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Press Release 1st December 2016

Charlotte Blease is a philosopher and an interdisciplinary Research Fellow at the School of Philosophy, University College Dublin, and Research Affiliate at the Program in Placebo Studies, Harvard Medical School. She is passionate about education, including Philosophy for Children, and the public understanding of medicine and healthcare. In 2015 Charlotte co-founded Philosophy Ireland, an all-Ireland network of teachers, philosophers, and educationalists who aim to promote philosophy at all levels of Irish society. She was instrumental in promoting the pedagogy ‘Philosophy for Children’ as Curriculum Advisor on the new Irish curriculum Junior Cycle Short Course in Philosophy. For more information, visit Charlotte Blease's website.



Stephen Fry is an English actor, screenwriter, author, playwright, comedian, television presenter and film director. In addition to his well-known acting roles such as the lead in the film Wilde, Melchett in the BBC television series Blackadder, and the titular character in the television series Kingdom. Stephen has also written and presented several documentary series, including the Emmy Award-winning Stephen Fry: The Secret Life of the Manic Depressive, and is also the long-time host of the BBC television quiz show QI. As a proudly out gay man, the award-winning Out There, documenting the lives of lesbian, bisexual gay and transgender people around the world, is part of his thirty-year advocacy of the rights of the LGBT community. Please note that Stephen Fry will not be available for any press or media comment. For more information, visit Stephen Fry's website.


Lord Neuberger was appointed President of the Supreme Court in 2012. He previously held the post of Master of the Rolls from 1 October 2009. In 2007 he was made a Lord of Appeal in Ordinary and created a life peer as Baron Neuberger of Abbotsbury in the County of Dorset. For more information, visit Lord Neuberger's biography on the Supreme Court website.


Professor Mick Waters is an Associate Professor at the  Centre for Developmental & Applied Research in Education (CeDARE) at the University of Wolverhampton. He works with schools across the country and abroad on innovative approaches to learning and on initiatives to push the boundaries for making learning better. He was a head teacher before working at senior levels in Birmingham and Manchester Local Authorities. Mick was the Director of Curriculum at the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA) from 2005 to 2009. For more information, visit Professor Mick Water's biography on the University of Wolverhampton website.