Event Start Date: 28 February 2022

SOMERVILLE LONDON GROUP

Oxford and Cambridge Club

6.30-8.30pm

Professor Baroness Alison Wolf

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After two years of ‘virtual’ meetings the Somerville London Group is really delighted to host a proper live meeting at the Oxford and Cambridge Club on 28 February. It seems especially appropriate to welcome for this new start the President of the Somerville Alumni Association, Professor Alison Wolf (1967, PPE), who will talk and answer questions on:

Expanding Universities and Expanding Women’s Opportunities : Does one depend on the other? And can the future bring more of the same?

Alison is the Sir Roy Griffiths Professor of Public Sector Management at King’s College London, and she sits as a cross-bench peer in the Lords. She specialises in the relationship between education and the labour market. She has a particular interest in training and skills policy; the role of universities in modern societies; and women’s changing labour market experiences.

Alison has been seconded part-time to central government since 2020, as an expert adviser on skills and manpower policy. In 2019 she delivered the annual King’s lectures, on ‘Universities. the economy and the state’. She was a panel member for the ‘Augar Review’: the independent Review of Post-18 Education and Funding , which reported in 2019; many of its recommendations have been accepted by the current government. In March 2011 she completed The Wolf Report for the English government which led to major reforms in vocational education for 14-18 year olds. Alison has been a specialist adviser to the House of Commons select committee on education and skills, writes widely for the national press and is a presenter for Analysis on BBC Radio 4.

Alison’s books and monographs include The XX Factor: How Working Women Are Creating A New Society (Profile Books 2013) and Remaking Tertiary Education (Resolution Foundation 2016): she has also published widely in applied economics and education journals.

The evening begins at 6.30pm with a drinks reception. The talk itself will begin at 7.00pm, followed by questions, and there will be drinks served again after the talk. The Principal plans to be present.

Tickets are £25 (£10 for alumni who matriculated in 2015 and later) and all Somervillians and their guests are welcome. It will be a great pleasure to meet in person once again, but numbers may be more restricted than usual, so please book early to avoid disappointment. Also note that the Oxford and Cambridge Club has a dress code.

Future dates, further details in due course : On 28 April there will be a guided walk around Spitalfields. In May-June we hope to have talks by Professor Benjamin Lipscomb (author of The Women Are Up To Something) and Dr Alice Prochaska.

If you need any further details please contact Phil on 018652 80626 or alumnievents@some.ox.ac.uk.

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