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star this property date less than 2018-02-07more like thismore than 2018-02-07
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Department for Education more like this
star this property answering dept id 60 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Education more like this
unstar this property answering dept sort name Education more like this
star this property hansard heading Respite Care: Children more like this
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star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty's Government what mechanisms they have in place to ensure that local authorities meet their statutory duty to provide short breaks for the carers of disabled children. more like this
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Baroness Bertin more like this
star this property uin HL5462 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2018-02-21more like thismore than 2018-02-21
unstar this property answer text <p>Since 2011, local authorities have been under a duty to provide a range of short breaks services. This requires them to consult upon and publish a short breaks duty statement. This should set out what is available locally, how to access these services, and any eligibility criteria.</p><p> </p><p>To support this, the department made £800 million available in grants between April 2011 and March 2015, plus £80 million of capital funding to support new projects. The department offers support and challenge to help ensure local authorities meet their statutory requirements on special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). The department has funded innovative grants that promote best practice for delivering services; and continues to consider how we can best support local authorities who are working to deliver sustainable short breaks provision.</p><p> </p><p>The government is able to oversee how much local authorities have planned to spend on short breaks provision through authorities’ annual section 251 returns. This information can be found at <a href="https://www.gov.uk/guidance/section-251-2016-to-2017" target="_blank">https://www.gov.uk/guidance/section-251-2016-to-2017</a> (see attached).</p><p> </p><p>Departmental surveys such as the Children’s Services Omnibus gather information on SEND services provided by local authorities, including short breaks.</p><p> </p><p>There are also opportunities through the new Ofsted and Care Quality Commission SEND inspection frameworks for local areas to consider how well they are providing for the education, health and care needs of those with SEND. This includes their need for short breaks services. A thematic ‘one year on’ report published by the two inspectorates in October 2017 found that ‘children and young people who have SEND and their families typically had good access to high-quality short breaks’ (attached).</p>
star this property answering member printed Viscount Younger of Leckie more like this
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star this property file name HL5462 - Local area SEND inspections one year on .pdf more like this
star this property title Attach 1 more like this
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star this property file name HL5462 - Section 251 - 2016 to 2017.pdf more like this
star this property title Attach 2 more like this
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less than 2018-02-21T17:57:31.23Zmore like thismore than 2018-02-21T17:57:31.23Z
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star this property label Biography information for Viscount Younger of Leckie more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Baroness Bertin more like this
628237
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2016-11-03more like thismore than 2016-11-03
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Department for Education more like this
star this property answering dept id 60 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Education more like this
unstar this property answering dept sort name Education more like this
star this property hansard heading Universities: Freedom of Speech more like this
star this property house id 2 more like this
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star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the attempt by protesters to disrupt a talk by an Israeli speaker at University College London on 27 October, what steps they are taking to ensure freedom of speech. more like this
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Baroness Deech more like this
star this property uin HL2972 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2016-11-17more like thismore than 2016-11-17
unstar this property answer text <p>Open and robust debate is how students should challenge those they disagree with. There is no place for students that use intimidation or violence to attempt to shut down the free and open exchange of ideas.</p><p>Universities have a legal duty to secure freedom of speech for their members, students, employees and visiting speakers, and must have clearly set out policies for how they will ensure that this can happen. Universities also have a clear responsibility to provide a safe and inclusive environment and no staff or student should ever feel threatened or intimidated. It is also essential that they have clear policies and procedures to ensure that all students and staff can live and work without discrimination, intimidation or harassment. We expect universities to demonstrate how they will act swiftly to investigate and address hate crime, including anti-Semitic related incidents, reported to them.</p><p>We have asked the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), in their role as regulator, to engage with University College London (UCL) to ensure that their policies and procedures for events with external speakers are fit for purpose and were implemented appropriately in this instance. UCL have issued a statement on 11 November 2016 regarding the incident, which sets out that they have launched an immediate investigation.</p><p>In September 2015 we asked Universities UK (UUK) to set up a Harassment Taskforce. The Taskforce has recently published a report which sets out that universities should adopt a zero-tolerance approach to harassment and hate crime. The report has been attached to this answer. We must now ensure that the work of the Taskforce goes on to make a real difference to students across the country. The Minister of State for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation has asked UUK to survey progress in six months and make sure universities are doing all they can to protect the safety and security of their students. We hope that the new guidelines for universities issued alongside the UUK Taskforce report will help universities in effectively tackling incidents such as these.</p>
star this property answering member printed Viscount Younger of Leckie more like this
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less than 2016-11-17T17:15:39.213Zmore like thismore than 2016-11-17T17:15:39.213Z
