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Annual Gladwyn Lecture 2016

Venue: Delegates' Lounge | Commonwealth Secretariat | Marlborough House | Pall Mall | London | SW1Y 5HX
Date: Wednesday 16th November 2016
Time: 18:00 – 20:00, with refreshments after lecture at the Blenheim room
Speaker: Lord Bilimoria of Chelsea CBE, DL
Chair: Mark Robinson


The UK's universities are among the best in the world – they have an impact on all aspects of life in the United Kingdom, and they’re vital for our future.

Higher Education is one of United Kingdom’s greatest exports. The total value of United Kingdom’s education and training exports to the UK economy at £14 billion, with a projection that this could rise as high as £26 billion by 2025. The UK's universities are among the best in the world – they have an impact on all aspects of life in the United Kingdom, and they’re vital for our future.

The research landscape in higher education is undergoing significant change, with the Stern review, the government's White Paper and Brexit all impacting on the research that takes place in universities.

Like research, admissions from international students will also have an impact. Curbs on overseas students have made UK a laughing stock – to control immigration by introducing restrictions on international students, such as tailoring student immigration rules to the quality of the institutions, is absolutely wrong.

The Autumn Conference 2016

The Autumn Conference 2016

Commonwealth Horizons: ‘Skills for the 21st Century’

Date: 27 October 2016 | Time: 10:00 – 19:30 | Venue: University of London and Reception at the Palace of Westminster

• How might education and training systems best respond to the ever-changing needs of the next generation of Commonwealth citizens?
• How might demographic change impact?
• What are the needs of employers?
• What are the aspirations and concerns of young people?

The first CEC Autumn Conference will consider all these challenging problems from the perspectives of education providers and policy makers, employers as well as the current generation young people.

Leading professionals, employers, education providers, international and UK students and policy makers are scheduled to attend.

There will also be a forum comprising students from across the Commonwealth


Quarterly Westminster Forum 8 Sep 2016

Border Crossings' new documentary film: Hidden Histories - Discovering Indigenous London, narrated by Oscar-winning actor Mark Rylance.

Date: 8 September 2016 | Time: 18:00 to 19:30 | Venue: Palace of Westminster

Hidden Histories responds to last summer's breath taking Origins Festival, which ran for three weeks across major London venues including the Southbank Centre, British Museum and Rich Mix. It unearths the stories of indigenous people of what are today Commonwealth countries, who travelled to London from the 15th century onwards.

Brexit provides opportunities for greater co-operation with Commonwealth members

Simon Hughes: Brexit provides opportunities for greater co-operation with Commonwealth members

Members and guests of the Council for Education in the Commonwealth attended a memorable occasion in Parliament on Wednesday last week when Sir Simon Hughes, former parliamentarian and now Head of Public Affairs at the Open University, shared with them some insights into politics, the Commonwealth and the future of education after post-compulsory schooling.

Educational Transformation in Namibia

Over fifty guests gathered at the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association, Westminster Hall, Palace of Westminster, London on Thursday, 26th May 2016 to hear Hon Professor Peter H Katjavivi, Speaker of the National Assembly of the Republic of Namibia and Founding Vice-Chancellor of the University of Namibia and Dr Becky Ndjoze-Ojo, Deputy Minister of Education talk about education reform in Namibia over the past twenty five years.

An Evening with the Rt Hon Sir Simon Hughes PC

Politics, The Commonwealth and The Future of Education after Compulsory Schooling

Date: Wednesday 29 June 2016 | Time: 17:45 to 19:00, followed by a network reception with refreshments from 19:00 to 19:45

Venue: Commonwealth Parliamentary Association Room, Westminster Hall, Palace of Westminster

Simon Hughes was one of the three Parliamentary Chairs of the Council for Education in the Commonwealth from 1989 to 2015 when he lost his Parliamentary seat. He succeeded David Alton (Liberal Democrat) as our Chair and has now been succeeded in turn by Mark Williams, the LD Member for Ceredigion.

Annual Conference 2016

Higher education and the challenge of the youth bulge for the Commonwealth: whither access and equity?

Date: 16 June 2016 | Time: 10:45 – 15:30 | Venue: The British Council, 10 Spring Gardens, London SW1 A2BN

This year’s Annual Conference will focus on the growing crisis in higher education provision across many Commonwealth countries, as countries struggle to meet the demand of the ever-increasing number of young people exiting secondary schools. The key areas that will be explored in relation to the challenges of access and equity include:

  • Alternative approaches to delivery
  • The employability of graduates
  • Maintaining quality assurance
  • Affordability and financing
  • The growth of the private sector
  • Open education resources, including MOOCs
  • The potential of international partnerships

Appointment of Trustees

Appointment of Trustees for the Council for Education in the Commonwealth

The Board of Trustees are seeking individuals to join its existing Board. At a time of growth and development, we are looking for individuals with substantial expertise in any one or more of the following and we would like to hear from you:

  • Financial Planning and Strategy
  • Fund Raising and Grant application bids
  • International Education Networks

An Evening with Professor Peter Katjavivi

Date: 26 May 2016 | Time: 18:00 to 20:00 | Venue: CPA UK, Westminster Hall, Palace of Westminster
Light refreshments will be served

To celebrate 25 years of Namibia’s independence and democracy, and to acknowledge this milestone, we are pleased to welcome Peter Katjavivi, Speaker of the National Assembly of Namibia, to present and discuss aspects of education and development in Namibia, since its independence from South Africa in 1990

Diary Dates

Save these dates - a series of lectures, seminars and events

Join Rt Hon Baroness Amos PC at our Annual Conference on June 16, 2016 at the British Council.