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26 – 27 June 2019


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First Speakers For The 2018 Festival of Higher Education Announced!


Who’s excited for the Festival of Higher Education 2018?

It may only be autumn, but we are already looking ahead to summer 2018 and in particular, the 13th and 14th June when we are happy to announce the Festival of Higher Education will be returning for a third year. This year is set to be bigger and better than ever before.In previous years The Festival of Higher Education has welcomed a very high calibre of speakers to the University of Buckingham. To give you an idea of the expertise and diversity of the speakers set to be attending next year’s festival we are delighted to announce the following speakers are confirmed for 2018:


Lord Andrew Adonis

Chair of the National Infrastructure Commission and former Transport Secretary and Schools Minister

Lord Adonis is a former British Labour Party politician, academic and journalist who served in the Labour Government for five years. He is currently chairman of the National Infrastructure Commission. Lord Adonis, who recently has spoken out against high salaries for University vice chancellors, is also the author of ‘5 Days in May’ and ‘Education, Education, Education’.


Claudia Harris

Chief Executive Officer of The Careers and Enterprise Company

Claudia has held her role as CEO since the organisation was established in 2015. She grew up in London and has an undergraduate degree from Oxford University and an MBA from Harvard. Claudia Harris started her career in 2003 with McKinsey & Company the globe’s largest strategy consultancy, based in the firm’s London office. In 2005 she left the consulting industry to join the healthcare team of the Prime Minister’s Delivery Unit, an organisation that busies itself with monitoring progress on and strengthening the British Government’s capacity to deliver its key priorities across education, health, crime and transport. In 2015 Harris decided to embark on a new challenge, and joined The Careers & Enterprise Company, where she has been appointed Chief Executive Officer.


Sir Kevan Collins

Chief Executive of the Education Endowment Foundation

Kevan has worked in public service for over 30 years and became the first EEF Chief Executive in October 2011, having previously been Chief Executive in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets. Prior to this role he led a distinguished career in education – starting off as a primary school teacher, leading the Primary Literacy Strategy as National Director, and then serving as Director of Children’s Services at Tower Hamlets. Kevan also gained international experience working in Mozambique and supporting the development of a national literacy initiative in the USA. He completed his doctorate focusing on literacy development at Leeds University in 2005 and is a visiting professor at the Institute of Education UCL. He was knighted in 2015 for services to education.

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