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

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Wednesday 18 October 2023
09:30 - 12:00 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.

HEECA & EECARO Secure Internationalisation Workshop

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Wednesday 28 February 2024
09:30 - 14:30 CET

Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, Munich

HEECA and EECARO with support from the UK Science and Innovation Network (SIN) are pleased to invite you to a 1-day Secure Internationalisation Workshop which will convene Higher Education and Research Organisation communities across the UK and Europe to explore the holistic research and education security agenda.

During the workshop we will:
  • Explore current security risks HEs & ROs are facing across research and education activities, and the resources and tools currently being used to manage those risks
  • Discuss how our community can collaborate more with policymakers to inform current and future policy developments in the space
  • Design a roadmap for future community activities and the associated national and international support
This workshop is free to attend, however individuals will be required to fund their associated travel and accommodation costs. This in an in-person event, taking place at Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft in Munich.

We encourage those planning to attend to also join us for the pre-workshop networking meal on the evening of Tuesday 27th February, where travel arrangements permit.

HEECA members attending the collaborative workshop are also welcomed to attend the EECARO Annual Conference - Export Controls in Challenging Geopolitical Times – due to take place on Tuesday 27th February, free of charge. You can find more about the full agenda here.

Please note registration is hosted by EECARO, and therefore registration comms received will be branded accordingly. Registration has closed for this event.

Higher Education Strategic Export Controls Training – Content Review Workshop

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Wednesday 20 March 2024
10:00 - 16:00 BST

Cranfield University (Cranfield Campus)

As we approach 1 year of the HEECA Export Control training having been made freely available across the UK Higher Education sector, we reflect on the successes and challenges of the material and course content being released.

To inform developments and improvement of the course material, we will be holding a 1-day course feedback and development workshop to analyse participant feedback received to date, explore iterations and improvements to the content and look at ways to encourage and increase institutional adoption.

This is an in-person workshop and will take place at Cranfield University, Cranfield Campus. Registration has closed for this event.

3rd HEECA Annual Conference

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Wednesday 05 June 2024
09:30 - 16:30 BST

University of Strathclyde, Glasgow

Our HEECA Annual Conference is back and this year to accommodate the growing diversity and volume of discussion topics, the conference is set to take place across 2 days.

The conference, now in its third year, continues to serve as a vital platform for practitioners, legal professionals, and institutional senior leaders to engage in thought-provoking discussions and stay ahead of the curve in all matters related to research security.

This year’s event promises to be a comprehensive experience, allowing you to gain invaluable insights from our research security subject matter experts, while keeping you informed of the latest national and international developments shaping the space. Beyond enriching your knowledge, the event offers ample opportunities for networking, and engaging in the exchange of best practices and lessons learned, as well as the opportunity to actively participate and have your say in live panel Q&A sessions.

The agenda is set to feature a robust lineup of highly relevant and timely sessions, including:
  • National Security & Investment (NSI) Act and Foreign Influence Registration Scheme (FIRS)
  • How to Manage and Prepare for an Export Control Audit (jointly delivered by University of Leeds & ECJU Auditors)
  • Due Diligence Tools & Methods
  • Government/Stakeholder Panel (NPSA, ECJU, RCAT and more TBA)
  • Interactive, Scenario-Based Trusted Research Workshops
  • US Export Control (input from US DoC BIS, MIT and AUECO)
  • A Dive into the EU Landscape (with EECARO)
  • An introduction to the HEECA Security Sub-group
  • Managing Projects with Collaborators Subject to Export Control End-use Concerns or Sanctions
The conference is free to attend! Individuals are required to fund their associated travel and accommodation requirements only.

Please note the conference will operate differing start and end timings on both days:
  • Wednesday 5th June 09:30 – 16:30
  • Thursday 6th June 10:00 – 15:00
Registration has closed for this event.

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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