As western economies aim for growth and recovery, Politeia's series focused on the UK and the City of London at the event, hosted by the City of London Corporation on Thursday 7th February.
On the topic spoke Dr Gerard Lyons, Chief Economic Adviser to The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, Lord McFall, Chairman, Treasury Select Committee, 2001-2010, Jacob Rees-Mogg MP, Founding Partner, Somerset Capital Management, and Scott Cochrane, Partner, Herbert Smith Freehills.*
Speakers considered such questions as:
What lessons can Britain learn from the global economy?
- What course is needed for UK recovery and for the City to retain its global lead?
What role can the City play in the UK's recovery?
- What direction should the law take when it comes to the regulation of financial services?
What course is needed if the UK is to remain a focus for global business and the City to keep it leading position as a world financial hub? What lessons can be learned from successful economies overseas? What global trends should be taken into account if the UK economy is to recover, grow and compete in the future?
On Wednesday 30th January the Rt Hon Vince Cable MP delivered Politeia's New Year Address and opened the Recovery and Growth Series.
Mr Cable considered the best policies for promoting business and bringing about a return to economic growth and engaged with the audience on questions of business, regulation and growth.
The themes discussed set the tone for the next events in the Recovery and Growth Series.
How can business compete in the current international climate of fiscal and financial uncertainty? How can it counter the implications of instability or downward growth in the Eurozone and the US?
What priority should be given to curbing regulatory, fiscal and employment costs in the UK and EU if business is to compete with lower cost or protected economies?
What further steps are needed to enable businesses to borrow for or invest in their business and growth?
- Small, Medium and Big Business and the Public Sector: What are the lessons for growth?
The New Year Address is kindly supported by the John Lewis Partnership
On Wednesday 16th January (12.30 -1.30 p.m), Politeia held a seminar with three academic contributors to our education series to consider the principles and structure for a better examination and assessment system.
Professors David Abulafia, Jonathan Clarke and John Marenbon considered some of the problems with the present system and the principles on which reform should be based. Amongst the themes discussed were:
- What principles should guide official assessment criteria. Professor John Marenbon, Trinity College, Cambridge
- GCSEs and A levels – What should we test and how? Professor David Abulafia, Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge
- How Should We Mark – Absolute or Relative Systems? Professor Jonathan Clarke, University of Kansas
Rt Hon David Willetts MP and Professor Lord Rees debate the impact of policy on higher education.
Wednesday 12th December
Universities Minister David Willetts has inherited and instituted a series of reforms to make higher education fiscally sustainable and institutions more accountable. The aim is to enable British universities to survive and compete in the future, to lead on research and teaching and to do so despite the grave economic and fiscal constraints faced by this country.
However, many of the country's leading academics and scholars are
concerned at the direction of present policy. The leading position of our institutions has rested on the very freedoms now being threatened at a time when rivals, in the US or emerging economies, suffer no such constraints
On Wednesday 12th December, David Willetts debated the issues at Politeia with Martin Rees, FRS, OM, Emeritus Professor of Cosmology and Astrophysics.
As the Education Secretary prepared to introduce a new school curriculum, Politeia published the second in its new Curriculum
Series, with proposals for primary mathematics and an outline curriculum for teachers.
On Thursday 29th November Professor David Burghes,* the author, discussed the problems with the present system, considered the draft proposals on which the DfE is consulting, and suggested how these might go further in 'raising the bar' for teachers and their pupils in primary schools. While welcoming some of the official proposals, he warned that if this country is to make progress in mathematics, it will not only need to find more mathematically educated and competent teachers, but learn the lessons from a number of mathematically high performing countries.