Keynote Speakers

We are delighted to announce the following keynote speakers for HEIR 2020:

Chris HusbandsProfessor Sir Chris Husbands is a university leader, academic, educationist and public servant. He has served as Vice-Chancellor of Sheffield Hallam University since January 2016. Prior to joining Sheffield Hallam, Chris was Director of the Institute of Education (2007-2015) and Vice-Provost at University College London (2014-2015). Sir Chris is also Chair of the Teaching Excellence and Student Outcomes Framework (TEF) and Chair of the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) Board, Yorkshire Universities Board, and the Doncaster Opportunity Area Partnership Board. In addition, he was appointed to the board of UUK in August 2019.


Eliza Kozman picEliza Kozman is Deputy Director (Research) at the Centre for Transforming Access and Student Outcomes (TASO) which is an affiliate What Works centre set up to tackle inequality in higher education. Formerly, she worked for the Behavioural Insights Team where she designed and implemented a range of research projects with a focus on reducing inequality in education. Eliza is undertaking a PhD at University College London where her work focuses on how role models can help tackle identity-based barriers to education. Eliza has a strong interest in social mobility and a background in higher education policy.


David KernohanDavid Kernohan is an Associate Editor of Wonkhe. Until June 2016, he worked at Jisc as a programme manager and senior codesign manager, after being seconded from HEFCE in 2006. He has also worked for the University of Glamorgan (now the University of South Wales). As Associate Editor, David has responsibility for the development and delivery of a variety of editorial content. His key areas of wonkishness include teaching quality enhancement policy, funding policy, sector agency politics and history, research policy, and the use of technology and data in Higher Education. David has written for Wonkhe since its foundation, and also maintains a personal blog.


Nona McDuff is the Pro Vice-Chancellor, Students and Teaching at Solent University. She was awarded an OBE for her services to diversity in higher education and is a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. She has served as a panel member of the Teaching Excellence and Student Outcomes Framework (TEF) as the widening participation expert and was part of the ministerial Social Mobility Advisory Group convened to widen access and improve success for disadvantaged and under -represented groups. As chair of the Higher Education Race Action Group (HERAG) with over 400 members, Nona was invited to address the All Party Parliamentary Group on Higher Education on diversity in academia where she challenged the ministers to take active steps to promote social justice through education. Nona’s research interests include inclusive curricula and differential attainment. 

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