Ravensbourne
09 Nov 2017

Minister of State for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation, Jo Johnson speaks at Wonkhe’s inaugural festival

The Minister of State for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation, Jo Johnson joined Wonkhe Editor Mark Leach on stage at the inaugural Wonkfest, to discuss the future of higher education.

Ravensbourne hosted the Wonkhe-run festival between Monday 6 November and Tuesday 7 November, which saw more than 50 sessions run and over 60 speakers in attendance. The organisation derive their name from the slang term ‘policy wonk’, which refers to someone who looks into the technicalities of implementing a political policy. The festival invited higher education professionals from across the UK to engage in two days of lively debate about the future of universities and higher education policy.  

Monday’s events closed with Mr. Johnson taking to The Guardian Stage to discuss higher education with Wonkhe Editor, Mark Leach. Among the topics covered, the pair discussed the impact of the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) on universities, the importance of small, specialist education institutions and current issues surrounding higher education in the UK.

The festival also featured an awards ceremony which was introduced by Ravensbourne’s Director, Professor Linda Drew, who paid tribute to Wonkhe for their exceptional analysis and insights into the higher education sector.

You can learn more about Wonkhe on their website.

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