High profile speaker events

Studying in the School of Social Policy will give you the opportunity to hear from high profile speakers on a variety of subjects.

Past and previous events

Professor Pete Alcock, Director of the Third Sector Research Centre

Social Policy lecturer, Professor Pete Alcock, presented the 'Big Society' lecture at Park House. Pete is head of the Third Sector Research Centre in the School of Social Policy, along with social policy lecturers Rob Macmillan and Iain Snelling.

Dr Anthony Seldon, Priestley Lecture 2013

Dr Anthony SeldonDr Anthony Seldon delivered the Priestley Lecture on 'Why the development of character is more important than exam results in schools'. Anthony Seldon is Britain’s best known Headmaster and is the acclaimed biographer of recent prime ministers and author of 30 books on contemporary history and policy.

Professor Steven Vertovec, Director of the Max-Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity, Gottingen.

Steven VertovecProfessor Steven Vertovec delivered a guest lecture on 'Diversification and 'diversity': configurations, representations and encounters', and explored his ideas around 'superdiversity'. This event also launched the Institute for Research into Superdiversity (IRiS).


Social Democracy and its Future

Robert Page and Roy Hattersley at the Social Democracy and its Future eventRoy Hattersley, Labour MP for Birmingham Sparkbrook from 1964-1997 and Deputy Leader of the Labour Party from 1983-1992, was a key speaker at this event held in June 2012. It was organised by Robert Page (School of Social Policy) and Emma Foster (School of Government and Society), in association with Emma Anderson at Political Quarterly.

Professor Roy Bhaskar, Director of the International Centre for Critical Realism

Roy BhaskarProfessor Roy Bhaskar delivered a guest lecture on 'Critical Realism, Interdisciplinarity and Wellbeing. Much of Roy's work has been concerned with applying a critical realist approach to concrete issues of interdisciplinary research, both within and beyond the field of social science, for example, turning a critical realist lens on the complex issues surrounding climate change.

Professor Al Roth, Nobel Prize Winner

Professor Al Roth, Nobel Prize WinnerNobel Prize Winner, Professor Al Roth delivered a guest lecture to students, staff and alumni focusing on 'The New Economics of Matchmaking and Market Design'.



David Smith, Economics Editor of the Sunday Times

David Smith, Economics Editor of the Sunday TimesDavid Smith, Economics Editor of the Sunday Times, delivered a guest lecture entitled 'An age of instability: The crisis and the changing shape of the world economy'. Before his current position as Economics Editor, David had previously held the position of Economics/Business Writer for Now! magazine.

Future events

If you are interested in what is happening across the University, take a look at the main Events page.