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The government has a stated aim to cement the UK’s place as a "science and technology superpower" by 2030, while encouraging more people to take degrees in STEM subjects.

Given this policy focus, with little mention of the role that arts and culture can play in the society of tomorrow, are the humanities in crisis? And how valuable is a humanities education today?

In a new report by the Higher Education Policy Institute, Professor Marion Thain and other leaders of humanities disciplines argue that humanities research and education are signally valuable assets to the UK – if fostered and deployed correctly.

The country’s expertise and research in humanities leads internationally, they write, and can give us the edge in addressing the challenges of the 21st century.

Join our panel to hear more about the state of the humanities today and how policymakers can make the most of a globally leading sector.


  • Professor Marion Thain, Executive Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, King’s College London
  • Professor Bobby Duffy, Director of the Policy Institute, King’s College London
  • Lord Jo Johnson, former Minister of State for Universities, Science and Innovation
  • Dr Molly Morgan Jones, Director of Policy, British Academy 

Other speakers will be announced in due course.

At this event

Marion Thain

Executive Dean, Faculty of Arts & Humanities

Jo Johnson

Visiting Professor

Event details

8th Floor (North Side)
Bush House
Strand campus, 30 Aldwych, London, WC2B 4BG