Increasingly in the UK and elsewhere there is a focus on the employability of young people and using education institutions as catalysts for skills development that supports economic growth. Whilst this is important, are higher and further education institutions moving away from a socially enriching model and neglecting the needs of communities?  Do education institutions still have a responsibility to act as community resources and to support those who are most in need, and is this compatible with employer led education?

Questions explored include:

  • What is the ideal relationship between education and industry?
  • How do we combine widened access with improved outcomes?
  • What are education institutions for?

Participants will have the space to consider the key principles of education and how institutions can and do shape themselves to meet varied and competing needs. We will further explore the idea of complementarity and competition in serving different political, social and economic agendas.