Keynote Speakers

We are pleased to welcome three keynote speakers: Professor Rowena Murray, Professor Ron Barnett and Dr Katrin Girgensohn. Below are links which will enable individuals to enjoy these presentations as they are live-streamed from our Royal Holloway campus.

  • Professor Ron Barnett – Emeritus Professor of Higher Education at the Institute of Education, London, UK (where he was both Dean of Professional Development and (subsequently) Pro-Director for Longer Term Strategy). Read Professor Barnett’s abstract here: Ron Barnett EATAW 2017 keynote abstract

Professor Rowena Murray

Rowena MurrayProf. Rowena Murray has an MA (Hons) from Glasgow University and PhD from Pennsylvania State University, where she taught Rhetoric and Composition. She is Professor in Education and Director of Research in the School of Education at the University of the West of Scotland and Principal Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy. She has written articles and books on academic writing, including How to Write a Thesis, Writing for Academic Journals, The Handbook of Academic Writing (co-authored with Sarah Moore) and Writing in Social Spaces. Her research has been funded by the British Academy, the Carnegie Trust and the Nuffield Foundation.

Professor Ron Barnett

Prof Ron Barnett

Prof. Ronald Barnett is Emeritus Professor of Higher Education at the Institute of Education, London (where he was both Dean of Professional Development and (subsequently) Pro-Director for Longer Term Strategy). In his academic work, he has been trying to advance a social philosophy of the university, in which he has been attempting to identify creative concepts and practical principles that offer ways of enhancing universities and higher education. Recently, he has begun to sketch out an idea of the ecological university.

His (26) books include The Idea of Higher Education, The Limits of Competence, Realizing the University in an age of supercomplexity, and A Will to Learn: Being a Student in an Age of Uncertainty. He has just completed a trilogy on comprehending the university, the first two volumes of which were Being a University (2011) and Imagining the University (2013). Most recently published (December 2015) is the third volume, Understanding the University. His books have been translated into several languages and several have won prizes. He is also the author of over one hundred papers and well over another one hundred pieces of writing.

He is the inaugural recipient of the EAIR Award for ‘Outstanding Contribution to Higher Education Research, Policy and Practice’ and has had a higher doctorate of the University of London conferred upon him (unique in the UK) and holds Fellowships of the Academy of the Social Sciences, the Society for Research into Higher Education and the Higher Education Academy. He is a visiting professor in China and Australia (as well as universities in the UK), and was a Special Adviser to the UK’s Select Committee Inquiry into Universities and Students. He has been an invited speaker in around 40 countries.

Ronald Barnett has chaired several major committees, including Chair of Governing Council of the Society for Research into Higher Education and the Research Degrees Committee of the University of London (working across all of its colleges and all of its disciplines).

Ronald Barnett also acts as a consultant, and has worked with most of the major national bodies in UK higher education, and many universities including several in other countries. He is currently an Associate of the Higher Education Academy and has recently been working as the lead academic for its ‘Flexible Pedagogies’ project.

Dr Katrin Girgensohn

Dr Katrin GirgensohnDr. Katrin Girgensohn is a faculty member at the European University Viadrina in Frankfurt (Oder)/Germany, where she founded the Writing Center in 2007. Currently, she is academic director of the Writing Center and director of the Center for Key Competences and Research-oriented Learning. Her research interests include collaborative learning, peer tutoring, writing groups and writing center research. Her present research focuses on leadership and institutionalization and is based on a year as visiting scholar in various writing centers in the USA. She has published several books and numerous articles in this field. As a board member of the European Association for the Teaching of Academic Writing (EATAW) from 2003 to 2005 and as chair of the European Writing Centers Association (EWCA) from 2010-2014 she helped to build a European community for academic writing scholars. At the European University Viadrina she hosted the first German-speaking peer writing tutor conference in 2008 and the conference of the European Writing Centers Association (EWCA) in 2014.