The Browne Review (Complete title: ‘Securing a Sustainable Future for Higher Education : an Independent Review of Higher Education Funding and Student Finance’) was published yesterday (12th October 2010). Described by the Guardian newspaper as a ‘blueprint for a transformed university system’ the Browne Review can be accessed via the Newsam Library Catalogue.
Ann Rossiter, Executive Director of SCONUL (Society of College, National and University Libraries) said in response to the Browne Review:
“Libraries play a vital role in teaching and supporting students. Research by HEFCE has shown that the quality of library facilities is a key factor for students when choosing which university to attend. And as Browne recognises, student satisfaction is higher where universities fund and value their library services.
“The importance of libraries must be reflected in the new funding system for HE. Similarly, given the likely higher education funding cuts in next week’s Comprehensive Spending Review, Vice Chancellors must carefully consider where they wield the axe, ensuring they keep the services that students value most highly.”
Lord Browne’s review identifies library facilities as one of the key determinants of student satisfaction.