Strategic Science Provision in English Universities - Report Together with Formal Minutes
HC 220-I, Eighth Report of Session 2004-05 - Volume I
- House of Commons - Science and Technology Committee
- TSO (The Stationery Office)
Building on its previous report on science teaching at secondary school level (HCP 508-I, available below), the Committee's report examines strategic science provision in English universities (except for non-devolved policy areas, for example relating to trade and industry, where the report refers to the UK as a whole).
Issues discussed include:
the current provision of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) in universities and the impact of departmental closures
the debate over a skills shortage
undergraduate demand for STEM courses
the higher education funding system for research and teaching
the sustainability of the current situation, collaboration and the 'hub and spokes' model of provision
The Committee's findings include that a short-term approach to university funding has led to a worrying decline in the number of STEM graduates and to departmental closures; and unless some long-term measures are taken to ensure the sector's sustainability, the Government may find that it has a shortage of STEM graduates to meet its economic needs.
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