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9th July, 2020

The pandemic and the future of university education


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9th July, 2020
14:00 - 15:00

This webinar brings together a panel of leading international experts on the education provided by universities from the UK, the United States and South Africa.

The education offered by universities across the world has undergone sudden and dramatic changes in response to COVID-19. However, it is not clear what the long-term impacts on university education will be.

This webinar will address the following two critical areas related to university education and the COVID-19 pandemic:

  1. COVID-19 and the education offered by universities: How will degree programmes change as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic? What will be the long term impact on university teachers and universities as institutions engaged in making knowledge accessible to students and society?
  2. COVID-19 and students’ experiences of studying at university: What will be the long-term impacts on students’ experiences of university education? Will the pandemic lead to greater access to forms of higher education? Or will it lead to greater structuring of access to higher education, with the privileged and the poor being offered access to very different versions of a university education?


  • Jenni Case, Co-Investigator on CGHE’s global higher education engagement research programme and CGHE’s local higher education engagement research programme.
  • Dr Amanda Hlengwa, Senior Lecturer at the Centre for Higher Education Research, Teaching and Learning (CHERTL) at Rhodes University.
  • Diana Laurillard, Professor of Learning with Digital Technologies, UCL Knowledge Lab.
  • Paul Ashwin (Chair), Co-Investigator on CGHE’s global higher education engagement research programme and lead on CGHE’s local higher education engagement research programme.

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