Public Forum: What does the withdrawal of the Higher Education Bill mean for our universities?

Public Forum: What does the withdrawal of the Higher Education Bill mean for our universities?

Tuesday February 21st. 6:30pm
King’s College London (Strand) WC2R 2LS, Room S-1.27

Howard Hotson, London Review of Books; John Holmwood, co-author The Alternative White Paper; Liam Burns NUS President; Andrew McGettigan, journalist and blogger @ Critical Education; Jim Wolfreys, author of Universities for Hire; Kate Tunstall, No Confidence in Willetts Campaign; John McDonnell MP.
The government’s decision to withdraw its Higher Education Bill appears to indicate weakness and retreat. Yet most of the reforms outlined in its HE White Paper are being implemented anyway, from the new admissions market and fees regime to the escalating audit culture and creeping privatisation of the sector.
University admissions figures for the coming year have fallen dramatically in some institutions, while competition between universities and other providers is intensifying.
How do we prevent the restriction of student choice imposed by the new university admissions market, and the growing inequalities it is creating between higher education institutions?
What are the prospects for private providers finding a way into higher education now that the HE Bill has been postponed?
The aim of this forum is for staff and students to assess the latest developments in government policy for higher education and to have a strategic discussion about how best to resist it.
Initiated by the Education Activist Network
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The education activist network provides national coordination for trade unionists, academics, university workers and student campaigners fighting to defend jobs and education in the UK.

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