Professor Quintin McKellar CBE and Sol Rogers

How the Festival of Ideas Reimagined came to be

Sol Rogers and Professor Quintin McKellar, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Hertfordshire discuss the inception of the Festival of Ideas Reimagined



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About Sol Rogers

Sol Rogers is the CEO and Founder of REWIND, an Emmy nominated immersive content studio that fuses bleeding-edge technology with award-winning creative storytelling. The team combines its deep-rooted heritage in VFX and CGI production, with an industry-defining approach to VR, AR, and MR. Sol is also the Chairman of the BAFTA Immersive Entertainment Advisory Group and the Chairman of Immerse UK, the first nation-wide network for immersive companies. Prior to founding REWIND, Sol was one of the youngest Senior Lecturers in the UK, writing four new degrees, two masters and supervising PhDs during his tenure.

About Professor Quintin McKellar

Professor McKellar has been the Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive of the University of Hertfordshire since 2011. He is chair of the Hatfield Renewal Project Board.

In 2015 he was elected as a Board member of Universities UK (UUK) and in April 2020 was appointed as UUK Vice-President (England and Northern Ireland). He also chairs the UUK Innovation and Growth Policy Network. He was chair of the University Vocational Awards Council until 2019 and has been a member of the government’s Apprenticeship Stakeholder Board since 2016. He was Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Pirbright institute between 2015 and 2019 and since 2018 he has been a Non-Executive Director of the Centre for Innovation Excellence in Livestock.

Professor McKellar was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 2011 for services to science. He is a distinguished researcher with interests in the pharmacology of anti-infective and anti-inflammatory drugs in domestic animals.

He graduated from Glasgow University Veterinary School in 1981 and went on to gain a PhD in Veterinary Parasitology in 1984. In August 1997 Professor McKellar took up the post of Scientific Director of the Moredun Research Institute and Chief Executive of the Moredun Foundation. In 2004, he was appointed Principal of The Royal Veterinary College of the University of London.

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