Arc Universities
Westminster Forum: The Oxford-Cambridge Arc

Next steps for infrastructure development, taking forward the shared vision and industrial strategies, and supporting economic recovery

The conference takes place in the wake of significant policy developments aimed at responding to the health and financial challenges caused by COVID-19, and with the Arc having been described by the Chancellor of the Exchequer as a key economic priority for the country.


The conference is bringing together stakeholders with key policy officials who are due to attend from BEIS; the Cabinet Office; DCMS; Defra; the DIT; the DfT; HMRC; the MHCLG and the Office of Government Property.


The agenda:

  • Supporting economic development across the Arc
  • Key takeaways from the Economic Prospectus and progress on project delivery
  • Boosting economic growth in the region in the wake of the pandemic and taking forward the Arc Spatial Framework
    • Priorities for attracting high-performing industries, investing in skills and improving productivity
    • Next steps for establishing the Arc as global leader in R&D and innovation
    • Developing a joined-up approach to the implementation of the Local Industrial Strategies
  • Delivering infrastructure to unlock the Arc’s potential
    • Streamlining connectivity, engaging communities, and reducing barriers to growth
    • Housing delivery in the Arc and levelling up communities
    • Upgrading transport infrastructure to support growth
    • Priorities for ensuring species and landscapes protection in the Arc and moving towards net zero
  • Key policy priorities for developing the Arc
Date: March 26, 2021
Start: 9:00 am