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Higher Education

Volume 714: debated on Thursday 12 November 2009


Asked by

To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they will take to enhance the principle of a “community of scholars” in considering the future of higher education. [HL6278]

Although the phrase “community of scholars” may sound old-fashioned, it contains an important truth which is relevant today. Being “a cohesive and self-critical academic community” is still the key criterion for being a university. Our recently published framework for higher education, Higher Ambitions, shows that we are committed to maintaining the global excellence of research and scholarship in our universities, as well as wanting them to engage more effectively with business and the wider community.