Brunel University London
This year's conference theme is 'UK Higher Education; our role in society' and will focus on the fundamental role of UK universities.
Professor Janet Beer, Vice-Chancellor, University of Liverpool and President, Universities UK (UUK)
Mary Robinson, President, Mary Robinson Foundation - Climate Justice
Professor Sir Mark Walport, Chief Executive Designate, UK Research and Innovation (UKRI)
Chair: Professor Paul Boyle, Vice-Chancellor, University of Leicester
Dr Dorothea Rüland, Secretary General, German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)
Chair: Professor Paul Boyle, Vice-Chancellor, University of Leicester
Alistair Jarvis, Chief Executive, Universities UK (UUK)
Carolyn Fairbairn, Director-General, Confederation of British Industry (CBI)
Professor Sir Anton
Muscatelli, Principal and Vice-Chancellor, University of Glasgow
Professor Judith Petts, CBE, Vice-Chancellor, University of Plymouth
Chair: Professor Quintin McKellar CBE, Vice-Chancellor, University of Hertfordshire
Professor Anil Gupta, Executive Vice Chair, National Innovation Foundation (NIF), India
Chair: Professor Julie Lydon OBE, Vice-Chancellor, University of South Wales
Bill Galvin, Chief Executive, Universities Superannuation Scheme Limited (USS)
Mary Lambe, Senior Policy Lead - Pensions, Universities UK (UUK)
Chair: Alistair Jarvis, Chief Executive, Universities UK (UUK)
In partnership with UPP
Professor Julia Buckingham, Vice-Chancellor and President, Brunel University London
Jo Johnson MP, Minister of State for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation
Martin Hamilton, Futurist, Jisc
Jenny Shaw, Head of Student Services and Insight, Unite StudentsUnite Students
Nick Hillman, Director, Higher Education Policy Institute (HEPI)
Jack Goodman, Executive Chair and Founder, Studiosity
Professor Chris Husbands, Vice-Chancellor, Sheffield Hallam
Amatey Doku, Vice President (Higher Education), National Union of Students (NUS)
Chair: Professor Debra Humphris, Vice-Chancellor, University of Brighton
Michael Crick, Journalist, Biographer and Broadcaster
Wes Streeting MP, Member of Parliament, Ilford North (invited)
Professor Ahmed Bawa, Chief Executive Officer, Universities South Africa
Chair: Professor Janet Beer, Vice-Chancellor, University of Liverpool and President, Universities UK (UUK)
Steve Richards, Journalist and broadcaster
Professor Janet Beer took up post as Vice-Chancellor of the University of Liverpool in February 2015, having formerly been Vice-Chancellor of Oxford Brookes University.
Professor Beer is President of UUK, England and Northern Ireland with effect from 1 August 2017. She is also a Trustee of the British Council.
She chairs the Liverpool Knowledge Quarter Board and is a member of the Liverpool Science Park Board. In June 2017 she was appointed by the Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram as the adviser on Higher Education for the Liverpool City Region.
Professor Beer has an established record of research and scholarship in late nineteenth and early twentieth century American literature and culture and most recently completed a study of the late writing of Edith Wharton.
Mary Robinson is President of the Mary Robinson Foundation – Climate Justice. She served as President of Ireland from 1990-1997 and UN High Commissioner for Human Rights from 1997-2002. She is a member of the Elders and the Club of Madrid and the recipient of numerous honours and awards including the Presidential Medal of Freedom from the former President of the United States Barack Obama. She sits on the advisory board of Sustainable Energy For All (SE4All) and is also a member of the Lead Group of the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement. Between 2013 and 2016 Mary served as the UN Secretary General’s Special Envoy in three roles; first for the Great Lakes region of Africa, then on Climate Change and most recently as his Special Envoy on El Niño and Climate.
A former President of the International Commission of Jurists and former chair of the Council of Women World Leaders she was President and founder of Realizing Rights: The Ethical Globalization Initiative from 2002-2010 and served as Honorary President of Oxfam International from 2002-2012.
