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The Future of Research-Intensive Universities - 17 January 2012

The sixth Rustat Conference discussed the future of research-intensive universities and was jointly hosted by the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cambridge, Professor Sir Leszek Borysiewicz, and Professor Ian White, Master of Jesus College


08.15 – 09.30: Registration and refreshments.

09.30 – 09.45: Welcome and Introduction.
Professor Ian White
Professor Sir Leszek Borysiewicz

09.45 – 10.45: Session One: Roles and Models of Research-Intensive Universities.
What structures should universities have to 1. Provide balanced teaching, research and thought-leadership, 2. Combine depth of expertise with breadth of understanding, and 3. Promote excellence and equip those for leadership?
Chair: Professor Ian White
Speaker: Lord Rees.

10.45 – 11.05: Coffee

11.05 - 11.55: Session Two: The European Dimension.
How UK research-intensive universities might relate to their European Counterparts and vice versa; European heritage and traditions of higher learning --- from the Middle Ages to Humboldt and beyond; Potential collaborations with UK universities; Student and research exchange; Prospects of European rankings.
Chair: Sir Leszek Borysiewicz
Speakers: Professor Hans Jochen Schiewer (Freiburg, Germany), Prof Dr Kurt Deketelaere (Leuven).

11.55 – 12.55: Session Three: The Relationship between the Arts, Humanities and STEM disciplines.
The mutual benefits of the relationship between the Humanities and the STEM disciplines at undergraduate and research level. Altering perspectives on the Idea of “a” University, or “the” University form Newman to the present. The importance of research in the Humanities for undergraduate teaching.
Chair: Lord Renfrew;
Speakers: Professor Christopher Higgins (Durham), Professor Stefan Collini.

13.00 – 14.00: Lunch

14.00 – 14.50: Session Four: Knowledge Exchange and Exploitation in Research-led Universities.
Partnerships with Industry; Supporting the growth agenda; Facilitating exploitation.
Chair: Dr Herman Hauser
Speaker: David Cleevely.

14.50 – 15.40: Session Five: Teaching and Learning in Research–led Universities
The role of undergraduate, graduate and post-experience education; Models for teaching; The need for full-time education; Matching national need with personal aspiration; Funding of Teaching; Response to Government White Paper.
Chair: Sir Keith O’Nions
Speaker: TBC.

15.40 – 15.55: Tea

15.55 – 16.45: Session Six: Relationships between Research Led Universities and Society and the Economy.
The principle of “Impact”; Engagement in the community; Media impact; Contributions to policy.
Chair: Professor Louise Richardson (St Andrews)
Speakers: Sir Adrian Smith (BIS), Dame Nancy Rothwell.

16.45 – 17.15: Conclusions and Future Initiatives.
Closing Remarks from Professor Sir Leszek Borysiewicz.

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