Keep Universities for the Many – join the debate

As part of our new campaign, Keep Universities for the Many, we are pleased to announce a series of university-wide debates tackling some of the biggest issues currently facing higher education.

Keep Universities for the Many is a campaign to engage students and staff in active, informed discussions about the future of higher education and DMU’s place within it, feeding the ideas this generates into the wider political conversation.


Each talk will cover a different area, leading to further discussion. This is your chance to get involved and start to influence the way we respond to the challenges facing the sector.

On Wednesday 11 October from 10-11am at The Venue@DMU, Professor Andy Collop, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, will speak about higher education funding.

Then on Thursday 12 October, Professor Dominic Shellard, Vice-Chancellor, will lead a discussion with students. It takes place from 5.15-6.15pm in the Crown Court at Leicester Castle on the DMU campus.

Over the following weeks, further events will be taking place, details of which are below. More information will be made available soon.

If you would like to attend any of these talks, and to enable us to manage numbers, please email, saying which event(s) you are interested in.

In November, there will also be a further Be The Change event, a two-hour panel discussion which will examine the various political attitudes to higher education and the solutions each political party is offering.



Date and time

Speaker and title

Wednesday 11 October,
The Venue@DMU

Universities for the Many – academic excellence and sustainable funding
Professor Andy Collop, Deputy Vice-Chancellor

Thursday 12 October,
Crown Court, Leicester Castle

Universities for the Many – a discussion with students
Professor Dominic Shellard, Vice-Chancellor

Thursday 19 October,
The Venue@DMU

The case for a full service university
Mr Ben Browne – Chief Operating Officer

Friday 20 October,

Why do we exist?
Professor Jackie Labbe – Pro Vice-Chancellor, Academic

Monday 23 October,

Creating new knowledge and using it to make lives better: interdisciplinarity for society’s challenges
Professor Nigel Wright – Pro Vice-Chancellor, Research

Wednesday 25 October,

A global university
Mr James Gardner – Pro Vice-Chancellor, Strategic and International Partnerships

Thursday 26 October,

The value of Arts, Design and Humanities
Professor Alison Honour – Pro Vice-Chancellor/Dean of ADH

Friday 27 October,

The science and technology perspective, cross-subsidy and income diversity
Professor David Mba – Pro Vice-Chancellor/Dean of TECH

Monday 30 October,

Impact of universities on regional economies and local enterprise
Professor Dana Brown – Pro Vice-Chancellor/Dean of BAL

Thursday 2 November,

Universities, public good and public engagement –
what, how and why?

Dr Simon Oldroyd – Pro Vice-Chancellor/Dean of HLS

Friday 3 November,

Be The Change – a two-hour panel discussion to examine the main political parties’ policies on higher education


Posted on Tuesday 10th October 2017

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