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Current trends and debates regarding access to higher education, participation rates, and student enrolment in Europe. 

The School of Education, Communication and Society and UNICA EduLAB Working Group are organising a one-day conference: The end of massification of Higher Education? The conference, organised within the Education and Society Dialogues Series, will take place on-site at King’s College London.

This one-day conference will comprise three panel discussions. Panels of university leaders, researchers and public authority representatives from Europe will discuss what they consider to be the most important current trends and most important public and public policy debates with regard to access to higher education. They will discuss contemporary views held by various stakeholders as investment, experiences and trends regarding funding regimes and how they impact the quality of higher education in all its three missions: education, research, and service to society.

Please see the full agenda at this link Agenda-UNICA-and-KCL-Event-London-April-2024.pdf ( 

This event is also available to join via Zoom. Please follow the registration button above right for the link. 

Speakers include:

  • Prof. Shitij Kapur, Vice-Chancellor & President of King’s College London
  • Roberta Malee Bassett, Global Lead for Tertiary Education and Senior Education Specialist, The World Bank
  • Dr. Simon Marginson, Director of the Global Centre for Higher Education, University of Oxford
  • Prof. Rachel A. Mills, Senior Vice-President (Academic), King’s College London
  • Prof Dr. Colin Scott, Deputy President, Vice-President for Academic Affairs and Registrar, University College Dublin
  • Sir Peter Scott FAcSS MAE, Emeritus Professor of Higher Education Studies, IOE - Faculty of Education and Society, University College London
  • Prof. Liviu Matei, Professor of Higher Education and Public Policy, Head of the School of Education, Communication, and Society at King's College London
  • Prof. Univ. Dr. Romiţă Iucu, President of the Board of Trustees, University of Bucharest, Coordinator of the UNICA EduLAB
  • Prof. Dr. Reneta Boxhankova, Vice-rector of International Affairs, Sofia University St Kliment Ohridski
  • Frédéric Forest, Inspecteur Général de l’Éducation, du Sport et de la Recherche (IGESR), Republic of France
  • Iris Kimizoglu, Vice President, European Students’ Union
  • Dr. Fritz Sager, Vice-Rector for Teaching, University of Bern
  • Dr. Catherine Léglu, Vice-Rector for Academic Affairs, University of Luxembourg;
  • Prof. MUDr. Jan Polák, Vice-rector for Quality Assurance and Accreditations, Charles University; Prague
  • Dr. László Zentai, Vice-Rector for Education, Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest. 

Event details

Council Room, K2.29
Strand Campus
Strand, London, WC2R 2LS