Spotlight on International Relations

A series of lectures by International Relations alumni and friends.
For further information please email Dr Lorna Lloyd at

2020-21 talks to be confirmed

Former Speakers have included:

Jonty Bloom, Paul Austin, James Ellison, John Duncan OBE, Professor Alexandra Xanthaki, Sir Nick Patridge OBE, Ed Pentin, Dr Dan Plesch, His Excellancy Paul Goa Zoumanigui, Dr Shaheed Ahmed, Dr Farah Didid, Geraint Vincent, Fidellis Swai, Simon Rofe, Michael Hopkins, Ben Muda, Paul Rimmer, Nicholas Sims, Sion Lloyd-Jones, Jeffery James KBE CMG, Andrew Linklater.

2019-20 Speakers

Sir John Vereker KCB, KStJ

Sir John Vereker KCB, KStJ

The search for the silver bullet: 50 years promoting international development. A personal perspective and thoughts about where it goes next

Read Sir John's lecture here - Vereker Lecture (PDF 238kb)‌‌


BA Political Institutions and English Literature, Keele, 1967
Honorary DLitt, Keele, 1997
Permanent Secretary, Department for International Development (1994-2002)
Governor and Commander-in-Chief of Bermuda (2002-2007)
Independent Director, XL Group plc (2007-2018) & MWH Global (2010-2016)
Member of the Volcker Commission on World Bank Integrity (2006-2008)
Honorary Governor, The Ditchley Foundation

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Paul Rimmer

Paul Rimmer

Getting intelligence right for Government: Challenges for Assessment

BA International Relations, Keele, 1982

Deputy Chief of Defence Intelligence, Ministry of Defence


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