10 Nov 2011

Vice-Chancellor welcomes committee's emphasis on widening participation

Vice-Chancellor Martin Bean

Vice-Chancellor Martin Bean

The Business, Innovation and Skills Committee has published its Twelfth Report of Session 2010–12, Government reform of Higher Education today.

Martin Bean, Vice-Chancellor of The Open University, which was one of the only institutions to give oral evidence to the Committee earlier this year, said: “I welcome the Select Committee's emphasis on widening participation into higher education. Such efforts are crucial in addressing the UK’s skills gaps, stimulating our economy, and enhancing social mobility.

“When I gave evidence to the Select Committee, I argued that a renewed political commitment to widening participation is vital, with the current allocation of £368 million being uncertain. This is why I welcome what the Select Committee has found today and their acknowledgement that such funding must continue. In an environment where costs for graduates will rise, we must do all we can to protect access amongst the poorest groups in society.”

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