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26 – 27 June 2019


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More Speakers Announced


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.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:


Nick Hillman

Director of HEPI

Nick has been the Director of HEPI since January 2014. He worked for the Rt Hon David Willetts MP, now Lord Willetts, the Minister for Universities and Science, from 2007 until the end of 2013, as Chief of Staff and then Special Adviser in the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills. Previously, he was a History teacher and worked at the Association of British Insurers. At the 2010 general election, he was the runner-up in Cambridge.

He has written for a range of think tanks and journals. His more recent writings include articles on the Coalition’s higher education reforms for the Oxford Review of Education (2016), on access to schools and selective universities for Higher Education Review (2014) and on the fifty-year history of student loans for Contemporary British History (2013). He also wrote the authoritative account of being a special adviser for the Institute of Government (2014).


Professor Chris Husbands

Vice-Chancellor for Sheffield Hallam University

Chris has served as the Vice-Chancellor of Sheffield Hallam University since January 2016 and is a very well respected University leader, academic, educationist and public servant. His academic expertise lies in education policy and practice; his work has been developed in fifteen books and over four hundred papers and presentations.  He has advised local and national governments in the UK and internationally, across four continents. Chris has also recently been appointed by the Government as the Inaugural Chair of the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).  He will head up the assessment panel that will make decisions on awards in the second and third year of the programme.  The TEF has been introduced to ensure excellent teaching and student job prospects are at the heart of Higher Education and will, for the first time, place the significance of teaching on a par with research.


Amanda Spielman

Ofsted Chief Inspector

Amanda has been the Chief Inspector for Ofsted since January 2017. Between 2011 and 2016, Amanda was chair of Ofqual, the qualifications regulator. From 2005 she was a founding member of the leadership team at the academy chain Ark Schools, where she became Research and Policy Director and an education adviser to Ark, the education charity. She previously spent more than 15 years in strategy consulting, finance and investment at KPMG, Kleinwort Benson, Mercer Management Consulting and Nomura International.


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