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Issue 472, 5 November 2001

Raising aspirations

On the day HEFCE published its report into how to achieve government targets of widening participation, Secretary of State for education and skills Estelle Morris gave her first speech on higher education in London Guildhall University. Widely reported in the press as criticising the ‘élitism’ of the university sector, Ms Morris also acknowledged that ‘there is a great deal to be proud of in our universities and colleges.’

Her vision, she said, was of a sector in which diverse institutions provided excellence in different ways, from world-class research to work more relevant to the needs of industry and the local economy. Announcing a wide-ranging review of the sector, she listed five goals: widening participation; maintaining the UK’s foremost position in research; closer links between universities and industry; maintaining high standards in teaching and learning; and ensuring excellent management and leadership structures to meet these challenges.

The HEFCE report said that demand for higher education from the middle classes has reached saturation. Arguing that the key to increasing participation lay in schools, and an increase in numbers staying on at school after 16, HEFCE also said that higher education institutions could do more to raise aspirations, by increasing their existing engagements with schools, further education colleges and local communities.

See the transcript of Estelle Morris' speech

See the HEFCE report on their website

See the DFES press release on Estelle Morris' speech

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