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Higher Education

Volume 481: debated on Tuesday 21 October 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what progress has been made in preparation of a White Paper on higher education; and if he will make a statement. (227755)

We are currently hosting an ongoing debate on the future of higher education, with the aim of producing a framework document for the development of a world-class higher education system over the next 10 to 15 years.

We have recently received nine contributions from individuals and organisations involved in higher education. These will be published shortly. We have also commissioned seven ‘users’ of higher education, employers from the private and public sectors, to provide reports on what they will need from higher education in the years to come to ensure that the UK remains internationally competitive. These reports are due to be completed by the end of November and will be published shortly afterwards.

At the same time, an online debate is ongoing and all interested parties can participate. This is hosted by the Joint Information Systems Committee website at:

http://hedebate.jiscinvolve.org/

We intend to publish the framework document during 2009.