Festival of Higher Education

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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, Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector, 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:

Chair: Ed Dorrell, Head of Content, TES
Dr Joanna Williams, Head of Education & Culture, Policy Exchange
Johnny Rich, Chief Executive, Push, Chief Executive, Engineering Professors’ Council
Nick Hillman, Director, 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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Chair: Emily Scott, Head of Service Development and Strategic Initiatives, Pearson
Dan Herbert, Director of Education, Birmingham Business School, University of Birmingham
Emily McIntosh, Director, Student Life, University of Bolton
Dr Ishan Cader, Higher Education Development Coordinator, Morley College London

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

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Speakers:

Chair: Barnaby Lenon CBE, Dean of Education, University of Buckingham
Euan Blair, Chief Executive Officer, Founder, WhiteHat
Professor Julian Chaudhuri, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Education and Student Experience, University of Plymouth
Dr Fiona Aldridge, Director, Policy & Research, Learning and Work Institute
Katherine Everest, Rotational Degree Apprentice, Pearson College

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: Professor Matthew Broome, Director of the Institute for Mental Health, University of Birmingham
Jacqui O’Hanlon, Director of Education, RSC
Kate Greig, Executive Headteacher, King Ethelbert School

Niall Boyce, Editor, The Lancet

Professor Femi Oyebode, Consultant Psychiatrist and Professor of Psychiatry, University of Birmingham Dr Jonathan Heron, Director of the Institute for Advanced Teaching and Learning (IATL), University of Warwick

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 Higher Education Qualifications, Pearson
Chris Millward, Director of Fair Access and Widening Participation, Office for Students
Anne-Marie Canning MBE, Director of Social Mobility and Student Success, 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?

Vinson Building

Speakers:

Chair: James Seymour, Director of Recruitment and Admissions, University of Buckingham
David Hawkins, International HE Adviser, Director, Hawkins Global Education
Mike Nicholson, Director of Student Recruitment & Admissions, University of Bath
Fiona Johnston, Director of Operations, 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 MEP, Director, Academy of Ideas
Rachel Wolf, Founding Partner, Public First
Lord Jim Knight, Chief Education and External Officer, TES Global Ltd
Ella Whelan, Author, What Women Want
Trevor Phillips OBE, Writer and Television Producer
Anne-Marie Canning MBE, Director of Social Mobility and Student Success, King’s College London

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, Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector, 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, Ed.D Programme Lead, School of Education, 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: Ade Odusola, Executive Programme Director, Debate Mate
Professor Susan Edwards, Director of Community Relations, University of Buckingham
Tom Slater, Deputy Editor, Spiked
Adam Roble, Student, Oxford University, History
Alena Bell-Gam, Student, King’s College London, Neuroscience
Haider Nazerali, Student, University College London, Medicine

Ella Cox, Student, Yale University, English

16.45 – 16.50 Closing Remarks

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Thursday 27th June 2019

  • 08.30 – 08.55 Registration and Refreshments
08.30 – 08.55 Registration and Refreshments

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  • 09.00 – 09.05 Reflections from the first day from Sir Anthony Seldon, Vice-Chancellor, University of Buckingham
09.00 – 09.05 Reflections from the first day from Sir Anthony Seldon, Vice-Chancellor, University of Buckingham

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  • 09.05 – 09.55 Michael Ignatieff, President and Rector of the Central European University (CEU) – opening address, Q and A session (via video link)
09.05 – 09.55 Michael Ignatieff, President and Rector of the Central European University (CEU) – opening address, Q and A session (via video link)

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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 – 13.10 HEPI Debate – Motion: This House believes the UK higher education system is failing boys
  • 13.10 – 14.00 Lunch
  • 14.00 – 14.50 Seeking an Inclusive Curriculum Fit for the 21st Century – Should the curriculum be decolonised?
  • 14.00 – 14.50 Pearson Debate – HE As Preparation for the Future of Work
  • 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 Threat of Fake News
  • 15.40 – 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: Mary Curnock Cook OBE, Independent Educationalist, Former CEO of UCAS
Emran Mian, Interim Director General, Strategy and International Department for Education
Alistair Jarvis, Chief Executive, Universities UK
Dr Gary Gates, Senior Vice President Global Business, Pearson
Professor Liz Barnes, Vice Chancellor and Chief Executive, Staffordshire University

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, Chair of the Learning and Work Institute, Member of the Council, Open University

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
Paul Feldman, Chief Executive, JISC
Dr Nisreen Ameen, Lecturer in Information Technology Management, Queen Mary University of London

12.20 – 13.10 HEPI Debate – Motion: This House believes the UK higher education system is failing boys

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Speakers:

Chair: Nick Hillman, Director, Higher Education Policy Institute
Mary Curnock Cook OBE, Independent Educationalist, Former CEO of UCAS
Martin Daubney MEP, Columnist and Writer on the Role of Men and Boys in Contemporary Society
Professor Martin Mills, Director, Centre for Research on Teachers and Teaching IOE
Sarah Fletcher, Headteacher, St Paul’s School for Girls

13.10 – 14.00 Lunch

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14.00 – 14.50 Seeking an Inclusive Curriculum Fit for the 21st Century – Should the curriculum be decolonised?

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Speakers:

Chair: Professor Matthias Klaes, Director of the Vinson Centre for Economics and Entrepreneurship, University of Buckingham
Maeve Cohen, Director, Rethinking Economics
Dr Annie Hughes, Head of Learning and Teaching Enhancement Centre, Directorate for Student Achievement, Kingston University London
Helen Pluckrose, Editor, Areo Magazine
Dr Alex Standish, Senior Lecturer in Geography, PGCE Course Leader, UCL Institute of Education

14.00 – 14.50 Pearson Debate – HE As Preparation for the Future of Work

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Chair: Rod Bristow, President, UK & Core, Pearson
Professor Adam Tickell, Vice-Chancellor and President, University of Sussex

Joel Bloomfield, HE Business Lead, Microsoft UK

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
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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Chair: Nick Hillman, Director, Higher Education Policy Institute
The Lord Kerslake, Chair, UPP Foundation Civic University Commission
Professor Jane Robinson, Dean of Engagement and Place, Newcastle University

15.40 -16.30 The Threat of Fake News

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Chair; Andrew Jack, Global Education Editor, Financial Times
Gianfranco Polizzi, PhD Researcher, London School of Economics
Dr Geoff Walton, Senior Lecturer in Information and Communications, Manchester Metropolitan University
Fay Lant, Programme Manager, National Literary Trust

Richard Addis, Chairman and Editor in Chief, The Day

15.40 – 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

Closing Remarks

THE UNIVERSITY OF BUCKINGHAM

Festival of Higher Education

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