Tonight Agora, The Forum for Culture and Education, (in partnership with The Guardian) will run a debate about student university fees; and next Tuesday the National Union of Students is hosting a higher education funding debate. Next year the government will review the current rule under which tuition fees are capped at £3000. Views vary considerably: should the fees be raised, become more variable or be abolished altogether?
In the final programme of this series Libby talks to three of tonight’s debators: Eric Thomas, Vice-Chancellor of Bristol University who argues the only viable future for British universities is one in which institutions are free to charge higher fees; John McDonnell, the Labour MP who is calling for the abolition of student fees; and Anna Fazackerley, Director of Agora.
REDUNDANCY AND UNEMPLOYMENT IN LATER LIFE
Philip Black, 57, has just been made redundant. He wondered what he could do next, given his age. He started his quest for employment at the One Life exhibition at the London Olympia. The purpose of the show is to inspire people to make the big changes they want to in their lives. Melissa Viney accompanied Philip as he met various exhibitors eager to help him transform his life and career.
Libby interviewed Laurie South, CEO of Prime, The Prince’s Initiative for Mature Enterprise, a charity set up by Age Concern with the aid of The Prince’s Trust. PRIME is the only organisation in the country devoted to helping the over-fifties set up businesses.
THE BRAIN AND HOW CHILDREN LEARN
According to the author of a new book, The Little Book of Big Stuff about the Brain – The True Story of Your Amazing Brain, not only do teachers have to use their brains to teach, they should also have a working knowledge of how their pupils’ brains work.
Libby interviews the author, Andrew Curran, a practising paediatric neurologist, who has been working with educationalists, highlighting how crucial new knowledge in this area really is.