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Dearing Report (1997, UK)

The Dearing Report of 1997 comprised the findings and recommendations of a national committee of inquiry into higher education in the United Kingdom. It was the second inquiry of this kind after the Robbins Report of 1963. Amongst its major proposals was a return to expansion and the reintroduction of tuition fees payable by domestic full-time undergraduate students. Fee-charging was controversial in the United Kingdom because it broke with a policy of ‘free’ higher education since 1962. In this entry, the need for the inquiry is explained. Its remit, membership, conduct, and impact are described.

The Dearing Committee was appointed in May 1996. The trigger for the inquiry was a deepening funding crisis in higher education that led the government to bring a halt to ...

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