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Higher Education White Paper

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Justice – in the House of Commons at 4:09 pm on 28th June 2011.

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Photo of David Willetts David Willetts Minister of State (Universities and Science) 4:09 pm, 28th June 2011

I pay tribute to the right hon. Gentleman for his very constructive engagement in this very important area. At the university of Loughborough, I sat in on a fascinating meeting in which students gave their feedback on their academic programme that year, raising with the academic staff issues such as the right balance between essays and lab work and the extent to which there should be continuous assessment during the year and final exams. We want to see more of that; we want universities to provide such information on their websites; and, yes, we believe that if students are concerned about the quality of academic standards and work at a university, they should have the opportunity to raise that with the Quality Assurance Agency.