28 February 2012

million+ comment on Wilson Review of Business-University collaboration

Commenting on the publication of the Wilson Review of University-Business collaboration, commissioned as part of the Government’s HE White Paper, Pam Tatlow, Chief Executive of the university think-tank million+, said: “Links with business and employers in both the private and the public sectors have been integral to the agenda of modern universities for many years. These collaborations improve undergraduate and postgraduate employability, encourage innovation in the curriculum and within companies and contribute to economic growth. This is why universities are already lead players in many of the Local Economic Partnerships that have been established to replace the regional development agencies.

“The Wilson Review provides a helpful context to the dynamic university-business collaborations that are already in place and which continue to evolve to meet changing circumstances and technologies. However, the recommendations are wide-ranging and raise a number of questions. For example, it is doubtful whether it is the role of Ministers rather than universities to set a specific fee for sandwich courses and it is unlikely that a new awarding body is really needed to validate Foundation Degrees.

“By commissioning the Review, BIS Ministers signalled their recognition of the important role that universities and business play in economic regeneration. I welcome the fact that Ministers will now take time to consider the recommendations.”

Notes to editors:

The Wilson Review can be found on the BIS website and the Review website.