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Forthcoming Events

National Security & Investment (NSI) Act – Higher Education (HE) Workshop

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Wednesday 18 October 2023 10:30 - 13:00 BST
Online (via Microsoft Teams)

In collaboration with the Investment Security Unit (ISU), HEECA is pleased to offer a workshop on the National Security Investment (NSI) Act and its interaction with the Higher Education (HE) sector.

The workshop will be an interactive event intended to provide insight into how the HE sector interacts with the Act, facilitate discussion and provide a toolkit to support the sector engaging with this legislation compliantly. No prior preparation or knowledge is needed as a basic introduction to the NSI Act in the context of the HE sector will be provided.

  • An Introduction to the NSI Act – Rosemary Boyle, University of Cambridge
  • Investment Screening Unit (ISU) – Alex Boardman, ISU
  • University Experience - Cambridge, Cranfield, Imperial and Manchester
  • NSI Triage and Assessment Toolkits, Questions and Discussion
Workshop Output Materials:
  • HEECA NSI Act Triage Toolkit and Workflow
Registration has closed for this event.

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HEECA Annual Conference 2023

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Tuesday 11 July 2023 10:00-16:00 GMT

The second HEECA Annual Conference will bring together UK HE export control and Trusted Research professionals in collaboration with government (RCAT, ECJU, NPSA) and other key community stakeholders (UUK, UKRI) to discuss the key challenges and opportunities facing the sector.

The conference will include subject matter expert led discussions on:

  • UK Export Control
  • US Export Control
  • National Security & Investment Act; and
  • Trusted Research
At least half of the allocated time will be dedicated to delegate driven panel discussions and workshop sessions, with live Q&A opportunities. You can propose questions or topics for these sessions when registering to attend and help make the event as useful and community led as possible. A detailed agenda will be circulated nearer the time.

As part of our ongoing international collaborative relationships, we hope to have representatives from the European Export Control Association for Research Organisations (EECARO) and the US Association of Export Control Officers (AUECO) attending to help share best practice.

This event is being organised and delivered by the HEECA Secretariat at no charge to individual attendees, who will only need to fund their associated travel and accommodation requirements and we welcome multiple representatives from attending institutions. This event will take place in London at the Woburn House Conference Centre.

Please arrive from 9:30am for a 10:00am start. Lunch will be provided and the event will finish at 4:00pm.

HEECA End-Use Workshop

HEECA End-Use Workshop

Tuesday 14 March 2023 10:00-12:00 GMT

End-use controls (controls that apply where the end-user may use an export for WMD or military uses or in ways that raise human rights concerns) can be particularly challenging for higher education institutions.

This virtual workshop will bring together HE and government speakers and facilitators to examine the controls, how they can impact research and approaches to effective due diligence. The session will be interactive and will explore a range of case studies designed to show how controls work in real life.

HEECA Annual Conference 2022

HEECA Annual Conference 2022

Wednesday 29 June 2022 09:00 – 16.00 GMT

As a new organisation, this was the first opportunity to bring colleagues from across the UK Higher Education sector together with representatives from the UK Government.

The conference gave attendees an opportunity to have practical, professional discussions, to learn about Export Control compliance in the higher education context and to exchange experiences and ideas, and discuss specific issues.

The conference covered the following areas:

  • Introduction to HEECA & Export Control
  • Introduction to the Research Collaboration Advice Team (RCAT)
  • Benchmark controls
  • Compliance in practice
  • Export Control Joint Unit (ECJU)
  • US Export Control

HEECA Export Control Forum

HEECA Export Control Forum

Wednesday 27 April 2022 2022 11:00 – 13.00 GMT

The first HEECA forum event was a forerunner to our first national annual conference and aimed to introduce HEECA to colleagues across the Higher Education sector, and provide updates on our current and future activities. 

The forum covered the following areas:

  • Welcome and Introduction to HEECA
  • Research Collaboration Advice Team (RCAT) Representative
  • Export Control Joint Unit (ECJU) Representative
  • Update on Research England Development Fund Export Controls Training progress
  • HEECA Roadmap and Outputs
  • Questions


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