Should Universities Be Free? RSE Goldsmith Public Lecture - Presented by Professor Lorraine Dearden

Presented by ANU College of Business & Economics

Free higher education is one of the huge current policy issues. Promising fee abolition Jeremy Corbyn (UK) and Jacinda Adern (New Zealand) did surprising well electorally, Bernie Sanders advocates free US public colleges, and all German fees have been eliminated. In Australia the Greens want the end of HECS, and Gough Whitlam is warmly remembered for abolishing fees in 1974. Professor Dearden will analyse the issue with respect to the extraordinary changes to fees in English universities over the last 20 years, where free higher education has been eliminated and typical student charges for a degree are now around £37,000.

About the presenter

Lorraine Dearden is a Professor of Economics and Social Statistics at University College London and Research Fellow at the Institute for Fiscal Studies. She has worked on higher education finance issues in the UK for the last 20 years and has also done work designing loan systems in Japan, Brazil, Colombia, Malaysia and the USA. She is known nationally and internationally for her expertise in using country-specific micro-data to help design affordable and sustainable student loan systems and has published extensively on this topic. She completed her undergraduate study in Economics at ANU and her post-graduate study at the London School of Economics and UCL.

Refreshments will be served after the Lecture.