MulberryTalks are a series of short seminars delivered by internationally renowned speakers from a range of fields. Commissioned in celebration of Mulberry’s 50th Anniversary year, MulberryTalks create opportunities for our school community to come together in lively intellectual debate.
Each MulberryTalks speaker will address a different topic or theme. The speaker will give a 30 minute presentation of their ideas in the most innovative and engaging way they can. Questions will then be taken from the audience.
Our inaugural MulberryTalks lecture took place on Thursday 22nd January, with Professor Julian Le Grand, Richard Titmuss Professor of Social Policy at the London School of Economics (LSE) since 1993. His lecture was entitled, ‘Academia and Whitehall: how can intellectuals influence public policy?
Professor Julian Le Grand spoke about his time from 2003 to 2005 when he worked at 10 Downing Street as Senior Policy Advisor to former Prime Minister Tony Blair. Since then, he has worked closely and extensively with the UK Department for Children, Families and Schools and the UK Department of Health; and has acted as an advisor to organisations including the World Bank, the World Health Organisation and the BBC.
The lecture was attended by 160 students who study Economics, Government and Politics and Sociology. All the students who attended have an active interest in public service
Professor Julian Le Grand was awarded a knighthood in the 2015 New Year’s Honours List for his services to social sciences and public service.