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International enhancement conference - day 1 keynote

Date: May 20 - 2020

We are incredibly excited to confirm that Professor Mary Stuart, CBE  (Vice Chancellor, University of Lincoln) will deliver the opening keynote on day one of our online international enhancement conference, 'Learning from disruption: exploring what counts in higher education'.

Founder of the 21st Century Lab, examining higher education’s response to changing society in our time, Mary has worked in leadership roles at several universities and has helped develop the University of Lincoln significantly, culminating this year in establishing a new Medical School. In 2018, Mary was named as The Guardian’s ‘Most Inspiring Leader in Higher Education’ and was awarded a CBE for her services to higher education. Find out more about Mary.


Entitled 'Universities in the 21st Century – purpose in a changing world', Mary’s keynote will outline some of the key findings of the work carried out by the 21st Century Lab over the last three years. Their recently published manifesto on the purpose of universities in the 21st century sets out a series of ten interrelated grand challenges based on observations a fifth of the way into the 21st century.

Posing a number of questions for our sector to explore in our changing society, including how we prepare students for uncertainty and risky futures, Mary’s presentation will be followed by a live Q&A session.

Full details of Mary’s keynote paper are available in the conference programme.


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