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It is clear that the Browne Review was under-researched and entirely inadequate to the questions that it was supposed to answer. It skewed its findings by failing to consider empirical evidence; it asserted the primacy of private gain as the key determinant of funding a sector whose existence is for the public good; and it failed entirely to consider the system as a whole that includes graduate and postgraduate research as a key element. It is clear that the entire system will need to be re-visited. Among issues to be considered, we should explore:
- The public-good economic value of the sector as a whole;
- The relation of graduate/research to undergraduate funding;
- International comparators, including relations between the sector and international business concerns
Relevant commentary and links:
Letters: Contact time a matter of degree, The Guardian, 15 May 2013.
British Academy announces research project on how student debt will affect postgraduate participation, 11 Jan 2013.
Ron Johnston, The less well-paid you are when you enter the labour market, the more your degree will now cost, LSE blog, 22 Jan 2013
Roger Brown, England’s new market-based system of student education: an initial report, CSHE.7.13 (April 2013)