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Universities (Passes And Failures)

Volume 728: debated on Wednesday 18 May 1966

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asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if, in view of public concern at the high rate of failure in certain faculties at Scottish universities, he will recommend the appointment of a Royal Commission to inquire into the quality of teaching and the teaching methods used at these universities.

No. Teaching methods are a matter of constant concern to the universities themselves and they already have before them the Report of a Committee under Sir Edward Hale issued as recently as 1964. It should not be assumed that the only cause, or the major cause, of student failure lies in university teaching methods.


asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will publish in the OFFICIAL REPORT the figures relating to passes and failures in all faculties during session 1964–65 in Scottish universities.

The latest information for British universities as a whole is given in paragraphs 80–85 of the Report on University Development 1957–62 (Cmnd. 2267).