Institute of Physics’ response to Browne Review

Following the publication today of Lord Browne’s review of higher education funding and student finance, Professor Marshall Stoneham, President of the Institute of Physics (IOP), said, “Lord Browne was asked to take on a Herculean task in balancing the needs of our universities and the aspirations of future generations of UK students, and his report inevitably raises some very complex issues.

“In addressing these, we hope that the government will bear in mind the need to help universities cover the cost of subjects of national economic importance which may be more expensive to teach due to, for example, the cost of maintaining laboratories.  We also hope they will recognise the need, highlighted by Lord Browne, for better careers advice in schools to guide students towards the best university course for them.

“As young people face the prospect of rising tuition fees, the benefits of higher education in subjects like physics need to be made crystal clear.”