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). 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.

The plan for the Winter Term 2017 is as follows:

Speaker Title of Seminar Date
Geoffrey van Orden, MEP, MBE (commissioned into the Intelligence Corps, Colonel then Brigadier 1991; MEP since 1999 and Conservative spokesman in the European Parliament on Defence and Security) The Future of NATO Thursday 2 February, 17:00
NB later start time
Detective Chief Superintendent Richard List (Chief, Thames Valley Police Intelligence and Special Operations Unit) Policing, History, Change and Intelligence Thursday 9 February, 16:00
Claire Smith (Claire Smith Consulting, ex-FCO) Who Matters More, the FCO or the Intelligence Community? Thursday 16 February, 16:00
Greig Baker (CEO Guide Intelligence, formerly director ComRes Polling) How to Lobby Successfully Thursday 23 February, 16:00
Professor Adrian Kendry (formerly Chief Economist at NATO) Global Security, the Trump Presidency, NATO and Europe Thursday 2 March, 16:00

All staff and students are welcome to attend the seminars.

Previous seminars

Speaker Title of Seminar Date
Lord Kirkhope of Harrogate, MEP, former Home Office Minister and Conservative Party Whip Britain’s Security in the Post-Brexit Environment 10 November 2016
Sheikh Musa Admani, City University Radicalisation and Counter-Radicalisation 3 November 2016
Michael Knox CBE, former Head of Investigations, HM Customs and Excise Safeguarding Britain’s Borders: Drugs, Guns, Gems and Porn 27 October 2016
Dr David Strachan-Morris, University of Leicester Understanding Risk 20 October 2016
Professor Niels Poulsen, Director, Institute of Military History and War Studies, The Royal Danish Defense College Russian Politics and the History of the Second World War 13 October 2016
Professor Alan Woodward, University of Surrey Quantum Computing and Codebreaking 6 October 2016
David Rose, Journalist of the Year 2016 Shaker Aamer and Guantanamo Bay 2 June 2016
Rt Hon. Ben Bradshaw MP Labour’s Current Security Policy Dilemmas 26 May 2016
Lord Young of Cookham The Conservative Party Today: Britain, Europe and the World 5 May 2016
The Hon. James Elles, Chairman of the Trans-Atlantic Policy Network and former MEP for SE England The UK, the EU and the USA: Shaping a Relationship for the 21st Century 28 April 2016
Professor Roger Griffin, Oxford Brookes University The Role of “Heroic Doubling” in Terrorist Radicalisation 21 April 2016
Dr David Fowler, University of Cambridge From “Danny the Red” to the Angry Brigade: The British Intelligence Services and Student Radicalisation’, 1968-74 14 April 2016
Dr Adrian Husbands, The University of Buckingham Psychometric Testing: How it works, what it tells us 3 March 2016
David Abrutat, BUCSIS Fellow and security expert The Future of UAV Technology and Persistent Surveillance 25 February 2016
Colonel Dr Pierre Lethier, formerly of the French Foreign Intelligence Service France as a Target for Islamist Terrorism 18 February 2016
Mr Jonathan Paris, Consultant to the US Department of Defense The Middle East and Africa Today: Flashpoints 4 February 2016
Tim Marshall, former Foreign Affairs Editor and Diplomatic Editor, Sky News, and author of best-selling book Prisoners of Geography  Everything You Need to Know about Global Politics 19 November 2015
Simon Dukes, Chief Executive of CIFAS (the UK’s Fraud Prevention Service) and previously Head of Cyber at the Centre for the Protection of the National Infrastructure (the CPNI) What CIFAS Does: Why Its Work is so Vital to the UK 5 November 2015
Professor Alan Woodward, Professor of Computing at the University of Surrey, IT Advisor to Europol and The Commonwealth Secretariat Extremism, Serious Crime and Cyber: Current Concerns with Bitcoin
29 October 2015
