Friday, 23 September 2011
UUK response to HE white paper: changes needed!
The Higher Education White Paper promises to put students at the heart of the system. Universities always have been and remain unequivocally committed to delivering this. What the white paper doesn't do is think through the process properly and its actions do not match its aims!
White Paper fails to capture the full extent of the contribution that universities make to society and to the economy. Too much focus is given to the Undergrad recruitment and teaching. This is a large part but by no means the only thing universities do, and should not be isolated from the rest of the universities activities!
"The excellence of the UK university system, and the value it creates for the economy and for society,
is based not just on the exceptionally high quality of undergraduate teaching, but on a range of factors, including:
a. the inter-connection between teaching and research, and the fact that all teaching in UK universities takes place within a research informed framework
b. the contribution that universities make to their communities, to citizenship, and to the wider social and public good
c. the transformative impact that the university experience has on those who pass through the system"
The UUK has come up with a well thought out and reasonable response to the HE white paper. Lets just hope the Government listens!