Keynote Speakers Confirmed
We are delighted to confirm keynote speakers for the 24th FACE Annual Conference in Glasgow from 28-30 June 2017.
Delegates will hear from: Robin Ozz, President, American National Association for Developmental Education; Vonnie Sandlan, President, NUS Scotland; Prof Sir Peter Scott, Commissioner for Fair Access to Higher Education in Scotland; Alan Sherry, Principal, Glasgow Kelvin College and Shirley-Anne Somerville MSP, Minister for Further Education, Higher Education and Science
President, American National Association for Developmental Education
Robin Ozz is president of the National Association for Developmental Education. With over 3000 members from each of the 50 states and several countries, NADE is the largest postsecondary organization of educational professionals dedicated to using adult learning theory and research-based best practices to improve the success of student at all levels of the educational spectrum. Her goals for the organization include increasing professional development, research, and political advocacy in developmental education. Ms. Ozz has given over 300 keynote speeches and workshops across the country with topics ranging from Neoliberalism and Developmental Education in the United States to Breaking Barriers to Success. She has published several articles and currently works with several national educational organizations to develop and implement national student success initiatives. Robin’s work in Maricopa includes the development and implementation of the Maricopa Summer Institute which brings together college teams from the 10 Maricopa colleges consisting of faculty, staff, and administration to study in-depth education issues. This 80-hour project includes presentations by nationally and internationally known visiting scholars. From their presentations, participants develop and implement practical strategies to improve developmental education at their colleges. Robin is currently the Director of Developmental Education and Innovation and English faculty at Phoenix College in Phoenix, AZ. Robin holds an MEd in Writing/Secondary Education from ASU and is a doctoral candidate in Developmental Education at Grambling State University.
President, NUS Scotland
Vonnie has a keen interest in the role education can play in securing social justice. Working to improve access to education – particularly for those from disadvantaged and underrepresented backgrounds – is a top priority for her. Vonnie is an advisor to the board of Who Cares? Scotland, a national voluntary organisation providing advocacy, advice and support services across Scotland for children and young people with experience of care. A member of the Commission on Widening Access, Vonnie was part of the team tasked with advising the Scottish Government on how to achieve its ambition to ensure a child born in one of Scotland’s most deprived communities has the same chances of going to university as a child born in our least deprived communities. The Scottish Government have since accepted the Commission’s recommendations in full. Before becoming NUS Scotland President, Vonnie served as NUS Scotland Women’s Officer in 2014/15. She studied an HNC in Early Education & Childcare at Langside College and served as President of Langside College Students’ Association before moving to the University of the West of Scotland to study BA Childhood Studies.
Prof Sir Peter Scott
Commissioner for Fair Access to Higher Education in Scotland
Prof Sir Peter Scott was appointed the first ever Commissioner for Fair Access by the Scottish Government in December 2016. Sir Peter is currently Professor of Higher Education studies at University College London. Before that he was Vice-Chancellor of Kingston University and Pro Vice-Chancellor for external affairs at the University of Leeds. He was a member of the board of the Higher Education Funding Council for England where he chaired its widening participation strategic committee. His earlier career was spent in journalism and he was Editor of the Times Higher Education. Professor Scott was knighted in 2007 for services to education and is the recipient of a number of honorary degrees. He has published widely on education, including widening access issues.
Shirley-Anne Somerville MSP
Minister for Further Education, Higher Education and Science
Educated at Kirkcaldy High School, Shirley-Anne Somerville then graduated from the University of Strathclyde with a BA (Hons) in Economics and Politics (1996), followed by a Diploma in Housing Studies at the University of Stirling, and a Diploma in Public Relations from Queen Margaret University College. She has worked as a parliamentary researcher, a Policy and Public Affairs Officer at the Chartered Institute of Housing and as a Media and Campaigns Officer at the Royal College of Nursing. Shirley-Anne was previously an MSP for the Lothians region from 2007 to 2011, and returned to the Scottish Parliament in 2016 as MSP for Dunfermline.