THE Live speakers

Phil Baty // THE
Phil Baty
Chief knowledge officer

Phil Baty is a leading international authority on university performance and strategy, with more than 22 years of experience in global higher education, including a decade as editor of the prestigious Times Higher Education World University Rankings and its derivative analyses. He is an award-winning journalist, a sought-after speaker and commentator, and the creator of the THE World Academic Summits. He can be found on Twitter at @phil_baty and @THEworldunirank 

Stephen Cave // University of Cambridge
Stephen Cave
Executive director, Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence
University of Cambridge

Dr Cave is executive director of the Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence (CFI), senior research associate in the Faculty of Philosophy, and fellow of Hughes Hall, all at the University of Cambridge. At CFI, he oversees a team of more than 20 researchers across five programmes on the nature and impact of artificial intelligence. His research focuses on the portrayal and ethics of intelligent machines. Previously, he earned a PhD in philosophy from Cambridge, then joined the British Foreign Office, as a policy adviser and diplomat.

Paul Chatterton // University of Leeds
Paul Chatterton
Professor of geography
University of Leeds

Paul Chatterton is a writer, researcher and campaigner. He is professor of urban futures in the School of Geography and director of the university’s Sustainable Cities Group, which launched the groundbreaking MSc in sustainable cities. He co-founded and lives in the award-winning low-impact housing co-operative Lilac, and helped to set up Leeds Community Homes to promote community-led housing. He co-founded the public charity Antipode, dedicated to research and scholarship in radical geography, and is an associate editor of the journal City.
Sarah Churchwell // School of Advanced Study, University of London
Sarah Churchwell
Chair of public understanding of the humanities
School of Advanced Study, University of London

Sarah Churchwell is professor of American literature and chair of public understanding of the humanities. Her literary journalism has appeared widely in newspapers including The New York Review of Books, New Statesman and Financial Times and she comments regularly on arts, culture and politics for television and radio, where appearances include Question Time, Newsnight and The Review Show. She has judged many literary prizes, including the 2017 Baillie Gifford Prize for Non-Fiction, and she was a co-winner of the 2015 Eccles British Library Writer’s Award.

Nicola Dandridge CBE // Office for Students
Nicola Dandridge CBE
Chief executive
Office for Students

Nicola Dandridge became the first chief executive of the Office for Students in September 2017. The OfS was fully established in April 2018 and is the public body that regulates the higher education sector on behalf of students. Prior to joining OfS, Nicola was chief executive of Universities UK, the representative organisation for the UK’s universities. Before that she was chief executive of the Equality Challenge Unit, the higher education agency that promotes equality and diversity for staff and students. She started her career as a lawyer working in private practice.

Kevin Fong // University College Hospital
Kevin Fong
Anaesthetist, helicopter emergency medical service doctor and Professor of Public Engagement for Science Technology & Medicine
University College Hospital

Kevin Fong is a free-range academic. He regularly escapes from higher education but always returns in the end. He is a doctor of medicine, specialising in anaesthesia and critical care and flies with Kent, Surrey, Sussex Helicopter Emergency Medical Service.

John Gill // THE
John Gill

John Gill has been editor of THE since March, 2012. He has previously held roles as news editor, deputy news editor and reporter with the magazine. John has been closely involved in the development of THE’s World University Rankings portfolio over the last eight years, and was called to give evidence to the recent parliamentary inquiry into teaching metrics.

Nick Hillman // Higher Education Policy Institute
Nick Hillman
Higher Education Policy Institute

Prior to joining HEPI in 2014, Nick Hillman worked for David Willetts MP (now Lord Willetts), then minister for universities and science, from 2007 to 2013, as chief of staff and then special adviser in the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills. In the 2010 general election, he was runner-up in the Cambridge constituency.

