Higher Education and Research Bill - Report (4th Day)

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 8:00 pm on 15th March 2017.

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Photo of Lord Winston Lord Winston Labour 8:00 pm, 15th March 2017

I have a brief question for either the noble and learned Lord, Lord Mackay, or the noble Lord, Lord Smith. One thing that slightly concerns me is that certain institutions, such as the conservatoires, are generally not funded in their research by UKRI at all. Very often these students, who do PhDs at the Royal College of Music, for example, are either self-funded or funded through other charitable grants. Could the noble Lord, in summing up, address why we would need that kind of governance for the research degree? I should just like a bit of clarity on that.