Festival of Higher Education

2 days / 40 speakers
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26-27 June 2019
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The Festival of Higher Education

2019 Programme

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Wednesday 26 June 2019

  • 08.45 – 09.10 Registration and refreshments
  • 09.15 – 09.25 Welcome from Sir Anthony Seldon, Vice-Chancellor, University of Buckingham
  • 09.30 – 10.15 HEPI Debate – Motion: This house believes 18-year olds are still children and not adults
  • 10.15 – 11.00 Pearson Make or Break: helping students to transition into higher education
  • 11.05 – 12.00 Apprenticeships and Degree Apprenticeships – The way forward?
  • 11.05 – 12.00 Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) Debate – Arts rich learning and its impact on mental health and well-being
  • 12.00 – 12.15 Coffee break
  • 12.20 – 13.10 Widening Participation – Are Schools and Universities doing enough?
  • 12.20 – 13.10 HE Admissions – Developing a Fair and Transparent system – is it time for a reboot?
  • 13.10 – 14.00 Lunch and Pop-up Debate Mate Debates
  • 14.00 – 15.30 Education Question Time
  • 14.00 – 14.45 Politicians should have nothing to do with education policies: Discuss
  • 14.50 – 15.30 Amanda Spielman, Chief Regulator, Ofsted – In Conversation with Sir Anthony Seldon, Vice-Chancellor; University of Buckingham
  • 15.40 – 16.40 Students’ Mental Health; The Importance of Language and Communication
  • 15.40 – 16.40 Debate Mate Debate – That this House proposes that schools and universities should not host speakers who propound offensive ideas
  • 16.45 – 16.50 Closing Remarks
08.45 – 09.10 Registration and refreshments

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09.15 – 09.25 Welcome from Sir Anthony Seldon, Vice-Chancellor, University of Buckingham

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09.30 – 10.15 HEPI Debate – Motion: This house believes 18-year olds are still children and not adults

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Speakers:

Dr Joanna Williams, Head of Education and Culture, Policy Exchange
Nick Hillman, Higher Education Policy Institute
Chris Ramsey, Headmaster, Whitgift School

10.15 – 11.00 Pearson Make or Break: helping students to transition into higher education

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11.05 – 12.00 Apprenticeships and Degree Apprenticeships – The way forward?

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Speakers:

Chair; Barnaby Lenon, Dean of Education, University of Buckingham
Euan Blair, Chief Executive Officer and Founder, White Hat
Professor Julian Chaudhuri, Deputy Vice-Chancellor – Education and Student Experience, University of Plymouth
Dr Fiona Aldridge, Director for Policy & Research, Learning and Work Institute
Pearson Apprentice tbc

11.05 – 12.00 Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) Debate – Arts rich learning and its impact on mental health and well-being

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Speakers

Chair; Will Gompertz, Arts Editor, BBC
Jacqui O’Hanlon, Head of Education, RSC
Professor Matthew Broome, Chair in Psychiatry and Youth Mental Health and Director of the Institute for Mental Health, University of Birmingham
Kate Greig, Executive Headteacher, King Ethelbert School, Kent
Three Panelists tbc

12.00 – 12.15 Coffee break

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12.20 – 13.10 Widening Participation – Are Schools and Universities doing enough?

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Speakers:

Chair; Jane Baker, Director HE Qualifications, Pearson
Chris Millward, Director of Fair Access and Widening Participation, Office for Students
Anne-Marie Canning MBE, Director of Social Mobility, King’s College London
Richard Eyre, Chief Programmes Officer, The Brilliant Club

12.20 – 13.10 HE Admissions – Developing a Fair and Transparent system – is it time for a reboot?

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Speakers:

Chair; James Seymour, Director of Recruitment and Admissions, University of Buckingham
David Hawkins, International HE Adviser
Mike Nicholson, Director of Student Recruitment & Admissions, University of Bath
Amy Smith, Senior Policy Executive, UCAS
Michelle Morgan, Associate Professor, Associate Dean, Student Experience
Chris Ramsey, Headmaster, Whitgift School

13.10 – 14.00 Lunch and Pop-up Debate Mate Debates

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Pop up 1: This House believes that the UK admissions system is stuck in the past
Pop up 2: This House believes that Higher Education is not worth the money

14.00 – 15.30 Education Question Time

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Speakers:

Chair; Claire Fox, Director, Academy of Ideas
Rachel Wolf, Founding Partner, Public First
Lord Jim Knight, Chief Education and External Officer at TES Global Ltd.
Ella Whelan, Author of What Women Want
Trevor Phillips OBE, Writer and Television Producer
Eleanor Penny, Editor, Novara Media, Associate editor, Open Democracy UK

14.00 – 14.45 Politicians should have nothing to do with education policies: Discuss

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Speakers:

Chair; Dr Joanna Williams, Head of Education and Culture, Policy Exchange
Rt Hon David Laws, Executive Chairman, Education Policy Institute
Sir Michael Tomlinson CBE, Former Chief Inspector of Schools, Trustee The Baker Dearing Foundation

14.50 – 15.30 Amanda Spielman, Chief Regulator, Ofsted – In Conversation with Sir Anthony Seldon, Vice-Chancellor; University of Buckingham

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15.40 – 16.40 Students’ Mental Health; The Importance of Language and Communication

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Speakers:

Chair; Professor Rosemary Sage, University of Buckingham
Natasha Devon MBE, Author and Social critic
Professor Kamaldeep Bhui CBE, Professor of Cultural Psychiatry & Epidemiology, Queen Mary University of London
Dr Luke Sage, Chartered Psychologist and Director of the BSc in Sport & Exercise Psychology Programme, Coventry University
Dr Kim Orton, Research Officer, Practitioner Doctoral Studies, University of Buckingham