Mary Robinson serves as Patron of the Board of the Institute of Human Rights and Business, is an honorary member of The B Team, in addition to being a board member of several organisations including the Mo Ibrahim Foundation and the European Climate Foundation. She serves as Chancellor of the University of Dublin since 1998. Mary’s memoir, Everybody Matters was published in September 2012.
Professor Paul Boyle CBE is President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Leicester. Previously, Chief Executive of the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), the UK’s largest funding agency for social science research; the International Champion of Research Councils UK, responsible for international strategy on behalf of all seven UK research councils; and President of Science Europe, representing over 50 European funding agencies. He is a Fellow of the British Academy, the Royal Society of Edinburgh, the Academy of Social Sciences, and the Royal Geographical Society of Scotland. He is also the Vice President of the European Universities Association.
Professor Boyle is Chair of the Scottish Science Advisory Council; Scotland’s highest level science advisory body; a Board Member of Universities UK, who provide leadership and support to executive heads of 133 UK University institutions and is Chair of their Research Policy Network. He is an ‘impact champion’ for the United Nations HeForShe global solidarity movement for gender equality; a Council Member and Trustee of the Association of Commonwealth Universities, which has over 500 member institutions in 37 Commonwealth countries; Chair of the Q-Step Strategy Board, promoting quantitative social science training in the UK; on the Advisory Board of the UPP Foundation; and the Advisory Board of Sporting Equals, promoting ethnic diversity in sport and physical activity.
Recently appointed Chief Executive Designate of UKRI, Sir Mark has been a champion for science, engineering and technology in his role as Government Chief Scientific Adviser, Head of the Government Office for Science and Co-Chair of the Prime Minister’s Council for Science and Technology.
As former Director of the Wellcome Trust, Sir Mark has experience running a large scale research organisation and global charitable foundation. A distinguished scientist in his own right, Sir Mark was also Professor of Medicine and Head of the Division of Medicine at Imperial College London.
Previous career highlights for Sir Mark include being a member of the India UK CEO Forum and the UK India Round Table, a member of the advisory board of Infrastructure UK and a non-executive member of the Office for Strategic Coordination of Health Research.
Before becoming GCSA, he conducted independent reviews for the UK Government on the use and sharing of personal information in the public and private sectors: ‘Data Sharing Review’ (2009); and secondary education: ‘Science and Mathematics: Secondary Education for the 21st Century’ (2010).
He received a knighthood in the 2009 New Year Honours List for services to medical research and was elected as Fellow of The Royal Society in 2011.
After completing her studies in German Literature, History and Musicology and her Ph.D. in German Studies at the University of Freiburg in 1984, Dr. Rüland held lectureships at universities in Great Britain and Asia.
During her time in DAAD, until 2008, Dr. Rüland was responsible for several regions of the world.
From 2008 until 2010 she was Director of the Center for International Cooperation at the Free University Berlin.
In October 2010 Dr. Dorothea Rüland was appointed as Secretary General of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).
Professor Anil K Gupta is a visiting faculty at the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad; after retiring in April 2017 after teaching at IIMA for 36 years. He is also the founder of Honey Bee Network.
Mission is to expand the global as well as local space for innovations at grassroots, link ideas in informal and formal sector, ensure recognition, respect and reward for creative communities; creating knowledge networks for augmenting innovations and Unfolding creative potential of individuals, institutions and societies through frugal, flexible and friendly empathetic open innovations;
He facilitates the Festival of Innovation (FOIN) through NIFindia.org, hosted by the office of President of India at The Presidents House (March 4-11, 2017); research: sustainable natural and institutional resource management, building global value chain to get the grassroots and youthful creativity its due; link technology youth with the problems of MSME, and grassroots innovators (techpedia.sristi.org), unlocking corporate and public/private institutional creativity through empathetic open reciprocal innovations, support strategic organizations for making breakthroughs innovations
Professor Gupta lectured on unleashing innovation potential at CISCO, HP, GE Research Centre, Siemens, Volvo, Biocon Bristol-Myers Squibb Research Center, Dr Reddy’s Lab, Zydus Cadilla Pharmaceuticals, JSW, D E Shaw investment firm etc., apart from numerous top academic and public policy institutions worldwide; he has pursued Shodhyatra, learning walk in every state of India once covering more than 5000 km during 1998-2016 and has started second round from 2017 along with Honey Bee Network volunteers.
