School of Education welcomes the Rt Hon Baroness Estelle Morris as its guest speaker for the 2014 Priestley Lecture.

Posted on Friday 28th March 2014
Prof. Julie Allan; Prof. James Arthur; Prof Edward Peck; Baroness Estelle Morris; Prof. Jane Martin; Prof. Ann-Marie Bathmaker and Dr Linda Watson

Professor Julie Allan, Professor James Arthur, Professor Edward Peck, Baroness Estelle Morris, Professor Jane Martin, Professor Ann-Marie Bathmaker and Dr Linda Watson

On Thursday 27th March 2014, the School of Education welcomed the Rt Hon Baroness Estelle Morris as its guest speaker for the 2014 annual Priestley Lecture. The event which attracted around 180 staff, students, alumni, partnership schools and guests including Michael Roden, the Principal of the new University Training School, was introduced by Professor James Arthur, Head of the School of Education.

Baroness Morris, former MP of Yardley, Birmingham and Secretary of State for Education and Skills, delivered a 45 minute speech addressing ‘Politics and Education – at a time of continuous change is there more continuity than we realise?’ Her interactive presentation invited the audience to vote on which of the education policies from the last six decades could be attributed to the Labour or Conservative political parties and concluded that: “If you take education out of politics, you cannot move on. If you take politics out of education, you will not realise dreams.” Professor Edward Peck, Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Head of the College of Social Sciences chaired a Q & A session which was followed by a drinks and canapés reception where guests could network.

The event was coordinated by the School of Education and the College of Social Sciences Marketing and Web Team. View the Twitter reaction following the event.

We look forward to welcoming you to the next Priestley Lecture.