Franklin Lecture

The Franklin Lecture is named after the Foundation Master of the Company, Professor Raoul N Franklin CBE, past Vice Chancellor of City University.  It has been an annual event since 2001. Originally followed by a dinner it is now followed by a reception so that the topic presented may be discussed freely among members and guests.

A range of speakers over three events provided a slightly different format under the banner of the Franklin Debates.


Rt Hon Charles Clarke "Moving Towards excellent education: the story of the London Challenge"


Richard Ovenden, Bodley’s Librarian, spoke on “ITs (not) all on Google? Research Libraries at the heart of education.”  


Professor Sir Deian Hopkin (President of the National Library of Wales, Expert Adviser to the First Minister of Wales for the Centenary of the First World War, and formerly Vice Chancellor of London South Bank University): Memory and Myth: Remembering the Real First World War 


Sir John Armitt (Chairman of City & Guilds of London Institute): Making Education Work 


Sir Robert Burgess (Vice-Chancellor of the University of Leicester): Developing Higher Education in a New Era 


Rt Hon Lord Baker of Dorking, CH, PC (The Importance of Technical Education) 


Rt Revd Dr Thomas Butler (sometime Bishop of Southwark): Science and Religion 


Tony Buzan (Author and educational consultant): Unlocking Potential 


Anthony Seldon Esq (Master, Wellington College): Well-being and Standards


Professor Dame Julia Higgins, DBE, FRS (Principal of the Faculty of Engineering, Imperial College, London): Education: the makings of a successful researcher?


Professor Adrian Smith (Principal Queen Mary College, University of London): Making Mathematics Count 


Professor Glynis Breakwell (Vice Chancellor, University of Bath): Leadership in Education 


Chris Humphreys Esq (Director-General, City and Guilds of London Institute): What about the other 50%? 


Professor Alan Smithers (University of Liverpool): Equity, Effectiveness, and Efficiency in Education


Dame Judith Mayhew DBE (Chairman of Policy and Resources, Corporation of London): Globalisation, the Knowledge Economy, the Role of Business and Higher Education


Sir William Stubbs (Chairman, Qualifications and Assessment Authority): GCE Advanced Levels and the Gold Standard .

Prof Sir Deian Hopkin, Franklin Lecturer 2014