Renowned philosopher and author to share insights at UCS education conference

The challenges posed for the future of education in a complex and uncertain world will be addressed by renowned philosopher and author Anthony Clifford Grayling at a free University Centre Shrewsbury (UCS) event.

The UCS team is delighted to welcome Professor AC Grayling CBE to Guildhall, its learning and research base, on Tuesday February 13, 2018. Prof Grayling will deliver a keynote speech as part of ‘The Evolution of Education Conference’.

The event, running from 9.30am to 4pm, will also feature a keynote address from Professor Tim Wheeler, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Chester, as well as breakout and panel sessions.

Professor Anna Sutton, Provost of UCS, said: “This conference will explore what educators need in terms of knowledge, skills and understanding and what students need to be learning in an increasingly unpredictable and complicated world. 

“We are honoured that Prof Grayling will be joining us at UCS to share his insights.”

AC Grayling is the Master of the New College of the Humanities, London, and its Professor of Philosophy, and the author of more than 30 books of philosophy, biography, history of ideas, and essays. He is a columnist for Prospect magazine, and was for a number of years a columnist on the Guardian and Times. He has contributed to many leading newspapers in the UK, US and Australia, to BBC Radio 4, 3, 2 and the World Service, for which he did the annual Exchanges at the Frontier series, and he has often appeared on television.

He has twice been a judge for the Booker Prize, in 2015 serving as the Chair of the judging panel. He is a Vice President of the British Humanist Association, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.

Prof Wheeler was appointed Principal of University College Chester in 1998 and became the first Vice-Chancellor of the University of Chester in 2005. He has published more than 100 articles, books and research reports in a diverse range of areas including psychopharmacology, dyslexia, communications and safety. He was formerly Deputy Chair of the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS), was an executive member of the North West Regional Assembly and Chair of the North West Universities’ Association.

Admission to ‘The Evolution of Education Conference’ is free, but booking is essential. To reserve a place go to https://evolutionofeducation.eventbrite.co.uk or www.ucshrewsbury.ac.uk/public-events.

Alternatively, people can visit the reception at Guildhall in Frankwell Quay (SY3 8HQ) which is open from 9am to 5pm Monday to Thursday and from 9am to 4pm on Fridays, or call 01743 297185.

The conference is part of the DarwIN Shrewsbury Festival, and a wider series of events at UCS covering a range of subjects. Many of the events are free, and they are open to everyone. For further details go to www.ucshrewsbury.ac.uk/public-events. 

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