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Queen Mary Academy

Drapers' Lecture

The Drapers' Company supports an annual lecture on learning and teaching, hosted by Queen Mary University of London.

Professor Simon Kemp from the University of Southampton will deliver this year's Drapers' Lecture on Tuesday 8 March 2022 at 5.30pm, speaking on Engaging students in sustainability: how the UN Sustainable Development Goals can lead to curriculum transformation, community partnership and student success  

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About Professor Simon Kemp

Professor Simon Kemp is the University Lead in Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) at the University of Southampton where he is responsible for the embedding of sustainable development across the whole of the university curricula and student experience.  He is an award-winning academic recognised for his student-focused work in ESD and employability through the Times Higher Education ‘Most Innovative Teacher of Year’, a National Teaching Fellowship, and ‘Sustainability Professional of the Year’ awards amongst others.   


Whilst working at Southampton Simon has also held the additional national roles of Academic Lead in ESD for the Higher Education Academy (now Advance HE), Leader of the Green Academy Programme, Deputy Chair and Trustee of the Environmental Association of Universities and Colleges (EAUC), and Co-Chair of the QAA & Advance HE Education for Sustainable Development Guidance Document Expert Working Groups (2014 & 2021).  He has delivered numerous keynotes and workshops across the world. 

His other roles at the University of Southampton include mentoring teaching-focused academics for career development and the National Teaching Fellowship programme, as well as the main day-job of leading the Environmental Science undergraduate programmes and working with students. There his work focuses on providing a socially and environmentally responsible transformative experience for all students, whilst also continuing to provide support for alumni over the last couple of decades.  However, teaching, assessment and the student experience will always be his main passion, so he enjoys nothing more than working with students through delivering his many modules and contributing to others across the university. 

Our previous speakers

We have been honoured to welcome many distinguished speakers for the annual Drapers' Lecture.

  • 2006 Professor Marcus du Sautoy OBE - Prime-ary education: why we should tell students about the big stories of maths
  • 2007 Baroness Morris of Yardley - What is Higher Education for?
  • 2008 Professor Peter McPhee - Rethinking Undergraduate Education for the 21st Century: Creating the Melbourne Mode
  • 2009 Professor Sir Steve Smith - The Future of Higher Education: Funding and the Economy
  • 2010 Professor Sir David Watson - Higher Education and the Question of Conscience
  • 2011 Professor Sir David Weatherall - The North/South Partnership: How British Universities can Contribute to Improvements in Global Health
  • 2013 Professor Martin Bean CBE - MOOCs, Napster and the Tyranny of Conventional Wisdom: Where’s the Next Giant Leap for Higher Education?
  • 2014 Professor Graham Gibbs - What Determines Educational Quality?
  • 2015 Anne Morrison - What are we educating students for?
  • 2016 Baroness Tessa Blackstone - University challenge: can a broader curriculum help create more successful graduates?
  • 2017 Professor Jo Beall - Rights, Realities and Rebellions in International Higher Education
  • 2018 Professor Sir Chris Husbands - What lessons are there from the Teaching Excellence Framework
  • 2019 Dr Franklin A. Tuitt - Re-imagining Higher Education in Challenging Times: Designing Inclusive Learning Environments where Racial and Ethnic Minority Students Matter and Thrive
  • 2020 Nick Hillman - The Future of Higher Education and Implications for Students
  • 2021 Professor Sian Bayne - The Future of Digital Education

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