2 days / 40 speakers
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13 – 14 June 2018

Businessman James Murray, whose son Ben tragically died last month, has drawn up a ten-point plan to try to get universities to change the way they treat youngsters struggling on campus.
He has been working with Bristol University and also leading mental health campaigner Sir Anthony Seldon, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Buckingham as well as Universities UK, to try to get something done.
The suicide prevention pledge will be unveiled on Thursday morning at the second day of the Festival of Higher Education in a session on mental health with Sir Anthony and author Nancy Tucker, just prior to Universities Minister Sam Gyimah speaking.


Should free speech always be upheld – even it if causes offence? Is the school curriculum an adequate preparation for life? Will robots take over from teachers? – tell us what topics you’d like to see discussed at a special Question Time panel session chaired by Academy of Ideas Director Claire Fox.


The session will be on the first day of the festival, June 13th. Panellists include Sonia Sodha, Leader Writer, The Observer, Dr Joanna Williams, Senior Lecturer, University of Kent, Jim Dickinson, Chief of Staff, UEA Students Union, Professor Becky Francis, Director, Institute of Education, UCL, Professor Andy Westwood, Vice Dean, Faculty of Humanities, University of Manchester.


Sir Anthony Seldon, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Buckingham, said: “Nothing is off limits. For example, why is social mobility stalling in the UK? Is it the fault of schools, universities or employers? What is the point of GCSEs? We’d love to hear your views as to what are the key issues for debate at this particular session.”


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We’d like to take this opportunity to update you on our excellent list of speakers for this year’s Festival of Higher Education.

Already we have announced that Amanda Spielman, Ofsted Chief Inspector will attend as a speaker, alongside Nick Hillman, Director of HEPI and Shakira Martin, President of the NUS.

With just 124 days to go until the University of Buckingham’s third Festival of Higher Education, we want to keep you updated on who will be involved in the panels and discussions on the biggest issues facing the HE sector.


Shakira Marin and the Festival of Higher Education 2018

Further Education advocate, Shakira Martin who has pledged to “expose and demolish class barriers to education” will talk at the Buckingham festival of higher education. Shakira, who won the NUS presidency in April with 56% of the vote is the first woman from an African-Caribbean background to become NUS president and aims to ensure genuine fair access across the education sector.


Exciting new update for the Festival of Higher Education 2018.

While it may be coming up to Christmas, we are always keeping a keen eye on the other festivities next summer. With the Festival of Higher Education on 13th and 14th June fast approaching we are proud to be announcing more speakers involved in our debates next summer.