Peter Cranie, Senior Lecturer in Education and Training, took part in a lively Question Time-style debate in the run-up to the General Election.

The event for research professionals, which took place on Monday 5 June on the eve of the annual ARMA (Association of Research Managers and Administrators) conference, featured representatives from each of the main parties, alongside Professor Gerald Pillay, Vice-Chancellor of Liverpool Hope University.

Chaired by Ehsan Masood, editor of Research Fortnight, the panel included Shadow Minister for Industrial Strategy, Science and Innovation, Chi Onwurah, Richard Kemp, the Liberal Democrats’ parliamentary candidate for Liverpool Wavertree, and Matthew Lloyd, the Conservative candidate for Halton. They discussed a range of hot election topics from the impact of Brexit on universities to Higher Education reform to future industrial strategy.

Edge Hill University’s Peter Cranie, who spoke in his capacity as former national elections coordinator for the Green Party, said: “There were thought provoking and challenging questions from the audience on HE funding and the impact of Brexit on the HE sector in terms of staff and student recruitment.

“I’d like to thank the other panellists for their contributions and Ehsan Masood for chairing a really enjoyable event.”