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star this property label Biography information for Viscount Younger of Leckie more like this
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star this property file name Changing-the-Culture.pdf more like this
star this property title UUK_Changing_The_Culture more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Baroness Deech more like this
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star this property date less than 2016-11-22more like thismore than 2016-11-22
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Department for Education more like this
star this property answering dept id 60 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Education more like this
unstar this property answering dept sort name Education more like this
star this property hansard heading Oxford University: Antisemitism more like this
star this property house id 2 more like this
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star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Viscount Younger of Leckie on 17 November (HL2972), whether they will ask the Higher Education Funding Council for England, in its role as regulator, to engage with the University of Oxford to ensure that their policies and procedures were implemented appropriately following reports of anti-Semitic incidents involving students which led to the resignation of a student club chairman in February. more like this
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Baroness Deech more like this
star this property uin HL3397 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2016-12-02more like thismore than 2016-12-02
unstar this property answer text <p>The Government condemns antisemitism wherever it occurs, including on university campuses. Universities and student societies need to be robust in tackling these kinds of issues. Universities are autonomous and have processes for dealing with concerns and complaints where they are raised, unless there are regulatory issues to be addressed.</p><p>The Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) holds ongoing discussions (both formal and informal) with institutions, including the University of Oxford, on a regular basis. As the regulator, HEFCE has established procedures for following on up concerns raised about universities. No concerns have been raised with HEFCE about the implementation by the University of Oxford of its policies and procedures on this issue.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Viscount Younger of Leckie more like this
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less than 2016-12-02T11:46:50.837Zmore like thismore than 2016-12-02T11:46:50.837Z
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star this property label Biography information for Viscount Younger of Leckie more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Baroness Deech more like this
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star this property date less than 2017-03-27more like thismore than 2017-03-27
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Department for Education more like this
star this property answering dept id 60 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Education more like this
unstar this property answering dept sort name Education more like this
star this property hansard heading Overseas Students: Loans more like this
star this property house id 2 more like this
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star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the effectiveness of methods of recovery of student loans from overseas students. more like this
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Baroness Deech more like this
star this property uin HL6303 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2017-03-30more like thismore than 2017-03-30
unstar this property answer text <p>The Student Loans Company publishes an annual statistical first release on student loans in England that provides statistics on loan outlays, repayment of loans and borrower activity. The latest release is attached.</p><p>In addition to this, in February 2016 the Department published a Joint Repayment Strategy which includes an assessment of actions to trace borrowers and to recover loans where avoidance or evasion is identified. This publication isalso attached.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Viscount Younger of Leckie more like this
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star this property file name Debt_and_repayment_statistics_England_2016.xlsx more like this
star this property title Debt_and_repayment_statistics_England_2016 more like this
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star this property file name Student-loan-repayment-for-sustainable-higher-education-strategy-February-2016.pdf more like this
star this property title Student-loan-repayment-sustainable-higher-educatio more like this
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less than 2017-03-30T17:01:30.577Zmore like thismore than 2017-03-30T17:01:30.577Z
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star this property label Biography information for Viscount Younger of Leckie more like this
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3756
unstar this property label Biography information for Baroness Deech more like this
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star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2017-06-27more like thismore than 2017-06-27
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Department for Education more like this
star this property answering dept id 60 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Education more like this
unstar this property answering dept sort name Education more like this
star this property house id 2 more like this
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star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of the US in relation to its proposal to cut funding of the Fulbright Program by 47 per cent. more like this
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Baroness Deech more like this
star this property uin HL190 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2017-07-10more like thismore than 2017-07-10
unstar this property answer text <p>The Fulbright programme provides important opportunities for education exchanges between the UK and the US. We have received no communication from the US government to inform us of any proposal to cut funding of the Fulbright Programme.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Viscount Younger of Leckie more like this
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less than 2017-07-10T16:25:10.497Zmore like thismore than 2017-07-10T16:25:10.497Z
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star this property label Biography information for Viscount Younger of Leckie more like this
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3756
unstar this property label Biography information for Baroness Deech more like this
