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Keynote biographies

Summary of keynote and guest speakers who presented at the 2021 UCL Education Conference.

Dr Michael Spence AC

UCL President & Provost

Kicking off the day, President and Provost, Dr Michael Spence, will give a presentation with an opportunity for questions from the audience.


Dame Shirley Pearce  

British academic and psychologist, Chair of Court and Council at the London School of Economics and Political Science

Dame Pearce has held senior executive and non-executive roles in higher education, health and policing. She also led the independent review of the Teaching Excellence and Student Outcomes Framework (TEF).  


Dr Maha Bali

Associate Professor 

Dr Bali is an Associate Professor of Practice at the Center for Learning and Teaching at the American University in Cairo. She is known for a wide range of interests including her work on digital education, intercultural learning, community-based learning and citizenship education.


Heidi Safia Mirza

Professor of Race, Faith and Culture

Known for her pioneering intersectional research on race, gender and identity in education, she has an international reputation for championing equality and rights for Black and Muslim women through educational reform. Prof Mirza hails from Trinidad and Tobago and, as a child of the Windrush generation, is one of the first and few female professors of colour in the UK.