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Don Foster MP will speak at the University on higher education
Don Foster MP will speak at the University on higher education

Press Release - 06 March 2006

Free public lecture: Don Foster MP on the future of higher education

Local people can hear Don Foster MP speak about his predictions for the future of higher education at a free talk at the University of Bath (Friday 10 March).

Mr Foster has spent 50 years in education, including a period as a university lecturer, chairman of a County Education Committee and Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Spokesman on Education.

He will consider the value of higher education, past and present, and look at the impact that recent policy changes, such as the introduction of fees, could have on the future of the sector.

Mr Foster said: “Higher education is changing and there are many issues under debate. I will be considering the student’s financial future - will graduates be able to afford to buy homes in the future, or will they have a mortgage from their higher education? And what can we expect to happen to the current level of fees?”

“There also seems to be a growing divide between the treatment of full- and part-time students, as well as between vocational and academic courses. This tension raises the question about whether schools and universities need to embrace the academic and the traditional or if they should focus on practical vocational subjects.”

The talk will also address the issue of whether learning does, and should, end with the completion of formal education, or if schools, businesses and universities should be committed to ensuring continuing education.

Don Foster is the local MP for Bath. After being elected in 1992 he was promoted to Education Spokesman and in 2003 he took over the Shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport. Mr Foster received his MEd from the University of Bath in 1981.

The lecture will take place at 6.30pm on Friday 10 March, in Lecture Theatre 8W 1.1. It is free of charge, for tickets please call the University of Bath Chaplaincy Centre on 01225 386458 or email Free parking is available in the West car park.

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