Professor McKellar has been the Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive of the University of Hertfordshire since 2011. He is chair of the Board of Trustees of The Pirbright Institute and a member of the Government Chief Scientist Steering Group on Animal and Plant Health in the UK. He is co-chair of the National Centre for Universities and Business (NCUB) Food Economy Task Force. He is a member of the Hertfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership and chair of the Hatfield Renewal Project Board. In 2015 he was elected as a Board member of Universities UK (UUK), and is also chair of the University Vocational Awards Council.
Professor McKellar was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 2011 for services to science. He was a distinguished researcher with interests in the pharmacology of anti-infective and anti-inflammatory drugs in domestic animals.
He graduated from Glasgow University Veterinary School in 1981, and went on to gain a PhD in Veterinary Parasitology in 1984. In August 1997 Professor McKellar took up the post of Scientific Director of the Moredun Research Institute and Chief Executive of the Moredun Foundation. In 2004, he was appointed Principal of The Royal Veterinary College of the University of London.
Carolyn joined the CBI as Director General in November 2015. She spent her early career at McKinsey, before taking on a range of senior leadership roles in the media industry.
As a partner at McKinsey, Carolyn was a leader of the firm’s media practice. As BBC Director of Strategy, she led the BBC’s digital strategy and ran its transmission arm. In 2003, she created and launched Freeview, one of the UK’s most successful new TV services. Carolyn was also a member of the Executive board of ITV for four years.
Carolyn has been a non-executive director of Lloyds Banking Group, The Vitec Group, Capita plc, the Competition and Markets Authority, the UK Statistics Authority and, from 2008-11, the Financial Services Authority.
From 1995-97, Carolyn was a member of the Number 10 Policy Unit.
Carolyn holds a first-class degree in Economics from Cambridge University, an MBA from INSEAD, and MA in International Relations from the University of Pennsylvania.
Carolyn is married with three children and lives in Hampshire.
Anton Muscatelli has been Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Glasgow since 1 October 2009. From 2007-2009 he was Principal and Vice-Chancellor of Heriot-Watt University. An economist, his research interests are monetary economics, central bank independence, fiscal policy, international finance and macroeconomics.
Prior to 2007 he held various roles at the University of Glasgow including Vice-Principal - Strategy, Budgeting and Advancement (2004-07); Daniel Jack Professor of Political Economy (1994-2007); and Professor and Lecturer, Department of Economics (1984-94).
Professor Muscatelli chairs the Scottish Government’s Standing Council on Europe, a non-political group which provides expert advice to Scottish ministers on protecting Scotland’s relationship with the EU. He is a member of the Scottish Government’s Council of Economic Advisers. From September 2017 he will assume the role of Chair of the Russell Group of Universities. Professor Muscatelli was knighted in the Queen’s Birthday Honours 2017 for services to economics and higher education.
Professor Muscatelli is a member of the Board of the Scottish Funding Council which provides funding and oversight of Scotland’s Colleges and Universities. He is a Director of USS (Universities Superannuation Scheme), a Trustee of the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) Europe, a member of the Board of Glasgow Life, and Chair of the Commission on Economic Growth for the Glasgow City Region. He was a member of the steering group of the Lord Stern Review into university research funding, commissioned by Jo Johnson MP. From 2008-10 he was Convenor of Universities Scotland and Vice-President of Universities UK.
He has been a special adviser on monetary policy to the House of Commons Treasury Select Committee (2007-10). He has previously acted as consultant to the European Commission and the World Bank.
