Dearing Report 1997 (text)
The Dearing Report (1997)
Higher Education in the learning society
London: Her Majesty's Stationery Office 1997
Sir Ron Dearing (1930-2009) joined the civil service at the age of 16 and rose to various senior positions. He went on to become Chairman and Chief Executive of the Post Office and Chancellor of the University of Nottingham.
He chaired committees which produced two other reports on education:
The 1997 report
In May 1996 Secretary of State for Education and Employment Gillian Shephard - together with the Secretaries of State for Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland, and with bipartisan support - appointed a committee
to make recommendations on how the purposes, shape, structure, size and funding of higher education, including support for students, should develop to meet the needs of the United Kingdom over the next 20 years (Dearing 1997:1).The Committee's report was published in July 1997.
Summary of the report's main recommendations
The Committee made 93 recommendations which can be found printed in bold type throughout the text. They are also collected together as Annex A to the report.
Among the Committee's main recommendations were that:
Other reports on higher education include:
Robbins (1963) Higher Education
The report online
The Commitee's Main Report was published as a 466-page A4-size paperback, and it is this document which is presented here.
I have corrected twenty or so typing errors.
The above notes were prepared by Derek Gillard and uploaded on 3 March 2014. They were updated (to remove a broken link to an external site) on 6 January 2024.