Yesterday Leeds University Union staged The Big Debate; a safe space for students, staff, and members of the general public to debate on the theoretical possibility of Free Education. Bradley Escorcio and Bethany Bartley-Jeacock fought against the right to have free education in the UK, stating that it was not economically viable, and that we should encourage apprenticeships as a form of Higher Education. Tom Dixon, Harry Shotton, and Nick Raikes argued for the right to have free eduction. They suggested that UK spends far too much on defence and that this money should be redistributed into the education system. They also suggested that far too many teenagers are put off university because of the cost, and that this needs to be changed.
Click here to listen to the full debate, chaired by Georgia Hennessy Jackson.