Professor Judith Petts is the Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive of the University of Plymouth, a post she has held since February 2016. She joined Plymouth from the University of Southampton where she had been Pro-Vice-Chancellor Research and Enterprise and previously the inaugural Dean of the Faculty of Social and Human Sciences (2010-13). Prior to this, she had spent 12 years at the University of Birmingham completing as Pro-Vice-Chancellor Research and Knowledge Transfer (2007-10).
Over some 30 years, her research has particularly examined the interface between science and policy-making, and the effective use of evidence in decision-making. Currently she is a member of the Council of BBSRC, a trustee of the Sir Alister Hardy Foundation for Ocean Science, and a Director of the Heart of the South-West LEP. Previous appointments include as a member of the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) Innovation Board (2011-16), the Science Advisory Council of Defra (2011-16); Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution (2006-11), the Council of NERC (2000-6), of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) Societal Issues Panel and Strategic Advisory Network, the Royal Society’s Science in Society Consultative Committee, and the Advisory Board of Veolia Environmental Services.
She was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the Queen’s New Year Honours, 2012, for services to Scientific Research.
In this capacity, Alistair continues to have strategic oversight of UUK's communications and political affairs work, as well as its operational services including revenue-generating activities. He works on senior external and political engagement, strategy and development of the organisation. Currently Alistair is leading UUK’s work to address the implications of Brexit, is coordinating activity to influence immigration policy and is also chairing a programme board to enhance UUK’s business infrastructure and systems.
Before taking up his current role, he was Director of Communications and External Relations at Universities UK. Before joining UUK in 2013 he was a Director at the University of Birmingham and has previously held communications, campaigning and political relations roles for national organisations in both the public and private sectors.
He is also currently Deputy Chair of the board of Wonkhe, a higher education policy media company; a member of the judging panel for the Guardian University Awards; and is a fellow of the RSA.
He was educated at the Universities of Kent, Leicester and the Institute of Education, University of London.
Julia Buckingham read Zoology at the University of Sheffield and, after a short spell in the pharmaceutical industry, moved to London to study for a PhD in Pharmacology at the University of London and to pursue an academic career. She was awarded a DSc and appointed to the Chair of Pharmacology at Charing Cross and Westminster Medical School in 1987 where she became Pre-clinical Dean in 1992. She joined Imperial College London in 1997, contributing to the establishment of the new Faculty of Medicine and held the roles of College Dean for non-clinical Medicine, Head of the Department of Neuroscience and Mental Health, Head of the Centre for Integrative Mammalian Physiology and Pharmacology and Pro-Rector (Education and Academic Affairs). In 2012 she was appointed Vice-Chancellor and President of Brunel University London. Throughout her career Julia has combined research and education with supporting the broader aspects of academic life through work with the research councils, medical charities and learned societies. She has published widely in her field, served on numerous national and international review panels and received a number of prestigious awards and honours for her work. Former roles include President of the British Pharmacological Society, President of the Society for Endocrinology, member of the Sykes Commission, Editor of the Journal of Neuroendocrinology, Chairman of BioScientifca Ltd, Trustee of the Royal Institution and a Governor of St Mary’s Calne. She is currently a Trustee and Member of the Board of the Royal Society of Biology, a Trustee, Treasurer and Member of the Board of Universities UK, a Director of Imperial College Health Partners and of the National Centre for Universities and Business, a member of the All-Party Parliamentary University Group Council, a member of the Heathrow Skills Taskforce and has recently been appointed Chair of The Concordat Strategy Group, supporting the career development of researchers.
Jo Johnson was elected as the Member of Parliament for Orpington in May 2010. He is currently the Minister of State for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation and was previously the Head of the Prime Minister’s Policy Unit in No 10.
