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The state, the university and liberal education: a complex relationship between piper and tune

This interdisciplinary symposium questions how far the concept of the public nature of higher education depends on state funding, regulation and support.

This interdisciplinary symposium is organised jointly by the School of Law and the Business School at Middlesex University, London. It will question how far the concept of the public nature of higher education depends on state funding, regulation and support. Speakers and participants will debate whether, and if so in what ways, current changes to the longstanding nexus between state and higher education may threaten university autonomy and liberal education values. At a time when the financial arrangement between student 'consumers' and universities is primarily a contractual one, and higher education is increasingly judged on the basis of a calculated economic contribution to individual and national prosperity, the event offers an opportunity to reassess what is the content of “the common good” in higher education. The sessions will be of interest to those teaching and researching in the fields of law, politics, economics, business and higher education policy, as well as to everyone now working in a British university.

There is no charge for this event, which includes a buffet lunch and light refreshments. However, registration in advance is necessary since places are limited. If you would like further information please contact:

Christiana Rose: c.rose@mdx.ac.uk


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Date and Time:

13 February 2014 at 12:00 pm


Half Day



School of Law, Middlesex University
The Burroughs
+44 20 84 11 50 00

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