3rd June 2003




Professor Chris Woodhead, the former Chief Inspector of Schools, is to speak to delegates at the annual Lincoln Bursars Conference at the University of Lincoln next week.


The controversial figure will be just one of the nationally recognised individuals to speak at the conference, which takes place at the university’s Brayford Pool campus on 12th and 13th June.


Over 120 delegates are expected at this year’s event which attracts bursars and education business managers from across the country.


The conference is organised by the International Institute for Education Leadership (IIEL) and takes place over two days beginning on Thursday evening with the annual dinner and keynote speech by Professor Woodhead.


“Chris is an entertaining and enjoyable speaker who is particularly good at speaking to bursars and has an appreciation of the bursarial function,” said James Welsh, conference consultant. “We wanted someone to speak knowledgeably about support staff in education and to speak the truth as he sees it.”


Chris Woodhead is Research Professor of Education at the University of Buckingham, his current research interest being the involvement of the private sector in raising educational standards. He is also a columnist for the Sunday Times newspaper.


Seminars and workshops are timetabled for day two during which George Phipson CBE, General Secretary of the Foundation and Aided Schools National Association (FASNA), will join other keynote speakers from the Department for Education and Skills and the International Institute for Educational Leadership to discuss the future of school finance.


Mr Phipson CBE led the grant-maintained school movement, is well known to ministers, civil servants and headteachers and speaks with authority on matters relating to school finance. 


The IIEL instituted a bursars’ registration scheme with the National Bursars Association in 1999 and runs a Master of Business Administration (MBA) tailored for bursars and school administrators. It is also designing the national training programme for school bursars for the National College for School Leadership.


Tickets for the conference are as follows: wine reception/speech only - £20, wine reception/dinner/speech - £40,  non-residential two day programme - £120, residential two-day programme - £180.


Anyone wishing to attended the conference should contact Geraldine Bristow on Lincoln 886696 or email gbristow@lincoln.ac.uk.



For more information contact: Gill Noakes, Press Assistant, University of Lincoln

Tel: 01522 886244 or Email: gnoakes@lincoln.ac.uk