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Education: Who Should Pay?
12th October 2017
Mining Institute
Neville Hall
Westgate Rd
Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 1SE

What is the right balance between publicly and privately funded university education? Some argue that society benefits from an educated population, especially in STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics), and that the cost of education should thus be borne by the tax-payer. Others argue that it is individuals who benefit most and that students should be expected to pay for their education. In 30 years the UK has shifted from a system in which students received maintenance grants and paid no fees to one in which students are expected to take out loans to cover maintenance and tuition fees. Which is better? How should university education be paid for? Should individuals pay for their own education? Or should the state pay? Does the current policy fail poorer students, restricting access to Higher Education? Is there a better way to pay?

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Speakers:
Bradley Reid, Northumbria University
Nicky Turnbull, Newcastle College;
Mo Parkin, Ryder Architecture and PlanBEE;

Chair: Caspar Hewett, Director, The Great Debate


Bradley Reid
Bradley Reid is a student at Northumbria University studying for MEng in Civil Engineering. He has just started his 4th of 5 years. He spent the last year on an Industrial Placement with Cundall as part of the course. He is the Northumbria Branch representative for the ICE Graduates and Students Committee, and the GSNet representative, speaking for the committee on a national level.


Nicky Turnbull
Nicky Turnbull is Head of Higher Education at Newcastle College. Having graduated from Newcastle Polytechnic, Nicky gained a Diploma in Management Studies, qualified as a teacher of Post 16 Education & then completed a PGDip in Sociology. Having taught for 9 years, she then went into education management at Newcastle College & completed an MA in Lifelong Learning in 2012. She is about to embark on an Education Doctorate at Newcastle University. As a former Director of Construction, she is now responsible for Higher Education at the college where widening participation is a strategic driver & all HE students study highly vocational programmes which aim to make them work-ready.


Flooding: Who Pays?
6:00pm, Thursday 25th May 2017
Mining Institute
Neville Hall
Westgate Rd
Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 1SE

Do we have to accept and live with the threat of flooding? Should we build in areas prone to flooding? How can we be protected and who is responsible for that protection? Who pays?

We invite anyone interested to discuss the threats, solutions and impacts of flooding to North East homes, businesses, people and infrastructure. Come and join the discussion

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Speakers:
Professor Louise Bracken, Durham University
David Hirst, Ainsty Risk Consulting Ltd
Richard Warneford, Northumbrian Water

Chair: Caspar Hewett, Director, The Great Debate


Professor Louise Bracken
Louise Bracken is the Executive Director of IHRR at Durham University and the Wilson Chair in Hazard and Risk Research. Louise’s research expertise lies in the area of water resource management, including flooding, and she is the world’s leading expert investigating the pathways that runoff and sediment take through drainage basins (known as ‘hydrological connectivity’). She is also an expert in participatory approaches and transdisciplinary research and has written guidance for RCUK on these approaches to research. Louise works closely with policy and practice; she led an All Parliamentary Briefing in Water management (May 2016) and was the invited Chair for the 4th Annual UK Resilience Conference. Louise is currently involved in two major research projects funded by the EU (Co-I on Naturvation (€7.8M) and partner on TOPSOIL (€7.3M)). She has previously been awarded over £1M in research funding from ESRC, DEFRA and Biodiversity Action Fund. Louise publishes her research in a range of top journals in Human Geography, Anthropology, Environmental Sciences, Hydrology and Geomorphology and has published over 60 articles with more than 1200 ISI citations. She currently supervises 3 PDRAs and 11 postgraduate students. Louise is a member of the Wear Catchment Partnership and works closely with the Wear Rivers Trust, Northumbrian Water and EA.


