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Lords Committee to take evidence from post-1992 university Vice Chancellors on challenges their segment of the HE sector faces


Is there an “artificial divide” between higher and further education? Is the Teaching Excellence Framework making student satisfaction a central objective? Can market mechanisms improve the higher education sector?

These are some of the questions the House of Lords Economic Affairs Committee will be asking two panels of witnesses on Tuesday 14 November 2017.

The first panel will be at 3.35pm and the Committee will hear from:

  • Sir Anthony Seldon, Vice Chancellor, Buckingham University
  • Professor David Phoenix OBE, Vice Chancellor, London South Bank University.

The second panel will be at 4.35pm and the Committee will hear from:

  • Professor Mike Thomas, Vice-Chancellor, University of Central Lancashire
  • Peter Horrocks CBE, Vice Chancellor, Open University
  • Professor David Latchman CBE, Master, Birkbeck University.

Other questions the Committee is likely to ask both panels include:

  • Can higher education institutions deliver technical education?
  • Should universities be able to charge different fees for different subjects?
  • Are universities too dependent on fees from international students?
  • How should the Government support lifelong learning?
  • What input should employers have on course design?
  • How can the Government address the decline in part-time education?

These evidence sessions will start at 3.35pm on Tuesday 14 November 2017 in Committee Room 1 of the House of Lords.

These sessions are part of the Committee's ongoing inquiry into the economics of higher, further and technical education.
The Committee recently published the written evidence it has accepted into the inquiry. Click here and select ‘ View all' to read this evidence.

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