Thursday, 14 October 2010

The Future of Higher Education?

In a few hours I'm about to be in the audience for a BBC Radio 3 recording taking place at the National Glass Centre during which the future of Higher Education will be discussed.  This is part of the BBC's Free Thinking series presented in association with the University of Sunderland.   The event is being billed as bringing together "an outspoken panel to tackle one the most pressing issues for future generations" - namely how cash strapped universities are to cope with impending cuts in public funding.

This comes on the back of the recent publication of the Browne Review which calls for the present cap of £3290 to be lifted in the face of removing the current regime in which the public pays a proportion of the true cost of a university degree.  A video featuring Lord Browne's proposals can be found below, as can the full report.

There have been numerous criticisms of the report, some of which suggest that middle income families would be hit hardest by the newly proposed funding ventures, whilst others have claimed that the huge increase in fees would out off potential students from the poorest backgrounds.

 I'm sure that this Radio 3 debate might get a little heated.  Hopefully I'll be able to tweet from the audience after 7pm GMT.

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