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Shaping higher education fifty years after Robbins

LSE Lionel Robbins Conference

Date: Tuesday 22 October 2013 
Time: 10.30-7.15pm 
Venue: Shaw Library, Old Building 

LSE held a one-day event to discuss the present-day relevance of the Robbins Report 50 years on and, more generally, to commemorate one of LSE’s most illustrious academics.

Robbins established the principle that university places should be available to all who have the aspiration and ability. This principle has come to underpin higher education policies internationally and has transformed the lives of millions of people, particularly women, as the report set in train an expansion of higher education that still continues.

Session 1:  The Robbins Report: Then and now
Chair: Professor Craig Calhoun
What was the world like then? The context in 1963 - Professor Lord Layard (LSE)
The Report – Lord Moser
What happened later? The British road to mass higher education – Professor Sir David Watson (University of Oxford)
Conclusion - Simeon Underwood (LSE)

Session 2:  Competing visions: What structure for higher education?
Chair: Baroness Blackstone
Intellectually autonomous and democratically accountable? – Professor Stefan Collini (University of Cambridge)
A European vision – Professor Georg Winckler (University of Vienna)
The private sector – Roxanne Stockwell (Pearson)
Conclusion: Should there be a ‘system’ of higher education? - Graeme Wise (NUS)

Session 3:  How should higher education be financed?
Chair: Professor Howard Glennerster (LSE)
What is happening elsewhere on finance? - Richard Yelland (OECD)
Widening participation: What does the evidence show? - Professor Anna Vignoles (University of Cambridge)
Financing teaching: the 2006 and 2012 reforms in England: Where are we? Where should we be? - Professor Nicholas Barr (LSE)

Session 4:  Shaping higher education fifty years after Robbins: What views to the future|
Chair: Professor Craig Calhoun
Speakers: Bahram Bekhradnia (Higher Education Policy Institute), Rajay Naik (The Open University), David Willetts MP (Minister of Universities & Science)

A copy of the conference programme can be downloaded at Shaping higher education fifty years after Robbins conference programme (pdf)| 

The conference is supported by the LSE Annual Fund|.

Suggested hashtag for this event for Twitter users:  #LSERobbins

Book 

Shaping Higher Education: 50 years after Robbins (2014)|, a collection of edited transcripts from the first session of the conference, involving two of the original members of the Robbins Committee, together with some surrounding material, is available to download at the Department of Economics| website.

Slides 

A copy of Professor Sir David Watson's powerpoint presentation is available to download at What happened later? The British road to mass higher education (pdf)|

A copy of Professor Georg Winkler's powerpoint presentation is available to download at A European vision (pdf)|

A copy of Richard Yelland's powerpoint presentation is available to download at What is happening elsewhere on finance? (pdf)|

A copy of Professor Anna Vignoles' powerpoint presentation is available to download at Widening participation: What does the evidence show? (pdf)| 

A copy of  Professor Nicholas Barr powerpoint presentation is available to download at Financing teaching: the 2006 and 2012 reforms in England: Where are we? Where should we be? (pdf)|

A copy of David Willetts' powerpoint presentation is available to download at 'ROBBINS REVISITED. Bigger and Better Higher Education' (pdf)|.

Podcast  

A podcast of this event is available to download from Shaping Higher Education Fifty Years After Robbins|

Podcasts and videos of many LSE events can be found at the LSE Public Lectures and Events: podcasts and videos channel|.

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