Explore Scotland’s largest city during the EAIE Conference in Glasgow

Explore Scotland’s largest city during the EAIE Conference in Glasgow

Glasgow is a destination for architecture, art and music. And if that wasn’t enough, you have one more reason to see it! Europe’s biggest international higher education event is on the horizon with a fresh schedule to enhance your experience. We bring you sessions spreading across three days, the opportunity to attend a few Expert Community Feature sessions and an invigorating Wake-up plenary mid-week. In sum, the 27th Annual EAIE Conference will be one to remember! But don’t just take our word for it – check out this year’s programme and our trio of extraordinary keynote speakers.

We are delighted to announce the keynote speakers for the upcoming 2015 EAIE Conference in Glasgow and invite you to peruse the collection of sessions, workshops, campus tours and networking events taking place at the 27th Annual EAIE Conference.

Baroness Helena Kennedy, QC: human rights and civil liberties champion

This year’s Opening Plenary will formally launch the conference – earlier than ever before – with Glasgow native, human rights advocate and civil liberties champion Baroness Helena Kennedy. Her multiple noteworthy endeavours include involvement in several prominent legal cases in the United Kingdom; membership of the International Bar Association Task force on Terrorism; and chairing a commission responsible for advising Her Majesty the Queen on issues regarding genetic science. Since her elevation to the House of Lords in 1997, Helena has been an avid promoter of social justice focusing on issues as varied as medical negligence, children’s and women’s rights.
Among many other topics, Helena is renowned for her work promoting education matters, having served as commissioner on the National Commission on Education and authoring a 1997 report that is widely recognised as a catapult of great changes in education policy. Her own foundation, the Helena Kennedy Foundation, provides scholarships to help disadvantaged individuals move into higher education. She was chancellor of Oxford Brookes University for eight years and is currently president of the School of Oriental and African Studies at London University.

Donald Clark: e-learning entrepreneur

Helping us to introduce Thursday’s new Wake-up Plenary, designed to keep you energised and inspired mid-conference, is keynote speaker Donald Clark. Donald is an enthusiastic entrepreneur who describes himself as “free from the tyranny of employment”. One of the original founders of the e-learning company Epic Group plc, Donald has offered consultancy in the implementation of online learning for numerous renowned public and private sector organisations, including the World Bank and the United Nations. Having been involved in a plethora of fields ranging from film, gaming, web, mobile and Massive Open Online Courses, he has received several awards for the design and implementation of e-learning. When Donald is not consulting on e-learning, involved in the public sector or building successful companies, he is a controversial blogger and apt public speaker. You can watch his Glasgow TEDx talk and read his blog posts online!

Terry Waite: humanitarian and best-selling author

Closing this year’s proceedings is our remarkable closing keynote speaker, Terry Waite. A former education advisor for the Anglican Bishop of Bristol and advisor to the Archbishop of Canterbury, Terry became well-known for his role in negotiating the release of British hostages in Iran and Libya in the 1980s. In January 1987, Terry himself was taken hostage while negotiating the release of Western hostages in Lebanon. He was held in captivity for 1763 days, the majority of which in complete solitary confinement.
Following his release from captivity, Terry experienced a change in career path leading to his full dedication to writing, lecturing, studying and humanitarian endeavours. In late 1991, Terry wrote the international best-seller Taken on Trust. His second book, Footfalls in Memory, another best seller, was brought out in 1995. He continues to dedicate his time to humanitarian issues and speak to diverse audiences, relating his experiences as a negotiator and, indeed, hostage, to the pressures and stresses experienced by high executives and managers.

Start planning your ultimate 2015 EAIE Conference experience now! The complete conference programme is online and registration is open. Sign up by 25 June to take advantage of the early-bird fee. Become an EAIE member for an even greater discount.