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Vice-Chancellor Professor Glynis Breakwell
Vice-Chancellor Professor Glynis Breakwell

Internal News - 17 June 2008

Vice-Chancellor joins Higher Education Task Force

The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Glynis Breakwell, is to join a new Higher Education Task Force, helping to shape the future relationship between business and higher education.

The Task Force, a flagship initiative from the Confederation of British Industry (CBI), will comprise 16 chief executives from major companies in the UK and the country’s top universities. It will be chaired by Sam Laidlaw, CEO of Centrica.

Reporting next Spring, it will consider:

As part of this, the Task Force will make recommendations on how universities can improve graduate employability skills; how business can encourage people to study ‘STEM’ subjects (science, technology, engineering and maths); and, how universities can increase innovation and entrepreneurial skills and stimulate knowledge transfer between universities and businesses. The Task Force will also evaluate whether the current HE funding methodology is fit for purpose.

Professor Breakwell said: “The University of Bath has considerable expertise in developing employability skills, enthusing young people to engage with STEM subjects and knowledge transfer to business. Working in collaboration with business, public services, the professions and the voluntary sector is central to our Mission and we should be at the forefront of shaping this new agenda.”