15.40 – 16.40 Debate Mate Debate – That this House proposes that schools and universities should not host speakers who propound offensive ideas

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Speakers:

Chair and Six panelists tbc
Professor Susan Edwards, Director of Community Relations, University of Buckingham

16.45 – 16.50 Closing Remarks

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Thursday 27th June 2019

  • 09.15 – 09.40 Registration and refreshments
09.15 – 09.40 Registration and refreshments

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  • 09.45 – 09.55 Reflections from the first day from Sir Anthony Seldon, Vice-Chancellor, University of Buckingham
09.45 – 09.55 Reflections from the first day from Sir Anthony Seldon, Vice-Chancellor, University of Buckingham

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  • 10.00 – 10.40 Chris Skidmore MP, Minister of State for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation Minister in Conversation with Sir Anthony Seldon, Vice-Chancellor, University of Buckingham
10.00 – 10.40 Chris Skidmore MP, Minister of State for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation Minister in Conversation with Sir Anthony Seldon, Vice-Chancellor, University of Buckingham

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  • 10.45 – 11.20 Preparing Students for the 21st Century
  • 11.25 – 12.15 Post-18 Augar Review – A fair deal for the HE Sector?
  • 11.25 – 12.15 Looking ahead – Challenges and Opportunities for the HE Sector after Brexit
  • 12.20 – 13.10 Artificial Intelligence; Robotics, the Curriculum and Inclusion
  • 12.20 – 13.20 HEPI Debate – Motion: This House believes the UK higher education system is failing boys
  • 13.10 – 14.00 Lunch
  • 14.00 – 14.50 Pearson Debate – You cannot capture the essence of the bricks and mortar university in the online experience. Discuss
  • 14.05 – 14.50 Seeking an Inclusive Curriculum fit for 21st Century – Should the Curriculum be de-colonised?
  • 14.55 – 15.35 Students and Staff – Mental Health and Well Being
  • 14.55 – 15.35 Higher Education and Local Communities – The Civic University
  • 15.40 -16.30 The Rise of Fake News – A threat to Society?
  • 15.45 – 16.30 Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) closing Debate and Panel Discussion, closing remarks
10.45 – 11.20 Preparing Students for the 21st Century

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Sir Anthony Seldon, Vice Chancellor, University of Buckingham in conversation with Professor Joseph Aoun, President, Northeastern University, USA

11.25 – 12.15 Post-18 Augar Review – A fair deal for the HE Sector?

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Speakers:

Chair; tbc
Emran Mian, Interim Director General, Strategy and International Department for Education
Alistair Jarvis, Chief Executive, Universities UK
Rt Hon Ruth Kelly Pro Vice-Chancellor, Research & Enterprise St Mary’s University
Dr Gary Gates, Senior Vice President Global Business, Pearson

11.25 – 12.15 Looking ahead – Challenges and Opportunities for the HE Sector after Brexit

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Speakers:

Chair; Professor Andy Westwood, Vice Dean, Manchester University
Professor Anton Muscatelli, Principal and Vice Chancellor, Glasgow University
Professor Sir Michael Barber, Chair, Office for Students
Maggie Galliers CBE, Ofqual Board, the National Institute of Adult Continuing Education (NIACE) Board

12.20 – 13.10 Artificial Intelligence; Robotics, the Curriculum and Inclusion

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Speakers:

Chair; Dr Harin Sellahewa, Interim Dean School of Computing, University of Buckingham
Dr Esyin Chew, Founder of Eureka Robotics Lab Cardiff Metropolitan University
Professor Dr Riccarda Matteucci, Centre for Educational Development, University of Buckingham
Paul Feldman, Chief Executive, JISC

12.20 – 13.20 HEPI Debate – Motion: This House believes the UK higher education system is failing boys

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Speakers:

Chair; Nick Hillman, Higher Education Policy Institute
Pro: Mary Curnock Cook OBE Martin Daubney (ex-Loaded magazine editor, writer on men and boys’ issues)
Anti: Professor Martin Mills, Director of the Centre for Research on Teachers and Teaching IOE

13.10 – 14.00 Lunch

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14.00 – 14.50 Pearson Debate – You cannot capture the essence of the bricks and mortar university in the online experience. Discuss

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14.05 – 14.50 Seeking an Inclusive Curriculum fit for 21st Century – Should the Curriculum be de-colonised?

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Speakers:

Chair; Professor Matthias Klaes, University of Buckingham
Dr Kehinde Andrews Associate Professor in sociology, Birmingham City University
Dr Meera Sabaratnam, Senior Lecturer in International Relations, SOAS
Helen Pluckrose, Editor, Areomagazine
Dr Alex Standish, Senior Lecturer in Geography PGCE Course Leader, UCL Institute of Education

14.55 – 15.35 Students and Staff – Mental Health and Well Being

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Speakers:

Chair; Mike Buchanan, Chief Executive, The Headmasters’ and Headmistresses’ Conference (HMC)
Dr Dominique Thompson, Founder of Buzz Consulting, Specialist Student Health, GP, Member of UK Mental Health Task Group
Duncan Selbie, Chief Executive, Public Health England
Sinéad Mc Brearty, Chief Executive Officer, Education Support Partnership
Dr Mary Bousted, Joint General Secretary National Education Union

14.55 – 15.35 Higher Education and Local Communities – The Civic University

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The Lord Kerslake Chair, UPP Foundation Civic University Commission
Professor Jane Robinson, Dean of Engagement and Place, Newcastle University

15.40 -16.30 The Rise of Fake News – A threat to Society?

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Chair; Andrew Jack, Global Education Editor, Financial Times
Three Panellists tbc

15.45 – 16.30 Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) closing Debate and Panel Discussion, closing remarks

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Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) closing Debate and panel Discussion

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