The role of the university in Scotland’s future


The Scottish Fabians invite you to you to join us for a roundtable on Thursday 19 November 2015, 7pm to 9pm, on the role of the university in a progressive Scotland.

In this seminar, to be held at the Scottish Parliament Building, Edinburgh, EH99 1SP, we will hear from speakers with a range of perspectives on the challenges and possibilities facing Scotland’s universities.

While Scotland’s four-year degree structure is widely respected, and Scottish universities are particularly successful in gaining research funding proportionate to their size, the sector faces significant challenges. On the one hand universities have a vital role to play in fostering innovation and providing skills and knowledge to support our industry, and we need effective models for developing these partnerships. From another perspective, a policy discourse focusing on impact and employability often sees universities reduced from a public good to economic agents, with little consideration as places of critical thought or engaged citizenship.

Moreover, any future Scottish Labour higher education policy will need to consider working in partnership with a professional workforce increasingly characterised by temporary and part-time contracts, as well as ensuring that our universities are open and accessible to students from all walks of life and economic circumstances.

We will be asking participants to consider the future challenges and policy priorities for Scottish higher education policy and our panel will include representatives of Universities Scotland and the University and College Union as well as academic and student participants.

We hope you will be able to join us.

As the event is at the Scottish Parliament please RSVP by Monday 16th November if you would like to join us so that your name will be logged with Parliament security on the night. Please also let us know if you have any accessibility requirements.

When: Thursday, 19 November 2015 from 19:00 to 21:00 (GMT

Where: Scottish Parliament Building – Edinburgh, EH99 1SP