Michelle Ryan biography

Michelle RyanMichelle Ryan is a Professor of Social and Organisational Psychology and Dean of Postgraduate Research at the University of Exeter, UK, and Professor of Diversity at the University of Groningen, The Netherlands.

With colleagues she has uncovered the phenomenon of the glass cliff, whereby women (and members of other minority groups) are more likely to be placed in leadership positions which are risky or precarious.

Research into the glass cliff was named by the New York Times as one of the top 100 ideas that shaped 2008.

Peter Randall-Page biography

Peter Randall-Page BWPeter Randall-Page (born UK, 1954) studied sculpture at Bath Academy of Art (1973-77). He has gained an international reputation through his sculpture, drawings and prints; undertaken numerous large-scale commissions; and exhibited widely, including a solo show at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park in 2009-10. His work is held in public and private collections throughout the world, including Japan, South Korea, Australia, USA, Turkey and Germany. In the UK, his public sculptures can be found in many urban and rural locations, including London, Edinburgh, Manchester, Bristol, Oxford and Cambridge, and his work is in the permanent collections of the Tate Gallery and the British Museum amongst others.

Rachel McKendry biography

Rachel McKendryRachel McKendry is Professor of Biomedicine and Nanotechnology at the London Centre for Nanotechnology, UCL. She is Director of i-sense, an EPSRC-funded interdisciplinary research collaboration to develop global early-warning systems for infectious diseases such as pandemic influenza, MRSA and HIV by combining self-reported symptoms on the web with low-cost mobile phone-connected diagnostic tests.

In parallel, Rachel also leads an NIHR i4i grant to develop mobile diagnostics for HIV with industry partner, OJ-Bio. She has won several fellowships and awards including the Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowship, Institute of Physics Paterson Medal, Royal Society Wolfson Merit Award and, most recently, the Royal Society Rosalind Franklin Award and Lecture 2014 to help raise the profile of women in STEM.

Sara Hyde biography

Sara HydeSara Hyde is a leading left-wing thinker on women and the criminal justice system. She has worked in prisons for six years and currently works with young women leaving custody. Sara sits on a MoJ board that appoints magistrates and contributes to policy discussions in the sector. Her first career was in theatre and she still occasionally writes and performs with Wonder arts.

She has spent over ten years in North London involved in community activism and is passionate about grassroots change and increased political engagement. She is on the executive committee of the Fabian Women’s Network and is an active member of the Labour Party.

Sara tweets about prisons, justice, arts, feminism and faith here: @SaraKHyde

Unveiling the new design for TEDxExeter 2015

Until now, the TEDxExeter design has been fairly low-key, and we’ve been doing the work within the team. But we’ve been thinking for a while about wanting a distinctive design for each year’s theme; the ‘D’ of ‘TED’ stands for Design, after all! And after TEDxExeter 2014, Dacors Design approached us about doing some pro bono work.

So today sees the unveiling of the all new design for TEDxExeter 2015 “Taking the Long View” on our website and social media platforms. We’re very grateful to Dacors, and hope you like the new look.

Dom Course from Dacors explains…

Whilst exploring ideas about time, perspective and views through binoculars or telescopes; we stumbled across a traditional kaleidoscope toy. And we couldn’t put it down.

The images are hypnotic and instantly reminded us of the sort of montage sequence used to represent time travel in vintage sci-fi films.

As you move a kaleidoscope you settle on the more pleasing patterns or mandalas. The images give the illusion of infinity and can evoke cellular growth, religious iconography or just make a pretty pattern.

A slight move can ruin it or make it better, but the change is throughout the image.

We feel the kaleidoscope images are suitably complex and abstract to illustrate the wide range of talks covered by a TEDxExeter event. They represent the idea of how a slight change here and now can make huge changes everywhere in the future; and how all things – especially people’s ideas, actions and subsequent outcomes – are interlinked.

Save the date!

TEDxExeter 2015 “Taking the Long View” will take place on 24th April 2015 at the Exeter Northcott Theatre.

Please don’t contact the team about tickets. At the time of writing, we expect them to be available from the Northcott Box Office from the end of November. More soon…


We would be interested in hearing from you if your company would like to sponsor TEDxExeter 2015.

Please email claire@tedxexeter.com if you would like to know more.