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20/11/2020
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“Tinker with this very finely balanced eco-system at your peril”

How should universities pick students this year if no-one trusts exams? Our latest podcast takes you through the highlights from our event, hosted in conjunction with Tortoise, where experts in higher education discussed the future of exams.

With the news that Wales will be cancelling exams next year and the rest of the UK making the tough decision of whether to go ahead with them, we hosted an event in partnership with Tortoise to discuss how universities should pick students if no one trusts exams.

In this podcast, we take excerpts from the expert panelists at our event and hear from a student and teacher directly impacted by the cancelled exams this summer.

“Tinker with this very finely balanced eco-system at your peril”

Listen to the full episode on Spotify or Apple Podcasts or search 'The PSC in Conversation' wherever you listen to podcasts. 

Are our students facing a crisis of confidence and motivation without exams? Are exams fundamentally flawed, or are other options such as teacher assessments potentially even worse? 

You'll also hear why one of our guests - Mary Curnock Cook, former CEO of UCAS - warns to “tinker with this very finely balanced eco-system at your peril.” 

Thank you to the team at Tortoise, our guests, and to all our panellists: 

  • Sir Steve Smith, former Vice Chancellor at Exeter University and now the UK government's International Education Champion
  • Sir Chris Husbands, Vice-Chancellor of Sheffield Hallam University
  • Dr Gill Wyness, Associate Professor of Economics, and Deputy Director of the Centre for Education Policy and Equalising Opportunities (CEPEO) at the UCL Institute of Education
  • Anne-Marie Canning MBE, CEO, The Brilliant Club. Anne-Marie was previously Director of Social Mobility and Student Success at King’s College London. 

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