Keynote Speakers


helenhasteProfessor Helen Haste (Emeritus Professor of Psychology at the University of Bath)

Prof Helen Haste has a long record of research on the interface between science and culture, including work on the moral, political, and social consequences of inter-disciplinarity. Her critical interventions on feminism and humanism have developed out of an important 1993 study, The Sexual Metaphor. She told The Psychologist in 2009: “Innovation – in all fields – happens on the margins. If someone praises your work as ‘mainstream’, be worried.” See the whole interview here.


Chris Millward (Associate Director, North, at the Higher Education Funding Council for England)


Chris will speak to the conference about patterns and policies in postgraduate research, a topic on which he’s gathered plenty of experience during his time at the HEFCE. The work of the latter body is vital for PGRs and academics to see research trends extending beyond their own school, faculty, or subject, and as such is a keystone for the understanding of inter-disciplinary positions.


Professor Aneez Esmail (Associate Vice-President for Social Responsibility & Equality and Diversity, University of Manchester)


Prof Esmail qualified as a medical practitioner from Sheffield University in 1982, obtained his PhD from the University of London in 1996, and today works as a clinician at an inner city practice in Manchester. He is recognised nationally for his research on discrimination in the medical profession (Racism). Much of the work that he has carried out in this area has resulted in significant changes in recruitment, selection and monitoring of the medical profession. This work was recognised internationally with the award of a Harkness Fellowship in 1997. During the Harkness Fellowship he spent a year as a Visiting Professor atHarvard Medical School.


The panel members include Dr. Ann-Marie Coriat, head of the highly influential Medical Research Council;  Professor Peter Batey, Director of the ESRC division of the North West Doctoral Training Centre; and Dr. Robert Sorrell, Vice President for Public Partnerships at BP.


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