Prior to his election in 2010, he was Associate Editor of the Financial Times and Head of Lex, the newspaper’s agenda-setting daily business and financial column. His principal areas of interest were the UK and global economy, business and finance. His regional specialisms relate to India and France, the countries in which he lived and worked during successive four-year foreign postings for the Financial Times between 2001-2008.
A graduate of Balliol College, Oxford, Jo received a first class degree in Modern History. He went on to postgraduate study and has degrees from two leading European universities, with a licence spéciale from the Institut d’Etudes Européennes in Brussels and an MBA from INSEAD. Prior to becoming Head of Lex, Jo was the FT's award-winning South Asia bureau chief. Based in New Delhi between 2005 and 2008, he led the team of FT journalists that covered India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan and the Maldives. He was a Paris correspondent between 2001-2005.
Jo worked as a corporate financier in the investment banking division of Deutsche Bank before joining the Financial Times in 1997. A Londoner by birth, he is married with two children.
Professor Debra Humphris took up post as Vice-Chancellor at the University of Brighton in December 2015. As Vice Chancellor Debra is responsible for leadership and management of the university, within the policies laid down by the Board of Governors of which she is an ex-officio member. Her role involves line management for all University Executive Board members.
Debra joined University of Brighton in December 2015 from Imperial College in London, where she held the positions of Pro-Rector (Education) and Vice-Provost (Education) between 2012 and 2015. In three years she effected real change in the college’s position on teaching and learning, having developed and implemented the college’s first education and student. From 2000–2012, Debra worked at the University of Southampton, progressing through a number of director roles to Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Education).
Debra was recently appointed as the UUK Student Policy Network Chair and therefore an elected member of the UUK UK Board until 31 July 2018. She is also the Chair of the UCEA Clinical Academic Staff Advisory Group (CASAG) and is also a member of the Coast to Capital (local enterprise partnership) Board and Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE)'s National Student Survey Advisory Group
Originally qualifying as a Registered Nurse, Debra spent 20 years in the NHS working at local and regional roles. She achieved her PhD in 1999, which considered the implementation of policy into clinical practice. As an openly LGBT senior leader in higher education, Debra is passionate about equality and diversity.
Professor Chris Husbands has been Vice-Chancellor of Sheffield Hallam University since January 2016.
A Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences, he has undertaken senior roles in universities for over fifteen years, as Head of the Institute of Education at Warwick University (2000-3), as Dean of Education and Lifelong Learning at the University of East Anglia (2003-7), as Dean of Faculty and then Director of the Institute of Education (2007-15) and as Vice-Provost at University College London (2014-15).
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.
Professor Husbands graduated with a double starred First in History from the University of Cambridge, where he went on to complete a doctorate in Geography. He was a teacher and senior manager in urban secondary comprehensive schools before becoming a university lecturer.
Professor Husbands was appointed in 2016 by the Government as the Inaugural Chair of the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF). He is also Chair of the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) Board.
As the current Vice President for Higher Education at the National Union of Students (NUS), Amatey is also on the Board of Trustees and was appointed as Deputy President by the NUS President, Shakira Martin.
Before taking up his position at NUS, Amatey served for a year as the President of Cambridge University Students’ Union. In that role, he was a Trustee of the University of Cambridge, by virtue of his position, as well as Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Students’ Union.
Amatey graduated in 2016 with a BA in Human, Social and Political Sciences, specialising in Sociology. His dissertation, titled “Is Oxbridge Institutionally Racist?” focused on institutional racism across the higher education sector using Cambridge as a major case study.
He studied at Jesus College Cambridge and was heavily involved in student representation, elected first as the independent College Council student representative before being elected as President of the Jesus College Students’ Union, representing 800 students at the College.
As Vice President for Higher Education, Amatey will be leading work on tackling institutional racism across the higher education sector, taking a lead on the NUS’s Brexit strategy and working closely to embed student representation alongside the implementation of the higher education reforms.
After two years as a trainee journalist with ITN, he was a founder member of Channel 4 News in 1982, and later served as the programme's Washington correspondent. He joined the BBC in 1990, where he worked for Newsnight, winning many awards and earning a reputation for dogged investigative journalism and pursuing politicians. He is the political correspondent for Channel 4 News.
