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Devolution at 25: Productivity and skills

The Economics Observatory is holding three events to mark 25 years of devolution. The chief aim of these events is to be forward looking and stimulate debate as to how we create prosperous Northern Irish, Scottish, and Welsh economies.

June 21, 2024
Mark Piggot Lecture Theatre, Student Hub, Queen's Business School, 185 Stranmillis Road, Belfast, BT9 5EE
09:00 - 11:00

The theme of the Belfast event, on Friday 21 June, is productivity and skills. It will take place from 9 - 11am (with refreshments available from 8.30am) and will be hosted by the Northern Ireland Productivity Forum. 

The event will consist of two roundtables. The first roundtable will be a panel of experts on skills and the economy, with a focus on educational and skills reform in the devolved nations. This panel will be chaired by Dr David Jordan of Queen’s Business School.  

The second panel will consist of the Economy spokespeople for the five main NI political parties, including the NI Economy Minister, with a focus on what needs to be done to get the economy growing for the benefit of all its citizens, and chaired by BBC’s John Cambell. 

The event will be held in-person in the Mark Piggott Lecture Theatre, Student Hub Building, Queen's Business School, on Friday 21 June from 9am until approx. 11am.  

The event is free to attend, but attendees should register their interest via Eventbrite, by visiting: Devolution at 25: Productivity & Skills Tickets, Fri 21 Jun 2024 at 09:00 | Eventbrite 


Event Programme 

8.30am: Arrival & Refreshments (including tea and coffee) 

9am: Welcome and opening remarks – Prof. John Turner 

9.15am: Skills panel including Q&A – Chaired by Dr David Jordan 

10.05am: Prof. John Turner to introduce the second panel 

10.10am: Economy panel including Q&A – Chaired by John Campbell 

11am: Closing remarks – Prof. John Turner 


Further information 

For more information about this event, please email Ruth Donaldson, or Ashley Lait at 

For more information and to find out about the Economics Observatory, read here. 

To read more about the Northern Ireland Productivity Forum, read here.

To learn more about the work of The Productivity Institute, read here.


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