Queen’s University Belfast Students’ Union
22nd March: 2.00pm – 4.00pm
Has education become a business? Are students now consumers?
Approaches to the provision of higher and further education across the world differ massively. Some countries have abolished tuition fees entirely, others are investing ferociously in vocational courses whilst in England, reforms from Westminster could see Universities and Colleges competing in a way never seen before just to attract the number of students they need to balance their books. We want to explore the current situation in Northern Ireland and facilitate a discussion about the direction we should be taking. We’ll be asking the crucial question; is education still a public good?