The National Committee of Inquiry into Higher Education
Terms of reference
To make recommendations on how the purposes, shape, structure, size and funding of higher education, including support for students, should develop to meet the needs of the United Kingdom over the next twenty years, recognising that higher education embraces teaching, learning, scholarship and research.
“ It is good sense to appoint individual people to jobs on their merit. It is the opposite when those who are judged to have merit of a particular kind harden into a new class without room in it for others….A social revolution has been accomplished by harnessing schools and universities to the task of sieving people according to education’s narrow band of values.” Michael Young, author of “The Rise of the Meritocracy” (1958), 29.6.01
“ Institutions such as my own are outposts of serious and bright students of modest or low-income background taught by dedicated faculty who are often respected researchers as well. These institutions are home to a democratic institutional culture simply not possible at elite institutions…It is time that the national agonizing about the income bias of elite institutions shifts its focus to these institutions.” Lawrence Blum, The New York Review of Books.
HE research shows an uneven regional distribution, e.g. Thomson ISI ® data on research output and impact Height of blue bars indicates publication volume, scale is 0-5000 Citation impact is red line , scale is 0-2.5 where world average impact (1.0) is second line on each graph Regions
Research grants and contracts as a percentage of funding council research grant, 2005/06
CEQ 06 NSS 07 Teaching staff good at explaining* 51 87 Staff make subject interesting* 53 75 Good advice on study choice* 47 65 Access to IT resources when needed* 65 89 As result of course, feel more confident about tackling unfamiliar problems** 61 77 Overall satisfaction** 70 82 * Similar question ** Identical question