1. From the invitation to speak that I received from conference cochairs Anthea Kraut and Nadine George.
2. Lewis, Paul, Taylor, Matthew, Gabbatt, Adam, and Williams, Rachel, “Police Caught Out by Peaceful Student Protest That Turned Violent,” Guardian, 10 November 2010, online at www.guardian.co.uk/education/2010/nov/10/student-protests-violence (accessed 18 January 2011).
6. Masters in International Performance Research, an Erasmus Mundus masters program, funded by the European Union, led by Warwick, with the University of Amsterdam, University of Helsinki, and University of Belgrade. Students study in two of the four locations and receive double degrees.
7. The British Theatre Consortium consists of myself, David Edgar, Dan Rebellato, Steve Waters, and Julie Wilkinson. Four of the five of us are professional playwrights, and four of us have academic positions as well. The BTC has run a number of conferences over the past few years (in London, Warwick, Birmingham, and Manchester) and has secured funding from Arts Council England for a report into the status of new theatre writing in Britain. The report, “Writ Large,” can be read online at http://britishtheatreconference.co.uk/writ-large/ (accessed 27 January 2011) or downloaded via www.artscouncil.org.uk/media/uploads/publications/writ_large.pdf.
8. Julie Wilkinson, introductory conference remarks, ‘Next Act: The Past and Future of New Theatre Writing’, Manchester, 13 November 2010. Unpublished ms courtesy of Julie Wilkinson.
11. Update as of 1 March: Student demonstrations continued in January and February; Aaron Porter, head of the NUS, resigned under pressure from students angry that he was not militant enough in his leadership of the protests, and a large demonstration is planned together with the Trade Union Congress (TUC) under the banner ‘Funding Our Future’ for 26 March 2011.