Speeches and published articles

A selection of the Vice-Chancellor's speeches and policy articles.

A selection of the Vice-Chancellor's speeches and policy articles.

A-level reform should be part of the university admissions rethink” – a full version of an opinion piece published in The Times, 18 January 2020.

Next year’s A levels should be cancelled” – joint article with Professor Sir Chris Husbands, Vice-Chancellor of Sheffield Hallam University published in The Times, 20 September 2020 (article behind paywall)

Birmingham Inspires” - The Vice-Chancellor’s presentation to the University Annual Meeting, March 2019, which included a special film promoting Quest, a campaign through which the University is reinforcing the visibility and reach of the University’s work to international audiences.

Universities and the democratisation of knowledge” – a speech given at the Sir Robert Menzies Oration on Higher Education, delivered at the University of Melbourne, 7 May 2018.

The Birmingham Effect” – the Vice-Chancellor’s presentation to the University Annual Meeting, March 2018
(Additional information is in the speaking notes)

Trump and Brexit have triggered two deep constitutional crises” – article for The Conversation, 29 January 2018

Birmingham Global” – the Vice-Chancellor’s presentation to the University Annual Meeting, including the launch of the University’s latest economic impact report, 9 March 2017.

"A global university in the heart of an ambitious city" - a presentation given at the University Annual Meeting exploring the many points of contact between the University and the city of Birmingham, 12 March 2015.

"Collaborating through responsive relationships" - a speech given at a China-Birmingham investors' summit describing the University's approach to working with our partners in China, 28 October 2014.

"Chancellor's Dinner" - speech given following the installation of Lord Bilimoria as the University's new Chancellor, discussing the global partnerships and innovations that led to the University of the Year accolade, 17 July 2014.

"Democracy needs the Town Hall as much as it needs Westminster" - lecture at the House of Commons, 24 June 2014.

"Through a glass darly: what the future of higher education might be" - delivered at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, March 2014.

"Presidential Roundtable on Internationalisation hosted by FAPESP" - speech delivered as part of a delegation from the Universities of Birmingham and Nottingham to Brazil, October 2013.

"Resilience and Reform: Universities and the Modern World" - British Council Higher Education Conference 18 October 2012

"What Role can Universities Play in Supporting Economic Competitiveness?" - Urban Land Institute Event, Conservative Party Conference, 10 October 2012

"Urgently required: A White Paper to carry out the Browne vision" - Article published in Times Higher Education, 24 February 2011 (link opens the THE website)

"Higher Education Funding: Policy, Politics, and Possibilities" - HEPI Breakfast Speech, 15 February 2011

"Working with the Coalition: Higher Education" - Green Templeton Lecture, 7 February 2011

"Be Careful What You Wish For" - Full text of a briefer comment piece published on BBC Online, 9 December 2010, co-authored with Professor David Greenaway, Vice-Chancellor, University of Nottingham

"Who's Afraid of Student Choice?" - Article published in Times Higher Education, 11 November 2010 (link opens THE website)

"University Autonomy: Changing Times, Changing Challenges" - Speech to University Presidents' Forum entitled "The State and the Global University: Seeking an Optimal Relationship in Pursuit of Excellence", Shanghai, China, 11 October 2010

"Genius values teaching - so should the rest of us"  (link to PDF) - Commentary included in feature article "No apples for teachers" (link to THE website) published in Times Higher Education, 19 February 2009