Independent Commission on the College of the Future/ British Academy seminar

This event brings together Experts from across the UK and internationally to ask: what do we want and need from our colleges from 2030 onwards?

Date: Wednesday 18 September

Time: 2pm - 4pm

Location: British Academy, 10-11 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5AH.


  • Chaired by Sir Ian Diamond, Chair of the Independent Commission on the College of the Future

  • Petri Haltia, Senior Ministerial Adviser, Ministry of Education and Culture (Finland)

  • Dr James Wilson, Research Director, Orkestra - Basque Institute of Competitiveness (Basque, Spain)

  • Andrew Brownlee, CEO, SOLAS (Republic of Ireland)

  • Professor Alison Wolf, Baroness Wolf of Dulwich, Sir Roy Griffiths Professor of Public Sector Management at Kingā€™s College London

  • Professor Lorna Unwin OBE, Professor Emerita (Vocational Education) at the UCL Institute of Education

  • Veronique Feijen, Policy Advisor, Dutch VET association (Netherlands)

About this event

There are seismic shifts happening across the UK - from demographic change, to technological revolution, from the changing demands of the labour market, to evolving attitudes and expectations of individuals. If we are to meet these challenges, then colleges will have to be at the heart of this.

The Independent Commission on the College of the Future, chaired by Sir Ian Diamond is a one-year UK-wide process which is asking what we want and need from our colleges, from 2030 onwards. The Commission will be reporting in Spring 2020, and is undertaking a wide range of engagement with key stakeholders over the course of the year.

The Independent Commission and the British Academy have come together to host a seminar exploring some of the key questions at the heart of this project, which are indeed fundamental societal questions. We have invited a range of national and international experts who will be engaging with these questions and discussing approaches that we can take across the four nations of the UK, and feeding in lessons and insights from their own experiences.

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