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Will British universities be stronger inside or outside the European Union?

Students around EU flag

Chair Professor Mike Spyer (former Vice-Provost (Enterprise) at University College London) will be joined by a strong group of panellists, both pro-Europe and sceptics, drawn from academia, industry and politics:

Professor Janet Beer

Vice-Chancellor of the University of Liverpool and former Vice-Chancellor of Oxford Brookes University. She is also Vice-President (England and Northern Ireland) of Universities UK, a board member of the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS), and a Trustee of the British Council.

David Frankish

Acclaimed entrepreneur and CEO of the UK’s leading distributor of chilled food NFT Distribution, David Frankish is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Logistics & Transport and a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants.

Jamie Martin

Jamie Martin is a former special adviser to Michael Gove at the Department for Education, who now works in venture capital specialising in education technology firms. He writes regularly on education, including for the Sunday Times, Guardian and Times Higher Education.

Tim Martin

Entrepreneur Tim Martin founded pub chain Wetherspoons in 1979, an operation that now owns around 1,000 outlets across the UK. His company, which also operates the Lloyds No. 1 chain and a number of Wetherspoon Hotels is listed on the London Stock Exchange and a constituent of the FTSE 250 Index.

They will consider the question from three angles on the night:

  1. What is best for British students?
  2. What is best for UK research?
  3. What is best for the wider impact of British universities on the economy and society?

The audience will also have a chance to have their say on the night, and can submit their own questions when booking.

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