Educate the North logo with TelegraphWe are pleased to announce the conference line-up for Educate the North on Wednesday 3 June.

This unique conference, which complements the evening’s Educate the North Awards, has brought together a number of outstanding speakers from across the UK who will be sharing their thoughts and experiences of working in and with the HE and FE sectors in the North – and beyond.

The awards will be presented at a black tie dinner in Manchester on 3 June 2015 that will showcase the world-class status of many of the North’s leading academic institutions.

The conference during the day will be of huge interest to academics and academic staff, providers of professional and financial services, business people seeking to engage with education and public bodies with a keen interest in seeing the broader value of education fully recognised.

The HE and FE sector in the North is worth tens of billions of pounds to the economy and Educate the North is the first ever conference to specifically address this issue at a time when the whole concept of a ‘Northern Powerhouse’ is taking shape.

Educate the North aims to celebrate the success and growth of the knowledge sector across the North of England. The sector includes 33 universities and a series of leading arts, music, legal, teaching and other higher educational institutions and we are delighted that The Telegraph Media Group has agreed to partner the initiative.

We are also delighted that the School of Management at the University of Liverpool has agreed to pull together a wide variety of research data specifically for the conference looking at financial and commercial data relating to:

  • Capex of the North’s Unis, HE and FE colleges
  • Income generated from industry/private sector
  • Total value of research grants per institution
  • Assets/balance sheets of individual/collective institutions

Educate the North: the conference on Wednesday 3 June

(Full details of the conference agenda and our outstanding panel of speakers’ biographies can be found here.)


Jeremy Lindley FD University of York

Jeremy Lindley FD University of York


The morning session of Educate the North will focus on the sheer size and scale of the HE and FE sector in the North and will draw upon several speakers who will illustrate this scale and also address some of the financial and commercial realities the sector faces in the coming years.

  • Professor Sir Cary Cooper CBE, Pro-Vice Chancellor of the University of Lancaster (and Academic Conference Chair)
  • Professor John Taylor, Professor of Higher Education Management and special advisor to the VC, University of Liverpool
  • Caroline Cowburn, Regional Consultant, HEFCE
  • Jeremy Lindley, Director of Finance, University of York
  • Professor Colin Bailey, Deputy President and Deputy VC of the University of Manchester
  • Andrew Bush, Director of HE, KPMG UK


The afternoon session of Educate the North will explore ways that the sector and commercial bodies can work together and examine how effective the HE sector is at exploiting commercial opportunities and will finally look at how the sector can help shape the communities they exist in.

  • Mark Payton Mercia Technologies

    Mark Payton Mercia Technologies

    Mark Payton, CEO, Mercia Technologies plc

  • Michael Gleaves, Head of Development, Sci-Tech Daresbury
  • Dr Dave Richards, Pro-VC, University of Hull
  • Keith Burnley, Chief Executive Officer, NCEE
  • Sir Richard Leese, Leader of Manchester City Council

Event detail:

Date: Wed 3 June: 9am to 5pm

Venue: Hilton hotel, Deansgate, Manchester
Tickets: £195 (plus vat) – can be booked here.

Rob McLoughlin, the ITV Granada broadcaster and producer who has devised the awards and conference, said: “This is a unique moment to pause, analyse and examine the truly world-class nature and leading achievements of this sector in the North and at the same time, an opportunity to focus on the future, the financial pressures facing colleges, the economic realities of surviving the recession and an increasingly global (as well as online) competition for the best graduates and research partners.

“We wanted to team up with The Telegraph Media Group because this is a truly national stage for a debate focussed on one sector and one defined geographical region at a time when Westminster and Whitehall are paying the North of England inordinate attention ahead of the General Election and after the Scottish vote on independence.

“Here we can take stock and consider the evolution of the knowledge economy across the North.”

Prof Cary Cooper

Prof Cary Cooper

Professor Sir Cary Cooper CBE, the Academic chair of the conference, added: “This will be an unmissable event.

“We are at a crossroads in academia so let’s celebrate the success to date but let’s also open a dialogue with policy makers and the public about the direction we all travel in from this point.

“That is why I am so pleased we are taking these issues and placing them on one stage with a conference and an awards ceremony to begin that debate.

“I hope as many people as possible engaged in this area or who wish to engage in this sector will join us and contribute to the dialogue and debate.”

Educate the North Awards and Conference at The Hilton Hotel Manchester on 3 June 2015 is being staged by Prolific North, Don’t Panic and Carm Productions in association with The Telegraph Media Group