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University reform: Public good versus private gains? A high-level roundtable on the future of higher education policy

Wednesday, 12 October 2011
14:00 - 16:00
The Work Foundation, 21 Palmer Street, London SW1H 0AD



  • Rt. Hon. David Willetts MP, Minister for Universities and Science
  • David Sweeney, Director (Research, Innovation and Skills), Higher Education Funding Council for England
  • Stephen Uden, Head of Skills & Economic Affairs, Microsoft
  • Dr. Wendy Piatt, Director General, Russell Group
  • Charles Levy, Senior Researcher, The Work Foundation (chair)


Focusing on the implications of the shift in provision from public to increasingly commercial and private funding, this high-level roundtable addressed questions such as:

  • Do we have too many graduates at present? And might the reforms reduce student numbers?
  • Will the introduction of new fees change the subjects which are studied? Will this deliver the graduates that businesses need?
  • How do we balance the need for private funding of the university sector with the broad public roles of higher education institutions?

This event brought leading figures in the Higher Education sector and business leaders, creating a space to discuss and explore these themes with other key decision-makers. This event comes as part of The Work Foundation’s Cities 2020 and Knowledge Economy research programmes.

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