Universities In Crisis

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2020090120200906 (R4)Sam Gyimah, former minister for universities in Theresa May's government, asks if Britain's universities can survive the crisis they now face.

Many are calling the immense challenge that Britain's universities now face an existential crisis. With access to leaders of universities from the most traditional to the most modern, Sam Gyimah explores whether the business and education models for Brtain's higher education sector are fit for purpose. The Covid pandemic is significant but when that crisis comes together with the major issues that Britain's universities already face over their funding, it's clear that the coming academic year will be like no other in living memory.

Universities in Crisis examines the changes now challenging students, teachers, researchers and all those connected to higher education.

Producer: Jonathan Brunert

Sam Gyimah investigates if Britain's universities can survive the crisis they now face.

Many are calling the immense challenge that Britain's universities now face an existential crisis. With access to leaders of universities from the most traditional to the most modern, Sam Gyimah explores whether the business and education models for Brtain's higher education sector are fit for purpose. The Covid pandemic is significant but when that crisis comes together with the major issues that Britain's universities already face over their funding and the impact of Brexit, it's clear that the coming academic year will be like no other in living memory.

Universities in Crisis examines the changes now challenging students, teachers, researchers and all those connected to higher education. The programme asks what really lies behind the new tone from government over how many may go to university and what kind of value a degree might bring in future. And it explores the alternative models of higher education which may be more successful in the new conditions the world must adapt to. Is it now more about the philosophy of what a university is in the 21st century? Sam discovers how Britons might move beyond the ossification of social hierarchies and employment structures to radically change the style and role of higher education for the future.