Keep Universities for the Many


Programme of events
Date, time and venue Speaker Topic
Wednesday 2 May, 1-2pm
Clephan Building 0.01
Professor Alison Honour Fee differentiation (ADH)
Thursday 10 May, 11am-12pm
Queens Building 1.12
Professor David Mba What is value for money?
Friday 11 May, 12-1pm,
Crown Court, Leicester Castle Business School
Professor Dana Brown Universities in their local economies
Friday 18 May, 12-1pm
Trinity Chapel
Mr James Gardner Act Local, Think Global
Previous events in the campaign
Title and speaker Summary of debate


Be The Change
Led by Professor Dominic Shellard, Vice-Chancellor

A two-hour debate between staff and students which will covered the key issues at the heart of the Keep Universities for the Many campaign. A panel of experts in their fields led the discussion and brought in viewpoints from throughout the audience developing a set of shared opinions and arguments to take forward into the campaign.

Universities for the Many - a discussion with students
Professor Dominic Shellard, Vice-Chancellor
After launching the Keep the Universities for the Many campaign at his annual staff address, Professor Shellard spoke to a audience of DMU students, describing the political context in which the current debates around higher education are taking place. He engaged them in discussion about the funding of HE and how their fees are spent. He urged them to contribute to the debates and take action across the campaign.
Academic excellence and sustainable funding
Professor Andy Collop, Deputy Vice-Chancellor
Professor Collop outlined the aims of the Keep Universities for the Many campaign and gave an overview of this year’s NSS results, looking forward to subject-level TEF. He gave an analysis of the need for sustainable funding for universities in the light of recent political announcements.
The case for a full service university
Mr Ben Browne, Chief Operating Officer

A full service university is often defined as a university that offers a broad curriculum - not a specialist

institution. DMU clearly falls into that category with its broad focus on Humanities, Art and Design,

Technology, Media, Business, Sciences, Law and more.

But can a university offer an even fuller service? How can it draw on the full range of work and support

offered through all of its staff, in every role?

Creating new knowledge and using it to make lives better: interdisciplinarity for society’s challenges

Professor Nigel Wright, Pro Vice-Chancellor Research

Throughout history, the research in universities has changed the world. In this talk, Professor Wright discussed the importance to a university of the close link between research and teaching and the benefits to students of learning in a culture of enquiry and critique.  He argued the importance of research, of its value and worth, of the benefits it brings to people’s lives through technology, policy, wealth generation, well-being and personal development.  In a rapidly changing economic and political culture, he set out his vision of the changes DMU and the HE sector need to make to address the significant challenges faced nationally and internationally.
Why do we exist?

Professor Jackie Labbe, Pro Vice-Chancellor Academic
Co-presenting with Mollie Footitt, Deputy President Education, De Montfort Students' Union

The definition of a university and the role it plays in our society is under scrutiny like never before. In 2017, what is a university for? Why do we have universities? Who do they serve? Why do students study? And how can education, as a private good, have an impact on the public good? In this talk, Professor Labbe, together with Mollie Footitt, Vice President of De Montfort Students’ Union, examined these questions and attempted to understand the importance of a university now and in the future.

A global university

James Gardner, Pro Vice-Chancellor for Strategic and International Partnerships

The talk discussed the impact and importance of international students and collaboration across the world. Mr Gardner asked what DMU’s claim to be ‘a global university’ means in a rapidly shifting political environment. The talk heard from DMU’s Syrian Scholar Yasmine Alyassin about her experiences of how DMU and the Council for At-Risk Academics (CARA) were able to offer her a route out of an area of conflict to continue her education in the UK.
The value of Arts, Design and Humanities
Professor Alison Honour, Pro Vice-Chancellor and Dean Faculty of Arts, Design and Humanities

Professor Honour's talk covered the reasons why we should teach art, design and humanities disciplines. It looked at the importance of culture in HE and the positive impact on social mobility through widening participation, providing opportunities for talented students to succeed regardless of background. Prof Honour also provided insight onto the economic growth and contribution of the creative industries in the UK and the positive impact this has on the cultural life and ‘placemaking’ of our cities and social good for communities both local and global. 

The science and technology perspective, cross-subsidy and income diversity

Professor David Mba, Pro Vice-Chancellor and Dean of Technology

Professor Mba discussed the role of science and technology in the digital revolution, tackled notions of cross-subsidy, explored different methods of generating income for higher education institutions and examined how funding can be bridged to provide a world-class education for the many. 

Impact of universities on regional economies and local enterprise

Professor Dana Brown, Pro Vice-Chancellor Enterprise and Dean of Business and Law

Universities make great contributions to their cities and regions as drivers and participants in the economy. Professor Brown will look at examples of DMU’s impact in Leicester, both directly and through its students and graduates. She will examine the power of partnerships between universities, government and business in creating opportunities and prosperity, and will lay out some ideas for how this can work in Leicester.
Universities, public good and public engagement – what, how and why?
Dr Simon Oldroyd, Pro Vice-Chancellor and Dean of Health and Life Sciences
 In this talk, Dr Oldroyd will explore how universities contribute to public good through community engagement, sharing knowledge, collaborative work and sharing responsibility. It will look at examples of commitment to public good and public engagement by DMU, including student projects and volunteering through DMU Square Mile/DMU Local and its effects on those who take part.
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