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Academic, educationalist and politician, Blackstone is currently Vice-Chancellor of the University of Greenwich (2004 onwards). Blackstone was Minister of State for Arts (2001–2003) and Minister of State for Education and Employment (1997–2001) as part of the Labour government. Master of Birkbeck College (1987–1997) and Labour spokesperson on education in the House of Lords; Professor of Educational Administration at the Institute of Education (1978–1983); Director of Education at ILEA (1983–1987); Chairman of the BBC's General Advisory Council (1987–1991); created Baroness (1987); her books include Inside the Think Tank.
oil on canvas
H 91.4 x W 60.7 cm
Commissioned as part of the First Prize, BP Portrait Award, 1990, 1992