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Dates: 2 - 19 February, 2009
Locations: Birmingham, London, Bristol, Bradford (see below for more details)

Opportunities for input and discussion - Free UK-wide consultation events with networking lunch

The University of Birmingham has been chosen to host the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Programme, a Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) funded initiative to increase and widen participation at HE level in these disciplines and to upskill the current workforce to fulfill the needs of employers and boost the UK economy.

The National HE STEM Programme, with a total investment of around £20m, provides an exciting and important opportunity for businesses and STEM stakeholders in England to collaborate to identify our future actions for increasing and widening participation in the STEM disciplines in HE. This addresses the Government-led high-level skills agenda and meets national employer engagement priorities.

The National HE STEM Programme will contribute to a HE sector that is more responsive and flexible to the needs of both employers and employees, and therefore to the Governments goal of creating an innovative national economy that is able to compete on a global scale.

The success of the National HE STEM Programme will critically depend upon active engagement with a wide range of stakeholders from across the STEM community, both industrial and educational. This is a chance to have your say in how England paves the way for the future of STEM centred Higher Education. The opportunity to have your input in this programme is now invited. In particular we would like to hear your views on:

  • Structuring the National Programme effectively so that it may deliver on a national scale;
  • The benefits the National Programme could offer to you and your organisation and how it may best achieve these;
  • Effective practice upon which it may build

In addition, collaborations and partnership strategies will also be discussed.

Alongside an e-consultation which will launch on the 2nd February, there will be following FREE regional consultation and networking events:

9th February ’09 Midlands Consultation, Birmingham – Botanical Gardens
12th February ’09 London Consultation, Central London – Hallam Conference Centre
17th February ’09 South West Consultation, Bristol – Hewlett-Packard Labs
19th February ’09 Northern Consultation, Bradford – University of Bradford

For more information and to register for these free regional events online, please visit or send an email to