Educate the North logo with TelegraphThe second Educate North Conference will be held on the afternoon of Thursday 21 April at the Hilton Hotel in Manchester. The Educate North Awards and Conference are proudly partnered by The Daily Telegraph, Barclays, The Alliance Manchester Business School, the University of Manchester Intellectual Property, UCLan, Brinkley Services and the Bird Consultancy.

To see the shortlist for the second Educate North Awards, please click here.

The theme of this year’s conference is Europe: The challenges facing the North and the next generation of entrepreneurs. The conference chair is Professor Phil Harris of the University of Chester.

To book your place please click here, or for further information please contact Georgina Jones on 01706 828855 or e-mail

Conference agenda

12:00 Registration opens at the Hilton Hotel, Manchester. Lunch is available on the ground floor.

1:00 The 2016 Educate North Conference opens

Welcome from Professor Phil Harris, Executive Director Business Research Centre, University of Chester and welcome from our key sponsors. A look at the day ahead, expectations and key issues.

Josie Gurney-Read

Josie Gurney-Read

1:15 The Telegraph Educate North debate

Can the North’s institutions, which employ 25% of academic staff in the UK, flourish outside the European Union and with the challenges facing the country’s HE sector?

Presented by Josie Gurney Read, Editor, Education-Online, Telegraph Media Group.
Opening address: Julie Mercer, Global Industry Leader, Education, Deloitte.

Panel discussion including guests: Professor Tim Wheeler (Vice Chancellor, University of Chester); Professor Nigel Weatherill, Vice Chancellor, Liverpool John Moores University.

Greg Dyke

Greg Dyke

2:05 Greg Dyke – Lessons from the Chancellor’s desk (by video)

Broadcaster and Businessman, Chairman of the Football Association and until the summer of 2015 Chancellor of a Northern university for 11 years.

On video, the former BBC Director-General talks exclusively to the Educate North Conference about his own experience in leading the transformation of a Russell Group University and his hopes and fears for York and institutions across the North and UK.

2:20Coffee break

2.40Educate North 2016 – Does Government ever really understand Education?


Presented by Nicholas Miller – The Bridge Group, Advisor to Educate – North.

David Willetts

David Willetts

Rt Hon Lord Willetts

David Willetts was Minister for Universities and Science from 2010-2014 and before that was a shadow Conservative Minister.

He became Executive Chairman of The Resolution Foundation in June 2015 and is a visiting Professor of King’s College London.

In this keynote address he will draw upon his own high level ministerial experience to share his vision, hopes and fears for the next generation of UK students and academics and will explore the theme, does Government (of any colour) really understand education?

Followed by questions and panel discussion.

3.20 The Launch of:

David Taylor

David Taylor


Introduced by David Taylor CBE – Businessman and Chairman of The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan).

Six companies spun out of Northern universities or HE institutions will go head to head in a special showcase which will demonstrate the range, diversity and ingenuity of firms and entrepreneurs emerging from our institutions.

They will face experienced and professional judges who will question their plans and strategy for growth and development.

At stake a cash prize to invest in their business and the potential support of mentors.

This unique event focussing on new companies in the North is staged in association with key sponsors and backers and is produced by Alison Tarpey Black with Rob McLoughlin OBE, founder of Educate North and former executive producer of Granada Television’s enterprise series ‘Flying Start’.

The results of this challenge will be revealed at the Awards ceremony on the night

4.25 Summary and notices – Professor Phil Harris

4:35 Conference closes

Ticket information

Conference ticket only – £95+VAT (Conference places are free of charge when award tickets are purchased.)

Combined Conference & Awards individual ticket – £125+VAT (if booked before 25 March)

Combined Conference & Awards table of 10 – £1200+VAT (if booked before 25 March)

To book your place please click here, or for further information please contact Georgina Jones on 01706 828855 or e-mail


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