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The Big Education Debate

5 Million Questions

Wednesday, September 18, 2013 from 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM (BST)

The Big Education Debate

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The Big Education Debate - What does Independence mean for Higher Education in Scotland?

Join DUSA and 5 Million Questions in a panel debate on the issue of education and the Independence Referendum.

Representatives from all of Scotland's elected parties have been invited to discuss how the upcoming Referendum could affect education across Scotland. Also on the panel will be University of Dundee Principal and Convenor of Universities Scotland, Professor Pete Downes.

The panel members include:

• Michael Russell MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning (SNP)
• Neil Bibby MSP (Labour)
• Pauline Hinchion (Co-Convener of the Dundee Green Party)
• Liz Smith MSP (Conservative)
• Liam McArthur MSP (Liberal Democrats)
• Professor Pete Downes, Principal of the University of Dundee and Convenor of Universities Scotland

Hosted by David Torrance, the event will allow audience members the chance to ask the questions which matter to them, to the people who will be making the decisions in 2014 and beyond!

Tickets are free, and the event is open to all members of the public.

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When & Where

Dalhousie Building
Old Hawkhill
United Kingdom

Wednesday, September 18, 2013 from 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM (BST)

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5 Million Questions

Five Million Questions – Understanding Scotland's Referendum

There are around five million people in Scotland. On the 18th of September 2014, Scotland was given the chance to answer a profound and seemingly simple question: Should we become an independent country, or remain part of the UK? However, there were many complex questions associated with the debate on independence. The University of Dundee gave the independence debate the platform of Five Million Questions, on which to address the nation's concerns over Scotland's constitutional future through a series of lectures and activities. Five Million Questions was so successful, that it was awarded the prostegious Stephen Fry Award for Excellence in Public Engagement at the University of Dundee. 

At our best the Universities are ancient repositories of the knowledge, and hopefully some measure of the collective wisdom, of Scotland. In what is an impassioned and partisan debate the objective neutrality of academia is ideally placed as a forum for illuminating discussion. Indeed, at the University of Dundee, we see such a role as the duty of our institution at this pivotal and exciting moment.

Five Million Questions was funded by the University of Dundee as a knowledge exchange programme that engaged with the wider public as to the questions they wish to have answered. In return we informed the debate as to the consequences that will result from the referendum and its result.

Five Million Questions Objectives:

  • engage in a free spirit of knowledge exchange with the Scottish people and beyond 
  • to bring to bear the research of the university and our partners to inform the choice of voters
  • to lift the national debate beyond the obvious and towards the profound

Achieved through:

  • hosting a series of debates, speakers and seminars that are accessible and relevant to diverse audiences
  • publishing and disseminating the results of our research and discussions as widely as possible  
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