2 days / 40 speakers
Be inspired

13 – 14 June 2018


Our exciting line-up of speakers for the Buckingham Festival of Higher Education 2017 tackled a diverse range of topics, from the importance of access and outreach to higher education, to the role of university rankings.

Experts also spoke on the importance of well being, happiness, and what a Positive University can look like, with The University of Buckingham becoming Europe’s first university to dedicate itself to positivity.

More details on the line-up of speakers for the 2018 Festival will be announced soon.

Sir Anthony Seldon

Vice-Chancellor University of Buckingham.
Author, political commentator and contemporary historian.

Mary Curnock Cook OBE

Former Chief Executive of UCAS

Priya Lakhani OBE

Founder, Century Tech

Professor Les Ebdon CBE DL

Chair, Office for Fair Access to Higher Education

Professor Dennis Hayes

Professor of Education at the University of Derby and Director of AFAF

Jo Johnson

Minister of State for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation

Nick Hillman

Director of HEPI

Professor Tristram Hooley

Director of Research, The Careers & Enterprise Company

Virginia Isaac

Chief Executive of the Inspiring Futures Foundation and President of the Career Development Institute

Luke Johnson

Entrepreneur and Author

Professor Max Lu AO FAA FTSE

President and Vice-Chancellor University of Surrey

Dr Joanna Cox

Head of Business Alliance and Partnerships, Cranfield University

Andy Moss

Senior Vice President Higher Education, Pearson Plc

Ed Smith

Course Director, MA History of Sport, University of Buckingham

Johnny Rich

Chief Executive of outreach organisation Push, Chief Executive of the Engineering Professors’ Council, and Director of Communications & Usability for global universities comparison tool U-Multirank

Lord Bilimoria of Chelsea CBE DL

Chancellor of the University of Birmingham and President of UKCISA

Bahram Bekhradnia

HEPI President and author of HEPI Paper International university rankings

Sally Hunt

General Secretary, University and College Union (UCU)

Dr Ruth Caleb

Head of Counselling, Brunel University

Professor Richard Layard

Programme Director, Wellbeing, LSE

Professor Tim Blackman

Vice-Chancellor Middlesex University

Professor Chris Husbands

Vice Chancellor, Sheffield Hallam University

Dr Elnaz T Kashefpakdel

Head of Research, Education and Employers

Paul Kirkham

Chief Executive, Institute of Contemporary Music Performance

John O’Leary

Editor, The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide

Dr Alan Martin

Head of Psychology Department, University of Buckingham

Professor Catherine Montgomery

Professor of Education Department of Education, University of Bath

Martin Robinson


Andrew Smith

Chairman of Buckinghamshire and Thames Valley LEP

Pam Tatlow

Former Chief Executive of MillionPlus, The Association for Modern Universities

Adrian Anderson

Chief Executive of UVAC

Jamie Bytheway

Project Manager, Greater Manchester Higher Network for Collaborative Outreach

Andy Westwood

Co-director of Policy@Manchester and Professor of Further and Higher Education, University of Wolverhampton

John Claughton

Former Chief Master of King Edward’s School, Birmingham

Professor Alex de Ruyter

Professor in the Business School and Director of Research, Birmingham City University

Dr Graeme Atherton

Head of AccessHE London Higher and Director of NEON

Professor Anthony Glees

Director of BUCSIS, University of Buckingham

Professor Karol Sikora

Dean of Medicine, University of Buckingham

Professor John Clapham

Chief Operating Officer, University of Buckingham

James Seymour

Director of Admissions and Student Recruitment, The University of Buckingham

Mark Dawe

Chief Executive, AELP

David Sweeney

Executive Chair Designate of Research England

Martin Birchall

Managing Director, High Fliers Research Ltd

Rose Luckin

Professor of Learner Centred Design at UCL Knowledge Lab

Andy Nagle

Education lead for Microsoft in Scotland

Richard Simmons CBE

Chair, BPP University

John de Pury

Assistant Director of Policy, Universities UK

Roxanne Stockwell

Principal, Pearson College

Warren Whyte

Represents North Bucks at both Buckinghamshire County Council and Aylesbury Vale District Council

Richard Harrington

Chief Executive of Buckinghamshire Thames Valley LEP


Festival of Higher Education

13 – 14 June 2018