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Launch of "Developing Creative Education after Brexit: A Plan for Economic Growth"

Launch of "Developing Creative Education after Brexit: A Plan for Economic Growth"

15th September 2017

The All-Party Parliamentary Design and Innovation Group, in collaboration with the Council for Higher Education in Art and Design (CHEAD) and The Culture Capital Exchange (TCCE), have launched a report on how creative education bodies can work with government and businesses to diversify the post-Brexit economy.   

The report argues that Brexit is a bold opportunity, and calls for pragmatic creative higher education support, feeding into the Industrial Strategy and devolution agendas, to ensure the creative industries remain agile and act as a powerhouse for the economy.

The report outlines how continued engagement with partner institutions and firms across the European Union, can also leave open the possibility of forging new relationships with North America and the East Asia.

It also gives Britain’s creative academic institutions and industries the chance to play a more active role in developing new frameworks for Intellectual Property (IP), research development and attracting new sources of foreign direct investment.

The launch was hosted by APDIG Co-Chair, Barry Sheerman MP, and brought together over sixty senior figures people from across the creative industries to discuss the findings expressed in the report.

The keynote speaker was the Rt Hon Matt Hancock MP, Minister for Digital and Culture. Mr Hancock discussed the efforts Government has achieved through the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport is doing to support the creative industries, working with the Departments for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and the Department for International Trade to highlight the domestic and international strength of Britain’s creative industries.  

Other speakers included Professor Anita Taylor - Chair of CHEAD and Executive Dear of the Bath School of Art and Design at Bath Spa University, Evelyn Wilson - Director of TCCE, and Jack Tindale - Manager of Design and Innovation at Policy Connect.

The event also consisted of an extensive question and answer session about the future of the report, which has already been cited in a recent House of Lords debate on creative education and the English Baccalaureate.

Further information about the report is available here.

APDIG and are grateful to CHEAD and TCCE for their support for the report, and will be holding follow up sessions in the months ahead.