Higher Education: Business Modules

House of Lords written question – answered on 3rd July 2012.

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To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will require universities to include in all courses a module on understanding businesses.

Photo of Baroness Verma Baroness Verma Lords Spokesperson (Department of Business, Innovation and Skills), Lords Spokesperson (Home Office) (Equalities and Women's Issues), Baroness in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip)

Universities are autonomous organisations, entirely responsible for deciding the content of their own courses.

Professor Sir Tim Wilson's independent Review of Business-University collaboration makes some recommendations aimed at improving the employability and enterprise skills of students. The Government published their response to the review on 26 June 2012.

We welcome the good work that universities already undertake, but want to see even greater employer-university collaboration-for example, in providing work experience, co-designing and kite-marking courses. That is why we are funding Council for Industry and Higher Education to establish a National Centre for Universities and Business, which will gather evidence, bring together university and business leaders, and support engagement between stakeholders. This will include work to support good practice in developing students' employability and enterprise skills.

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