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Campaigning for the Public University

In this podcast Mark Carrigan talks to Gurminder K. Bhambra about her experiences as an initiator of the Campaign for the Public University. They discuss the crisis in the university system and the aims of the campaign, as well as wider issues relating to impact and engagement.

The Problem of “Dirty Hands” in UK Universities

Conference: Monday 26 and Tuesday 27 March 2012, University of Brighton, UK

Following the News International phone-hacking scandal, questions have been raised about the propriety of accepting funding for Chairs such as the Rupert Murdoch Professorship in Language and Communication at Oxford University. But funding like this is ubiquitous in the universities, and it extends well beyond endowed professorships. Furthermore, private finance is going to play an increasingly prominent role in the wake of the Government White Paper on HE.

The Centre for Applied Philosophy, Politics & Ethics (CAPPE) at the University of Brighton, in collaboration with the Times Higher Education, is holding a two-day interdisciplinary conference that seeks to address some of the background issues of principle that arise from the ways in which universities are financed. In particular: what are academics’ responsibilities in relation to the financing of “our” universities? Topics might include, among others:

·       funded chairs and centres
·       named buildings
·       the Research Excellence Framework
·       apparent grade inflation
·       commonality of standards
·       “Grayling College”
·       as university employees, our effectively doing the government’s bidding

We particularly welcome contributions reflecting personal experience of some of the contradictions that arise in these contexts.

Confirmed keynote speakers:

Deborah Cameron, Rupert Murdoch Professor of Language and Communication, Oxford University
Phil Baty, Deputy Editor, THE

Date: Monday 26 and Tuesday 27 March 2012

Venue: University of Brighton

Cost: £50 for academics; £25 for students and others. This does not include accommodation, about which participants will make their own arrangements. It does, however, include lunch, tea and coffee on both days.

To offer a paper; to offer to respond to a paper; or to register simply as a participant, please contact Professor Bob Brecher, Director, CAPPE at r.brecher@brighton.ac.uk. Places are limited, so early registration is advised.

The deadline for abstracts (300 words) is 9 January 2012.

Draft papers (20 mins) will need to be submitted by 9 March 2012, to give respondents (10 mins) time to prepare their response.

For further information about the centre and this conference: <http://arts.brighton.ac.uk/dirty-hands>

Warwick Higher Education Summit, January 28th 2012

The Warwick Higher Education Summit, WHES, will take place on January 28th, 2012 at the University of Warwick – discussing the theme: Can the Public University be Saved? ALL WELCOME!

Tickets now on sale! www.warwickHEsummit.org

Speakers include Richard Lambert (Warwick Chancellor, former Director-General of the CBI), Dr Steven Hill (RCUK Head of Strategy Unit), Anthony McClaran (Chief Exec, QAA), Pam Tatlow(Chief Exec, Million+), Shabana Mahmood MP (Labour, Shadow Minister for Higher Education), Faiza Shaheen (New Economics Foundation) and more yet to be announced!

Our key focus will be the imminent changes facing the role university has as a public institution. With students and universities across the country for the first time preparing for up to £9,000 annual fees in 2012 – now is a good time to question what a university education will mean for future generations, and for society as a whole.

Higher Education has always existed somewhere between the state, the individual, civil society, culture and business. The summit will examine the relationships between these sectors by bringing together a diverse audience from each area – including academics, students, FE providers, sector professionals, research bodies, charities and the public.

Organised for the first time by both students and staff at the University of Warwick, WHES promises to be an exciting day of debate.

9.30 – 10.00 Registration

10.00 – 11.00 Are the arts and humanities relevant to society?

- Refreshment break

11.15 – 12.25 What role do students have in the university? Are they consumers?

12.30 – 13.15 Lunch break, ‘Workshop on widening access with Teach First’

13.20 – 14.45 Is the public value of UK universities still important?

14.50 – 16.20 To what extent must the university act as a public investment in the private sector?

Break for coffee

16.20 – 17.30 What case for the public university?

To check out our first confirmed speakers and buy tickets, please head to www.warwickHEsummit.org

Ticket price includes lunch and refreshments throughout the day.

For further interest, please contact Event Coordinator David Reed on david.reed@warwick.ac.uk

Warwick Higher Education Summit, January 28th 2012

The Warwick Higher Education Summit, WHES, will take place on January 28th, 2012 at the University of Warwick – discussing the theme: Can the Public University be Saved? ALL WELCOME!

Tickets now on sale! www.warwickHEsummit.org

Speakers include Richard Lambert (Warwick Chancellor, former Director-General of the CBI), Dr Steven Hill (RCUK Head of Strategy Unit), Anthony McClaran (Chief Exec, QAA), Pam Tatlow(Chief Exec, Million+), Shabana Mahmood MP (Labour, Shadow Minister for Higher Education), Faiza Shaheen (New Economics Foundation) and more yet to be announced!

Our key focus will be the imminent changes facing the role university has as a public institution. With students and universities across the country for the first time preparing for up to £9,000 annual fees in 2012 – now is a good time to question what a university education will mean for future generations, and for society as a whole.

Higher Education has always existed somewhere between the state, the individual, civil society, culture and business. The summit will examine the relationships between these sectors by bringing together a diverse audience from each area – including academics, students, FE providers, sector professionals, research bodies, charities and the public.

Organised for the first time by both students and staff at the University of Warwick, WHES promises to be an exciting day of debate.

9.30 – 10.00 Registration

10.00 – 11.00 Are the arts and humanities relevant to society?

- Refreshment break

11.15 – 12.25 What role do students have in the university? Are they consumers?

12.30 – 13.15 Lunch break, ‘Workshop on widening access with Teach First’

13.20 – 14.45 Is the public value of UK universities still important?

14.50 – 16.20 To what extent must the university act as a public investment in the private sector?

Break for coffee

16.20 – 17.30 What case for the public university?

To check out our first confirmed speakers and buy tickets, please head to www.warwickHEsummit.org

Ticket price includes lunch and refreshments throughout the day.

For further interest, please contact Event Coordinator David Reed on david.reed@warwick.ac.uk

The Future of the University

In this podcast Mark Carrigan discusses the future of the university system with Steve Fuller. At a time of crisis in the university, the discussion explores how academia has arrived at its present juncture and where it might go from here. It contextualises the present predicament in terms of the wider intellectual, cultural, political and economic factors which underlay these seismic shifts in academic life.

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