Higher Education White Paper (2003)

As a broad ranging document, the White Paper contained many proposals. The NPCs full policy on each subject can be found in the relevant section. Listed here are only the policies passed in direct response to it.

RESEARCH FUNDING:

Policy passed at The Ordinary General Meeting on 2003-02-15

The NPC believes that successful research quality bears little relation to teaching or the training and equipping of research students. Research is a vital foundation to quality teaching in higher education where learning is complimented by cutting edge knowledge. Improved teaching standards are necessary in research intensive institutions. Postgraduates could be deprived of many opportunities without access to research.
The NPC opposes the over-concentration of research funding and supports access for students interested in pursuing postgraduate research in an institution suitable to their interests.

TRAINING:

Policy passed at the Ordinary General Meeting on 2003-02-15
The NPC commends the suggestion in the 2003 Higher Education White Paper to increase training provision and setting higher standards for PhD students. The NPC will continue to work with the funding councils in ensuring that suitable standards are agreed.

NATIONAL STUDENT FEEDBACK SURVEY:

Passed at the Ordinary General Meeting on 2003-02-15
The NPC believes that national student feedback should be extended to postgraduates and seeks opportunities to create the introduction of national feedback mechanisms.

LEARNING AND TEACHING:

Policy passed at the Ordinary General Meeting on 2003-02-15
The NPC supports the increasing of learning and teaching standards for postgraduate taught courses and the inclusion of postgraduates who teach within improved teaching standards. The NPC supports the increase of funding for the recruitment and retention of academic staff.

Merging the INSTITUTE FOR LEARNING AND TEACHING IN HIGHER EDUCATION, the LEARNING AND TEACHING SUPPORT NETWORK and the HIGHER EDUCATION STAFF DEVELOPMENT AGENCY:

Policy passed at the Ordinary General Meeting on 2003-02-15
The NPC supports proposals to merge the INSTITUTE FOR LEARNING AND TEACHING IN HIGHER EDUCATION, the LEARNING AND TEACHING SUPPORT NETWORK and HIGHER EDUCATION STAFF DEVELOPMENT AGENCY as a means of forming a teaching academy.

ENDOWMENT FUNDS:

Policy passed at the Ordinary General Meeting on 2003-02-15
The NPC believes that endowment funds are a bonus to higher education and should be encouraged, but should not be treated as an essential source of income.

KNOWLEDGE TRANSFER:

Policy passed at the Ordinary General Meeting on 2003-06-07
Current aspects of knowledge transfer at postgraduate level are of benefit to the economy and society and should not be discouraged. Access to research in a number of cases is, however, essential in both taught and research degree programmes at postgraduate level. Knowledge transfer intensive institutions will potentially reduce, or even remove the intake of postgraduate students.

PRIVY COUNCIL:

Policy passed at the Ordinary General Meeting on 2003-06-07
The Privy Council is an ineffective body for approving changes to statutes. It should be replaced with an alternative solution to maintain central governance.

TUITION FEES (UNDERGRADUATE):

Policy passed at the Ordinary General Meeting on 2003-06-07
NPC is opposed to tuition fees and top-up fees at undergraduate level as they both deter entry into higher education and lead to debt levels that are a deterrent to entering postgraduate study.