10 Feb 2012

1. THIS SUNDAY:

'WHERE NEXT?': CDE / CACHE CONFERENCE -- SUNDAY 12 FEBRUARY 2012

In January, we learned that the government would not pursue a Higher 
Education Bill this year. This was a vindication and a victory for 
students, academics, and staff who have spent the last two years 
campaigning against the government's destructive plans for universities. 
But while some of the proposals will have been dropped with the HE Bill, 
others, it has been noted, "can still be achieved without primary 
legislation." Without the clear chance to oppose government proposals in a 
Bill, what are the next steps for those who seek to challenge the 
privatisation, marketisation, and overall impoverishment of higher 
education?

Join students from Cambridge Defend Education (CDE) and academics from 
Cambridge Academic Campaign for Higher Education (CACHE) for a broad 
discussion of next steps in the campaign for public universities.

TIME: Sunday, 12 February, 12-5 VENUE: GR 06/07, English Faculty Building, 
9 West Road, Cambridge CB3 9DP [A map can be downloaded at 
http://g.co/maps/9k2hn]

Please contact camdefendeducation@gmail.com with any access queries or 
requirements, as well as general enquiries.

The conference will feature talks from the following presenters:

ANDREW MCGETTIGAN (independent researcher, http://andrewmcgettigan.org/)

DIANE REAY (Professor of Education, Cambridge; researcher on inequality in 
education)

UCU and STUDENT ACTIVISTS (to be confirmed)

These presentations will be followed by discussions led by JOHN HOLMWOOD 
(University of Nottingham; editor, A Manifesto for the Public University; 
Campaign for Public University) and GURMINDER BHAMBRA (University of 
Warwick; Campaign for Public University).

Everybody welcome.

ACCESSIBILITY: The venue is accessible to wheelchair users. Please
contact camdefendeducation@gmail.com with any access queries or
requirements.

2. HOWARD HOTSON TALK NEXT WEEK

Do British Universities need Radical Reform? Howard Hotson, Professor of
Early Modern Intellectual History, University of Oxford. Faculty of
Education, 184 Hills Road, Cambridge CB2 8PQ (Donald McIntyre Building,
room GS4). Thursday 16 February 2012, 17:30-19:00

3. UCU AND TPS PENSIONS DISPUTE-A LEFT ANALYSIS

by Malcolm Povey, University of Leeds

at http://www.food.leeds.ac.uk/mp/mp_top/UCU_USS_POVEYstatement.pdf

4. REDE LECTURE 2012: THE PURPOSE OF THE UNIVERSITY

"The Rede Lecture 2012 on 16 February will be given by the Chairman of the 
Financial Services Authority, Lord Turner of Ecchinswell.

Adair Turner, who is an Honorary Fellow of Gonville and Caius College, will 
speak on "The purpose of the University: Knowledge and human wellbeing in 
the modern economy".

In his Lecture, Lord Turner will challenge common assumptions about the 
importance of economic growth maximisation and about the role of 
universities in achieving it.

He will question the dominant propositions that the primary objective of 
public policy should be to enhance long-term economic growth; and that 
therefore a primary objective of university research and undergraduate 
education should be to serve the interests of national productivity, 
national competitiveness and growth.

Against that background, he will set out a point of view on what the role 
of the university should be, both in relation to STEM subjects and to the 
arts and humanities.

The Rede Lecture 2012 will start at 5.30pm in the Senate House on Thursday 
16 February 2012. It is open to all, and will be followed by a reception in 
the University Combination Room. Senior Members of the University should 
wear gowns."

5. PUBLIC UNIVERSITY PETITION

http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/25458
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