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Millennials and higher education: how to tackle increasing inequalities?
Thu 20 October 2016, 12:30 – 14:00 BST
In the greatest social change of the last twenty years about half of Europe’s young people now attend university. Millennials who enter HE, however, face increasing levels of debt, rising housing costs and a burgeoning sense of social insecurity.
This lunch seminar discusses the broken promises of HE in the UK and Europe, building on the main ideas of the new book 'Student lives in crisis' which provides the first ever comparison of the lives of university students across countries and socio-economic backgrounds.
The speakers will reflect on the policy alternatives to the ongoing privatisation of higher education costs which exacerbates inequalities among Millennials. Considering the implications of the newly approved White Paper on Higher Education, the seminar invites speakers and participants to reflect and re-think the role of higher education in relation to social justice in British and European societies.
This event marks the launch of Lorenza Antonucci’s book, ‘Student lives in crisis: Deepening inequality in the times of austerity’.
Lorenza Antonucci, senior lecturer in social policy and sociology, Teesside University and author of Student lives in crisis: Deepening inequality in the times of austerity
Judy Friedberg, universities editor, The Guardian
David Kingman, senior researcher, Intergenerational Foundation
Nick Hillman, director, High Education Policy Institute
A light lunch will be served from 12:00.