2 days / 40 speakers
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13 – 14 June 2018


Our exciting line-up of speakers for the Buckingham Festival of Higher Education 2018 will tackle a diverse range of topics, from the importance of freedom of speech in higher education, to teaching standards and artificial intelligence!

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.
Samuel Gyimah – UK Parliament official portraits 2017

Sam Gyimah

Minister for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation

Mary Curnock Cook

Former Chief Executive of UCAS and Strategic Advisor to the University of Buckingham

Nick Hillman

Director of HEPI

Shakira Martin

President of the NUS

Professor Damien Page

Dean of The Carnegie School of Education

Geoff Barton

General Secretary of ASCL

Sir Kevan Collins

Chief Executive of the Education Endowment Foundation

John Yarham

Chief Executive of Futures

Claudia Harris

Chief Executive of The Careers & Enterprise Company

Professor Sir Michael Barber

Founder and Chairman of Delivery Associates and Chair of the Office for Students

Ryan Craig

Managing Director of University Ventures

Lord David Willetts

Executive Chair of Resolution Foundation

Professor Chris Husbands

Vice-Chancellor, Sheffield Hallam University

Catherine Roche

Chief Executive of Place2Be

Julian Astle

Director of Education, RSA

Ant Bagshaw

Deputy CEO of Wonkhe

David Goodhart

Head of Demography Unit at Policy Exchange & Founder of Prospect Magazine

Smita Jamdar

Head of Education, Shakespeare Martineau

Claire Fox

Academy of Ideas Director

Dr Nicola Rollock

Reader in Equity & Education, Goldsmiths University

Jim Dickinson

Chief of Staff, UEASU

Professor Becky Francis

Director, UCL Institute of Education (IOE)

Anne-Marie Canning

Director of Social Mobility and Student Success at King’s College London

Masa Popovac

Lecturer in Psychology, University of Buckingham

Tom Middlehurst

Head of Policy and Public Affairs at SSAT

Stephen Tierney

Chair of Head teachers, RoundTable Group

Keith Ridgway

Executive Dean of the AMRC at the University of Sheffield

Dr Ann Limb

Educationalist, Business Leader and Social Entrepreneur

Duncan Piper

Director of the Dyson Institute of Engineering and Technology

Chris Ramsey

Headmaster of Whitgift School

Andrew Adonis

Former Chair of the National Infrastructure Commission, Author and Campaigner
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Professor Janice Kay

Provost and Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor, University of Exeter

John Claughton

Former Chief Master, King Edward’s School

Sonia Sodha

Chief Leader Writer, Observer

Barnaby Lenon

Former Headmaster, Harrow School & Chairman, Independent Schools Council

Carl Cullinane

Research and Policy Manager, Sutton Trust

Mark Huntington

Managing Director, A Star Future

Clare Marchant

Chief Executive, UCAS

Chris Payne

Head of Academic Services, University of Buckingham


Festival of Higher Education

13 – 14 June 2018