Students: Drugs

Business, Innovation and Skills written question – answered on 3rd June 2013.

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Photo of Graham Brady Graham Brady Chair, Conservative Party 1922 Committee

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he has made of the proportion of pupils in (a) further and (b) higher education who use exam-performance enhancing drugs such as Ritalin and Modafinil; and what assessment he has made of the effect of such drugs on overall attainment.

Photo of David Willetts David Willetts Minister of State (Universities and Science)

We have made no such assessment. As independent and autonomous institutions, further and higher education institutions are responsible for all matters relating to student conduct, including monitoring performance and attainment levels. Higher education is an adult environment. However, it is a long-established principle that universities have a duty of care to their students. This is also true for further education colleges where the age range of students is wider. As such, both types of institution will determine what welfare and counselling services they need to provide to their students to offer appropriate support.

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