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11:30 - 14:00 11 January 2018

What is a university education and where is it going?


Jeffrey Hall | UCL Institute of Education
20 Bedford Way | London | WC1H 0AL | United Kingdom

Open to: Alumni | Public | Academic | Student
Admission: Free
Ticketing: Ticketed and Pre-booking essential

Speaker information

David Willetts, Executive Chair, Resolution Foundation, The Rt Hon. Lord David Willetts is the Executive Chair of the Resolution Foundation and has written widely on economic and social policy. He served as Minister for Universities and Science (2010-2014). Lord Willetts is a visiting Professor at King’s College London, Governor of the Ditchley Foundation, Chair of the British Science Association and a member of the Council of the Institute for Fiscal Studies. He is an Honorary Fellow of Nuffield College Oxford.

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.

Lord Willetts will be joined by Professor James Wilsdon and Professor Simon Marginson from the Centre for Global Higher Education. A free lunch will be provided.


Anna Phillips
+44 (0)2073315255 | anna.phillips@ucl.ac.uk