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Brexit: What’s next for Northern Ireland and the EU?

More than 200 representatives from business and industry, the public sector, the community sector and academia came together to solutions that are uniquely required for Northern Ireland as the UK exits the EU.

The symposium report brings together the ideas generated and solutions proposed by participants over the course of the day.

Ulster University is developing a programme of activity to explore in more detail some of the ideas put forward and more details will be available shortly.

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Discussion Papers

In advance of each of the workshops, we encourage you to read the relevant discussion paper(s) to inform these sessions and stimulate thinking.

Speakers

Find out more about the speakers and panelists contributing to Ulster University’s Brexit Symposium on 14 June.

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Programme

9am

Registration

9.30am

Welcome

Professor Paddy Nixon, Vice-Chancellor and President, Ulster University

9.40am

Introduction and scene setting by symposium chair

James Naughtie, Journalist and Broadcaster

9.55am

Keynote speech

Matthew Taylor, Chief Executive, The RSA

10.25am

Respondent

Colette FitzGerald, Head of Office, European Commission in NI

10.35.am

Panel Q&A session - Facilitated by James Naughtie

Professor Paddy Nixon, Ulster University;Matthew Taylor, The RSA;Colette FitzGerald, European Commission in NI

11am

Coffee break

11.15am

Workshops - session 1

An opportunity to hear from a panel of experts before considering key questions in each of these vital areas.

Political

Chair: Professor Arthur Aughey, Ulster University

Panel: Professor Louise Mallinder, Ulster University; Dr Katy Hayward, Queen's University, Belfast; Alastair Ross, former MLA

Economic

Chair: Professor Neil Gibson, Ulster University;

Panel: Angela McGowan, CBI; Dr Graham Gudgin, Cambridge University;Matthew Fell, CBI

Social

Chair: Dr Duncan Morrow, Ulster University

Panel: Kate Clifford, Rural Community Network; Alex Kane, Commentator; Clare Moore, Irish Congress of Trade Unions

1pm

Lunch

2pm

Lunch-time fringe session

Post-study work visas - how could they help?
Alastair Sim, Universities Scotland

2.30pm

Workshops - session 2

A discussion on the specific implications and opportunities for key sectors

Business

Chair: David Clements, Member of Ulster University Council and Honorary Treasurer, NI Hospice

Infrastructure

Chair: Jenny Pyper, Member of Ulster University Council and Chief Executive, Utility Regulator

Healthy communities (health and education)

Chair: Dr Michael McBride, Chief Medical Officer

3.45pm

Coffee break

4pm

Locknote speech

David McWilliams, Economist

5pm

Symposium review

James Naughtie, Journalist and Broadcaster

5.30pm

Thanks and close

Professor Paddy Nixon, Vice-Chancellor and President, Ulster University

6pm

Reception and networking opportunity