Britain's University Challenge

Higher Education has become the hottest political topic of the day.

As Parliament prepares to vote on university tuition fees, Edward Stourton chairs two debates about the future of higher education.



In the first programme, from the LONDON Metropolitan University, Professor Alison Wolf of King's College, LONDON, proposes the motion: ""University expansion has been an academic, economic and political failure."" Her leading opponent is Lord Baker, the former Conservative Education Secretary, and a forum of experts, students and other interested parties joins the debate.

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Britain's universities have seen an expansion programme over the last 15 years.

But what was the purpose of expansion and what has it achieved?