Dear friends,

 

Today the Social Market Foundation (SMF) has published my pamphlet entitled 'Robbins Rebooted'.

 

You can view an electronic version of the pamphlet here.

 

In it I set out options for reform of Britain's universities to boost the country's knowledge economy and open high paying technical and professional jobs to the 'forgotten 50 per cent'.

 

These options draw together hundreds of conversations that I have had with university and college leaders, academics and students over the last six months in Britain, Europe, India and China.

 

Invoking the 'white heat' message of Harold Wilson's government, elected 50 years ago this year, I argue that reformed universities are now key to fostering more high paid jobs in the 'light speed' global digital economy.

 

The following are the 'big five' ideas which university and college leaders, students, teachers and researchers want to hear debated:

 

1. 'Technical Universities’, a collaboration of employers, major university science and engineering departments and colleges, offering students the chance to study a new 'earn while you learn' ‘Technical Degree’

2. A revolution in links between colleges and universities based on the US-style community college movement.

3. Reform of research funding to support British universities in creating global 'Star Alliances' of the world's best scientists with longer term research support.

4. A big increase in university enterprise zones to better link universities to regional growth.

5. A new revolution in access to higher education, with a new national advice service to support young people into higher academic and technical education, support for university-school trusts, an expansion of the Open University's Massive Open Online Courses and a new partnership between the Workers' Education Association and UnionLearn.

 

I would love to hear your reflections on the pamphlet so please do get in touch.

 

With all best wishes

 

Liam