CASE National Universities Public Affairs Forum 2015



  • Andrew Hawkins, ComRes, moves onto the economy. Until three years ago, economy was the most important issue to voters. Now ‘as the floodwaters reside’ other issues become more prominent such as the NHS and controlling immigration.

    Hawkins mentions the varying opinions on immigration regionally, “immigration means different things to different people, and for most people in the country it doesn’t mean anything at all as the effects of immigration aren’t felt there”.


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  • Andrew Hawkins, ComRes, asks where have the 2010 voters gone? 45 per cent of voters would rather have David Cameron as PM as opposed to  26 per cent who would prefer Ed Miliband. Although Cameron comes across as out of touch, he is also perceived as intelligent and good at getting things done.

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  • Andrew Hawkins, ComRes, discusses UKIP and the damage to the Conservative brand. “As long as David Cameron is party leader, it will be very difficult to regain the voters that have left since 2010”.

    More UKIP voters are favourable towards Nigel Farage than Labour are to Miliband or Conservative are to Cameron.

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  • Andrew Hawkins, ComRes, mentions the fragmentation of government “the number of parties are increasing, bigger parties are fragmenting”.

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  • Andrew Hawkins, Chairman, ComRes takes over to discuss the results of joint research with UUK  which looks at what the current and future MPs think about universities ahead of the 2015 Election.

    Wonkhe  Andrew Hawkins

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  • Nicola Dandridge, UUK, encourages people to get involved with Universities UK’s Back Universities campaign

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  • Richard Brabner, head of policy, University of Hertfordshire, gives us an introductory overview of the day.
    “Education, research and innovation are the pillars of a prosperous nation”
    Richard Brabner


    10:00 Election 2015 and Higher Education (Led by Universities UK

    • Chaired by Nicola Dandridge, chief executive, Universities UK

    11:00 From the West Wing to Westminster – Higher Education lobbying on the Hill

    • Michael Schoenfeld, vice president of public affairs and government relations, Duke University
    12:00 Out of the Long Grass: What the Next Parliament Might Hold for Universities.
    • Chaired by Kim Catcheside, education journalist, consultant and commentator, The Guardian. 
    13.15 Parliamentary Outreach and Engagement with the HE sector
    • Daniel Wood, head of universities programme, Houses of Parliament Information and Outreach Service
    14:45 Wonkhe/ WonkComms Masterclasses
    • Sessions chaired by Mark Leach, director, Wonkhe

    Session 1. The Psychology of Sharing: Combining Infographics and Social Media

    Richard Darlington, head of news, IPPR (Institute for Public Policy Research)

    Session 2. Informing Policy Hashtag-Style: Getting your Ideas and Analysis Straight to the Heart of the Pre-Election Debate
    Leonora Merry, assistant director of communications, Nuffield Trust

    Session 3. Cradle to Grey: Putting Digital at the Heart of Research for Improved Impact
    Nick Scott, digital manager, UNISON and former digital manager, Overseas Development Institute

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  • Welcome

    Kate Hunter, executive director, CASE Europe, opens today’s conference at the University of Warwick Business School. Stay with us throughout the day to keep up with conferences, panels and events.

    Wonkhe Kate Hunter

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