Former Chair of House of Commons Education Select Committee joins University of Nottingham

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23 Feb 2018 15:25:59.830

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Neil Carmichael, former Chair of the House of Commons Education Select Committee, has joined the University of Nottingham as an Honorary Professor in the Schools of Education and Politics and International Relations. 

Neil Carmichael served as the Member of Parliament for Stroud from 2010 to 2017, and as Chair of the Education Select Committee from 2015 to 2017. He had previously established an All Parliamentary Party Group on Governance and Leadership in Education.

In his role as Chair of the Education Committee, Neil challenged a number of assumptions and oversaw a range of inquiries into Multi Academy Trusts, special educational needs and the productivity gap; a role for which he won widespread support across the education community and the political spectrum.

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Neil graduated from the University in 1982 with a degree in Politics and has taught Modern British Political History, Rural Economic Development, and EU Policies and Instructions at Sunderland and De Montfort universities.

Neil marks the start of his Honorary Professorship on Friday 2 March with a public lecture comparing the referendums on EU membership in 1975 and 2016.

Free tickets for the lunchtime lecture on University Park Campus are available on Eventbrite.

In addition to lecturing and conducting research at the University of Nottingham, Neil is authoring a new book. Progressive, Productive, Proper: A New Reform Agenda for Education will be published in Spring 2018 and explores how, in the face of Brexit, education policies can help the country tackle the big challenges of our time – productivity and social mobility.

Neil will also be taking part in a major independent review into vocational training and qualifications.

Neil Carmichael said: “I am delighted to be joining the University of Nottingham as an Honorary Professor. My two key areas of interest are politics and education, and I have several key projects underway, which will inform my research and teaching here.

“I intend to play a full part in making sure the UK education system contributes to boosting opportunities for everybody and meeting the productivity challenge the country faces.”

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