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Engage HEI 2017

The 6th Engage HEI conference: Impact and Practice

16-17 May 2017 at MediaCityUK Campus, Salford Business School, University of Salford

The engage HEI conferences provide a much needed opportunity for academics and practitioners interested in understanding knowledge exchange between higher education institutions, government and industry to share their experiences and inform practice.

The next Engage HEI conference will be hosted by the University of Salford on the 16th and 17th May 2017.

The Engage HEI 2017 conference is partnering with the prestigious journal, Industry and Higher Education. Authors of selected presentations will be invited to submit papers for possible publication in a special issue of Industry and Higher Education.

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Impact and Practice

The theme is ‘impact and practice’ and the areas to be explored in the conference are; the impact of university-business collaboration, the role of HEIs or key industry organisations as anchor institutions and knowledge exchange in practice. We welcome abstracts which address any of these areas.


Building on the successful Engage HEI conferences in 2007 (Lancaster), in 2009 (Birmingham City), 2010 (Bradford), 2012 (London) and 2016 (Preston), the purpose of this conference is to explore how we, as academics and practitioners, understand the impact of HEIs, frame our work theoretically and practically and incorporate learning in order to improve engagement.

Conference Programme

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The online registration is now open.   Register now...

Conference fee

The conference delegate fee is £205 per delegate for the full conference with a single day rate of £125 and includes lunch on each day, coffee breaks and conference materials.

The Conference Gala Dinner will be held at the Compass Room, The Lowry on 16 May 2017.

Find out more about the Compass Room at The Lowry

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Book your hotel

Visit Manchester Convention Bureau's website to book your hotel.

Cancellation policy

Please read the University of Salford stardard terms and conditions

Getting to MediaCityUK

MediaCityUKThe MediaCityUK Campus is at the heart of six global BBC departments and a mass of independent creative, digital and media organisations. It is a short walk to the Lowry theatre and gallery, Imperial War Museum North and the Manchester United football ground. There are many shops, bars, and restaurants nearby.        

By Metrolink tram

Metrolink trams are a quick and easy way to reach MediaCityUK and The Quays. The area is served by the dedicated MediaCityUK stop and Harbour City, Broadway and other stops on the Eccles line. You can connect from other Metrolink lines at Cornbrook.        

Trams run every 12 minutes between Cornbrook and MediaCityUK stops from 7.15am to 8pm, Monday to Fridays, and 9.30am to 6pm on Saturdays. The Eccles line service also stops at Broadway and Harbour City during these times. Outside these times, the Eccles line trams call at the MediaCityUK stop, during normal tram operating times. When the shuttle is running, this means that there is a 6 minute service between Cornbrook and Harbour City.        

By Bus

Bus services provide links to The Quays, either running near The Quays itself or Trafford Park, within easy reach via the new MediaCityUK footbridge across the Manchester Ship Canal. Switching between buses and Metrolink trams is easy in Manchester city centre at Piccadilly Gardens and Shudehill transport interchanges.        

It’s easy to connect with buses to The Quays at Salford Shopping Centre and there are other convenient bus and tram interchanges at Bury, Altrincham and Eccles.        

By train

If you travel to Manchester city centre by train it’s easy to connect with Metrolink trams at either Piccadilly or Victoria train stations. Both stations have Metrolink stops, so you won’t have to go outdoors when you make the connection.        

Many trains also call at Salford Crescent station and it’s easy to connect to The Quays by bus from there.