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Speakers and Former Speakers

Julie Arliss

Julie Arliss

Julie Arliss lectures at King’s College and works in close association with Oxford University and Exeter University. She organises and lectures at the best attended student study days in the UK for 15 – 19 year olds. Internationally she works with students in Australia, New Zealand and Singapore and is the joint author of a number of books and academic articles including The Thinker’s Guide to Evil. She is regularly invited to be the keynote speaker at events and recently gave the Hobhouse Lecture. She is Principal Examiner in Cambridge combining a strong commitment to young people with academic rigour.

Professor Martin Rees

Professor Martin Rees

Professor Martin Rees is President of the Royal Society, Astronomer Royal, and Master of Trinity College, Cambridge and in 2005 was nominated to the House of Lords as a Cross Bench Peer.

Martin Rees' current research deals with cosmology and astrophysics, especially gamma ray bursts, galactic nuclei, black hole formation and radiative processes and also cosmic structure formation, especially the early generation of stars and galaxies that formed at the end of the cosmic dark ages' more than 12 billion years ago relatively shortly after the "Big Bang". He studied at Cambridge University, and then held post-doctoral positions At Cambridge, California and Princeton before becoming a Professor at Sussex University. In 1973, he became a fellow of King's College and Plumian Professor of Astronomy and Experimental Philosophy at Cambridge, a post he held for eighteen years. For ten years, he was director of Cambridge's Institute of Astronomy. He has worked and travelled extensively overseas and has won many awards for his research. Apart from his specialised writing, he has written many general articles, and several books, including 'Before the Beginning' , 'Just Six Numbers', Our Final Century' and (just published) 'Gravity's Fatal Attraction'.

Professor Tom Greggs

Professor Tom Greggs

After being awarded a starred Double First Class Honours Degree from Oxford Tom completed his Phd at Cambridge. He has taught at Manchester Grammar school but is now a university lecturer and researcher with a commitment to making his work accessible to young people. He has a weekly slot on radio 4 and holds various political offices at local regional and national levels with a general focus on education policy. He is widely regarded as a ‘rising star’.

Professor Keith Ward

Professor Keith Ward

PROFESSOR KEITH WARD is Regius Professor Emeritus of Divinity at Oxford and was Professor of the History and Philosophy of Religion at King's College, London. He is a Fellow of the British Academy and a member of the Executive Council of the Royal Institute of Philosophy.

Dr. John Frye

Dr. John Frye

DR. JOHN FRYE is chief examiner for the Cambridge Pre-U Philosophy paper and principle examiner for A level. In addition he is the chairman of the Morris Minor club, has a black belt in Karate, plays concert standard violin and is currently working on his first Science Fiction novel. He has an awesome intellect and a very engaging wit. He is well known for offering academic lectures which never fail to entertain and inform.

Dr Stephen-Law

Dr. Stephen Law

Previously the Junior Research Fellow in Philosophy at Queen’s College, Oxford, Dr Stephen Law is now the Provost of the Centre for Enquiry UK, and Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at Heythrop College, University of London. He is the editor of the Royal Institute of Philosophy Journal Think, and has published a wide range of literature in Philosophy, and has a gift for producing work that is both academic and popular.

Dr. Julian Baggini

Dr. Julian Baggini

Dr. Julian Baggini is one of Britain's foremost philosophers and a highly respected international academic. He is and energetic and enthusiastic lecturer who works widely with sixth form groups where he is able to make his work colourful visual and accessible to students. He lectures internationally and is widely published in the field. In addition he edits the Philosophy Magazine.

Tim Mawson

Dr. Tim Mawson

Dr. Tim Mawson was educated at St Peter's College and then The Queen's College in Oxford. He held a number of temporary lectureships at other Oxford colleges before returning to St Peter's in 1998, where he is now one of two Philosophy Fellows. He is currently Secretary to the British Society for the Philosophy of Religion. Tim will be lecturing for Richard Huish student conferences in the next academic year

Mark Lewney

Dr Mark Lewney

Dr Mark Lewney, the Rock Doctor, is a guitar physicist. He has appeared on Radio 4's Material World, on BBC's Newsnight and on BBC's Xchange! as well as on the Money Programme. He lectures around the UK, being introduced as a cross between Einstein and Jimi Hendrix. Mark has conducted a tour for the Institute of Physics, featured in the Guardian and Physics World and also performed at the Tokyo International Science Festival.
"A cross between Einstein and Jimi Hendrix"
"A gust of fresh air" Times Higher Education Supplement

Dr Andrew Pinsent

Dr Andrew Pinsent

Research Director of the Ian Ramsey Centre for Religion and Science, Oxford University

Dr Pinsent is a former particle physicist at Oxford University, being a named author on thirty-one papers of the DELPHI experiment at CERN and a member of the United Kingdom Institute of Physics. Dr Pinsent left CERN to run his own consultancy business, was later ordained and, after completing a second doctorate in philosophy, became the Research Director of the Ian Ramsey Centre for Science and Religion, a Research Fellow of Harris-Manchester College and a member of the Faculty of Theology and Religion at Oxford. He is ‘interested in everything’ and visits schools to encourage the young to be ambitious and courageous in their thinking. He is committed to a broad view of education in which gifted students can maximise their full potential.

