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The House of Lords EU Social Policies and Consumer Protection Sub-Committee, which was chaired by Baroness Young of Hornsey, conducted an inquiry into the EU’s contribution to the modernisation of higher education in Europe. The report was published on 22 March 2012 and was debated by the House on 11 October 2012.
The inquiry investigated the EU's contribution to the modernisation of European higher education, including the role of the separate Bologna Process. The report called on the Government to overcome the UK's lack of mobility culture, including by making language learning compulsory in primary and secondary schools. Coupled with financial, socioeconomic and cultural barriers, the Committee warned that the UK's future participation in mobility programmes, such as the EU's Erasmus scheme, could not be assured. The Committee also called on the Government to ensure the continuation of the domestic Erasmus fee waiver scheme and support the proposed development of the EU Masters-level student loan guarantee facility. They believed that both of these measures will help more students, and those who are disadvantaged in particular.
The Sub-Committee for Home Affairs, Health and Education received the Commission response to its report on 6th November 2012.
Government respond to Committee's report on Modernisation of Higher Education in Europe
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Lords committee hear about EU contribution to modernising higher education
Representatives from four university organisations will give evidence to the Lords Committee
David Willetts MP, Universities and Science Minister, will appear before the Lords Consumer Protection and Social Policies EU Sub-Committee
Liam Burns, President of the National Union of Students (NUS), will give evidence to the Lords Social Policies and Consumer Protection EU Sub-Committee on Thursday 15 December
British Council Representatives give evidence to Lords Committee
In the first evidence session for a new inquiry into Higher Education Lords EU Social Policies and Consumer Protection Sub-Committee heard from Professor Colin Riordan
The House of Lords European Union Sub-Committee on Social Policies and Consumer Protection today invited contributions to its new inquiry into the modernisation of higher education in Europe
Corrected oral and written evidence on the Inquiry into the Modernisation of Higher Education in Europe: The EU Contribution
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