Glenn Hurst // University of York
Glenn Hurst
Assistant professor
University of York

In the Green Chemistry Centre of Excellence at York, Dr Hurst’s research focuses on green chemistry education together with using social media and game-based learning strategies to transform the student learning experience. He is chair of the Royal Society of Chemistry Higher Education Group. He was shortlisted by THE in the Most Innovative Teacher of the Year category in 2018, was highly commended in the Educate North Awards 2019 Teaching Excellence category, and has been recognised by Jisc as one of the top 10 social media superstars in higher education.

Diana Laurillard // UCL Institute of Education
Diana Laurillard
Professor of learning with digital technologies, London Knowledge Lab
UCL Institute of Education

Professor Laurillard founded the London Knowledge Lab at the UCL Institute of Education in 2005. Her research includes large-scale online communities of teacher-designers, and the use of specialised digital course design tools to enable teachers to create and share new pedagogies for using learning technology. She is currently running two Moocs on teacher development in digital course design. Previous roles include head of the government’s E-learning Strategy Unit and pro vice-chancellor for learning technologies and teaching at The Open University.

Sir Anton Muscatelli // University of Glasgow
Sir Anton Muscatelli
Principal and vice-chancellor
University of Glasgow

Professor Muscatelli, an expert in economics, has been in his current appointment since 2009 and fulfilled the same role at Heriot-Watt University from 2007-09. He chairs the Scottish Government’s Standing Council on Europe, is a member of the Scottish Government’s Council of Economic Advisers and a board member of the Scottish Funding Council. He chairs the Russell Group of British research universities and is a director of the Universities Superannuation Scheme.

Nick Petford // University of Northampton
Nick Petford
Vice-chancellor and chief executive officer
University of Northampton

Professor Petford is a former Royal Society university research fellow and fellow of Churchill College, Cambridge. Previously, he was pro vice-chancellor at Bournemouth University and, before that, professor of earth and planetary sciences at Kingston University. A geologist by training, with a DSc from the University of Liverpool, he has worked in industry and on academic and commercial research projects throughout the world. He has held visiting research appointments at the universities of Michigan and Vermont and Nasa, and is currently visiting professor at Macquarie University, Australia. He is a graduate of Harvard Business School.

Nicola Rollock // University of London
Nicola Rollock
Reader in equity & education, Goldsmiths
University of London

Duncan Ross // THE
Duncan Ross
Director of data and analytics

Duncan Ross has been a data miner since the mid-1990s. As director of data and analytics at THE, he oversees a team that generates university rankings and related data products. Prior to this, he led Teradata’s data science team in Europe and Asia, where he was responsible for developing analytical solutions across a number of industries, including warranty and root-cause analysis in manufacturing and social network analysis in telecommunications. In his spare time, Ross has been a city councillor, chair of a national charity, founder of an award-winning farmers’ market and one of the founding directors of the Institute of Data Miners. He is also a co-founder of DataKind UK, and regularly speaks on data science and social good.

Anna Vignoles // University of Cambridge
Anna Vignoles
Professor of education
University of Cambridge

Alongside her role in the Faculty of Education, Anna Vignoles is a fellow of the British Academy and a trustee of the Nuffield Foundation. She has extensive experience of using large-scale administrative data to study factors relating to pupil achievement and students’ outcomes from education. She has published widely on widening participation into higher education and on the socio-economic gap in pupil achievement. She has advised numerous government departments, and provided advice to Dame Shirley Pearce’s review of the Teaching Excellence and Student Outcomes Framework.

Jess Wade // Imperial College London
Jess Wade
Research associate
Imperial College London

Jessica Wade is a postdoctoral physicist at Imperial College London. She works on new materials for light emitting diodes and is involved in projects to improve diversity in science. She won the Institute of Physics (IOP) Early Career Physics Communicator Award (2015), the IOP Jocelyn Bell Burnell Medal and Prize (2016), the Imperial College Julia Higgins Medal and Award (2017) and the IOP Daphne Jackson Medal and Prize (2018), as well as being named by Nature as one of the 10 people who mattered in 2018.