Results 1–20 of 8610 for speaker:Sir Keith Joseph

University Funding (20 May 1986)

Sir Keith Joseph: With permission, Mr. Speaker, I should like to make a statement about university funding. The University Grants Committee is today writing to the universities to inform them of their grants for the 1986–87 academic year in the context of their planning to the end of the decade. This announcement represents the allocation between individual universities of the recurrent grant for 1986–87...

University Funding (20 May 1986)

Sir Keith Joseph: The reaction of the hon. Gentleman. as the representative of the official Opposition, will not be the reaction of the world of universities, nor of the world of science. It is a landmark for the country that the UGC, with the Government's encouragement, is for the first time providing tangible evidence of the encouragement of excellence in universities in terms of the research quality of all...

University Funding (20 May 1986)

Sir Keith Joseph: My hon. Friend has precisely the right reaction. In an attempt to assist universities, especially those that might otherwise be hard hit by the changes, the Government have expressed themselves ready, subject to the compliance of the universities with the conditions laid down, to consider allocating more money for 1987–88 and subsequent years.

University Funding (20 May 1986)

Sir Keith Joseph: My hon. Friend has touched on a point which is generally recognised to be true, but it is subject to some disagreement among academics. The decision will be for the UGC, the university and the department. I cannot give the guarantee which my hon. Friend requests.

University Funding (20 May 1986)

Sir Keith Joseph: The hon. Gentleman fails to recognise that, although it is true that universities and departments have striven to improve excellence, this is the first time that the UGC has sought, in distributing taxpayers' money, to recognise the differences of quality. As for the reductions in expenditure by the taxpayer, the universities have contributed to constraints on public spending. This year, for...

University Funding (20 May 1986)

Sir Keith Joseph: I cannot go into the individual circumstances of universities. That is for them to learn from the UGC. I am not at all surprised by the hon. Gentleman's expression of doubt about the confidence of anybody to make the judgments, but the UGC has about 100 academics on its sub-committees. They have contributed their judgment, as have the research councils, the Royal Society and some people who...

University Funding (20 May 1986)

Sir Keith Joseph: The UGC has taken a bold and pioneering step. No doubt there will be some discussion between it and the universities. It is for the UGC to announce the figures. They will be placed in the Library and in the hands of universities later today, if the universities catch them, or tomorrow, with a supplementary letter from the UGC next week.

University Funding (20 May 1986)

Sir Keith Joseph: As I tried to explain in my statement, the UGC has attempted to rectify the overfunding and underfunding that has occurred during the past few years as the basis for allocation between universities and to build into that redistribution a recognition of quality of research, which includes, as I understand it, in brief, scholarship that breaks new ground in knowledge and understanding, between...

University Funding (20 May 1986)

Sir Keith Joseph: My hon. Friend is on to a most important subject. As part of the remedy for the brain drain, it is crucial that salary structures in higher education should give some discretion and flexibility to the institutions concerned and not have as little flexibility as now.

University Funding (20 May 1986)

Sir Keith Joseph: I believe that the UGC has respected the autonomous decision-making processes of universities. The problem about staff changes under the constraints of the early 1980s was that the time available for universities was relatively brief.

University Funding (20 May 1986)

Sir Keith Joseph: No, Sir. The Open University is one of three related institutions which are directly funded by the Department of Education and Science.

University Funding (20 May 1986)

Sir Keith Joseph: The hon. Gentleman has misunderstood. The exercise that I explained in my statement is connected not with the shrinkage of universities but with the redistribution of taxpayers' money to recognise more or less excellence in research. The effectiveness of teaching cannot be identified from the outside while, to some extent, the quality of research can be recognised. The quality and...

University Funding (20 May 1986)

Sir Keith Joseph: Stories in the press about possible closures are not remotely justified by the picture that I have presented this afternoon. As for the encouragement of teaching, I understand that the universities and, indeed, the Association of University Teachers, recognise that appraisal might be relevant in universities. For the first time the UGC has recognised the needs of certain subjects for a larger...

University Funding (20 May 1986)

Sir Keith Joseph: The answer to the first question is no, Sir. The answer to the second is that the hon. Gentleman must not confuse reduction with redistribution. Redistribution is what is involved.

University Funding (20 May 1986)

Sir Keith Joseph: I would have expected my hon. Friend and Lancaster university to respond as robustly as she has. I should like to emphasise that the scope of those departments which have not been identified as excellent in this particular survey will remain for improvement, if it is so decided.

University Funding (20 May 1986)

Sir Keith Joseph: There is no implication in my statement for student numbers this year, either up or down. The Government take pride in the fact that students in higher education are a record proportion of a record age vintage. As for the financial figures to which the hon. Gentleman referred, any financial improvement agreed by the Government will be considered against the performance of the university's...

University Funding (20 May 1986)

Sir Keith Joseph: I agree with my hon. Friend, and would emphasise that universities need to follow up the initiative of my right hon. Friend the Chancellor of the Exchequer in the Budget to get the benefits that my hon. Friend rightly says might be available.

University Funding (20 May 1986)

Sir Keith Joseph: No, Sir. That is not remotely justified.

University Funding (20 May 1986)

Sir Keith Joseph: Yes, Sir, subject only to remembering that there is scope for departments that need to improve themselves in quality.

University Funding (20 May 1986)

Sir Keith Joseph: Successive Governments have relied on the UGC to make decisions about the allocation of public money, and the Government have no intention of departing from that practice.


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