The legacy of the Robbins Report and the Future of Higher Education


Rt Hon David Willetts MP, Minister for Universities and Science
Professor Edward Acton, Vice-Chancellor, University of East Anglia
Nicola Dandridge, Chief Executive, Universities UK
Gervas Huxley, Teaching Fellow, University of Bristol


Emran Mian, Director, SMF

The 1963 Robbins report paved the way for the widespread expansion of Higher Education in the UK and set out the principle that “university places should be available to all who were qualified for them by ability and attainment”.

Fifty years on, the debate on the Higher Education expansion still rages. Do we have the right number of skilled graduates in our economy? If not, how do we provide them at a time of constrained public finances? And how can we raise the quality of teaching now that graduates are paying more?

Universities & Science Minister Rt Hon David Willetts will discuss the legacy of the Robbins report 50 years on and what the future holds for Higher Education in the UK.

Kindly supported by University Alliance, Universities UK, 1994 Group, Guild HE and QAA.