Universities Week: Bernie Morley in Guardian live chat

Pro-Vice-Chancellor Professor Bernie Morley will be taking part in a live chat through the Guardian website to mark the start of Universities Week 2011 from 1pm to 4pm on Monday 13 June.

The web chat, titled 'Communicating the Wider Value of a University', will be an interactive debate on the relevance of Higher Education Institutions to wider society.

The growing cost of study has caused questions to arise about whether or not a degree significantly improves employability and the need for the general public to understand the value of academic research. The debate will look at whether it is important for universities to be able to clearly state what they are worth.

Professor Bernie Morley will join a panel consisting of other members from the 1994 Group, UCAS and Research Councils UK. The event will be an opportunity for individual universities to discuss and share their experiences of what they are doing to engage their wider communities.

Participants are invited to join in with the debate, and the online format of the debate will allow people to 'dip in and out' of the event.

Details about the event will be updated on the Guardian website, with a full list of panellists expected shortly. The event will offer an open environment in which all who participate can share knowledge, experiences and ideas.

Universities Week 2011 takes place from Monday 13 June to Friday 19 June and has been welcomed with motions in Parliament and the Northern Ireland Assembly. Full details can be found on the dedicated Universities UK webpage.

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