Universities have to prove their worth in a “post-truth age”, says University of East Anglia chief

UEA vice chancellor David Richardson. PHOTO BY SIMON FINLAY

UEA vice chancellor David Richardson. PHOTO BY SIMON FINLAY - Credit: SIMON FINLAY

Universities must show their value in the 'post-truth age', the vice-chancellor of the University of East Anglia has said.

In a speech at the Presidency University in India, David Richardson said more needed to be done to show the 'real value' universities bring both culturally and economically.

'As we in the UK prepare to leave the European Union, we know we face many uncertainties as our politicians begin to plan for uncharted waters. We will need to make the very most of the opportunities we are presented with.

'But at the same time we cannot lose sight of the need to think deeply and clearly about the impact universities make and ensure our politicians, policymakers and our communities understand what it is we contribute.

'In a 'post-truth' age we need to show politicians and the public how it is that we enrich not only teaching and research but also the cultural and social fabric of the communities we work in.'

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Professor Richardson was speaking at the 200th anniversary Global Education Summit at the Indian university in Kolkata.

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