Guest Speaker Series

Discover the great line-up of guest speakers we will be hosting on our campuses. In order to ensure that our students never lose sight of the different reality that so many others in the world experience on a daily basis, we feel it is important to expose them to first hand testimony from people with personal stories that challenge their world view.

Talks have so far covered topics as diverse and wide ranging as environmental issues, race relations, human and civil rights, conflict and reconciliation, science, the problem of homelessness and even Ancient Greek philosophy!

Many of our speakers are household names such as IVF pioneer Professor Lord Robert Winston, politician Vince Cable, Pascal Couchepin and David Lammy, feminist and academic Germaine Greer, pioneer Bertrand Piccard, astronaut Al Worden, journalists Jon Snow, Nick Robinson and Gary Gibbon, cartoonists Chappatte and Plantu, authors Gillian Slovo and John Carlin, Nobel prizewinner Jacques Dubochet, and athletes Hannah Cockcroft, Graeme Le Saux or Howard Gayle.

Others, such as Holocaust survivor Eva Schloss, human rights activist Marina Litvinenko, and anti-FGM activist Leyla Hussein deserve more recognition. Click here for the full list of past speakers.

When possible, we will endeavour to livestream the conferences. Those lectures that are open to the public (by registration only) will be indicated by a link next to each speaker. 

Upcoming 2022-2023 Speakers (Coming soon)

Speaker Date & Time Description

Dawn Butler

Photo: Richard Townshend

Date TBC

Time TBC

Dawn Butler is a British Labour Party politician and the Member of Parliament for Brent Central since 2015. From 2009 to 2010, she served as Parliamentary Secretary to the Cabinet Office and Minister for Young Citizens and Youth Engagement in Gordon Brown’s government. In 2016 and 2017, she was appointed to the role of Shadow Minister for Black and Minority Ethnic Communities, and then served as Shadow Secretary of State for Women and Equalities.

Butler has received a number of awards for her work in support of underrepresented people. In 2020, she was named one of the 25 most influential women in the UK by Vogue.


Past Speakers