Dr Terence Clifford-Amos is an International Consultant who has more than thirty years’ experience in higher education, as a lecturer, researcher and senior administrator. He is also an experienced politician and civic leader, having been elected to the office of Mayor and Speaker of the Cinque Ports in the UK. Widely experienced in civic life, he has worked with members of parliament and liaised with the Speakers of the House of Commons and House of Lords, Westminster, London. He has worked on many local government projects and was pivotal during the Pfizer industrial crisis of 2011. Terence has made several appearances on television and delivered numerous radio broadcasts in several overseas countries and in the UK.
Highly experienced in international consultancy, quality assurance and higher-education reform, he has worked with the European Commission, ministries of education, universities and various higher-education agencies.
During his career in higher education, he has: made significant contributions to the Arts, Humanities and Initial Teacher Education; attended the Royal College of Music London; been a visiting Fellow of Oxford and Cambridge Universities; and guest-lectured at many UK universities. Currently, he is a visiting lecturer at the Université Catholique de Lille, France, a post he has held since 2003. Well-published in English Literature, Language and Education, Terence’s recent writing includes articles on the Bologna process in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and a plenary address on ‘Science Across Boundaries’ for Kosovo.
During 2008-2018, Terence travelled to many countries, including: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, Finland, France, Hungary, Hong Kong, Israel, Italy, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Lithuania, Macedonia, Malta, Moldova, Montenegro, Oman, Poland, Russia, Serbia, Slovenia, Spain, Tunisia and Vietnam, where, as a consultant, lecturer and staff developer, he has made contributions to university reform, quality assurance and the Bologna Process.
In 2017-18, Terence returned to work with the European Commission as Vice-Chair for Horizon 2020.
Terence’s early background in music (he is a Licentiate of the Royal Academy, London) has enabled him to advise the Yerevan Komitas State Conservatory in Armenia, on reform processes at doctoral level. He remains active in music, if only in a sotto voce manner, but sufficient for him to compose a tone poem, commemorating the voyage of RMS Titanic (A Night to Remember) which received its first performance in September 2016.
In May 2010, his election to the office of Speaker of the Cinque Ports in England identified him with one of two ancient office holders in the UK, the other being the Speaker of the House of Commons. He has met with the Speakers of the House of Commons and House of Lords. Terence is often called upon to meet with serving Mayors in towns and cities overseas for discussions on a range of civic matters, which he finds particularly important in developing a culturally wider role in some of the countries he serves as consultant and expert. His experience in post-war and post-conflict countries is unique to his experience in higher-education development overseas.
He has been a jury member for the International Film Festival: Polish Tourfilm Academy, Warsaw, and for the Tourist and Ecology Film Festival – Silafest’11-12, the annual event, held at Veliko Gradište. More widely in Serbia, he has contributed to a TEMPUS project in Education with the University of Belgrade, and been a key-note speaker for the conference Wishes and Opportunities at the Belgrade College of Tourism. He is delighted to be rejoining Silafest as jury member for the summer of 2018.