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star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2018-03-05more like thismore than 2018-03-05
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Department for Education more like this
star this property answering dept id 60 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Education more like this
unstar this property answering dept sort name Education more like this
star this property hansard heading Students: Finance more like this
star this property house id 2 more like this
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star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) the impact of the abolition of maintenance grants on university students from disadvantaged backgrounds, and (2) the report from the Sutton Trust, Home and Away, which found that students who cannot afford to live away from home while at university are disadvantaged in terms of social mobility. more like this
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Baroness Deech more like this
star this property uin HL6003 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2018-03-16more like thismore than 2018-03-16
unstar this property answer text <p>The government published the attached equality analysis, in November 2015, which sets out the impact of the abolition of maintenance grants on protected and disadvantaged groups of students.</p><p> </p><p>We are seeing record rates of 18 year olds, including those from disadvantaged backgrounds, entering full-time higher education. Our new reforms to higher education will go further to ensure the system is offering more choice and value for money for all students.</p><p> </p><p>We have increased support for full-time students’ living costs by 2.8% in 2017/18 to £8,430 a year for eligible full-time students from households with low incomes who live away from home and study outside London – the highest ever amount.</p><p> </p><p>The Sutton Trust’s report provides helpful insight into the experience of students who choose not to relocate for study. This is why government’s review of post-18 education and funding will consider how we can encourage and support learning that is more flexible for students, including commuter study options.</p><p> </p><p>The review will also consider what more can be done through the financial support available to widen access to university for disadvantaged students, including making sure that the right maintenance support is available</p><p> </p>
star this property answering member printed Viscount Younger of Leckie more like this
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less than 2018-03-16T13:33:14.68Zmore like thismore than 2018-03-16T13:33:14.68Z
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star this property label Biography information for Viscount Younger of Leckie more like this
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star this property file name HL6003 Attachment.pdf more like this
star this property title Student Finance Equality Analysis 2015 more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Baroness Deech more like this
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star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2018-03-06more like thismore than 2018-03-06
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Department for Education more like this
star this property answering dept id 60 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Education more like this
unstar this property answering dept sort name Education more like this
star this property hansard heading Universities: Freedom of Expression more like this
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star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of protection of freedom of speech at universities, following the violent disruption at the King's College London Libertarian Society meeting on 5 March. more like this
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Baroness Deech more like this
star this property uin HL6096 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2018-03-19more like thismore than 2018-03-19
unstar this property answer text <p>Hatred, discrimination and violence have no place on our campuses. Universities have a clear responsibility under the Equality Act 2010 to have due regard to the need to eliminate discrimination, harassment and victimisation, and to foster good relations between those who share protected characteristics, such as race or religion, and those who do not.</p><p> </p><p>Free speech is protected in universities by law and plays a crucial role in generating rigorous debate, advancing understanding and allowing students to challenge conventional wisdom and discuss controversial subjects. Under the Education (No 2) Act 1986, universities have a duty to ‘take reasonably practicable steps to ensure freedom of speech for staff, students and visiting speakers,’ and this includes having a free speech code of practice. The Higher Education and Research Act 2017 extends this duty to all providers registered with the Office for Students (OfS).</p><p> </p><p>The OfS will have an important role to play in championing free speech. Under our proposals they would also have a range of levers to intervene where issues arise. A principle relating to freedom of speech is also included in the recently published regulatory framework for OfS, see attached.</p><p> </p><p>This government remains committed to freedom of speech within the law – this does not include hate speech, incitement to violence or terrorism. We expect universities to take appropriate action, including involving law enforcement if necessary, in response to incidents such as those at Kings College on 5 March 2018.</p>
star this property answering member printed Viscount Younger of Leckie more like this
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less than 2018-03-19T18:04:32.977Zmore like thismore than 2018-03-19T18:04:32.977Z
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star this property label Biography information for Viscount Younger of Leckie more like this
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star this property file name HL6096 - OfS framework.pdf more like this
star this property title Office for Students framework more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Baroness Deech more like this
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star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2018-03-19more like thismore than 2018-03-19
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Department for Education more like this
star this property answering dept id 60 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Education more like this
unstar this property answering dept sort name Education more like this
star this property hansard heading Universities: Freedom of Expression more like this
star this property house id 2 more like this
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star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the Office for Students concerning the upholding of laws on freedom of speech following the postponement by King's College London (KCL) of a planned lecture on 16 March on freedom of speech by Dr Adam Perkins to the KCL Libertarian Society. more like this
