‘The North West Chairman of business advisory specialist PwC, Iwan Griffiths, will be exploring the relevance of Oxbridge degrees in today’s employment market during a panel session at the International Festival for Business 2016 in Liverpool next month.
He will be joined in the debate by a panel including Peter Garden, executive director of Performance and Learning at the Liverpool Philharmonic, Ren Kapur, founder and chief executive of X Forces, and Dr Omar Khan, director of Runnymede Trust.
The panel will discuss whether a degree from one of the UK’s leading universities is essential to secure the top jobs, as part of the festival’s Blue Skies Sessions, entitled ‘Beyond Oxbridge’.
Mr Griffiths said: “A-Levels and degrees have, in some respects, become a proxy for the skills employers need.
"Attendance at top universities can be socio-economically skewed with performance in the former heavily correlating with proxies for social class, parental income, geography and education.
“Our definition of talent should not be driven entirely by how people do at school and thereby whether and where they go to university. This isn’t just about being socially responsible, it’s crucial and business-imperative to find the people we need for the future."’ – Liverpool Echo