Events Calendar
Nov 17
18:30 - 20:00
Foundation Day Lecture
Foundation Day
The University of Kent's annual flagship lecture

Our annual Foundation Day lecture will be delivered by Gwyneth Williams, Controller of BBC Radio 4 and Radio 4 Extra since July 2010. 

The Foundation Day Lecture is free to attend, and booking is not required. Seats will be available on a first-come-first-served basis. Foundation Day celebrates the University's many achievements since receiving its Royal Charter in 1965

Gwyneth is responsible for the editorial content and leadership of Radio 4 and Radio 4 Extra (previously Radio 7), reaching a combined weekly audience of around 11 million. Her role is to plan and develop the schedule, and commission programmes from a diverse range of topics and genres including factual, drama, current affairs, comedy and documentaries. She works closely with internal production teams and independent production companies to ensure creation of quality and original content. 

Gwyneth started her career in Bush House as a trainee talks writer in 1976, rapidly moving to become producer and Deputy Editor of BBC Radio 4's The World Tonight. Later, as Deputy Editor for Special Current Affairs Programmes, she worked on a range of programmes including election coverage.

As Editor, Policy and Social Programmes from 1994 to 1996 she oversaw the launch of current affairs programmes on BBC Radio 5 Live, edited Radio 4 flagship programmes including The Week in Westminster and worked briefly for BBC One's On the Record. She has also been Editor, Foreign Affairs Radio and bi-media Editor, Home Current Affairs. As Head of Radio Current Affairs and Editor of the BBC Reith Lectures, she ran a department including programmes such as File on 4, Analysis, From Our Own Correspondent, Crossing Continents, 5 Live Report, Money Box and In Business.

Gwyneth became Director of BBC World Service English in 2007 and was responsible for all the BBC's international radio programmes in English and for the 13 streams which delivered the output to its 40 million listeners around the globe.  

At the beginning of her career, Gwyneth worked as a research assistant at the Overseas Development Institute and published two books, one on Southern Africa with Brian Hackland and one on Third World political organisations. She took five years out of formal employment to be with her children in the Eighties. She grew up in South Africa and was educated at St Hugh's College, Oxford.


Woolf Lecture Theatre,
Woolf College,
The Pavilion,
Giles Lane,
University of Kent,
United Kingdom


Open to all,

free to attend

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