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Is higher education contributing to the production, transmission and dissemination of education and knowledge as a public good? Should it?

How can we construct and implement institutional and public policy frameworks that more effectively focus universities on their public mission and their contributions to the common good?

Simon Marginson

Speaker: Prof Simon Marginson

Simon Marginson is Professor of Higher Education at the University of Oxford, Director of the ESRC/RE Centre for Global Higher Education (CGHE), and Editor-in-Chief of the journal Higher Education.

One of the most profound and influential scholars of higher education globally, he has written extensively on higher education and the common good.

Dr Liviu Matei, Professor of Higher Education and Public Policy and Head of the School of Education, Communication & Society, will introduce Prof Marginson and chair this event.

A Q&A session will follow the lecture, including three respondents from the School.


The event will be hybrid: there will be live auto-captioning available on the livestream. Those attending virtually will receive the joining link via email nearer the time.

Please note bookings for in-person attendees will close on 30 June for catering purposes. There will be a canapes reception for those attending in person, in the Somerset Cafe, on the Strand Campus.

Part of the Education & Society Dialogue series

The School of Education, Communication & Society (ECS) at King’s works for the public good through interdisciplinary research and teaching focused on education in its broadest sense.

With this lecture, ECS is launching Education and Society Dialogues, a high-level series of research-informed events bringing together academics and university leaders, education professionals, public policy makers and regulators, and media representatives.

Reflecting the interdisciplinary nature of research and teaching at ECS, which focuses on education in its broadest sense, the series will identify and address key contemporary issues within the broad area of ‘education and society’.

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Professor of Higher Education and Public Policy