Activity: Academic talk or presentation types › Invited talk
During this time of austerity, the prevailing political agenda favours industry-focused courses where the students are directly prepared for the job market, and University research that is cost-effective with demonstrable applications and impact. Prospective students are offered statistics about teaching hours, facilities and future employability in order to choose their course, and once enrolled they are surveyed repeatedly to gather feedback on their experience. Perhaps this is all as it should be: transparency, accountability and value for money are surely no bad thing. But what are the consequences of creative and intellectual culture having become so commercial and instrumentalised? Should education be more ambitious and transformative than simply aiming for deliverable outcomes? Should students and researchers be encouraged to think more critically and imagine otherwise? This debate focuses upon the potential of education through Fine Art: what is its current value, and what ought to be its future aspirations?