This one-day academic conference WAs jointly organised by the Georgetown Global Economic Challenges Network, CPP at Institute for Fiscal Studies, CEPEO and the Social Research Unit, University College London. It featured sessions on access to Higher Education, funding systems, and a policy panel on what lessons we can learn from models around the world. The full programme is included below.


10:45 -
Registration (tea and coffee will be available)
11:00 -
Welcome by Professor Lindsey Macmillan
11:10 -
Session 1: Access 

Chair: Professor Francis Vella (Georgetown University) 

Professor John Friedman (Brown University): "Higher Education and Upward Mobility: What Can We Learn from Big Data?" 
Professor Gill Wyness (UCL): "Widening Access to HE in the UK"
Professor Claire Crawford (UCL and IFS)
12:40 -
13:30 -
Session 2: Funding 

Chair: Professor Lindsey Macmillan (CEPEO, UCL) 

Professor Bruce Chapman (Australian National University): "Designing HE funding systems: Issues, challenges and lessons from around the world" 
Dr Jack Britton (University of York): "Challenges for HE funding in the UK" 
Professor Susan Dynarski (Harvard University): "US College access and funding issues: problems and potential solutions"
15:40 -
Coffee break
16:00 -
Policy panel: The challenges, pitfalls and lessons from funding models around the world 

Chair: Professor Anna Vignoles (Leverhulme Trust) 
Speakers: Professor Lorraine Dearden (UCL), Ed Dorrell (Public First), Professor Susan Dynarski (Harvard University), Sam Freedman (Institute for Government)

Most countries want a sustainable and equitable HE funding model to support a thriving mass higher education system that can meet the likely needs of the labour market for graduate skills. In this policy focused session, we will consider the lessons from countries around the world with an international expert panel.
17:30Drinks reception

This event is funded by