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Rustat Conference on the Future of Research-Intensive Universities

On 17 January 2012, the sixth Rustat Conference discussed the future of research-intensive universities and was jointly hosted by the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cambridge, Professor Sir Leszek Borysiewicz, and Professor Ian White, Master of Jesus College.

Following a welcome and introduction from Professor Ian White, Master of Jesus College, Cambridge, and Professor Sir Leszek Borysiewicz, the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cambridge, sessions considered:

Roles and Models of Research-Intensive Universities

What structures should universities have to: 1) Provide balanced teaching, research and thought-leadership, 2. Combine depth of expertise with breadth of understanding, and 3. Promote excellence and equip those for leadership?

Chair: Professor Ian White
Speaker: Lord Rees

The European Dimension

How UK research-intensive universities might relate to their European Counterparts and vice versa; European heritage and traditions of higher learning --- from the Middle Ages to Humboldt and beyond; Potential collaborations with UK universities; Student and research exchange; Prospects of European rankings.

Chair: Sir Leszek Borysiewicz
Speakers: Professor Hans Jochen Schiewer (Freiburg, Germany), Prof Dr Kurt Deketelaere (Leuven)

The Relationship between the Arts, Humanities and STEM disciplines

The mutual benefits of the relationship between the Humanities and the STEM disciplines at undergraduate and research level. Altering perspectives on the Idea of  'a' University, or 'the' University form Newman to the present. The importance of research in the Humanities for undergraduate teaching.

Chair: Lord Renfrew
Speakers: Professor Christopher Higgins (Durham), Professor Stefan Collini

Knowledge Exchange and Exploitation in Research-led Universities

Partnerships with Industry; Supporting the growth agenda; Facilitating exploitation.

Chair: Dr Herman Hauser
Speaker: David Cleevely

Teaching and Learning in Research-led Universities

The role of undergraduate, graduate and post-experience education; Models for teaching; The need for full-time education; Matching national need with personal aspiration; Funding of Teaching; Response to Government White Paper.

Chair: Sir Keith O'Nions

Relationships between Research Led Universities and Society and the Economy.

The principle of "Impact"; Engagement in the community; Media impact; Contributions to policy.

Chair: Professor Louise Richardson (St Andrews)
Speakers: Sir Adrian Smith (BIS), Dame Nancy Rothwell.

Conclusions and Future Initiatives

Closing Remarks from Professor Sir Leszek Borysiewicz.