Useful (and useless) universities: a public lecture by Professor Geoff Mulgan CBE

02/03/2016, 18:30 - 19:30


Geoff Mulgan, Chief Executive of Nesta, will set out a vision of the future for universities. What value do universities bring in a World of Internet access to higher education, rapidly changing skill requirements across the economy and complex societal challenges? This public lecture will look at how universities could mobilise the talent of students to solve the problems of the communities they live in.

A drinks reception will take place between 17:45 and 18:30.

Professor Geoff Mulgan CBE is an adviser to many governments around the world, having held various roles in the UK government between 1997 and 2004, including director of the Government’s Strategy Unit and head of policy in the Prime Minister’s office. He is a visiting professor at LSE, UCL, Melbourne University; a regular lecturer at the China Executive Leadership Academy; and a senior visiting scholar at Harvard University, in the Ash Center at the Kennedy School.

He is currently chair of the Studio Schools Trust and the Social Innovation Exchange. He was the founder and director of the think-tank Demos and has also been Chief Adviser to Gordon Brown MP; a lecturer in telecommunications; an investment executive; and a reporter on BBC TV and radio. He has been a board member of the Work Foundation, the Health Innovation Council, Political Quarterly and the Design Council, and chair of Involve. He was the first Chief Executive of the Young Foundation, which became a leading centre for social innovation, combining research, creation of new ventures and practical projects.

His recent books include The Art of Public Strategy – Mobilising Power and Knowledge for the Public Good (OUP, 2008), Good and Bad Power: the ideals and betrayals of government (Penguin, 2006) and Connexity (Harvard Business Press and Jonathon Cape, 1998). His latest book The Locust and the Bee was published by Princeton University Press in March 2013. Read more on some of the ideas Geoff has been involved in over the years.

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Colum Drive
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