Institute of Education


What is a university education and where is it going?

11:30 am to 2:00 pm, 11 January 2018

Rebuilding education lego blocks: Leaderlab - Driving Transformational Change via Flickr (CC BY-NC 2.0)

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Jeffery Hall, UCL Institute of Education, 20 Bedford Way, London WC1H 0AL

British universities are among the world's most successful, as shown by their research performance and their attractiveness to international students, yet a never-ending source of controversy at home.

Not enough participation, or too many graduates? Highways for upward social mobility, or drivers of inequality? Fair sharers of public and private costs, or engines of graduate debt?

At this event, the most influential recent Minister for Higher Education, Lord David Willetts, will reflect critically on where universities have come from and where they are going. He will discuss his own transformative system reforms - including the £9k fee regime, the uncapping of student numbers and the entry of new providers - and the enduring power of higher education to expand people's lives.

About the speakers

Lord Willetts will be joined by Professor Simon Marginson, Professor James Wilsdon and Professor Claire Callender from the Centre for Global Higher Education (CGHE) at the UCL Institute of Education (IOE).


A free lunch will be provided. Registration for this event is essential:

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Anna Phillips

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