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Canterbury Christ Church University campus

Public debate will ask: What are universities for?

The purpose of modern universities will form the basis of a public debate later this month.

Canterbury Christ Church University will host the discussion which looks at issues such as knowledge, consumerism, social justice and the Research Excellence Framework.

Panellists include Bryan Hawkins, who is chairman of the Christ Church branch of the University College Union and a lecturer in art and critical theory.

Also appearing are education professor Helen James, who is also a senior pro-vice chancellor, and Christ Church Students’ Union president Krum Tashev.

The other panellist is Dr Philip Cunliffe, senior lecturer in international conflict at the University of Kent.

What Are Universities For? takes place in lecture theatre Og46, Old Sessions House, Longport, Canterbury Christ Church University, from 5pm to 6.30pm on Wednesday, May 23.

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