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11.00 ConservativeHome in partnership with MillionPlus and NUS

Manchester Central : Central 5

The Age of Upheaval: What should post 18 education look like in 2030?

Join the Minister, MillionPlus and the NUS to explore the future of higher and further education and how to unlock potential across the UK.


What do we need to put in place to ensure that the UK has a post-18 education system that can support students, local regions and the wider UK economy, and continue to attract talent from around the world? Join the Minister, MillionPlus and NUS to assess how higher and further education has been impacted by changing policies, changing recommendations and changing governments, and how colleges & universities provide the country with skills needed to boost economic growth in a post-Brexit world.

18.00 University and College Union

Jury’s Inn : Bridgewater Suite

Towards a fairer post-16 education system: what should top the government’s to-do list?

Join us to hear a range of views on what the government’s priorities should be for further and higher education in the coming months. Speakers TBC


During his first days in post, the Prime Minister praised the role of higher education and pledged to make further education and skills a priority for his new government, but how does the system need to change to ensure it is fair and accessible for students? This event will be a chance to consider what should top the new ministerial team’s to-do list when it comes to ensuring an effective system of post-16 education.


08.15 Social Market Foundation with The Further Education Trust for Leadership (FETL)

Manchester Central : Exchange 4

Delivering on promises to Further Education

Boris Johnson has promised that FE will be a Conservative priority. Join us to hear how government can deliver on this promise.


Successive governments have neglected further education, in favour of higher education. Boris Johnson has made a bold promise to do better for FE and the people who rely on it. How can the government deliver on this promise? What should a thriving FE sector look like? Join us to discuss how government, business and education providers could work together to better support FE, its learners and its leaders. Refreshments from 08:15, event begins at 08:30.

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