Professor Roger Scruton

Professor Roger Scruton

Roger Scruton is a philosopher and public commentator. He is widely published with popular works such 'I Drink Therefore I am'; 'A Philosopher's Guide to Wine' and 'The Uses of Pessimism'. As a political and cultural commentator he is often interviewed on TV and is famously outspoken with views which never fail to challenge public perceptions. He is a fellow of both the Royal Society of Literature and of the British Academy and is currently a visiting professor at the University of St Andrews and Oxford University. Professor Scruton has an enduring interest in gifted education and runs an exclusive 'conversation' group for students who really want to think, and not just to pass exams, at Oxford University. He is patron of the UK Philosothon movement where students meet to have conversations about big ideas. This is a unique opportunity for gifted co-ordinators to hear Professor Scruton share his thoughts and ideas about how best to cultivate gifted students in a school environment.
"There are few more valuable thinkers in Britain - or indeed, the world - today." - Bryan Appleyard, The Sunday Times.

Professor Raymond Tallis

Professor Raymond Tallis

Professor Raymond Tallis was identified by the Economist magazine as one of the world’s leading polymaths. He began his academic life at Oxford University, where he studied Medicine, before working as a physician and clinical scientist. He is now a full-time writer with 23, mainly philosophy, books to his name; a poet, with 3 published volumes; and a novelist. A recent work ‘Aping Mankind: Neuromania, Darwinitis and the Misrepresentation of Humanity’ (2011) was a Guardian Book of the Year. Professor Tallis is also a widely respected academic and cultural critic with over two hundred scientific articles and in addition many pieces published in magazines and newspapers such as Prospect and The Times Literary Supplement. He is a well known humanist, of great intellectual pedigree, famous for his engaging and inspiring talks. This is an opportunity not to be missed by all who are serious about understanding and cultivating gifted students in our schools.
"One of the most intriguing figures in the current intellectual scene." - The Times Higher Education Supplement

Katherine Alpert

Katherine Alpert

Katherine Alpert is the Founder and Director of the St Laurence’s College (SLC) Centre for Gifted and Talented Education, the first school-based centre for gifted education in Australia. Having graduated high school and commenced university studies at the age of eleven and completed three university qualifications by the age of 18, Katherine chose to dedicate herself to enhancing the quality of education and developmental opportunities available to students in the schooling system. Her work is at the forefront of educational initiatives in Gifted and Talented Education, with unique strategies for implementing classroom differentiation, acceleration, and talent development programs, supported by pastoral care programs to enhance metacognitive awareness and emotional well-being as well as advocacy programs to enhance social awareness and activist capacities. Katherine’s approach is renowned for facilitating the growth of strong empowered students with a social conscience and an unwavering commitment and ability to leave their own indelible imprint on the world around them.

Peter Baron

Peter Baron

Writer and author of 'Philosophical Investigations' website speaks at Academy Conference Teacher event.

Brian Poxton

Brian Poxton

Brian Poxton, Wells Cathedral School, teacher trainer in Australia, participates in discussion at Academy Conferences Teacher event.

Professor Daphne Hampson

Professor Daphne Hampson

Daphne Hampson is Professor Emerita of Divinity at the University of St Andrew’s, an Associate of the Department of Theology and Religion at Oxford University, and a Life Member at Clare College, Cambridge. She has published widely on Post-Christian thought with an emphasis on feminist criticism, combining her commitment to theological realism with an ethical critique of Christian mythology. Her latest work focuses on the role of religion in contemporary Western society, the underrepresented field of Lutheran thought, and an introductory exposition on the work of Kierkegaard.

Professor Johannes Zachhuber

Professor Johannes Zachhuber

Professor Johannes Zachhuber is an historical and systematic theologian specialising in the Eastern Patristic tradition of theology, and modern theology from the Reformation to the present. His recent published works include comprehensive treatments of 19th Century German thought in relation to theology, philosophy, and individuality. He supervises a wide range of graduate research projects at Oxford University where he is a Fellow and Tutor in Theology at Trinity College.

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