Prebend House Advanced Studies Seminars

In 2013 the School of Humanities at the University of Buckingham inaugurated a new Advanced Studies seminar series, underpinning its culture of research and teaching, and reflecting the University’s commitment to independence. The series seeks to stimulate leading-edge and innovative thinking and serves as a beacon of intellectual inquiry to the growing number of research students in the School. The Advanced Studies seminar series is held in our newly refurbished Prebend House building, throughout the Buckingham academic year, on selected Thursdays.

Our guests are leading public intellectuals, leading academics and figures of influence and significance in the public world. They are asked to present academic staff and their postgraduate students with a short paper or speech (ideally lasting about thirty minutes and usually starting at 16:15 with a 17:30 finish; refreshments are available from 16:00). Speakers are invited on the specific understanding that because the University of Buckingham has a strong commitment to academic independence, we will always welcome controversial or provocative presentations (although an invitation to speak would not imply an endorsement of the positions that were put to us). Papers or speeches lead to a ‘round table’ style discussion of the topic, chaired by Professor Anthony Glees.

Autumn term 2017

The plan for the Autumn Term 2017 is as follows:

Speaker Title of Seminar Date
Professor James Boys
Richmond International University, London
The USA Today: Trump, the “Special Relationship” and the Security of the West Thursday 12 October, 16:15
Herr Jean-Bernard Lacroix
Minister and Representative of the German Intelligence Service in London (BND)
The BND and the Future of European Security Thursday 19 October, 16:15
Dr Taj Hargey
Director of the Muslim Educational Centre of Oxford, and Imam of the Oxford Islamic Congregation
Defeating Islamism Thursday 26 October, 16:15
Mr Mark Seddon
Former Advisor and Director of Communications to Ban Ki-moon, Secretary General of the United Nations (2007-2016); Former Editor of Tribune & New York Bureau Chief of Al Jazeera
Global Security Needs and the Role of the UN Today Thursday 2 November, 16:15

All staff and students are welcome to attend the seminars.

Previous seminars

Speaker Title of Seminar Date
Dr Jonathan Leader Maynard, Departmental Lecturer in International Relations, DPIR & New College; Research Associate, Oxford Institute for Ethics, Law and Armed Conflict, University of Oxford UK Security after Brexit: an Oxford Don’s Perspective Thursday 20 April 2017
Ian Acheson, former Governor, HMP Erlestoke; Head of Youth Justice Board; Head of Drugs, Crime and Counter-Terrorism West of England; currently Director of the Equality and Human Rights Commission Islamism in UK prisons: my Report for the then Minister of Justice, Rt Hon Michael Gove MP Thursday 27 April 2017
Evgenia Karatari, Open Source Intelligence Analyst, EU Intelligence and Situation Centre (INTCEN) at the European External Action Service (EEAS), Brussels Working for INTCEN and the EEAS Thursday 4 May 2017
The Rt Hon. Baroness Pauline Neville-Jones DCMG PC, former Minister for UK Security Contemporary Security Issues in the Trump-Brexit Environment: a former Security Minister and Senior Diplomat reflects Thursday 11 May 2017
The Rt Hon. Alistair Burt MP, former Minister of State, Department of Social Security; Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Foreign and Commowealth Office Britain’s Foreign Policy Challenges [tbc] Thursday 18 May 2017
Prof Chris Grey FAcSS, Professor of Organisation Studies, School of Management, Royal Holloway University of London How was Bletchley Park organized and what lessons can we learn from it? Thursday 25 May 2017
Professor Adrian Kendry, formerly Chief Economist at NATO Global Security, the Trump Presidency, NATO and Europe 2 March 2017
Greig Baker, CEO Guide Intelligence, formerly director ComRes Polling How to Lobby Successfully 23 February 2017
Claire Smith, Claire Smith Consulting, ex-FCO Who Matters More, the FCO or the Intelligence Community? 16 February 2017
Detective Chief Superintendent Richard List, Chief, Thames Valley Police Intelligence and Special Operations Unit Policing, History, Change and Intelligence 9 February 2017
Geoffrey van Orden, MEP, MBE The Future of NATO 2 February 2017

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