MP debates future of arts

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David Blunkett and newspaper columnist Peter Hitchens will debate the future of arts and humanities at a Sheffield University event.

The Sheffield Brightside and Hillsborough MP and journalist will lead discussions about ‘the Value of Arts and Humanities in the 21st Century’ at St George’s Lecture Theatre, off Broad Lane, from 7.15pm to 8.45pm on Thursday May 5.

Other speakers include David Sweeney, director of research, innovation and skills at Higher Education Funding Council for England, Robert Hewison, Professor of cultural policy and leadership studies at City University, and Nigel Shardlow from strategy consultancy SHM.

The debate is free and open to the public.

A Sheffield University spokeswoman said: “The debate will address whether, as a choice of degree, the arts and humanities are relevant, meaningful and commercially viable in the new climate of cuts to Higher Education.

n To attend log on to www.shef.ac.uk/faculty/arts-and-humanities/value-of-arts/index.html to register.