David Hirst
David Hirst is the founder and managing director of Ainsty Risk Consulting. He provides energy and risk management advisory services. David is a Chartered Engineer and Chartered Energy Manager, and a Fellow of both the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) and the Energy Institute. David is
• Chairman of the ICE Regional Advisory Board in Yorkshire and the Humber
• Chair of the joint ICE/CICES management Panel, and
• Chair of the joint ICE / Institute and Faculty of Actuaries risk expert group.
David was on the steering group for the 2009 State of the Nation Defending Critical Infrastructure which highlighted the fundamental goal of defending critical infrastructure is to provide assurance the continuation of our way of life and of the nation itself. As Head of Strategic and operational risk for RWE npower David was also responsible for Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery, across their portfolio of generation assets and offices serving their retail business. David has significant experience of managing the risks of strategic, operational and regulatory change. This has included;
• 13 years in RWE npower responsible for market and credit risk, compliance and trading as head of strategic / operational risks
• 5 yrs as Director supporting Ernst & Young as Energy and Regulation subject matter expert, and
• 6 yrs independent consultant working alongside international utilities, independent producers and retailers. His consultancy, Ainsty Risk are an independent consultancy who work with private and public sector clients helping businesses manage their energy risks & regulatory exposure. Services include;
• Energy Trading Regulatory Compliance
• Energy use procurement and management
• Independent Quantified Risk Assessments of capital projects (from concept to commissioning)


Richard Warneford
Richard Warneford is a water industry professional with more than 25 years of experience covering water and waste water operations, project management, engineering and commercial activity. As Waste Water Director he leads Northumbrian Water’s waste water operations including field customer service, networks, treatment works and sludge operations. Richard also leads the Company's new development activity for both water and waste water services, also chairing the national Infrastructure Policy Group. In addition to the operationally focused work Richard also heads up Northumbrian Water's Employee Relations Framework. Richard is a Board Member of UK Water Industry Research and is keen on partnering and collaborating with Regulators and Stakeholders alike. Richard is a Chartered Civil Engineer and is also a member of the Northern Advisory Board of the Institution of Civil Engineers. Richard is a keen WaterAid supporter and visited Zambia with industry and WaterAid colleagues in 2013.


Devolution: is it all just smoke and mirrors?
6:30pm, Thursday 23rd February 2017
Mining Institute
Neville Hall
Westgate Rd
Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 1SE

The relocation of power away from the centre has major implications for society. Will the government's devolution agenda benefit the North East? Will it enable us to secure much needed investment in our infrastructure? Should we embrace or resist it? We invite anyone interested to discuss the policy changes needed to ensure that devolution works for people, the economy and the environment of the North East.

Speakers:
Professor Andy Pike, Director of CURDS, Newcastle University
Andrew Lewis, Tees Valley combined authority

Chair: Caspar Hewett, Director, The Great Debate

Video: short statements by speakers and chair


Professor Andy Pike
Andy Pike is Henry Daysh Professor of Regional Development Studies and Director of the Centre for Urban and Regional Development Studies (CURDS), Newcastle University. His research focuses on the geographical political economy of local and regional development and policy. He has undertaken research projects for the OECD, United Nations-International Labour Organisation (UN-ILO), European Commission, UK Government and national, regional and local institutions. Andy is part of the inter-disciplinary research centre IBuild (Infrastructure Business models, valuation and innovation for local delivery), which develops new business models to improve the delivery of infrastructure systems and the services they provide. He is a Fellow of the Regional Studies Association and an Academician of the Academy of Social Sciences.


Andrew Lewis
Andrew Lewis took up the role as first Managing Director of the new Tees Valley Combined Authority (TVCA) and Local Enterprise Partnership in July 2016, to secure economic growth, jobs and new investment for the Tees Valley: an area of over 650,000 people. He is responsible for a £500 million programme of investment, with new powers and responsibilities devolved from central government. He is an Executive Board Member of Transport for the North, and participates in a number of national and regional initiatives in support of local economic development and devolution. Before joining TVCA, Andrew was Assistant Chief Executive of Newcastle City Council from 2010-2016:, was Director of the Northern Way from 2007-2010 and was Deputy Regional Director for the Government Office for the North East from 2004-2007. Before that 1991-2004 he was a senior economist in HM Treasury for 13 years.


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