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Links between Britain and China in Higher Education and research

26 January 2023 15.00 - 16.30
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Virtual seminar

The Rt. Hon. Lord Willetts (President, Resolution Foundation; Visiting Professor, King's College London; former Minister for Universities and Science (2010-2014); and former MP for Havant (1992-2015)), will deliver a lecture on links between Britain and China in HE and research. The lecture will be followed by a question and answer session.

David Willetts will review the changes in the relationship between China and UK in research and higher education since he entered Government as Minister for Universities and Science in 2010. He will assess what kind of research links are now possible. He will also review the growth in the number of overseas students, especially from China, and what the prospects are for overseas students.

The Rt. Hon. Lord Willetts FRS is the President of the Resolution Foundation.  Lord Willetts is Chair of the UK Space Agency, a Board member of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), and a visiting Professor at King’s College London. He serves on the Board of DarkTrace plc, the Biotech Growth Trust and is Co-Chair of SynBioVen. He is the chair of Innovate Cambridge. He is the Chancellor of the University of Leicester and an Honorary Fellow of Nuffield College, Oxford.

He served as the Member of Parliament for Havant (1992-2015), as Minister for Universities and Science (2010-2014) and previously worked at HM Treasury and the No. 10 Policy Unit.

Lord Willetts has written widely on economic and social policy. His book A University Education is published by Oxford University Press. A second edition of his book The Pinch on fairness between the generations was published in 2019.

This is one of the events in the on-going China Forum Seminar series, hosted by the China Forum, Jesus College. The seminars, given by eminent speakers, cover a broad range of topics and disciplines.


This is a virtual seminar. Attendance is free. Advance booking is required by emailing:  Priority will be given to members of Jesus College and the University of Cambridge.