These dual, and sometimes competing, pressures must be understood within the context of globalisation. Developed countries generally see higher education as a way of building knowledge economies, leading to debates about the proportion of students who should be qualified to tertiary level; the division of costs between the individual student and the state; the most effective ways of increasing participation by students from non-traditional backgrounds; and the intended and unintended consequences of widening access initiatives. As noted by Rizvi and Lingard (2010), globalisation is not a one-directional force, but is accompanied by movements to reinforce the local and the regional, often driven by anxiety about the rapid pace of change and a perceived loss of identity. This seminar explores the way in which the twin pressures of globalisation and localisation play out in the field of higher education and in specific debates on fees regimes, access and culture. In the following paragraphs, we set out the central themes addressed.
Broad themes and questions
- How should the costs of higher education be distributed between the student, their family and the state?
- What are the implications of shifts in tuition fee regimes?
- Is higher education in the developed world a driver of social justice or growing inequality?
- What are the best means of achieving fairer access?
- What challenges are encountered by non-traditional students and how can they be supported?
|09.30 – 09.45||Refreshments and registration|
|09.45 – 10.00||
Welcome and introduction to the day
Professor Sheila Riddell
|10.00 – 10.30||
Widening access and tuition fees: What lessons can be learnt from the English experience?
Dr Gill Wyness, London School of Economics
|10.30 – 11.00||
Higher fees, higher debts: Unequal graduate transitions and outcomes in England?
Dr Katy Vigurs, University of Derby; Dr Steven Jones, University of Manchester; Dr Diane Harris, University of Manchester
|11.00 – 11.30||
The implications of HE funding and provision differences for students crossing borders in the UK
Dr Susan Whittaker, University of Edinburgh
|11.30 – 11.45||Tea and coffee|
|11.45 – 12.15||
Proportionate universalism: Understanding Welsh higher education policy in a wider UK context
Lucy Hunter Blackburn, University of Edinburgh
|12.15 – 12.45||
Widening access and target setting: can social audit be used to promote social justice?
Professor Sheila Riddell, University of Edinburgh
|12.45 – 13.30||Lunch|
Afternoon parallel sessions
|13.30 – 14.00||
Widening access to higher education: balancing supply and demand in Ireland
Professor Emer Smyth, Economic and Social Research Institute Dublin
Changing commitment to widening access in Sweden?
Dr Elisabet Weedon, University of Edinburgh
|14.00 – 14.30||
Widening participation policies and outcomes in Germany
Professor Andrea Óhidy, University of Education Freiburg
Higher education funding and student activism in Quebec: Le printemps érable and its aftermath
Professor Marie-Aurélie Thériault, University of Montreal
|14.30 - 15.00||
Widening access and retention in Australia
Professor Trevor Gale, University of Glasgow
Finding a fit? The experiences of students from less advantaged backgrounds in an elite US university
Dr Katherine Friend, Nottingham Trent University
|15.00 – 15.30||
School curriculum and social inequalities in access to selective higher education institutions: Scotland and the US in comparison
Professor Cristina Iannelli, University of Edinburgh
Higher Education, Funding and Access: Scotland and the UK in International Perspective (31 August 2017)
Rooms B1.11-1 to B1.11-3, The Outreach Centre, 9C Holyrood Road, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh EH8 8FP