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Baroness Deech more like this
star this property uin HL6444 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2018-03-29more like thismore than 2018-03-29
unstar this property answer text <p>My right hon. Friend, the Secretary of State issued guidance to the Office for Students (OfS) on 20 February 2018, which sets out the expectation that the OfS will champion and promote freedom of speech, as well as working with providers to challenge and call out attempts to shut down or ‘no platform’ speakers.</p><p>My hon. Friend, the Minister for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation has also announced that he will be holding a free speech summit to discuss issues around free speech on campuses and is working with the OfS on this.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Viscount Younger of Leckie more like this
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less than 2018-03-29T14:14:42.803Zmore like thismore than 2018-03-29T14:14:42.803Z
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star this property label Biography information for Viscount Younger of Leckie more like this
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3756
unstar this property label Biography information for Baroness Deech more like this
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star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2018-05-14more like thismore than 2018-05-14
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Department for Education more like this
star this property answering dept id 60 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Education more like this
unstar this property answering dept sort name Education more like this
star this property hansard heading Universities: Freedom of Expression more like this
star this property house id 2 more like this
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star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty's Government how they propose to include representatives of student victims of (1) inhibition of freedom of speech, and (2) disruption of meetings, in the preparation of new guidance to promote freedom of speech at universities. more like this
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Baroness Deech more like this
star this property uin HL7820 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2018-05-29more like thismore than 2018-05-29
unstar this property answer text <p>At the free speech summit on 3 May 2018 held by my hon. Friend, the Minister for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation, it was agreed that the report from the Freedom of Speech in Universities inquiry by the Joint Committee on Human Rights (JCHR) would be used as the foundation for a shared approach to free speech.</p><p> </p><p>The JCHR inquiry included evidence from a number of groups including those who had experienced disruption of events and student representatives with a range of experiences related to free speech.</p><p> </p><p>The new guidance will be drafted by the Equality and Human Rights Commission, who will work with a number of groups including the National Union of Students.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Viscount Younger of Leckie more like this
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less than 2018-05-29T13:23:12.583Zmore like thismore than 2018-05-29T13:23:12.583Z
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star this property label Biography information for Viscount Younger of Leckie more like this
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3756
unstar this property label Biography information for Baroness Deech more like this
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star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2018-03-07more like thismore than 2018-03-07
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Department for Education more like this
star this property answering dept id 60 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Education more like this
unstar this property answering dept sort name Education more like this
star this property hansard heading Higher Education: Equality more like this
star this property house id 2 more like this
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star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty's Government what (1) direction, and (2) guidance, they have given to the Office for Students on improving gender and ethnic diversity in the leadership of Russell Group higher education institutions. more like this
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Baroness Falkner of Margravine more like this
star this property uin HL6151 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2018-03-21more like thismore than 2018-03-21
unstar this property answer text <p>Autonomous higher education providers, including Russell Group members, are responsible for their own decisions about leadership appointments. Institutional autonomy is explicitly recognised in the Higher Education and Research Act 2017 and is specifically defined to include the freedom of providers to determine the criteria for selecting, appointing or dismissing academic staff. The Act is clear that both the Office for Students (OfS) (when carrying out its functions) and the Secretary of State (when issuing statutory guidance to the OfS) must have regard to the need to protect this institutional autonomy.</p><p> </p><p>The government and the OfS both remain interested in areas related to equality and diversity in higher education. We consulted on behalf of the OfS on making arrangements for the publication of data on senior staff remuneration, including in relation to gender and ethnicity. The OfS retains the power to require the disclosure of such information through its accounts direction.</p><p> </p><p>The government asked the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), the predecessor of OfS, to remind HEFCE-funded providers of their obligations under the gender pay gap reporting requirements. HEFCE wrote to these providers on 10 January 2018. HEFCE have also jointly commissioned a project that aims to equalise the gender balance and ethnic diversity of higher education governing bodies. This work will include establishing an online exchange to recruit board members.</p><p> </p><p>In addition, we note initiatives across the sector, including at Russell Group institutions, to support women and those from black and minority ethnic groups who aspire to leadership positions in higher education.</p>
star this property answering member printed Viscount Younger of Leckie more like this
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less than 2018-03-21T17:10:53.867Zmore like thismore than 2018-03-21T17:10:53.867Z
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star this property label Biography information for Viscount Younger of Leckie more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Baroness Falkner of Margravine more like this