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Think Tank – The Future Of The UK Car Industry – Cutting Edge University Debate With Dr Franco Mariuzzo & Joseph Carr From University of East Anglia

25th May 2023 @ 15:45 - 16:45

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Think Tank is a series of webinars for Key Stage 4 and Key Stage 5 students, engaging academics and students in debate. We tackle some of the pressing national and global issues being faced today and, in this Think Tank considering the Future of the UK Car Industry, we are joined by Franco Mariuzzo and Joseph Carr from UEA who will share their knowledge of the UK car market.

In their conversation with you, they will highlight the differences between markets and industries, the importance of foreign firms in the UK economy and what it means to have a sector globally integrated. They will depict lessons from the past to envision the future of the UK car industry. They will discuss the impact of “disruptive” technologies, such as electric vehicles and the use of automation and artificial intelligence. Their analysis will use their expertise and insight from industrial economics, trade and competition policy. Both speakers are members of the Centre for Competition Policy and the School of Economics at UEA.

Ahead of the event, we invite students to submit questions and arguments HERE within the overall session theme which, following the introductory inputs from our academics, are then either posed by the student themselves or by the host, depending upon each student’s preference.

The academics will then share their perspectives with plenty of opportunity for students to engage in the discussion. The event will progress in a similar way to ‘Question Time’.

Woven into the discussion, the university academics are encouraged to shed light on how undergraduates engage in these critical issues during their studies.


Our events are designed so that a group of students can take part from a classroom, or students and teachers can take part as individuals, either from school or from home. This means that sessions will continue irrespective of possible school closures.

As a live, participative event, this session will not be recorded but slides and other resources will be shared after the event, where available.


Suitable for: Key Stage 4 & Key Stage 5 students and equivalent with an interest in The Future of the UK Car Industry, either as part of their studies, their university aspirations, personal interests, or related citizenship studies. This is suitable for both groups or individual students and teachers.

Preparation/Pre-Reading: Students are asked to consider the theme and discuss some of the key issues, prior to submitting questions and arguments for our panel to address live. These can be submitted HERE.

The IT Setup: The event will be run on Bluejeans and participants will be able to join using laptops, tablets, and mobile devices. If you are joining as a school group, we recommend connecting with one device and projecting on to a whiteboard. You will be able to interact with the university via a microphone and/or typed comments and questions. Full details will be sent to those who have registered (see below) prior to the event.

Booking a Place: This is free for schools and colleges. If you would like to take part in this event, please register your interest using the link to the registration form below:


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25th May 2023
15:45 - 16:45
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