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Shaping the future: the social and economic contribution of higher education

This was an event for heads of higher education providers in England and representatives of HE stakeholder organisations.

rossTim Melville-Ross, Chair, HEFCE

Welcome and introduction

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RT Hon David Willetts MP, Minister for Universities and Science

What's the value of going to university?

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langlandsSir Alan Langlands, Chief Executive, HEFCE

The social and economic contribution of higher education

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fryHeather Fry, Director (Education, Participation and Students), HEFCE

Higher education and social mobility

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chakrabartiShami Chakrabarti, Director, Liberty

Higher education - a rights perspective

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dorlingProfessor Danny Dorling, University of Sheffield

Patterns of social mobility

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sweeneyDavid Sweeney, Director (Research, Innovation and Skills), HEFCE

Universities: the social, cultural and economic contribution to society

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calhounProfessor Craig Calhoun, Director, LSE

An international view

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drogeHans Dröge, Senior Vice President, Unilever Research and Development

Universities and economic growth; Unilever's perspective

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hoyleSue Hoyle, Director, Clore Leadership Programme

A view from the arts

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