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David Willetts appointed Visiting Professor

Posted on 21/10/2014

Rt Hon David Willetts MP, former Minister for Universities and Science, has been appointed as a Visiting Professor at King’s College London.

He will work with the Policy Institute at King’s, which is led by Professor Jonathan Grant and based in the Faculty of Social Sciences and Public Policy, but have a College-wide remit. He will be engaged in a range of activities, including teaching, and will undertake research for his forthcoming book on higher education. 

Mr Willetts will initially teach on a range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses in the Department of Political Economy across the fields of political theory, political economy and comparative public policy, and also contribute to master’s programmes in the Department of Social Science, Health and Medicine.

Mr Willetts began his career in Parliament as the MP for Havant in 1992. He served as Paymaster General and then in the Shadow Cabinet in a range of roles, including Shadow Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, Shadow Secretary for Education and Skills, and Shadow Secretary for Innovation, Universities and Skills. He has also worked at HM Treasury and in the Number 10 Policy Unit.

Mr Willetts has written widely on economic and social policy. In 2010 he published a book, ‘The Pinch: How the baby boomers took their children’s future – and why they should give it back’. More recently he published ‘Eight Great Technologies’ for Policy Exchange (January 2013) and ‘Robbins Revisited: Bigger and Better Higher Education for The Social Market Foundation (October 2013).

Welcoming Mr Willetts’ appointment, Professor Ed Byrne AC, Principal and President of King’s said: ‘I am delighted that David Willetts is joining King’s. I will personally greatly value his insights on current and future strategic opportunities and challenges and how best to position King’s in the evolving higher education environment.’

Professor Jonathan Grant added: ‘David Willetts will be a huge asset to the Policy Institute at King’s. He brings vast experience of higher education, policy making and parliamentary process, business and innovation and a focus on the impact agenda. Our students and staff will benefit greatly from his knowledge and wisdom. My colleagues and I are all very much looking forward to working with him.’

David Willetts commented: ‘I am delighted to be joining King’s College London as a Visiting Professor. I am particularly pleased that this will be an opportunity to teach, to support research, and to work with Ed Byrne.’

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