Registration open for ‘In Conversation’ with David Willetts

David Willetts

Wednesday 23 March at 6pm – REGISTER

Firth Hall, University of Sheffield

SPERI is excited to announce that the next guest to be drawn into conversation with Professor Andrew Gamble, Professorial Fellow at SPERI, will be David Willetts.

The event will take place in Firth Hall at the University of Sheffield on Wednesday 23 March at 6pm.

David Willetts’ career began as a civil servant at 10 Downing Street under Margaret Thatcher. He was elected to Parliament in 1992 as the MP for Havant and was Minister of State for Universities and Science between 2010 and 2014, and attended Cabinet meetings. As Universities Minister he introduced a series of wide-ranging reforms including the introduction of £9,000 tuition fees.

David Willetts stood down after 23 years in the Commons in 2015 and now sits in the House of Lords. He is now the Executive Chair of the Resolution Foundation, a non-partisan think-tank that works to improve the living standards of those in Britain on low and middle incomes.

As a leading Tory moderniser, David Willetts is closely associated with the development of ‘civic conservatism’. He has written widely on economic and social policy and in 2010 published a widely-noticed book on intergenerational inequality called The Pinch: How the Baby Boomers Took Their Children’s Future – and Why They Should Give it Back. Since standing down as an MP David has challenged the economic policy of the Conservative Government and accused Ministers of breaking the social contract between generations.

This event is a unique opportunity to listen to David Willetts’ discuss a wide range of issues (education policy, Europe, the Conservative Party), to ask him your own questions and find out why he was viewed by his fellow Conservative MPs as ‘a dangerous intellectual’.

Places should be pre-booked using the online booking form available by clicking here. Book early to avoid disappointment.