In the context of recent dramatic changes to the UK higher education sector, the rapid privatization of universities, new proposals for their future expansion, and changes to the financial models through which they sustain their work, the primary aim of these seminars is to provide a forum for critical debate and stimulate wider discussion amongst the UCL community on the future role of universities. In each session 3-4 experts will give talks and participate in discussion. The first seminar will focus on the spatial strategies of universities and in relation to urban development and globalisation; the second will explore issues around funding and accountability; and the third will examine the platforms through which universities engage the public.

Please note venue changes below.

Space: Universities, Cities and Globalisation 9 May 2013, 6-8pm

Confirmed speakers:
Professor Allan Cochrane, Head of Social Policy and Criminology, The Open University and former Pro-Vice Chancellor, The Open University
Professor Alan Harding, Professor of Public Policy and Director of the Institute for Public Policy and Practice, Management School, University of Liverpool
Dr Pushpa Arabindoo, Lecturer in Geography and Urban Design, UCL Urban Laboratory and Department of Geography

VENUE: UCL, Archaeology Lecture Theatre G6, 31-34 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PY.

Structures: Governance, Finance and Accountability 20 May 2013, 6-8pm

Confirmed speakers:
Dr Andrew McGettigan, freelance researcher and author of The Great University Gamble: Money, Markets and the Future of Higher Education
Professor Jan Toporowski, Department of Economics, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS)
Dr Beth Perry, Director of SURF (The Centre for Sustainable Urban and Regional Futures)
Professor Mike Raco, UCL Bartlett School of Planning

VENUE: UCL, Chadwick Lecture Theatre, Chadwick Building, Gower Street, WC1E 6BT.

Platforms: Access, Participation and Publishing  29 May 2013, 6-8pm

Confirmed speakers:
Dr Rathna Ramanathan, Central Saint Martins School of Art and Design
Professor Johnny Golding, Professor of Philosophy & Fine Art, Director, Centre for Fine Art Research, Birmingham City University
Dr Mike Taylor, Earth Sciences, University of Bristol and The Guardian

VENUE: UCL, Archaeology Lecture Theatre G6, 31-34 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PY.

Although aimed principally at UCL staff and students, interested members of the public are welcome to attend these seminars, and the discussions will be documented and disseminated publicly.