Robbins Report
The Robbins Report was commissioned by the British government and published in 1963. The Committee met from 1961 to 1963. After the report's publication, its conclusions were accepted by the government on 24 October 1963.

The report recommended immediate expansion of universities, and that all Colleges of Advanced Technology should be given the status of universities. Consequently, the number of full-time university students was to rise from 197,000 in the 1967-68 academic year to 217,000 in the academic year of 1973-74 with "further big expansion" thereafter.

The report also concluded that university places "should be available to all who were qualified for them by ability and attainment" (the so-called Robbins principle) and that such institutions should have four main "objectives essential to any properly balanced system: instruction in skills; the promotion of the general powers of the mind so as to produce not mere specialists but rather cultivated men and women; to maintain research in balance with teaching, since teaching should not be separated from the advancement of learning and the search for truth; and to transmit a common culture and common standards of citizenship."

One of the interesting findings that is cited as an objective for post-graduate education is the belief that "in the graduate school there are no ultimate authorities, no orthodoxies to which the pupil must subscribe."

Lord Robbins
Lionel Robbins
Lionel Charles Robbins, Baron Robbins, FBA was a British economist and head of the economics department at the London School of Economics...

 himself would later become the first Chancellor of the new University of Stirling
University of Stirling
The University of Stirling is a campus university founded by Royal charter in 1967, on the Airthrey Estate in Stirling, Scotland.-History and campus development:...

 in 1968.

As a footnote, the Senior Research Officer for the committee that drew up the report was Richard Layard
Richard Layard
Richard Layard, Baron Layard is a British economist. He was founder-director in 1990 of, and is a current programme director at, the Centre for Economic Performance at the...

, who was to become a well-known British economist.
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