Ice Breaking Dialogues – Who should pay for my education? Newcastle

12 October, 2017 | 18:00 - 19:30

Ice Breaking Dialogues
Ice Breaking Dialogues

About this event

With rising tuition fees, national apprenticeship schemes, elections promises and widening skills gaps, who should be paying for the education of our young people? Is it companies, student debts, parents or the government?

We invite all those who are interested to discuss how we should be funding the future of UK higher education.

Join the debate, chaired by Dr. Caspar Hewett (The Great Debate); panelists Nicky Turnbull (Head of Higher Education, Newcastle College), Bradley Reid & Mark Thompson.

All are welcome to join us in the bar afterwards to continue the debate.

Watch video footage from the first Ice Breaking Dialogues event in February: Devolution, all just smoke and mirrors?

Event materials

The following materials are available for download:


Nicky Turnbull – Head of Higher Education at Newcastle College

Nicky Turnbull is Head of Higher Education at Newcastle College. Having graduated from Newcastle Polytechnic, Nicky gained a Diploma in Management Studies, qualified as a teacher of Post 16 Education and then completed a PGDip in Sociology.

Having taught for nine years, Nicky then went into education management at Newcastle College and completed an MA in Lifelong Learning in 2012. Nicky is about to embark on an Education Doctorate at Newcastle University. As a former Director of Construction, Nicky is now responsible for Higher Education at the college where widening participation is a strategic driver and all HE students study highly vocational programmes which aim to make them work-ready.

Bradley Reid – Student at Northumbria University

Bradley Reid is studying an MEng in Civil Engineering at Northumbria University. He has just started his 4th of 5 years. He spent the last year on an Industrial Placement with Cundall as part of the course. He is the Northumbria Branch representative for the ICE Graduates and Students Committee, and the GSNet representative, speaking for the committee on a national level.

Mark Thompson – Ryder Architecture and PlanBEE