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Higher Education: Educational Institutions

Volume 477: debated on Friday 13 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills when he expects (a) the consultation paper on creating new higher education centres to be published and (b) the process of bidding for such centres to begin. (211096)

We want to give everyone who has the talent the chance to go to university whether they are about to leave school or already in work. Students should have access to local provision offering flexible courses to suit their needs. Any proposals arising from our new "university challenge" policy for university campuses or centres will be assessed by the Higher Education Funding Council for England which will issue a consultation paper in July which will include a timetable on the way forward.