Prebend House Advanced Studies Seminars

In 2013 the School of Humanities and Social Sciences 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 2018

The plan for the Autumn Term 2018 is as follows:

Speaker Title of Seminar Date
Alexis Long, Head of Security at Heathrow Security at Heathrow Today and Tomorrow Thursday 18 October, 16:00
Professor Helena (Lena) Farrand-Carrapico
Co-Director EU Law Programme, Aston University
Brexit, the Law and Security Thursday 25 October, 16:00
Mikkel Eriksen, Head of Section, Danish Centre for Prevention of Extremism, Ministry of Immigration and Integration, Denmark Considering Extremism in Denmark Thursday 1 November, 16:00
Samantha Newbery, Lecturer in Contemporary Intelligence Studies, School of Arts and Media Lead for International Recruitment Does Torture Work  Thursday 8 November, 16:00
Boris Volodarsky, former Colonel in Soviet Spetsnaz Force Understanding Russian Military Intelligence Activity  Thursday 15 November, 11:00

All staff and students are welcome to attend the seminars.

Previous seminars

Speaker Title of Seminar Date
Mr Dave Abrutat
Intelligence Expert
Sowing the Seeds of Doubt:  Propaganda from WW1 to the Present Day Thursday 8 March, 16:15
Detective Chief Superintendent Richard List
Head of Intelligence and Specialist Operations
Policing – Past, Present and Future Thursday 1 March, 16:15
OIG Seminar, Oxford Thursday 22 February, 16:15
Mr Jonathan Paris
MBI International, Consultant The Cheroff Group
President Trump’s America Thursday 15 February, 16:15
Professor Chris Westcott
KCL, former head of BBC’s Monitoring Service ‘OSINT’
OSINT Thursday 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
Global Security Needs and the Role of the UN Today Thursday 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 Security Thursday 26 October, 16:15
Dr Taj Hargey
Director of the Muslim Educational Centre of Oxford, and Imam of the Oxford Islamic Congregation
Defeating Islamism Thursday 19 October, 16:15
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
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
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 Thursday 18 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
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
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
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