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The UK has one of the finest university systems in the world – envied and emulated by others – which provides one of the best graduation success rates globally, with nearly 80% of those who start university completing their course, as compared to 64% across the OECD and 66 per cent in the US.

Yet UK universities are trapped in a “Triangle of Sadness” between aspiring students who feel burdened with debt and uncertain prospects, a stretched government that has allowed tuition fees to fall far behind inflation, and beleaguered university staff who feel caught in the middle, argues a recent paper by Professor Shitij Kapur, Vice-Chancellor & President of King’s College London, and outlined in his article for the Financial Times.

Join the Policy Institute and a panel of leading voices in UK higher education for a discussion of the paper and its implications and opportunities for the sector.

This event forms part of a new series exploring the future of higher education. Look out for more expert discussions, and new analysis, in the coming months.


  • Professor Shitij Kapur, Vice-Chancellor & President, King’s College London
  • James Purnell, President and Vice-Chancellor, University of the Arts London
  • Vivienne Stern MBE, Chief Executive, Universities UK
  • Lord David Willetts, Former Minister for Universities and Science, and President of the Resolution Foundation

The event will be chaired by Professor Bobby Duffy, Director of the Policy Institute at King’s College London.

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