Early Years Key in Fight Against Poverty – Frank Field

Frank Field, MP

Frank Field, MP

2012 Niblett lecture presentation

2010 Report to the Prime Minister, The Foundation Years: Preventing Poor Children from Becoming Poor Adults

Arguing that society needs to take provision of services for the under 5s as seriously as it does compulsory education, this year’s Niblett Memorial Lecture speaker, the Rt Hon Frank Field made a strong case for redirecting government funds from current programmes such the child tax credit and the pupil premium to one which focuses support on the period between pregnancy to age 5.

In preventing an intergenerational cycle of disadvantage, parental impact is more important than class, “What parents do is more important than who they are,” he said.

In his response, the Rt Reverend Peter Selby called upon the audience of some 70 people that to remember that redressing the intergenerational fiscal imbalance is a responsibility we all share.

The Niblett Memorial Lecture is an annual event held in honour of Professor Roy Niblett CBE, a fellow at Sarum College, who died in 2005.

A distinguished and influential presence in British higher education for more than 50 years, Professor Niblett’s contribution to Christian thought and the life of the churches in this country was also considerable. A person of deep conviction, his work was distinguished by rigour, reason and a willingness to listen and exchange, which he regarded not as a potential hazard to faith, but as an essential expression of faith.

Niblett’s presence among Sarum Fellows was a powerful reminder to the College that at the heart of Sarum’s purpose is the promotion of dialogue on the profound religious, social and moral issues of our times.

Planning for next year’s lecture is underway. If you’d like to be notified when the date and speaker are confirmed, please email info@dev.sarum.ac.uk.

A Christian Reflection on the Financial Crisis: Transcript from 2011 Niblett Lecture

Lord Griffiths of Fforestfach
Lord Griffiths of Fforestfach
Lord Griffiths of Fforestfach

We are pleased to be able to provide the transcript of the 2011 Niblett Memorial Lecture, titled ‘A Christian Reflection on the Financial Crisis’. The speaker was Lord Brian Griffiths of Fforestfach and respondent The Rt Revd Dr Peter Selby.

Lord Brian Griffiths is a fellow of Sarum College, International Advisor with Goldman Sachs International, Trustee of the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Lambeth Fund and Chairman of Christian Responsibility in Public Affairs.

Transcript of the 2011 Niblett Lecture by Lord Griffiths

The 2012 Niblett Memorial Lecture will be given by The Rt Hon Frank Field MP. The lecture is free, advance booking is required.

2012 Niblett Memorial Lecture

Frank Field, MPSaturday 20 October 2012, 5pm

Drinks 6.30pm / Dinner 7pm

The lecture is free.  Drinks and dinner are £15.
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Advance booking is required. To book your place email courses@dev.sarum.ac.uk or phone 01722 424800

Frank Field will speak on his poverty review report, The Foundation Years: Preventing Poor Children Becoming Poor Adults submitted to the Prime Minister in 2010.

 


Niblett Memorial Lecture speakers are drawn from some aspect of public service and invited to reflect on the place of faith and/or ethics in their particular area of service.

The lecture is held annually in honour of Professor Roy Niblett CBE and a fellow at Sarum College, who died in 2005.

A distinguished and influential presence in British higher education for more than 50 years, Professor Niblett’s contribution to Christian thought and the life of the churches in this country was also considerable. A person of deep conviction, his work was distinguished by rigour, reason and a willingness to listen and exchange, which he regarded not as a potential hazard to faith, but as an essential expression of faith.

Niblett’s presence among Sarum Fellows was a powerful reminder to the College that at the heart of Sarum’s purpose is the promotion of dialogue on the profound religious, social and moral issues of our times.

About Frank Field


In 1979 Frank was elected Member of Parliament for Birkenhead and has since displayed a unique attachment to his constituency. He currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Governors of the University Academy of Birkenhead, and Chair of the Liverpool City Region Poverty and Life Chances Commission.

Prior to serving as an MP, from 1969-79, Frank worked as Director of the Child Poverty Action Group, during which time it became one of the premier pressure groups in the country. From 1997-1998, he served as Minister for Welfare Reform. In 2010, in recognition of his expertise in the fields of poverty and welfare, Frank was appointed Chair of the Independent Review on Poverty and Life Chances. His dedication to the importance of Early Years education in preventing poor children becoming poor adults remains one of his key commitments.

Since 2005, Frank has been Chairman of the Cathedral Fabrics Commission for England, the planning authority for English cathedrals. He is also Chairman of the King James Bible Trust, which was established to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the Authorised Version last year.


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2011 Niblett Memorial Lecture

A Christian Reflection on the Financial Crisis

19 November 2011

Speaker     Lord Brian Griffiths of Fforestfach

Respondent: The Rt Revd Dr Peter Selby

Peter Selby, former Bishop of Worcester, is the author of Look for the Living: the Corporate Nature of Resurrection Faith, BeLonging: Challenge to a Tribal Church,  and Grace and Mortgage: the Language of Faith and the Debt of the World.

The 6th Niblett Memorial Lecture will this year be given by Lord Griffiths of Fforestfach, Fellow of Sarum College and International Advisor with Goldman Sachs International concerned with strategic issues – United Kingdom and Asia; trustee of the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Lambeth Fund and chairman of Christian responsibility in Public Affairs.

The lecture will be followed by questions and discussion between Lord Griffiths and The Rt Revd Dr Peter Selby, formerly Bishop of Worcester and Bishop to HM Prisons, and Visiting Professor in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at King’s College, London.

5pm lecture (free but must be booked)
6.3pm drinks; 7pm dinner (£15)

Booking contact Rosie Norman

More information about the 2011 Niblett Memorial Lecture

Niblett Memorial Lecture speakers are drawn from some aspect of public service and invited to reflect on the place of faith and/or ethics in their particular area of service.

The lecture is held annually in honour of Professor Roy Niblett CBE and a fellow at Sarum College, who died in 2005.

A distinguished and influential presence in British higher education for more than 50 years, Professor Niblett’s contribution to Christian thought and the life of the churches in this country was also considerable. A person of deep conviction, his work was distinguished by rigour, reason and a willingness to listen and exchange, which he regarded not as a potential hazard to faith, but as an essential expression of faith.

Niblett’s presence among Sarum Fellows was a powerful reminder to the College that at the heart of Sarum’s purpose is the promotion of dialogue on the profound religious, social and moral issues of our times.