Education and Skills Committee

12 October 2005

Higher Education

Wednesday 19 October 2005, 9.30 a.m. in the Wilson Room, Portcullis House

The Education and Skills Select Committee will be taking formal oral evidence from Sir Howard Newby, Chief Executive, Higher Education Funding Council for England (Hefce).  The session is expected to cover the following topics:  The introduction of top-up fees from 2006-07, managing strategic subjects, the market for postgraduates, international students and the Bologna process, part-time student funding, future demand for HE and over-bureaucracy in the sector.

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.