Dr James Panton
head of upper sixth and head of politics, Magdalen College School; associate professor of philosophy, Open University

Dr James Panton is head of upper sixth and head of politics at Magdalen College School, Oxford; and associate professor of philosophy at the Open University. He was previously an academic – lecturing political theory and intellectual history at St John’s College, Hertford College, and Balliol College, and he was responsible for setting up the tutorial teaching training programme for graduate students in the Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Oxford. James continues to teach politics, philosophy and intellectual history regularly for the Department of Continuing Education at the University of Oxford.

James was a founder member of the pressure group The Manifesto Club which campaigns against the hyper regulation of everyday life, and he was instrumental in establishing the ProTest movement in defense of animal research at Oxford University. He is the author of academic and mainstream media articles and commentaries, and has been a regular broadcaster on television and radio.