The Innovation, Universities, Science and Skills Committee calls for urgent changes in the higher education sector in this report examining students' university experience. The report says the current system for safeguarding standards is out of date, inconsistent and should be replaced. The Quality Assurance Agency should be transformed into an independent Quality and Standards Agency with a specific standards remit. The Committee also says that the culture at the top of the sector should change. The Committee found defensive complacency in the leadership of the sector and no appetite to explore key issues such as the reasons for proportional increase in first and upper second class honours degrees in the past 15 years. Support for and treatment of part-time and mature students should be improved - the current system amounts to a form of discrimination. The Government's forthcoming review of fees needs to examine all aspects of support for these students. The report also says: further education colleges should play a larger role in the development of higher education; the Government should help create a credit transfer system which will allow credit earned in one institution to be transferred to another; schemes such as those run by Leeds University for students from disadvantaged backgrounds should be standard practice across the sector; there is a lack of consistency across the higher education sector and codes of practice applying to all institutions receiving public money should be introduced; elements of chance in the admissions process should be reduced so that students get a fairer deal on access to university.Professor Arthur, Vice-Chancellor of Leeds, also told us about the Access to Leeds Programme.138 ac Professor Driscoll, ... evidence the Flying Start Project, which is being conducted by Liverpool Hope University and the University of Derby, anbsp;...
|Title||:||Students and Universities|
|Author||:||Great Britain. Parliament. House of Commons. Innovation, Universities, Science and Skills Committee, Great Britain. Parliament House of Commons|
|Publisher||:||The Stationery Office - 2009-08-02|