QMUL Teaching & Learning Conference and Drapers' Lecture 2016
Wednesday, 20 January 2016 from 12:30 to 20:00 (GMT)
Please register here for Queen Mary University of London's 2016 Teaching and Learning Conference and the tenth Annual Drapers' Lecture. When registering, please indicate whether you wish to come along to one or both of these events.
Further information about the Conference and the Drapers' Lecture can be found on the CAPD website.
Tenth Annual Drapers' Lecture: Baroness Tessa Blackstone
University challenge: can a broader curriculum help create more successful graduates?
In this lecture Baroness Blackstone will consider the Government’s recent Green Paper ‘Fulfilling our Potential’. She will examine the proposals for a Teaching Excellence Framework; she will then go on to make the case for a broader curriculum for students at both sixth form and undergraduate levels. Drawing on her experience of ministerial reforms of education, she will discuss the role that higher education institutions have played in narrowing students’ curricula through too great a focus on three ‘A’ levels. Once at university, the subjects that students study may bear little relation to the jobs that they will go on to do, so a broader approach to undergraduate programmes is needed. Baroness Blackstone will also consider what higher education institutions can do to better support graduates in their search for work when responding to the Government’s focus on employability.
Tessa Blackstone is Chairman of the Board of the British Library and of Great Ormond Street Hospital Foundation Trust. She also chairs the Orbit Group Board and co-chairs the Franco-British Council.
She was appointed Minister of State for Education and Employment in 1997 and Minister of State for the Arts in 2001. Between 2004 and 2011 she was Vice-Chancellor of the University of Greenwich. She was educated at Ware Grammar School and the London School of Economics. She became a Life Peer in 1987 and was opposition Spokeswoman in the House of Lords for Education and Science (1988-92); Treasury (1990-91); and Foreign Affairs (1992-97).
Between 1966 and 1975 Tessa Blackstone was a lecturer at the LSE. During the Wilson and Callaghan Governments she worked on the Central Policy Review Staff in the Cabinet Office. She was subsequently Professor of Educational Administration at the Institute of Education and then the Deputy Education Officer at the ILEA. In 1987, she was appointed Master of Birkbeck College. From 1987 to 1991 she was Chairman of the BBC’s General Advisory Council. She helped set up the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) and was its Founder Chairman for nine years. Her political interests are wide ranging; from social policy, education and foreign affairs to the Arts.
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When & Where
Centre for Academic and Professional Development, Queen Mary University of London
Queen Mary University of London is a member of the Russell Group and recognised as one of the world’s top 100 universities. We are one of the UK's leading research-focused higher education institutions. With around 17,840 students and 4,000 staff, we are one of the biggest University of London colleges.
The Centre for Academic and Professional Development provides excellent development opportunities across all areas of the University’s work, to staff and research students at QMUL and to other clients.