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Round-table debate - 2016: What does it mean for Higher Education in the UK?

Chair John Waite put questions (some of which had been submitted in advance by the audience) to the panellists, to seek their opinions on how the events of 2016 will affect the various levels of Higher Education, from the interests of prospective undergraduates to the challenges that may be faced by research groups in securing large-scale funding. The panellists were drawn from all three of Teddy Hall's common rooms, and brought an interesting range of perspectives to the table.


Linda Yueh (SCR)

Dr Linda Yueh

Dr Linda Yueh is Fellow by Special Election in Economics at the Hall. She is also Adjunct Professor of Economics at London Business School, Visiting Professor of Economics at Peking University, and Senior Visiting Fellow at IDEAS, the foreign policy think tank of the London School of Economics and Political Science. Linda is a broadcaster, and was Chief Business Correspondent at the BBC as well as Economics Editor at Bloomberg TV. She is widely published and serves as Editor of the Routledge Economic Growth and Development book series. Previously, she was a corporate lawyer at Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison.

Henrike Lähnemann (SCR)

Professor Henrike Laehnemann

Professor Henrike Lähnemann came to the Hall in 2015 after having studied and worked in Germany, Scotland, Switzerland and England. She continues to regularly cross the channel since part of her contract is to spend two months a year as a Fellow at the FRIAS (Freiburg Research Institute of Advanced Studies), financed by the Volkswagen Research Foundation and the DAAD – you can read about her experiences as a Eurostar commuter here (in German). Since the Brexit vote, Henrike has contributed commentary to various German publications, including leading German broadsheet, the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung who – rather unusually for them – published her opinion piece both in German and in English. Also the DAAD published a bilingual interview with her on the consequences of Brexit for academia, featuring pictures from St Edmund Hall.

Jeanne Ryan (MCR)

Jeanne Ryan

Jeanne’s doctoral research compares national assessment materials from England and the United States with PISA (the Programme for International Student Assessment), an international assessment system developed by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). While looking at the nature of knowledge as it is assessed in diverse contexts – internationally, cross-nationally, intra-nationally – she is particularly intrigued by the changing shape of knowledge in the 21st century and, especially, post 2016.

Philip Chadwick (MCR)

Philip Chadwick

Originally from Oldham in Lancashire, Philip did his undergraduate degree in German and Russian at King's College, Cambridge. From 2009-2011 he lived in Canada: a year spent in Toronto studying for an MA in Slavic Languages and Literatures, and a year doing pastoral work with international university students at the University of Saskatchewan. Before coming to Oxford to do his DPhil in 2014, Philip worked as a teacher and materials writer for schools in the UK and Hong Kong. His current research, under the supervision of Prof. Andrew Kahn at Teddy Hall, focuses on the representation of provincial communities in the nineteenth-century novel in both Russia and Britain. Philip focuses particularly on two "greats" of their respective traditions: England's George Eliot and Russia's Fyodor Dostoevsky.

Catherine Canning (JCR)

Catherine Canning

Catherine is a 4th year at Teddy Hall studying Law with Spanish Law. Throughout her time at the Hall she has engaged with initiatives to improve access to higher education with a specific focus on Oxford. She has worked as a College Access Ambassador as well as being involved in wider university initiatives such as UNIQ summer schools and the Sutton Trust Pathways programme. She is currently Vice President Elect for Access and Academic Affairs for the Oxford University Student Union, and when she takes up post in June some of her main priorities will be improving the engagement of Oxford Students in outreach work, and trying to improve student experience so everyone can get the most out of their Oxford degree.

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