The North of England Education Conference, Manchester 2005

December 08, 2004

The Centre for Educational Leadership at The University of Manchester is to host the North of England Education Conference (NEEC) on 5- 7 January 2005. The conference will include a speech by the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, Charles Clarke.

The NEEC is one of the UK's premier national education events, the first of which took place in Manchester in 1903. It now returns to its roots, and Charles Clarke commented: "I am delighted that in 2005, the North of England Education Conference will be coming home to Manchester".

The NEEC will be the first major conference to be hosted by the new University since The Victoria University of Manchester and UMIST joined on 1 October 2004, adding a special significance to this already prominent event.

Hosted under the theme 'Leading Together', the aim of the 2005 conference is to showcase how schools, Higher Education Institutions and Local Education Authorities can collaborate to develop leadership potential and to lead education improvement.

Delegates will be inspired by keynote speeches from internationally renowned figures including Maestro Benjamin Zander, Conductor of the Boston Philharmonic and Dr Peter Senge, author of the 'The Fifth Discipline: The Art and Practice of The Learning Organisation'.

Education ministers and key players in educational thinking will provide delegates with the opportunity to hear education policy first hand and keep up-to-date with developments in the field.

In addition to the stimulating keynote speeches, the varied programme of practical seminars will allow delegates to debate issues of national significance, thus facilitating shared learning, networking and discussion.

Brendan Murden, Director of the University's Centre for Educational Leadership commented: "We are thrilled to be hosting such a prestigious conference at the University, and expect more than 700 delegates to attend. We believe this is the first time a university has hosted the conference, and we are determined to ensure the event is a massive success. By bringing together such prominent leaders in education we hope to spark new discourse in this area."
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A full programme for the conference, and online registration is available at www.neec2005.org. Alternatively please call the booking hotline on 0161 200 4068 for further information.

Notes for Editors

There will be a press briefing on Wednesday 5 January at 1.30pm in the Renold Building at the University. If you would like to attend please contact Jo Grady, Media Relations Officer at the University on 44-161-275-2018 or at jo.grady@manchester.ac.uk

University of Manchester

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