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Research webinar archive

The Faculty of Education, Humanities and Social Science (EHSS) at St Mary’s hosts a series of webinars covering a wide range of topics. To book onto our latest webinars please visit our events page.

Gisela Stuart: How much can we learn from Ludwig Erhard, the father of the Social Market Economy and the German economic Miracle

In this jointly hosted webinar (recorded 8th October 2020) from the Institute of Economic Affairs and St Mary's University Twickenham, Gisela Stuart speaks to Syed Kamall, IEA Academic and Research Director, about what we can learn in 2020 from Ludwig Erhard.

Erhard is regarded as the ‘father’ of the Social Market Economy and widely considered to be one of the key people responsible for the German economic recovery in the 1950’s.

Gisela Stuart was the Labour MP for Birmingham Edgbaston from 1997 to 2017 and was Health Minister in the first Blair Administration. She served on the Foreign Affairs and the Defence Select Committee as well as the Intelligence and Security Committee which oversees the work of M15, M16 and GCHQ.

In the 2016 referendum on our membership of the European Union, she chaired Vote Leave. Since leaving parliament she has been chairing Wilton Park, an executive agency of the Foreign Office and this year was appointed the lead NED on the Cabinet Office departmental board.


The Future of Higher Education Post-COVID-19

Nick Hillman has been the Director of HEPI since 2014. He worked for the Rt Hon David Willetts MP (now Lord Willetts), the Minister for Universities and Science, from 2007 until the end of 2013, as Chief of Staff and then Special Adviser in the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills. Previously, he was a History teacher and worked at the Association of British Insurers. At the 2010 general election he was the runner-up in Cambridge.

Ronald Barnett is Emeritus Professor of Higher Education at University College London Institute of Education, where he was a Dean and a Pro-Director. He is a past Chair of the Society for Research into Higher Education (SRHE), was awarded the inaugural prize by the European Association for Educational Research for his ‘outstanding contribution to Higher Education Research, Policy and Practice’, and has been elected as the inaugural President of the Philosophy and Theory of Higher Education Society. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences, the SRHE and the Higher Education Academy, has published 35 books (several of which have been prize-winners), has written over 150 papers, has given 150 keynote talks across the world, and is a consultant in the university sector

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Academic Webinar with Randy Kroszner: Globalisation – Coronavirus and other threats

Randall S Kroszner is the Norman R Bobins Professor of Economics, and Deputy Dean for Executive Programs at Chicago Booth. He served as a Governor of the Federal Reserve System from 2006 until 2009 and chaired the committee on Supervision and Regulation of Banking Institutions and the committee on Consumer and Community Affairs. From 2001 to 2003, he served in the White House as a Member of the US President’s Council of Economic Advisers.

Professor Kroszner has more than 100 publications, including his book with Nobel laureate Robert J. Shiller, Reforming US Financial Markets: Before and Beyond Dodd-Frank, which appeared on the Washington Post’s “Book World” political bestsellers list. His paper on corporate ownership won the Brattle Prize for best corporate finance paper in the Journal of Finance.

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Rebuilding post-COVID: can we create a more resilient NHS?

Rt Hon Sir Norman Lamb, former Health Minister, and Professor Andrew George, Chair of Imperial College Health Partners, recently discussed the future and the importance of rebuilding the NHS with the patient at its heart during a fascinating webinar.

The webinar was hosted by Jenny Willott, Director of Enterprise and Innovation at St Mary's on the 28th September, 2020. Participants logged in to hear the views and insights followed by a Q&A session.


New World Order after Coronavirus: Will the pandemic accelerate China's dominance on the world stage?

Syed Kamall, Professor of International Relations and Politics at St Mary’s University was the moderator for a Webinar on ‘The New World Order after Cornoavirus – will the pandemic accelerate China’s dominance on the world stage?’ Joining Syed Kamall were speakers Sir Martin Donnelly and Will Hutton.



Remaking One Nation: Conservatism after Crisis

Nick Timothy, former Downing Street advisor,  discusses his new book with Professor Syed Kamall. 



EHSS Festival of Research

Please join Anthony McClaran, the Vice Chancellor of St Mary's University, colleagues and students in EHSS for our one day Festival of Research. Building on the theme of 'The Research Journey' the day will include an introduction from Professor John Charmley, presentations from the Dean of Faculty, Professor Philip Booth; a Round Table discussion headed by Dr Roland Daw; an external speaker from The Brilliant Club; and presentations from our PGR students. 



Cross-Contamination: exploring disease in literary narratives and the historical links between disease and globalisation


The Faculty of Education, Humanities and Social Sciences is delighted to collaborate with the IEA in the delivery of a Special Guest Webinar from Dr Steve Davies (Head of Education, Institute of Economic Affairs) on 'Cross-Contamination: exploring disease in literary narratives and the historical links between disease and globalisation'.



Marginalised Outreach: International NGOs and Local Support Groups for Helping Refugee and Exploited Children


The webinar includes two talks:

  • Dr Ozlem Erden: Local Organisations’ support mechanism for educating refugees
  • Dr Imogen Fell: Sexual Exploitation in the Philippines: Evidence of informed NGO Response


The Macro and the Micro: The Political Economy of South America

The third EHSS webinar was delivered by our two Politics and International Relations lecturers, both experts in the area of South American politics. Daliany gave a fascinating paper on feminism and femininity in Brazil, while Chris discussed the leadership years of former Argentinian President Maricio Macri. To find out more about the Politics and International Relations BA and MA courses, please go to the St Mary's website. 



The Language of Leadership

The Faculty of Education, Humanities and Social Science heard the latest research from two of their Postgraduate Research students. Although working in different disciplines - Luisa in business language and Paul in Benedictine Leadership in schools - the two papers spoke to each other about aspects of communication and kindness. Both Luisa and Paul lecture at St Mary's and you can find more about their research on the St Mary's website. 



The Economy After Corona: Recovery or Intensive Care

Sir Vince Cable (former leader of the Liberal Democrat Party) and Trevor Williams (former Chief Economist of Lloyds TSB) recently discussed the potential implications of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis on the UK economy during a fascinating webinar entitled The Economy after Corona: Recovery or Intensive Care.

The webinar, Chaired by Professor of International Relations Syed Kamall was held on April 30th and attracted significant interest from over a hundred participants, who logged in to hear the views and insights of Sir Vince Cable and Trevor Williams both Visiting Professors at St Mary’s University.