Imagine the University: Five bright ideas

6 October 2015, 5.30 PM - 6 October 2015, 7.00 PM

Room 4.10, Graduate School of Education, University of Bristol, BS8 1JA

If you could do one thing to change the university, what would it be? Our panel of radical thinkers from inside and outside the University will each suggest a 'big idea' to make the university a better - and happier - place. We'll also be asking the audience for their big ideas for a brighter future for higher education. 



Mark Ames, Director of Student Services, University of Bristol
Edson Burton, Poet, historian and community activist 
Keri Facer, Professor of Educational and Social Futures
Tom Sperlinger, Reader in English Literature and Community Engagement 
Sorana Vieru, Postgraduate Equalities Officer, National Union of Students



This is a free event, but you'll need to register for a ticket at
We are able to provide childcare, but this needs to be booked well in advance - please see Eventbrite for details. 
This event runs from 5.30 pm with drinks and the panel discussion will take place from 6 pm - 7 pm.

Further information

The Happy University

This series takes up the call initiated by the the Happy City Index that new measures of prosperity and action on well-being and sustainability are urgently needed. In order for individuals, institutions and society to thrive, we need to go beyond economic measurements of success. It is up to us - people, businesses, institutions and communities - to imagine something better. Building on the University of Bristol's commitment to be an engaged university, a series of lively public debates and workshops will explore what a happy university might look like in the context of a happy city.  Imagine a diverse, accessible, sustainable university firmly rooted in the lives of Bristol's communities - how might we put it into practice, together?

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