Institute of Education


Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

About IOE Public Debates

1. What events do you have taking place?

Upcoming events are all featured on the IOE website under

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2. What topics are covered in the public debate series?

The IOE Public Debates series spans topics in the field of education and related areas of social science.

Entry information

1. Do I need to register to attend?

Yes, you can register to attend one of our events online via the 'What's On' section and selecting the link 'Register to attend'

You will need to arrive 15 minutes before the start time to guarantee your entry. The organisers at the event will have a list of the names of all ticket holders.

All UCL Institute of Education events are over-ticketed and operate returns queues, so please ensure you arrive at least 15 minutes before the start of the event. Tickets do not guarantee entry to the venue as entry is on a first come, first served basis for ticketholders.

2. How much do your events cost?

There is no cost involved, these events are free to attend.

3. Can members of the public attend?

Yes, we welcome those directly engaged in education policy and practice, but also parents, carers and young people through to the interested person on the street.

4. What happens to latecomers?

We do encourage people to turn up in good time to avoid disappointment. If there is space in the room, and the event will not be disturbed by late arrivals, then we will allow people in after the start of the event.

Please note, admittance to any IOE Public Debate is always at the discretion of the event organiser.


If you are a member of the press and would like to attend one of our public debates please contact us directly at ioe.events@ucl.ac.uk to discuss seating arrangements in more detail.

Getting to the IOE

1. Where will the IOE Public Debates be held?

The exact location for each event will be available on the relevant event webpage under 'What's On'. The majority of our events are held at UCL Institute of Education, 20 Bedford Way, WC1H 0AL.

Find out how to get to the IOE:

Security at IOE Public Debates

1. Can I bring a bag/suitcase into an event?

Ticket holders are allowed to bring small bags into an IOE Public Debate. The IOE reserves the right to make a search of bags a condition of entry to its venues. Please note that you are responsible for any items in your possession.

At the IOE Public Debates

1. Do you provide a cloakroom at the events?

For the majority of the events we hold at the IOE we do not have a cloakroom available.

2. What is the event format?

Our panel events are around an hour. We will hear from each of the speakers, followed by a panel discussion and Q&A with the audience.

Our panel events are audio and video recorded and are made available on our website to watch and listen to again. Please be aware that by attending our events you may be visible in the audience in photos or in the video of the event, and if you ask any questions these are likely to feature in our recordings.

3. How can I interact with others watching the event?

We do have a hashtag for our events: it is #IOEDebates

If you would like to interact with others who are engaging in the debate follow us on twitter

4. Is there complimentary Wi-Fi available at the IOE Public Debates?

We do have Wi-Fi facilities available, details will be provided at the event. Also visitors from other participating institutions are encouraged to use eduroam. If you are having trouble connecting to eduroam, please contact your home institution for assistance.

5. Can I take photographs during the event?

You are more than welcome to take photos during the event, however, please do not use flash photography as this can be disruptive to the speakers.

6. Can I bring food and drink with me to the event?

No food or drink, with the exception of water, is allowed at an IOE Public Debate.

7. Where can I go for a drink or bite to eat before or after the event?

There are a broad range of cafes and eateries in the surrounding areas of Russell Square. The IOE is located near to the Brunswick Centre and about a 10-15 minute walk to Tottenham Court Road.


1. I have an access enquiry, who do I need to contact?

If you have any accessibility requirements or enquiries please contact the events team at ioe.events@ucl.ac.uk. If you could contact us allowing for as much time as possible before the event we will be able to ensure where required the appropriate measures are taken.

For further accessibility information please refer to the relevant accessibility info:

2. I have a guide dog, am I able to attend?

Yes, please get in touch directly with us at ioe.events@ucl.ac.uk in advance of the debate, so that a space at the event can be reserved for you.

Videos, podcasts and live streaming

1. Can I watch IOE Public Debates live online?

Yes, you can view a live stream of each event as it happens via the IOE's YouTube channel. You can access the live stream link and further event details on the relevant event pages.

2. Are all events recorded as a podcast and video?

Yes, all of our events are recorded as a podcast and video and are available on our website following the event.