Enhancing Business Performance: The Role of Technology in Developing Skills and Knowledge

Monday 21st February 2011

National e-Science Centre, Edinburgh, EH8 9AA


09:30 - 10:00

Registration and Coffee

10:00 - 10:05

Welcome & Introductions  

Eddie Gulc, Higher Education Academy

10:05 - 10:30

Education for Sustainable Economic Growth

Dr Janet Lowe, Chair of the Joint SFC/SDS Skills Committee.

10:30 – 10:55

Business and Community Engagement, JISC Innovation

Simon Whittemore, Programme Manager

10:55 – 11:20 

Employers as Partners in HE Learning

Judy Smith, Senior Adviser, Higher Education Academy

Susan Smith, STEEL synthesis project, Leeds Metropolitan University

11:20 – 11:45

Working with Academia - Employer perspective

Dr J Omar Gil Posada, Crawford Scientific, Strathaven

11:45 – 12:00 

Q&A  Session

Janet Lowe, Simon Whittemore, Judy Smith and J Omar Gil Posada,  

12:00 – 13:30

Lunch Plus

With time for networking and an opportunity to visit exhibition stands and

lightning talks.

13:30 – 15:00 

Strand A

  • Who do we think you are? Pauline Randall, Florizel Media
  • OpenBiz Collaboration and Amplification Dr Siobhán Jordan, Interface
  • VidioWiki Connection and Community Nicola Hillhouse, Vidiowiki

13:30 - 15:00

Strand B

  • An online tool to support skills for engagement - Helen Blanchett, Netskills
  • STEEL Projects, Nick Halafihi,  Leeds Metropolitan University
  • Learning to Work Projects  Katie Urquhart, Coordinator, Scottish Higher Education Employability Forum (SHEEF) and Cherie Woolmer, Employability Coordinator, University of Strathclyde

15:00 – 15:20

Coffee & Tea

15:20 – 15:45

The Knowledge Connection for Business Dr Siobhán Jordan, Interface

15:45 – 16:00 

Closing Comments and feedback prize giving

Eddie Gulc, The Higher Education Academy