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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.

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

Public Universities and Public Futures

A round table session from Discourses of Dissent, an event part funded by the Social Theory Centre, investigating how academic research, with a particular focus on social theory, might help us articulate and work towards a positive vision of shared futures which escape the discursive constraints which have defined the public life of the UK since the 1980s.

The session explored the practical resolution of the tensions facing the university system. What are the most pressing issues faced by universities? Is a satisfactory resolution of these tensions possible without radical reform? Is there a need to move beyond critique?

Speakers: Steve Fuller, Dan Hind and John Holmwood

What are we defending when we defend public universities?

Steve Fuller talking about public universities at Discourses of Dissent, an event part-funded by the Social Theory Centre which took place in February 2011.

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