House of Lords debates Government policy on universities

13 October 2011

The House of Lords debated the impact of Government’s policy on universities on Thursday 13 October. Members of the Lords who took part included the Principal of Jesus College Oxford, several current and former university chancellors and professors

Lord Giddens (Labour), social theorist, currently Emeritus Professor at the London School of Economics, as well as being its former director (1997 to 2003), tabled and opened the debate.

Other Members who took part speak included:

  • Lord Krebs (Crossbench), Principal of Jesus College, Oxford
  • Baroness Brinton (Liberal Democrat), former Chair of the Cambridgeshire Learning and Skills Council
  • Lord Willis of Knaresborough (Liberal Democrat), a former Head teacher
  • Lord Bragg (Labour), Chancellor of Leeds University and former Governor of the London School of Economics
  • Lord Morgan (Labour), former university lecturer and Senior Vice-Chancellor, University of Wales
  • Lord Moser (Crossbench), former Chancellor of Keele University
  • Lord Parekh (Labour), Emeritus Professor of Political Philosophy, Westminster University
  • Lord Sawyer (Labour), Chancellor of Teeside University
  • Lord Smith of Clifton (Liberal Democrat), former Vice-Chancellor of Ulster University

Lord Faulkner of Worcester (Labour), Baroness Coussins (Crossbench), Lord Stevenson of Balmacara (Labour), Baroness Howells of St Davids (Labour), Lord Morgan (Labour) Lord Billimoria (Crossbench) also contributed to the debate.

Baroness Verma (Conservative) responded on behalf of the government. 

Further information

The 'Browne Report', an independent review into higher education funding and student finance makes recommendations to Government on the future of fees policy and financial support for full and part-time undergraduate and postgraduate students, was published in October 2010. Lord Browne of Madingley undertook the review at the request of the previous government.

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