Martin Hamilton works for education technology charity Jisc in London as a futurist. His role is all about generating and channelling new ideas, and building partnerships to bring them to fruition. He is particularly interested in the societal implications of ubiquitous robotics and artificial intelligence, and humanity's emergence as a true interplanetary species
Nick Hillman 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).
Jenny Shaw is Head of Student Services and Insight for Unite Students, where she has worked since 2012. Prior to this she worked at senior level in the UK higher education sector to widen participation in higher education and open up new pathways to university for marginalised groups.
She has worked for the universities of Hull, York St John and Middlesex, providing leadership for the Aimhigher and Lifelong Learning Networks programmes. Jenny has also provided consultancy to the HE Academy, the Equality Challenge Unit and Supporting Professionalism in Admission (SPA).
Jack established Studiosity in Australia in 2003 a decade or more before the idea of using technology to deliver personalized learning experiences became mainstream. His vision for the project was – and remains – to provide anytime, anywhere access to the highest quality, one-to-one learning support to all students, regardless of their geographic, socio-economic, cultural or other circumstances.
Jack’s pathway to becoming an edtech entrepreneur was somewhat convoluted. After finishing his undergraduate degree at Princeton University, Jack spent two years at Jesus College, Cambridge studying an M.Phil in the history of political theory with some of the leading minds in the field. Academia beckoned, but Jack was equally attracted to the business of journalism and he spent several years as a higher education journalist in Washington and Sydney.
As the first wave of internet-driven innovation gained steam, Jack saw tremendous opportunities to make learning more broadly accessible. Today Studiosity continues to innovate by bringing together the best in technology with some of the brightest minds in educational innovation. The organisation supports universities across Australia, New Zealand, Asia and now the United Kingdom, who are looking for new ways to improve the student learning experience and increase student retention rates.
In his spare time Jack is also the president of Friends of Libraries Australia, a mentor for the EduGrowth edtech incubator (funded by six Australian universities), and the alumni schools committee chair for Princeton University in Australia. His spare hours are taken up by training with his three teenaged children, all of whom play squash competitively.
Brunel University London
Directions to Brunel University London
Take the westbound Metropolitan Line to Uxbridge (approx. 40 mins from Baker Street station).
Or take the westbound Piccadilly Line to Uxbridge (approx. 45-50 mins from Earl's Court station).
You can then take a taxi, bus (see below for recommended bus services) or walk to campus.
From Uxbridge bus station (next to underground station)
U3 (alight Cleveland Road)
U1 to West Drayton, U4 and U7 (alight Kingston Lane)
222 and U5 (alight Cowley Road)
A10 Heathrow Fast, every 15 minutes, journey time approx. 25 minutes (alight The Greenway and use river footpath to campus)
From West Drayton railway station
U1 (alight Kingston Lane)
222 (alight Cowley Road)
West Drayton (First Great Western Link) is the nearest mainline station, approx 1.5 miles from the campus.
Services run from London Paddington (approx. 20 mins journey time) or from the West (Bristol).
West Ruislip Station (Chiltern Railways) is the mainline service from London Marylebone (approx. 20 mins journey time) and the North (Aylesbury, Banbury and Birmingham) and is approx. 4 miles from the campus.
Sat Nav users: Please enter the road address (Kingston Lane) and the postcode (UB8 3PN). You will be directed to Kingston Lane, which is very close to our main entrance. From there, please follow the signs.
From the M4: Leave the M4 at Junction 4, follow signs to Uxbridge (A408) and Brunel University. Those taking the M25 should join the M4 or M40.
From the A40/M40: At Swakeleys Roundabout take B483 exit to Uxbridge. Follow signs across two mini-roundabouts.
There will be free parking on campus for partners and delegates and a designated area will be allocated nearer the time, but there will be plenty of signage and stewards on duty.