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The Progressive Policy Think Tank

Learning from higher education markets

This event part of a series, run in partnership with King's College London, that bring politicians, policy-makers, academics and university leaders together to discuss the future of higher education in the UK.

Thursday 7 February 2013, 17.00 - 18.30
Smirke Suite, Somerset House, King's College London

The marketisation of higher education is a growing worldwide trend. Market steering is replacing or supplementing government steering. For Britain, Professor Brown Roger argues that the new competitive regime was the logical outcome of a process that began with the introduction of full cost fees for overseas students in 1980.

In his talk Profrossor Brown will ask what marketisation (and privatisation) means when applied to higher education. He will ask what the implications are for student education and academic research, and whether and how one might get the benefits of competition without the detriments. His talk will draw on work done for his edited international survey, Higher Education and the Market (Routledge, 2011) and his forthcoming account of UK Higher Education policy since the 1980s, Everything for Sale? The Marketisation of UK Higher Education, published by Routledge in February.

Before his appointment at Liverpool Hope Professor Brown was vice-chancellor of Southampton Solent University, and chief executive of the Higher Education Quality Council.

This event is by invitation only, however if you are interested in attending please email Katarina Klimentova.

Future semiars will inlcude:

  • Research Funding, Conformity and Irrelevance. The Creation of a Self-Reinforcing Triad with Professor Alison Wolf and Sir Roy Griffiths Professor of Public Sector Management, King's College London
    Tuesday 5 March 2013, 5pm to 6.30pm
    Smirke Suite, Somerset House, King's College London
  • How Human Capital varies across graduates with Professor Neil Shephard, University of Oxford
    Thursday 9 May 2013, 5pm to 6.30pm
    Smirke Suite, Somerset House, King's College London

For further information on this seminar series or to make suggestions about future sessions please contact Jon Wilson