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.

Spring term 2018

The plan for the Spring Term 2018 is as follows:

SpeakerTitle of SeminarDate
Gill Bennett MA, OBE, FRHistS
Russia and the West since 1917: The Continuities of HistoryThursday 19 April, 16:00
Detective Chief Superintendent Richard List
Chief, Thames Valley Police Intelligence and Special Operations Unit
Policing, History, Change and IntelligenceThursday 26 April, 16:00
Sir Andrew Wood GCMG
HM Ambasador to Russia 1995-2000, Associate Fellow Chatham House
Putin’s Russia and we should be making of itThursday 3 May, 16:00
Middle East expertCurrent Security Issues in the Middle EastThursday 10 May, 16:00
Herr Jean-Bernard Lacroix
Minister and Representative of the German Intelligence Service in London (BND)
The BND and the Future of European SecurityThursday 24 May, 16:00

All staff and students are welcome to attend the seminars.

Previous seminars

SpeakerTitle of SeminarDate
Mr Dave Abrutat
Intelligence Expert
Sowing the Seeds of Doubt:  Propaganda from WW1 to the Present DayThursday 8 March, 16:15
Detective Chief Superintendent Richard List
Head of Intelligence and Specialist Operations
Policing – Past, Present and FutureThursday 1 March, 16:15
OIG Seminar, OxfordThursday 22 February, 16:15
Mr Jonathan Paris
MBI International, Consultant The Cheroff Group
President Trump’s AmericaThursday 15 February, 16:15
Professor Chris Westcott
KCL, former head of BBC’s Monitoring Service ‘OSINT’
OSINTThursday 8 February, 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 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mark_Seddon
Global Security Needs and the Role of the UN TodayThursday 2 November, 16:15
Herr Jean-Bernard Lacroix
Minister and Representative of the German Intelligence Service in London (BND)
The BND and the Future of European SecurityThursday 26 October, 16:15
Dr Taj Hargey
Director of the Muslim Educational Centre of Oxford, and Imam of the Oxford Islamic Congregation http://www.meco.org.uk
Defeating IslamismThursday 19 October, 16:15
Professor James Boys
Richmond International University, London https://jamesdboys.com
The USA Today: Trump, the “Special Relationship” and the Security of the WestThursday 12 October, 16:15
Prof Chris Grey FAcSS, Professor of Organisation Studies, School of Management, Royal Holloway University of LondonHow was Bletchley Park organized and what lessons can we learn from it?Thursday 25 May 2017
The Rt Hon. Alistair Burt MP, former Minister of State, Department of Social Security; Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Foreign and Commowealth OfficeBritain’s Foreign Policy ChallengesThursday 18 May 2017
The Rt Hon. Baroness Pauline Neville-Jones DCMG PC, former Minister for UK SecurityContemporary Security Issues in the Trump-Brexit Environment: a former Security Minister and Senior Diplomat reflectsThursday 11 May 2017
Evgenia Karatari, Open Source Intelligence Analyst, EU Intelligence and Situation Centre (INTCEN) at the European External Action Service (EEAS), BrusselsWorking for INTCEN and the EEASThursday 4 May 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 CommissionIslamism in UK prisons: my Report for the then Minister of Justice, Rt Hon Michael Gove MPThursday 27 April 2017
Dr Jonathan Leader Maynard, Departmental Lecturer in International Relations, DPIR & New College; Research Associate, Oxford Institute for Ethics, Law and Armed Conflict, University of OxfordUK Security after Brexit: an Oxford Don’s PerspectiveThursday 20 April 2017

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