Whatever Happened to the Dearing Report?
UK Higher Education 1997-2007
The National Committee of Inquiry into Higher Education, chaired by Sir Ron Dearing, published its report, Higher Education in the Learning Society, on 24 July 1997. Sir David Watson, now Professor of Higher Education Management at the Institute of Education, University of London, and then Director of the University of Brighton, was a member of the Committee. In his inaugural lecture he looks back at the circumstances that gave rise to the Report, outlines the fate of its nearly 100 recommendations and identifies key lines of development within the UK higher education throughout the past decade.
1) The ‘Spirit of the Times’; 2) The Dearing Committee; 3) The Report; 4) Reactions; 5) Politics: New Labour and Dearing; 6) Inside the Sector: Before and After Dearing; 7) Facing the Future; 8) Dearing 2018?; Appendix I: Members of the Dearing Committee; Appendix II: Daring Committee Recommendations; Appendix III: The ‘Dearing Compact’.