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Universities: Museums and Galleries

Volume 716: debated on Monday 11 January 2010


Asked by

To ask Her Majesty's Government what criteria regarding public access and benefit have been included in the terms of reference for Sir Muir Russell's review of funding for university museums and galleries. [HL1088]

Institutions in receipt of this funding have been asked to submit evidence to the review against three criteria. One of these asks for “the extent to which the activities of the museums and galleries address the Higher Education Funding Council for England's widening participation objective to promote and provide the opportunity of successful participation in higher education to everyone who can benefit from it, and the broader government objective of increasing public access to such institutions for the wider community to promote lifelong learning and social cohesion. Submissions may also include evidence of public engagement activities directly beneficial to higher education undertaken by the museum/gallery (for example, work contributing to public understanding of the research process and its outcomes)”.