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Disagreeing Well in Higher Education

09 November 2023, 6:45 pm–8:00 pm

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Join us on UCL’s Bloomsbury Campus for Disagreeing Well panel event, discussing the topic: Disagreeing Well in Higher Education.

This event is free.

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Darwin Lecture Theatre - B40
Darwin Building
Malet Place
United Kingdom

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Join us on UCL's Bloomsbury Campus for this interactive panel event, discussing the topic: Disagreeing Well in Higher Education.

In this time of increasingly polarised debate, it has never been more important for us to be able to Disagree Well. The ability to discuss and debate with people who hold very different views is not without its challenges, but having the tools, techniques and platforms to do so is a vital part of how communities can co-exist together. How do we collectively approach the fact that being a diverse community means being a place where a wide variety of conflicting opinions and ideas exist and are expressed? 

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About the Speakers

Mary McHarg

Union Affairs Officer at Students' Union UCL

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Mary McHarg is the current Union Affairs Officer and serves as the Chair of the Board of Trustees at Students’ Union UCL. This follows a successful year as the Activities & Engagement Officer, where she co-wrote the Student Life Strategy and represented UCL’s wide range of sports clubs, societies, arts groups, and volunteering opportunities in various capacities.

Tomiwa Owolade

Journalist and author

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Tomiwa Owolade is a journalist and author. He has written for the Times, the Sunday Times, the New Statesman, the Observer and the Evening Standard. He is the author of the book This is Not America.

Professor Sasha Roseneil

Vice-Chancellor and President at University of Sussex

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Sasha began her term as the Vice-Chancellor and President of the University of Sussex in August 2022. She is Sussex’s ninth Vice Chancellor and our first female VC.

Previously, Sasha was UCL’s first Pro-Provost for Equity and Inclusion and Executive Dean of the Faculty of Social and Historical Sciences. Before that, Professor Roseneil was Executive Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Essex, and held leadership positions at Birkbeck, University of London and the University of Leeds.

Hetan Shah

Chief Executive at The British Academy

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Hetan is chief executive of the British Academy, the UK’s national academy for the humanities and social sciences. He is Chair of Our World in Data, a website providing long run data and evidence on global challenges. Hetan is a member of a number of advisory boards including at the Resolution Foundation, the Bennett Institute for Public Policy at the University of Cambridge and UCL’s policy lab. He is a Fellow of Birkbeck College, University of London.

Michael Spence

President & Provost at UCL

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Dr Michael Spence AC joined UCL as President & Provost in January 2021, joining the university from the University of Sydney where he was Vice-Chancellor from 2008 to 2020.

Since arriving, he has led a year-long university-wide consultation to develop the UCL Strategic Plan 2022-27, which sets out UCL’s priorities and ambitions for the next five years in order to strengthen the excellence of UCL’s education, research and innovation, underpinned by a robust financial strategy and improvement of the processes and services that underpin academic excellence. Work to implement the plan is now underway.