Questions are increasingly being asked about the 'value' of arts and the humanities in the context of higher education. As part of our Festival Focus Day, What Have Universities Ever Done For Us?, our speakers demonstrate the integral contribution of arts, culture and the humanities to society.
Speakers include Philip Long of V&A Dundee; Faye Taylor of the Association of Commonwealth Universities; Helen Smith and Omar Shahryar of the University of York; and Tim Leigh of Stage One Creative Services Ltd.
Our Festival Focus Day is presented in collaboration with the UPP Foundation and HE for Research Professional. If you can, why not join us for the whole day?
Please note: The times for this event are different to those advertised in the Festival brochure.
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About the speakers
Philip Long is Director of V&A Dundee, responsible since 2011 for the development, opening and now operation of this new international design museum, founded through the partnership of the University of Dundee, Abertay University, Dundee City Council, Scottish Enterprise, and the Victoria & Albert Museum. Throughout his career he has contributed to the development of many arts, education and academic organisations. Previously he was Senior Curator at National Galleries Scotland, with a specialisation in historical and contemporary Scottish and wider British art and design, producing numerous research-based exhibitions and publications. He curated Scotland’s presence at the Venice Biennale in 2007 and was responsible for the UK presentation at the Milan Design Triennale in 2015. He is an Honorary Professor of the University of Dundee, an Honorary Research Fellow of St Andrews University, a member of the British Council’s Advisory Committee for the Arts and Creative Economy, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. He studied as an artist.
Helen Smith is Professor of Renaissance Literature and Head of the Department of English and Related Literature at the University of York. She is especially interested in how books are made and used, and has been building a replica printing press as part of her research. She is the author of Grossly Material Things: Women and Book Production in Early Modern England (Oxford University Press, 2012), which was awarded the Roland H. Bainton Literature Prize, by the Sixteenth-Century Society and Conference, and the DeLong Book History Prize, awarded by the Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing. Helen is co-editor of Renaissance Paratexts (Cambridge University Press, 2011; paperback, 2014), The Oxford Handbook of the Bible in Early Modern England, c. 1530-1700 (Oxford University Press, 2015), and Conversions: Gender and Religious Change in Early Modern Europe (Manchester University Press, 2017).
Dr Faye Taylor is Head of Strategic Partnerships at the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU). Faye works with Commonwealth governments and international organisations to strengthen the profile and role of higher education in sustainable development. She is responsible for the development of the Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan (CSFP), including the Queen Elizabeth Commonwealth Scholarships, an inter-governmental scheme that supports academic mobility between Commonwealth countries. Prior to joining the ACU, Faye worked for University Alliance and Cumberland Lodge, and lectured at King's College London and the University of Nottingham where she also gained her PhD in Medieval European History.
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