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Minister to discuss future of higher education

29 April 2014

Britain needs more scientists and engineers, but can our universities deliver? A panel including David Willetts MP and Bristol’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Sir Eric Thomas, will discuss the future of UK higher education at the Hay Festival on Sunday, 25 May.

The full panel comprises:

  • Rt Hon David Willetts MP, Minister of State for Universities and Science;
  • Professor Sir Eric Thomas, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Bristol;
  • Dr David Landsman OBE, Executive Director at Tata Limited and Chairman Tata Europe Network Forum;
  • Karen Usher, leading the team developing a university for Herefordshire.

The discussion will be moderated by Hay Festival Trustee, Jesse Norman, Member of Parliament for Hereford and South Herefordshire.

The participants will examine how  Britain’s universities might meet the UK’s growing demand for graduate scientists, engineers that are innovative, problem solving and ready for the global workplace and discuss whether the experiential and inspirational teaching model proposed for  a new university in Herefordshire can establish a new and effective approach for the UK.

Admission to the discussion (event 78) costs £5. The event takes place on the Elmley Foundation Stage at 9 am on Sunday, 25 May.

The full Hay Festival schedule is available.


Further information

For further information about Event 78, call David Sheppard on 01989 750923 or 07860 370629, or email

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