Quality Assessment in Respect of Institutions without Degree-Awarding Powers

Part of Orders of the Day — Further and Higher Education (Scotland) Bill – in the House of Commons at 8:30 pm on 5th February 1992.

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Photo of Mr Ernie Ross Mr Ernie Ross , Dundee West 8:30 pm, 5th February 1992

With the leave of the House, may I say that we had some lighter moments in Committee, which usually occurred either when the Minister was not enjoying reading his brief or when the brief, for some reason, did not seem to fit in with what he was trying to say. Today we seem to have encountered that problem.

What we are trying to do is important. We are concerned about the mission of the central institutions. Their teaching mission has always been slightly different from that of universities, mainly because the Scottish Education Department deliberately did not allow them to diverge into the humanities but kept them on a narrow, industry-based system of teaching and degree awarding. We are concerned that the quality audit unit should be established quickly so that the new institutions, which will have university title, will not wander away and that we will retain in Scotland technology-based institutions.