Professor Colin Blakemore is a neurobiologist who is Professor of Neuroscience at the University of Oxford and at the University of Warwick, and who specializes in vision and the development of the brain. He is also a member of the Institute of Philosophy’s Centre for the Study of the Senses at the University of London, and a founding member of the Council for the Defence of British Universities.
Professor John Holmwood is a sociologist at the University of Nottingham who specializes in the relation between sociological theory and explanation, and between social stratification and inequality. He is currently working on issues of pragmatism in public sociology, and particularly on the role of the university within a system of moral economy. He is co-founder of the Campaign for the Public University.
Dr Priyamvada Gopal is Dean of Churchill College, Cambridge, where she teaches in the Faculty of English. Her work is in the area of colonial and postcolonial literatures, and their relation to British and American literatures, the novel, translation and gender and feminism. She also has an interest in Marxism and critical theory, and the politics and cultures of empire and globalisation. She has published works on literary radicalism in India, Postcolonial studies after Iraq, and the Indian English novel.
Professor Martin McQuillan is a literary theorist and cultural critic, and is currently Professor of Literary Theory and Cultural Analysis, and Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at Kingston University, London, where he is also Co-Director of The London Graduate School. His work investigates the relations between literary theory, art theory, cultural studies and continental philosophy. He has written on Barthes, De Man, Spark, Derrida and Disney. He is a member of the Executive Committee of the Council for the Defence of British Universities.
Gill Scott is Principal Lecturer in social history, whose research is concerned with the relationship between feminist ideas and the organisation of working-class women, particularly within the co-operative and labour movements. Her main focus has been the history of the Women's Co-operative Guild, an auxiliary body of the British Consumers' Co-operative movement, about which she has published several articles, and a monograph. She She was for many years the Course Leader of the degrees in the undergraduate Humanities Programme at Brighton.
Will Hutton is a writer and weekly columnist for, and former editor-in- chief of, The Observer.He is currently Principal of Hertford College, Oxford, and Chair of the Big Innovation Centre, an initiative from The Work Foundation where he was Chief Executive from 2000 to 2008. He is also a governor of the London School of Economics, visiting professor at the Manchester Business School and at the University of Bristol, and a visiting fellow at Mansfield College, Oxford. He has written on China and the West, globalization and capitalism, state and economy, and the relationship between Europe and the USA.
Professor Martin Hall, a fellow of the Royal Society of South Africa, is an educationalist and ethnoarchaeologist who has written extensively on South African history, culture and higher education policy. He is currently Vice Chancellor of the University of Salford. He has written on affirmative action in South Africa and the USA, and on memory, repression and resistance.
Professor of political sociology at the University of Sussex, Luke Martell works on globalization and social movements, technology, the media and globalised culture. He has also written on social democracy and on New Labour, and on the politics and sociology of environmentalism.
Professor of Moral Philosophy at the University of Brighton, where he is Director of the Centre for Applied Philosophy, Politics and Ethics, Bob Brecher, whose scholarly work commenced with the philosophy of religion, has recently developed a critique of Liberalism on the basis of a rationalist ethics. He has written on the pedagogies of liberation and resistance in the academy, and he is Course Leader of the MA in Applied Ethics.
Professor of Higher Education studies at the Institute of Education, and Chair of the Research Advisory Panel, Leadership Foundation for Higher Education, Peter Scott was previously Vice-Chancellor of Kingston University. He has also been Pro Vice-Chancellor for external affairs at the University of Leeds, as well as Professor of Education and Director of the Centre for Policy Studies in Education. He has been Chair of the Universities Association for Lifelong Learning, and a member of the HEFCE Board. Before going to Leeds in 1992, he was for 16 years editor of the Times Higher Education Supplement.
Principal Lecturer in Philosophy and Political Economy at the University of Brighton, Tom Hickey is Course Leader of the MA Cultural and Critical Theory. He works on the relation between politics, aesthetics and representation, was joint organizer of the biennial ‘Globalisation and Resistance’ conferences, and conferences on holocausts and their denials both for the UCU and at the Brighton. He has published on issues of democracy and on aspects of South African art. He has been a member of the National Executive of the UCU since 2006, and is Chair of the UCU Coordinating Committee at the University of Brighton.
Professor Colin Green is Emeritus Professor of Surgery in the Division of Surgery and Interventional Science, University College London. He was the Director of the Northwick Park Institute for Medical Research, and founder of International Medical Educational Trust 2000, which trains healthcare workers in Gaza and the West Bank. He is currently UNESCO Chair of Cryobiology with the Ukraine Academy of Science.
Caroline Lucas (MP)
Member of Parliament for Brighton Pavilion since 2010, Caroline Lucas was leader of the Green Party from 2008-2012, and was a Member of the European Parliament for the South East (England) from 1999-2010. She is Vice-President of the RSPCA and the Stop the War Coalition, and is on the National Council of CND. An English Literature graduate from Exeter, where she also gained her doctorate, she campaigns and writes on green economics, localisation, alternatives to globalisation, trade justice, animal welfare and food.
Professor Thomas Docherty publishes on English and comparative literature from the renaissance to the present, and specializes in the philosophy of literary criticism, critical theory and cultural history. His recent interest has been in the area of cultural policy related to international higher education. He is currently working on two books, one on universities and the process of globalization, and the other on memory. He is on the Steering Committee of the Council for the Defence of British Universities.