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Should the University Survive in its Current Form? – Panel Discussion






Event Date: October 25 2010
The William Beveridge Hall

Should the University Survive in its Current Form?

Panel Discussion


What does the future hold for universities? What could the role of the university be in the Big Society?

Just days after the Coalition Government’s first Comprehensive Spending Review, the Rt Hon David Willetts MP, Minister of State for Universities and Science, will join an esteemed panel, including AC Grayling, Professor of Philosophy at Birkbeck, and Professor Geoffrey Crossick, Vice-Chancellor at the University of London, for a cutting-edge debate on the future of our universities, to launch the popular Inside Out Festival 2010.

Other panelists for the opening event will include May Chien Busch, ex Chief Operating Officer, Morgan Stanley Europe, and Professor Rick Rylance, Chief Executive, Arts and Humanities Research Council. The event will be chaired by Anne McElvoy, New Statesman Columnist and Executive Editor of the London Evening Standard.

Speakers:

  • May Chien Busch, MCB Enterprises, ex Chief Operating Officer Morgan Stanley Europe
  • Professor Geoffrey Crossick, Vice-Chancellor, University of London
  • Professor AC Grayling, Birkbeck, University of London
  • Professor Rick Rylance, Chief Executive, Arts and Humanities Research Council
  • Rt Hon David Willetts MP, Minister of State for the Universities and Science

Chair:
Anne McElvoy, New Statesman Columnist and Executive Editor of the London Evening Standard.

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  • Great debate. David Willetts was let off the hook with regards to his point on taxation and higher education. His point being that it would be unfair to expect individuals who will never go through higher education to fund higher education via taxation. You can’t predict who will or won’t someday go to University (unless you make it more difficult for unusual suspects to have access to HE) and if we could all have a say about how our taxes are redistributed, HE might not be high up on the list of contentious/unfair items to fund.