Cambridge Defend Education Conference

Join students from Cambridge Defend Education (CDE) and academics from Cambridge Academic Campaign for Higher Education (CACHE) for a broad discussion of next steps in the campaign for public universities.

Event details


Feb 12, 2012
from 12:00 PM to 05:00 PM


Rooms GR 06/07 in the English Faculty Building, 9 West Road, Cambridge CB3 9DP

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In January, we learned that the government would not pursue a Higher Education Bill this year. This was a vindication and a victory for students, academics, and staff who have spent the last two years campaigning against the government's destructive plans for universities.

But while some of the proposals will have been dropped with the HE Bill, others, it has been noted, "can still be achieved without primary legislation." Without the clear chance to oppose government proposals in a Bill, what are the next steps for those who seek to challenge the privatisation, marketisation, and overall impoverishment of higher education?

Featuring talks from

ANDREW MCGETTIGAN (independent researcher,

DIANE REAY (Professor of Education, Cambridge; researcher on inequality in


UCU and STUDENT ACTIVISTS (to be confirmed)

followed by discussions led by JOHN HOLMWOOD (University of Nottingham;

editor, A Manifesto for the Public University; Campaign for Public University)

and GURMINDER K BHAMBRA (University of Warwick; Campaign for Public


ACCESSIBILITY: The venue is accessible to wheelchair users. Please contact with any access queries or requirements.

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