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.
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?
Recorded streaming videos:
Chairs: Professor Lyn Tett & Professor Jim Gallacher
Morning sessions - Chair: Professor Jim Gallacher
|09.30 – 09.45||Refreshments and registration|
|09.45 – 10.00||
Welcome and introduction to the day
|10.00 – 10.30|
|10.30 – 11.00|
|11.00 – 11.30|
|11.30 – 11.45||Tea and coffee|
|11.45 – 12.15|
|12.15 – 12.45|
|12.45 – 13.30||Lunch|
Afternoon parallel sessions - Chairs: Professor Lyn Tett & Professor Jim Gallacher
|13.30 – 14.00||
Professor Emer Smyth, Economic and Social Research Institute Dublin (Chair: Professor Lyn Tett)
Dr Elisabet Weedon, University of Edinburgh (Chair: Professor Jim Gallacher)
|14.00 – 14.30||
Professor Andrea Óhidy, University of Education Freiburg (Chair: Professor Lyn Tett)
Professor Marie-Aurélie Thériault, University of Montreal (Chair: Professor Jim Gallacher)
|14.30 - 14.40||Break|
|14.40 - 15.10||
Professor Trevor Gale, University of Glasgow (Chair: Professor Jim Gallacher)
Dr Katherine Friend, Nottingham Trent University (Chair: Professor Lyn Tett)
|15.10 – 15.40||
Professor Cristina Iannelli, University of Edinburgh (Chair: Professor Sheila Riddell)
|15.40 – 16.00||
Summing up of the day
Joint discussants: Professor Lyn Tett & Professor Jim Gallacher
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