The University of Hertfordshire is hosting its annual Chancellor’s Lecture on 7 November 2019. Special guest speaker, Lord Hill of Oareford, formerly Leader of the House of Lords and former European Commissioner for Financial Stability, Financial Services and Capital Markets Union, will discuss why the British political system has become infantilised, how we might grow up, and how universities can help.

Nominated by the former British Prime Minister David Cameron, Jonathan Hill took office as European Commissioner in November 2014 with responsibility for financial regulation across the whole of Europe. His flagship programme was the development of a European Capital Markets Union to increase the flow of investment capital throughout the EU. Jonathan resigned as Commissioner in the immediate aftermath of the UK referendum on EU membership in June 2016.

Professor Quintin McKellar CBE, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Hertfordshire, said: “We are delighted that Jonathan Hill has agreed to talk at this year’s Chancellor’s lecture. His considerable political experience will provide us with a greater insight into the role we can play in the current political climate and will offer both students and the members of the local community much food for thought.”

The event is free to attend and will be held in the Weston Auditorium, de Havilland Campus, Hatfield AL10 9EU. Registrationstarts at 18:45 for a 19:00 start. To book your place, visit: Alternatively, call 01707 284121 (office hours only) or email