million+ at party conferences 2015

04 Sep 2015

For the coming conference season million+ and NUS are pleased to co-host fringe events at the Labour, Conservative and SNP conferences.

Our events will bring together leading thinkers and spokespeople from governing and opposition parties with media commentators and higher education representatives. million+ will also work in partnership with ResPublica and NUT for the first time at party conference season, hosting a panel debate on teacher education at Conservative Party Conference.

If you are attending party conferences we would be delighted to see you at our events:

Labour Party Conference

Where next for Labour's higher education policy?
Monday 28 September 2015, 12:30-13:30
Victoria Terrace, Grand Hotel, Brighton (conference pass required)


  • Gordon Marsden MP, Shadow Minister for Higher Education, Further Education and Skills
  • Paul Blomfield MP, Member, Business, Innovation and Skills Committee
  • Megan Dunn, NUS President
  • Professor Dave Phoenix, Vice-Chancellor, London South Bank University and Chair, million+
  • Stefan Stern, LabourList [Chair]

Conservative Party Conference

Does Britain only love some universities?
Tuesday 6 October 2015, 10:00 - 1130
Conservative Home Marquee, Manchester (conference pass required)


  • Jo Johnson MP, Minister of State for Universities and Science
  • Ben Howlett MP
  • Professor Dave Phoenix, Vice-Chancellor, London South Bank  University and Chair, million+
  • Megan Dunn, NUS President
  • Mark Wallace, Executive Editor, ConservativeHome [Chair]

NB: This is a change to previously advertised date / time

Teaching is a profession, not a job
Tuesday, 6 October 2015, 19.30 - 21.00
Central 6, Manchester Central, Manchester (conference pass required)


  • Nick Gibb MP, Minister of State for Schools
  • Neil Carmichael MP, Chair of the Education Committee
  • Kevin Courtney, Deputy General Secretary, NUT
  • Dr Kate Reynolds, Dean of Education Bath Spa University
  • Chair to be confirmed

SNP Conference

How will the SNP stand up for higher education in Westminster and Holyrood?
Friday 16 October 2015, 17:00 - 1830
Gordon Suite B, AECC, Aberdeen (conference pass required)


  • Angela Constance MSP, Minister for Skills and Lifelong Learning (invited)
  • Carol Monaghan MP, Public Services and Education Spokesperson (invited)
  • Professor Andrea Nolan OBE, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of Edinburgh Napier University
  • Professor Michael Gunn, Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive of Staffordshire University
  • Megan Dunn – President, NUS UK
  • Vonnie Sandlan – President, NUS Scotland
  • Chair to be confirmed

*Speakers are subject to change