I melt the glass with my forehead

Callaghan, Joanna and McQuillan, Martin (2011) I melt the glass with my forehead. [Video]

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Abstract

In the autumn of 2010 the Browne Report on sustainable finance in Higher Education was published. Since then universities, students and British political life have been in a state of convulsion. This Higher Education Innovation Fund (HEIF) documentary tells the story of how under the Coalition government Britain is moving from a system of mass participation in tertiary education to the most expensive tuition fees regime in the OECD and what this means for universities and the nation. The film pieces together the origins of Browne, its political fallout, and its long-term consequences. Examining specifically the history of tuition fees, the research aims to clarify what tuition fees are, how they work and whether the claims made for them can be justified economically and socially. It does this through interviews with experts directly involved including a Browne panel member, a former cabinet member, an economics advisor to government, a leading academic on UK higher education and the editor of Times Higher Education. The documentary uncovers that the claimed benefits of increasing the fees are in fact opposite to what they will achieve and that the decision to increase the cap had its history long before the Browne Review and the current economic climate, in the reforms of 2004, 1998, and 1990. With no filmmaker or presenter commentary the film tells the story through the voices of the interviewees alongside carefully chosen archival footage and vox pops from the streets of London; city workers, parents, past and present students. Callaghan was responsible for research, production and editing and co-directed with Martin McQuillan. Nominated for an award by the British Universities Film and Video Council, screened at a number of festivals and featured on Times Higher Education and Research Fortnight.

Item Type: Video
Schools and Departments: School of Media, Film and Music > Media and Film
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN1993 Motion pictures > PN1995.9.A-Z Other special topics, A-Z > PN1995.9.D6 Documentary films
Depositing User: Sarah Maddox
Date Deposited: 23 Oct 2013 13:30
Last Modified: 24 Oct 2013 09:27
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/46797
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