‘Digital Works’ campaign to improve recruitment pool
3-4 November 2014, (teleconference)

03/11/2014 – The ‘Digital Works’ campaign aims to bring together leading IT & Telecoms employers, trade bodies and Jobcentre Plus to: Improve Jobcentre Plus work coaches’ knowledge of the sector and its opportunities; Encourage customers to consider IT & Telecoms as a career choice; Make opportunities more visible to Jobcentre Plus customers; Build a legacy of lasting relationships with local IT & Telecoms employers; and, Support employers’ responsible business agenda to engage with local and diverse talent. contact: Elaine Townshend, 07966 566236, elaine.townshend@dwp.gsi.gov.uk

Dorset LEP ESIF Update
31 October2014, North Dorset, venue tbc.

31/10/2014 – This unique event is being held to raise awareness of and provide a breakdown of how you can benefit from the EU funding as a business, and use the fund to help your local community. ESIF formulates part of the Dorset LEP’s Strategic Economic Plan, and will help to increase the competitiveness of small and medium enterprises, improve the skills and employability of the county’s workforce and strengthen the Dorset economy through growth and enterprise.

IES employment policy conference 2014
25 November 2014, Ambassadors Bloomsbury, London

25/11/2014 – Examines The UK youth labour market, UK policy initiatives, The role of employers, The perspectives of young people and International policy perspectives.

Learning Networks and Annual Conference for Erasmus+
26-27 November 2014, Conference Aston, Central Birmingham

26/11/2014 – The very first Learning Networks and Annual Conference for Erasmus+ have arrived. Conference Aston in central Birmingham will be the venue for the Learning Networks event on 26 November and Annual Conference on 27 November. Bookings will open in October.

ESRC’s Festival of Social Science
1-8 November 2014, University of Exeter

01/11/2014 – 11 separate events celebrating social science research and its relevance to many areas of life, from personal wellbeing to the sustainability of the economy.

The Skills Show, NEC
13 – 15 November 2014, Birmingham NEC

13/11/2014 – FREE to attend, The Skills Show provides young people with opportunities to discover what they are good at and what they enjoy, through hands-on experiences combined with practical advice and guidance, to help shape futures and transform lives.

GET THE GRIT – A resilience workshop to develop a ‘growth mindset’ for all – training event
led by Jackie Beere OBE
12 November 2014, Campaign for Learning, 24 Greencoat Place, Westminster, London, SW1P 1RD

12/11/2014 – Raise achievement and improve wellbeing through resilience training with Jackie Beere, who has years of experience in coaching and personal development for children and teachers.

Improving financial stability and efficiency in Higher Education – sustainability, alternative revenue streams and lean ways of working
19 November 2014, central London

19/11/2014 – Steve Egan, Deputy Chief Executive, HEFCE, will be speaking at this event, which will bring out latest thinking on making the Higher Education sector more efficient, and to increase financial stability at a time of considerable changes to university funding – focusing on options and implementation.

Next steps for the Research Excellence Framework
23 April 2015, central London

23/04/2015 – David Sweeney, Director, HEFCE will be speaking at this seminar, which is scheduled to follow publication of this year’s Research Excellence Framework (REF), the system by which the quality of research from UK HEIs is assessed – with significant implications.

Welfare reform – creating effective local delivery partnerships
20 December 2014, Prospero House, Borough High Street, London SE1

20/12/2014 – This one day conference will provide an early opportunity to consider the updated Local Support Services Framework and will feature examples of best practice in the planning and delivery of services sharing learning from the Local Authority led pilots as well as drawing on the experience of housing associations, and third sector organisations in the delivery of budgeting support, debt advice, and financial inclusion inititatives, local welfare schemes, and digitial inclusion projects.

SW TUC – A Vision for a South West That Works
4 November 2014, 16:00-18:00, Unite, Tolpuddle Martyrs House, 238 Holdenhurst Road, Bournemouth BH8 8EG

04/11/2014 – This session will focus on public services.

SW TUC – A Vision for a South West That Works
12 November 2014, 14:00-16:00, Taunton Rugby Club, Hyde Park, Hyde Lane, Taunton, Somerset TA2 8BU

12/11/2014 – This session will focus on tacking inequality.

Semta Skills Awards – Engineering Skills for the Future
24 February 2015, Park Plaza Riverbank hotel, London

24/02/2015 – Turn on the spotlights, dust off the red carpet – the hunt is on to find the very Best of British Engineering – which is to be celebrated at the second Semta Skills Awards. The backing of some of the biggest engineering brands in Britain have made the awards night one of the most important dates in the sector’s diary.

Creative SkillSet – Get Your Next Job in TV Drama, Salford
21 November 2014, MediaCityUK, Salford

21/11/2014 – This day is a Creative Skillset funded initiative for TV freelancers in the UK creative industries, and is supported by the Skills Investment Fund. Booking for this will open nearer the time.

Open consultation – Higher education living cost support, EU nationals’ residency requirements
10 November 2014, 23:45

10/11/2014 – Proposal to extend the residency requirement from 3 to 5 years, before EU nationals can receive higher education living cost support.

AoC Conference and Exhibition
18-20 November 2014, ICC Birmingham

16/11/2014 – The AoC Annual Conference and Exhibition brings together the further education sector under one roof to learn, develop, influence, exchange information and network. The highlight of AoC’s events calendar, the conference combines keynote speakers, plenary sessions and breakout sessions to inform and stimulate debate.

The Future of Higher Education
3 November 2014, St Anne’s College, Woodstock Road, Oxford OX2 6HSA

03/11/2014 – In all OECD countries Higher Education is central in political discourse concerning both economic growth and the need to diminish inequality of opportunities and outcomes. Three main questions will be considered: 1.What, if anything, has been achieved to improve growth performance and to enhance social mobility via the expansion of the HE sector and by efforts to increase its accessibility? 2.What has all this meant for the higher education sector itself in terms of its objectives, governance, efficiency, funding, course content and delivery? ..and 3.What developments are likely in the future?

The Manufacturer Directors’ Conference
26-27 November 2014, Birmingham

26/11/2014 – An event for manufacturers in Birmingham open for booking now, part of the week of excellence provided by The Manufacturer.

 

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