Universities and Their Role in Economic Growth

Within the Scottish Government’s ambition for a modern, competitive, and inclusive economy is an inherent and crucial position for higher educational institutions born of their unique capacity to drive economic growth. From world-leading excellence in innovation and research, attracting talent and investment, establishing international connections, to acting as a hub for sectors and concepts and providing skills for the workforce, the higher education sector is a catalyst for economic development.

Such priorities are reaffirmed by the UK Government’s recently published green paper - Building our Industrial Strategy – but also reach beyond it, widening the discussion to include developments around City Region Deals and informing skills strategies in order to boost investment, innovation, and productivity whilst committed to internationalisation and inclusive growth. With additional finance, available through the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund announced in April for innovation and enterprise and existing programmes such as Horizon 2020, universities are enabled to offer the Scottish economy more than ever before.

Join Holyrood on November 29th to hear from our exciting speaker line up and explore the priorities and challenges facing the higher and further education sector in Scotland, where we will consider the increasing role of these institutions for driving Scotland toward a stronger and more inclusive economy.

Keynote presentation to be delivered by Shirley-Anne Somerville MSP, Minister for Further Education, Higher Education and Science

Why you should attend:

  • Ensure you are up-to-date with the latest developments facing the higher education sector
  • Consider the priorities and challenges facing collaboration between universities, policy makers the public sector, and industry
  • Explore the relationship between university excellence and how this can create optimum conditions for growth
  • Review what more can be done to support university development and priorities

Who should attend?

We invite delegates from universities, colleges, the private sector and relevant central government bodies. Appropriate job titles include, but are not limited to:

  • Head of Venture Development
  • Director of Research Development and Management
  • Business Development Director
  • Leader of Business Engagement
  • Managing Director
  • Director of Enterprise & Innovation
  • Head of Research and Knowledge Exchange
  • Principal
  • Professor of Enterprise Policy
  • Head of Division
  • Chief Operating Officer
  • Vice-Principal
  • Head of News and Public Affairs
  • Head of Executive Development
  • Knowledge Exchange Manager
  • Director Business and Enterprise

For more information please visit the conference homepage


29 November 2017
Dynamic Earth, Edinburgh
112-116 Holyrood Rd
United Kingdom



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