Brexit: re-thinking the future of higher education in the UK

Hosted by European Institute and School of Public Policy

Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building, LSE


Professor Julia Black FBA

Professor Julia Black FBA

Professor Edward Byrne AC

Professor Edward Byrne AC

Nick Hillman

Nick Hillman


Dr Marina Cino Pagliarello

Dr Marina Cino Pagliarello

Although the outcomes of the Brexit are still uncertain, it is likely that the whole process will pose several challenges to the UK higher education sector. This event will gather academics, practitioners and stakeholders, who will discuss the potential impacts on higher education policies, academic institutions, and the future of research and innovation stemming from the UK’s departure from the European Union.

Julia Black FBA is Strategic Director for Innovation at the London School of Economics and Political Science.  She was previously the Pro Director for Research (2014-2019) and from 2016-17 also served as LSE’s Interim Director.  She is currently leading on the implementation of the LSE’s 2030 Strategy, on LSE’s entrepreneurship and commercialisation activities, and led the development of the LSE’s PhD Academy and the new School of Public Policy.   

Edward Byrne AC (@KingsCollegeLon) is President & Principal of King’s College London. Professor Byrne was a founding director of the Melbourne Neuromuscular Research Unit and the Centre for Neuroscience in 1993. His major research contributions have been in the field of mitochondrial medicine and neuromuscular disorders. Professor Byrne was previously appointed the Vice Provost (Health) at University College London (UCL). He held that position until becoming the eighth University President and Vice-Chancellor at Monash University in 2009. He also received Australia's highest honour, Companion of the Order of Australia, in 2014.

Nick Hillman (@nickhillman) has been the Director of HEPI since 2014. He worked for the Rt Hon David Willetts MP (now Lord Willetts), the Minister for Universities and Science, from 2007 until the end of 2013, as Chief of Staff and then Special Adviser in the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills. Previously, he was a History teacher and worked at the Association of British Insurers. At the 2010 general election, he was the runner-up in Cambridge.

Marina Cino Pagliarello is an ESRC Post-Doctoral Fellow in the European Institute where she also earned her Ph.D with a thesis on “Constructing the Europe of Knowledge? The role of ideas in the transformations of European education policy (1975-2010)”.

The LSE European Institute (@LSEEI) is a centre for research and graduate teaching on the processes of integration and fragmentation within Europe. In the most recent national Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014) the Institute was ranked first for research in its sector.

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