Jim Jarvie OBE, Former Head of Operations (Customs and Immigration) UK Border Force, UK National Expert to the European Commission Investigating Immigration Crime, Money Laundering and the Drugs Trade 22 October 2015
Professor Jens Ritscher, Institute of Biomedical Engineering, The University of Oxford Imagery and Intelligence Gathering: My Time in German Military Intelligence 15 October 2015
The Rt Hon Lord Baker of Dorking CH PH (Home Secretary 1990-2) Britain’s Constitution and Britain’s Place in the World 3 June 2015
Expert Panel Current Security Concerns in the Middle East 28 May 2015
Charlie Edwards, Director of National Security, RUSI Serious Organised Crime in the UK and what we should do about it 21 May 2015
Keith Little, The British Government Stabilisation Unit The Edges of Conflict from Kazakhstan to Somalia 7 May 2015
Dr Adam Svendsen, Copenhagen Institute for Future Studies Intelligence and Strategy 23 April 2015
Thomas Kielinger OBE, Chief London Correspondent, Die Welt, and biographer of Winston Churchill Churchill 5 March 2015
John Bassett OBE, former Deputy Director, GCHQ Directions in British interception and cyber operations 2000 to 2030 26 February 2015
Sir Rod Braithwaite, KCMG, former Ambassador to the USSR Do we understand Russia, can there be an understanding with Russia? 19 February 2015
Rt Hon. Dominic Grieve QC, MP, former Attorney General Delivery of security and human rights
12 February 2015
Dr Jamie Shea, Assistant Secretary General to NATO, Brussels NATO and emerging security challenges 11 February 2015
Workshop The Syria Crisis: dynamics, policy and security implications 14 November 2014
Stephen Gale The “Surveillance Society” in the Internet Age 13 November 2014
Ian Acheson The challenge to our prison service posed by extremism 6 November 2014
Francis Morgan Delivery of security at Heathrow Airport
30 October 2014
Sir Nicholas Barrington The interaction between Islam, the West and British foreign policy in the 20th Century. Sir Nicholas will be talking about his memoir Envoy. 16 October 2014
Gill Bennett MA, OBE, FRHistS Winston Churchill, Desmond Morton & British Intelligence, 1935-45 15 May 2014
Dr Paul Graham The Psychology of Self-Deception : Lessons for Intelligence Studies? 8 May 2014
Mark Bishop The role for UK law enforcement overseas in a national security context 1 May 2014
Shiv Malik
Investigative Journalist, The Guardian & Author of Jilted Generation – How Britain has bankrupted its youth
The Messenger 24 April 2014
Reverend Canon Dr Michael Bordeaux, founder of Keston College, Oxford Understanding Russia from a Church Perspective 6 March 2014
Richard List, Detective Chief Superintendent and Head of Force Intelligence & Special Operations Policing & the New Intelligence Landscape 27 February 2014
Professor Gary Sheffield, University of Wolverhampton Battle Lines : A Military Historian’s View of the Centenary of the First World War 20 February 2014
Dr Phil Judkins, BUCSIS Fellow and Boffins TV Bletchley Park and the Interception of Communications 13 February 2014
Professor Jan-Hendrik Dietrich, Chair of Intelligence Law, Dept of Intelligence Studies, Federal German University of Applied Administrative Sciences Is Surveillance by Intelligence Services in Constitutional States Compatible with Law? 28 November 2013
Professor Geoff Sloan, University of Reading British Intelligence and the 1916 Irish Rebellion 21 November 2013
Rt Hon Hazel Blears MP Is Political Oversight of the UK Intelligence Community Working Well Enough? 13 November 2013
Professor Alan Woodward, University of Surrey Cyber, National Security and Intelligence 31 October 2013
Lord Charles Powell, Baron Powell of Bayswater, Foreign Policy Advisor to Margaret Thatcher Is Britain Still a “Global Power with Global Reach”? 17 October 2013
Tony Percy The Undercover Egghead: Sir Isaiah Berlin and Political Warfare 3 October 2013

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