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Robbins Report (1963)


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The Report of the Committee on Higher Education, chaired by Lord Robbins (b. 1925) between 1961 and 1964. The Report recommended an expansion in university provision to allow all suitably qualified candidates an opportunity for higher education should they wish it. It proposed this be initiated by the founding of six new universities and by raising a number of existing colleges to university status. It also suggested raising the status of teacher training colleges by encouraging partnerships with universities and introducing a teaching qualification with degree status. Such colleges were to be renamed colleges of education. Within 24 hours of the Report's publication, the government issued a White Paper supporting many of its recommendations. Some recommendations, however, such as the suggestion that undergraduate degree courses be extended from three to four years and broadened in scope, did not find wide support. The success of the recommendations was reflected in the rapid expansion of university provision in the decade between 1965 and 1975. The Robbins Report has played a major role in shaping higher education provision as it exists today.

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