We are delighted to announce the keynote speakers for our 2017 Co-operative Education and Research Conference are Professor Keri Facer and Lemn Sissay, MBE.

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Professor Keri Facer

Keri is Professor of Educational and Social Futures at the University of Bristol where she works on the implications for education and learning of technological, environmental, economic and social change. From 2012 she has been leadership fellow for the UK’s ‘Connected Communities’ Programme, a nationwide, 300 project research programme facilitating collaborative research between universities and civil society/community organisations, through which she has been examining the distinctive nature and role of universities in contemporary society. Her other areas of work have included the development of the field of Anticipation Studies, critical educational technology innovation (as research director of Futurelab), informal and place based learning in homes and cities, and questions of ethnicity, class and gender in university-community collaborations. She has worked with a range of partners, from the BBC and Microsoft to local schools and city farms.

Lemn Sissay MBE Copyright Aida MulunehLemn Sissay MBE is the author of several books of poetry alongside articles, records, public art, and plays. He was the official poet for the London Olympics. His Landmark Poems are installed throughout Manchester and London in venues such as The Royal Festival Hall and The Olympic Park. Bishop Desmond Tutu unveiled his landmark poem Gilt of Cain. Lemn was official poet for The FA Cup 2015.  His Desert Island Discs was pick of the year for BBC radio 4 2015. He is Chancellor of the University of Manchester.

The full programme of speakers will be announced shortly.