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Grayling’s New College: the vanguard of academic freedom, or an assault on education?

Does the New College represent a blow for academic freedom, or a worrying movement towards HE being the sole preserve of the rich?

Professor A C Grayling's announcement of plans for a new private London-based institution, the New College of the Humanities, which plans to teach students the best of literature, culture and history for a fee of £18,000 a year has been mired in controversy.

Is the NCH, as some protesters have suggested, driven by greedy Judas-like academics, who have abandoned the struggle to preserve the humanities in publicly funded institutions? Is Grayling’s initiative at the vanguard of the Coalition government’s supposed 'privatisation agenda' for Higher Education?

Or, given the level of strings attached to state funding at universities and suffocating bureaucracy, are institutions such as the NCH badly needed in order to establish beacons of academic excellence, where scholars are free to pursue their intellectual passions?

Does the NCH represent a blow for academic freedom, or a worrying movement towards HE being the sole preserve of the rich?

Speaker: Professor Dennis Hayes, professor of education at the University of Derby; director, Academics For Academic Freedom; editor The McDonaldization of Higher Education


‘Grayling Cries Freedom’, Frank Furedi, THE http://www.timeshighereducation.co.uk/story.asp?storycode=416521

‘How dare you set up a new university!?’ Brendan O’Neill, spiked

‘Higher Education should be free – of state control’, Angus Kennedy, spiked

‘A C Grayling’s Private University is Odious’, Terry Eagleton, Guardian http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2011/jun/06/ac-graylings-new-private-univerity-is-odious

‘New College Disaster and the challenge of A C Grayling’, Anthony Barnett, Open Democracy

‘My colleagues are wrong about the New College of the Humanities’, A C Grayling, Guardian


Professor Dennis Hayes | talks | www


Date and Time:

22 June 2011 at 7:00 pm


2 hours



The Perseverance
63 Lambs Conduit Street

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