(2) if he will assess the effectiveness in encouraging political engagement of the parliamentary attachment schemes of (a) the School of Politics and Communication Studies of the University of Liverpool and (b) other university politics departments.
Parliament decided in passing the Further and Higher Education Act 1992 that universities should be autonomous and that Ministers should have no role in deciding how individual subjects and courses are funded. This independence is a great strength of our world class sector. But it also means that judgments have to be made by universities themselves in developing their own priorities and sense of mission.
The Higher Education Funding Council for England has made no recent assessment of the teaching provided by the School of Politics and Communications Studies at the University of Liverpool.