Publishing needs

December 21, 2007

The role of publishers in higher education will be debated at a conference for academics, students, librarians and authors. The Publishers Association conference, co-presented by The Times Higher, will be chaired by keynote speaker Mike Pittilo, principal and vice-chancellor of Robert Gordon University. Debate will focus on approaches to teaching and learning, and ask: "What does higher education want from publishers?" For more information about the event, which is to be held on Tuesday, February 12, 2008, visit

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