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Our Corporate Banking business has hosted an event examining the future of higher education in the UK.

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The higher education sector is a dynamic and fast changing environment and it was great to be able to give our clients access to key industry experts.
Chris Hearn, National Head of Education, Barclays

The event, which took place last week in London, addressed topics including the new student finance scheme and its potential impact on student numbers, as well as universities' financing requirements.

It also delved into the prospects of the UK’s higher education institutions in light of international competition.

The event, chaired by The Times newspaper's Education Editor Greg Hurst, brought together experts from the fields of finance and government, as well as those from the higher education sector.

Speakers included Chris Hearn, National Head of Education, Barclays; Martin Williams, Director of Higher Education Policy at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills; Paul Clark, Director of Policy at Universities UK; Professor Simon Gaskell, Principal at Queen Mary’s University of London; and David Barnes, Head of Education, Grant Thornton.

Vice-chancellors and finance directors from numerous higher education institutions, existing and prospective clients, and private investor groups also attended.

Chris Hearn said: "We were delighted to arrange and host this event. The higher education sector is a dynamic and fast changing environment and it was great to be able to give our clients access to key industry experts. Some excellent feedback was received which included some suggestions for further topics which will help to inform future events."

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