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Friday 11th September 2020

10:00-11:00 Panel discussion: Two cultures 
Chair: Johnny Rich, EPC Chief Executive
Prof Liz Barnes, Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive, Staffordshire University
Michael Hill-King, University Engagement, Huawei
Dr Sarah Main, Executive Director, Campaign for Science and Engineering (CaSE)
Prof David Docherty OBE, former Chief Executive, National Centre for Universities & Business (NCUB)

The idea of ‘The Two Cultures’ comes from CP Snow’s celebrated lecture in the 1950s in which he argued that the arts and sciences had drifted into distinct modes of thought and, as a result, they themselves and wider society saw them as in mutual opposition. We have adopted the reference to ‘two cultures’, to explore whether the new division is between the worlds of business and academia. 
 
This will be a panel session discussing the cultural divide between industry and academia that throws up barriers to better collaboration. We will explore whether that divide is real and, if it is, why. Do the cultural differences between the sectors impede collaboration or even create opportunities to learn from each other? Our expert panellists will draw on their experience about how the divide may be bridged, especially in the context of engineering.
11:00-11:30
Downtime activities
Room 1: Meet the ‘Two cultures’ panelists
Room 2: Meet the exhibitors: Mathworks
Room 3: Hammermen Award poster pitches (Don’t forget to cast your vote)
11:30-12:30Debate: We believe that work-related learning needs to be in the workplace 
Chair: Prof Colin Turner, EPC President and Interim Dean of Learning Enhancement, Ulster University
For the proposition: 
• Stuart Harper, Head of Engineering Excellence, Magna Specialist Confectioners
• Conor Moss,
Dean of Work Based Learning, SHU
Against the proposition: 
• Prof Elena Rodriguez-Falcon, Chief Executive, NMiTE
• Dr Ian Palmer, Dean, Escape Studios, Pearson College London

The panel will interrogate the question of whether students learn best about the world of work on the job (or at least through experience in the workplace). There will be plenty of opportunity for contributions from the audience and a vote at the end.