The Engaged University and Social Mobility

John Goddard, Joanna Holmes, Tom Sperlinger and Caitlin Zaloom

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What role do – and should – universities play in the places in which they are based and the communities in which they work? What contribution should universities make to social mobility? How should university work and research contribute to wider debate and policy-making? It’s an issue for higher education around the world as fees increase, pressures on universities and their staff intensify, the role of experts is questioned and the task of a civic university debated. Speakers include Joanna Holmes (CEO at Barton Hill Settlement), John Goddard (Vice Chair of the Civic University Commission), Tom Sperlinger (University of Bristol and co-author of Who Are Universities For? Re-making Higher Education and Caitlin Zaloom (New York University, editor-in-chief at Public Books and author of the recently released Indebted: How Families Make College Work at any Cost).

Presented in association with the Bristol Inclusive Economy Initiative, University of Bristol.

Image credit: Miles Tewson


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