Below is a selection of films providing an insight into the work of Sir John Cass’s Foundation, including footage of the annual lecture series and short films of projects funded by the Foundation.


2016 Sir John Cass’s Annual Lecture 


Sir John Cass’s Annual Lecture 10th Anniversary Commemorative Film

The 10th anniversary of the Sir John Cass’s Foundation annual lecture was held on the 28th September 2016 and was delivered by Professor Sir Adrian Smith, Vice-Chancellor of the University of London. The talk was entitled ” The world’s largest classroom –the outreach of the University of London since 1858″. The event was a great success with over 200 people in attendance.

To commemorate this special event the Foundation produced a film celebrating the past ten years of the lecture series. We are indebted to all past speakers and those who have contributed to the film. We would also like to thank Professor Sir Adrian Smith who gave the 10th annual lecture on 28th September 2016.


British Academy and Sir John Cass’s Foundation Annual Lecture films

In 2012, the Sir John Cass’s Foundation agreed to endow a series of annual lectures. The theme alternates between Education and Management & Business Studies. The lecture was first delivered in 2013. Videos of the lectures can be found below:

2016: Whatever happened to lifelong learning? And does it matter? by John Bynner 

2015: Reinventing the corporation, by Colin Maye 

2014: Education and opportunity: Is the UK departing from a common tradition? by Lindsay Paterson  

2013: Can Leaders Make a Difference to Organisational Performance? by Andrew Pettigrew 


Prisoner Education Conference films

Sir John Cass’s Foundation supported the 2016 prisoner education conference hosted by the national Centre for Education in the Criminal Justice System (CECJS) at the Institute of Education, UCL. The 5th annual conference was entitled ‘Education for offenders – aspirational and engaging education for all’ and was held on 8th July 2016.

This international conference focused on how prison education can work effectively for its many diverse learners. The event was aimed at prison teachers, practitioners and managers of offender learning, teacher educators, researchers, mentors and policymakers in criminal justice settings.

Videos of the Keynote speakers can be found below:

  • Welcome, Becky Francis, Institute of Education and Helen Meixner, Sir John Cass’s Foundation
  • Nick Hardwick, Royal Holloway, University of London
  • Annet Bakker, Chair of the European Prison Education Association
  • David Lammy, MP for Tottenham

Art Against Knives

The Foundation is currently supporting a collaboration between the London College of Fashion and Art Against Knives, DESIGN + MAKE, a unique programme designed to support young adults in creating their own positive futures.

Read the Design and Make Press Release 2016 for further information

A short video can be seen below:

A video of the Design + Make Celebration Event can be found below:


The 2015 Sir John Cass’s Foundation Annual Lecture


The 2014 Sir John Cass’s Foundation Annual Lecture

The 2014 Sir John Cass’s Foundation Annual Lecture Q&A session