SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY COMMITTEE

No. 37 of Session 2004-05 4 April 2005

PUBLICATION OF REPORT

STRATEGIC SCIENCE PROVISION IN ENGLISH UNIVERSITIES

The Science and Technology Committee will publish its Eighth Report of Session 2004-05, Strategic Science Provision in English Universities,(HC 220-I and II), at 0001 hours on Thursday 7 April 2005.

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Notes for Editors

• Under the terms of Standing Order No. 152 the Committee is empowered to examine the “expenditure, policy and administration of the Office of Science and Technology and its associated public bodies. The Committee was appointed on 12 November 2001.

• The Committee announced this inquiry on 21 December 2004 in press notice No 12 of Session 2004-05. Four evidence sessions were held: Monday 7 February, when evidence was heard from university students, the Higher Education Policy Institute (HEPI) and the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE); Monday 28 February, when evidence was heard from Research Councils UK (RCUK), the Office of Science and Technology (OST), RDAs and the Association for University Research and Industry Links (AURIL); Wednesday 2 March, when evidence was heard from learned societies and the Association of University Teachers (AUT); and Wednesday 9 March when evidence was heard from University Vice-Chancellors and the Minister of State for Lifelong Learning, Further and Higher Education, Department for Education and Skills.

Membership of the Committee

Dr Ian Gibson (Lab, Norwich North) (Chairman)
Mr Tony McWalter (Lab, Hemel Hempstead)
Paul Farrelly (Lab, Newcastle-under-Lyme)
Dr Andrew Murrison (Con, Westbury)
Dr Evan Harris (Lib Dem, Oxford West & Abingdon)
Geraldine Smith (Lab, Morecambe and Lunesdale)
Kate Hoey (Lab, Vauxhall)
Bob Spink (Con, Castle Point)
Dr Brian Iddon (Lab, Bolton South East)
Dr Desmond Turner (Lab, Brighton Kemptown)
Mr Robert Key (Con, Salisbury)