What are universities for? Who are they for? How do they enhance society? Join Lord David Willetts, Executive Chair of the Resolution Foundation and former Minister for Universities and Science, and William Whyte, author of Redbrick: A Social and Architectural History of Britain’s Civic Universities, as they put the issues into context.
The session is introduced by Richard Brabner, Head of the UPP Foundation, and chaired by Rosemary Bennett, Education Editor at The Times.
William Whyte is Professor of Social and Architectural History at the University of Oxford and author of Redbrick: A Social and Architectural History of Britain's Civic Universities (2015). His other books include. Unlocking the Church: The Lost Secrets of Victorian Sacred Space (2017). He is working on The University: A Material History, for Harvard University Press.
William is Chair of the Oxford Historical Society and the Oxford Preservation Trust. He sits on the editorial board of the Oxford Review of Education and is a member of both the International Commission for the History of Universities and the UPP Civic Universities Commission.
The Rt Hon. Lord David Willetts is the Executive Chair of the Resolution Foundation. He served as the Member of Parliament for Havant (1992-2015), as Minister for Universities and Science (2010-2014) and previously worked at HM Treasury and the No. 10 Policy Unit.
Lord Willetts is a visiting Professor at King’s College London, a board member of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), a Board member of Surrey Satellites and of the Biotech Growth Trust. He is Chair of the British Science Association. He is a member of the Board of the Crick Institute and a Trustee of the Science Museum. He is an Honorary Fellow of Nuffield College, Oxford. He has been elected an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society. He is Chancellor of the University of Leicester. Lord Willetts has written widely on economic and social policy. His book The Pinch about fairness between the generations was published in 2010. His latest book A University Education is published by Oxford University Press.