Education and Skills

6 July 2006

Research Funding

Monday 10 July 2006, 4.15 p.m. in the Wilson Room, Portcullis House

The Education and Skills Select Committee will be taking formal oral evidence from Sir Alan Wilson, Director-General for Higher Education, DfES; and Professor David Eastwood, Vice-Chancellor, University of East Anglia and Chief Executive designate of the Higher Education Funding Council for England (Hefce).

The session is expected to cover issues surrounding the Government's recent consultation paper "Reform of higher education research assessment and funding". MPs will be asking the witnesses about the purpose and the origin of this consultation exercise and about the wider implications for the Government's policy on research.

The effect of family breakdown on educational achievements

Wednesday 12 July 2006, 9.30 a.m. in the Wilson Room, Portcullis House

The Education and Skills Select Committee will be taking formal oral evidence from Professor Bryan Rodgers, National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health, Australian National University, Canberra; Professor Judy Dunn, FBA Research Professor Social, Genetic & Developmental Psychiatry Centre, King's College London; Dr Leon Feinstein, Director, Centre for Research on the Wider Benefits of Learning, Institute of Education; and Dr Amanda Wade, Lecturer in Social Work, University of Sheffield.

Information about the Education and Skills Committee

The Education and Skills Committee is one of the House's Select Committees related to government departments: its terms of reference are to examine "the expenditure, administration and policy of the Department for Education and Skills and its associated public bodies". The Committee chooses its own subjects of inquiry, within the overall terms of reference. It invites written evidence from interested parties and holds public evidence sessions, usually in committee rooms at the House of Commons, although it does have the power to meet away from Westminster. At the end of each inquiry, the Committee will normally agree a Report based on the evidence received. Such Reports are published and made available on the Internet. Copies are sent free to those who give oral evidence. Reports usually contain recommendations to the Government and other bodies. The Government by convention responds to reports within about two months of publication. These responses are also published.