29 July 1997
By the Select Committee appointed
to consider Science and Technology.
REPORT OF THE NATIONAL
COMMITTEE OF INQUIRY
INTO HIGHER EDUCATION
"THE DEARING REPORT"
The National Committee of
Inquiry into Higher Education, chaired by Sir Ron Dearing,
published its report, "Higher Education in the Learning
Society", on 23 July 1997. On 29 July we took evidence
from Sir Ron, and also from Sir Ron Oxburgh KBE FRS, a member
of the National Committee's Research Working Group. The hearing
was focused on the parts of the Dearing Report-mainly Chapter 11-which
deal with the role of universities as a location for research
and research training.
We present the transcript
of the hearing, without comment, as a contribution to the wider
debate which must now take place. For our part, we will continue
the discussion in meetings with the President of the Board of
Trade in October, and with the Secretary of State for Education
and Employment in the New Year.