Education: undervalued and over measured


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The events of the last few years have undoubtedly stretched our public services to breaking point and the impact on our education system has been particularly acute. With pressures on the public finances from all sides, shorter-term imperatives end up taking priority. Yet without the necessary long-term investment in our education and skills system, the health, wealth and indeed happiness of the UK is at risk. Certainly, we will not succeed in boosting our productivity levels nor are we likely to remain a research superpower. So how can we avoid undervaluing the skills and talent we need to succeed?

Portrait of Professor Anna Vignoles
Speaker: Professor Anna Vignoles FBA, Director of the Leverhulme Trust

Anna Vignoles is Director of the Leverhulme Trust: one of the largest research funders in the UK. An education economist and previously a Professor at the University of Cambridge, her research focuses on the relationship between educational achievement and social mobility and the role played by skills in the economy. She has been a Trustee of the Nuffield Foundation and Member of Council of the Economic and Social Research Council. She was elected to the British Academy in 2017.

Free, booking required

This event includes a reception for all attendees after the lecture.

This event will take place in person at the University of East Anglia, Norwich. A recording of this event will be added to the University of East Anglia’s YouTube channel after the event has taken place.