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Design Commission: Design Education Inquiry

Date posted: 20/05/2011

Chair and steering group
This inquiry is co-chaired by Vicky Pryce and Baroness Whitaker, with the support of:
Sir George Cox, Prof. Jeremy Myerson, Jeremy Davenport, Laura Haynes, Emma Hunt, Catherine Large, Dick Powell, Lesley Morris, Alice Black, Mark Beatson, David Worthington.
 
Call for Evidence
If you would like to submit evidence to the steering group for consideration, please go to the website for more information. The deadline for submissions has been extended to Tuesday, 19 July 2011.

Terms of Reference
This inquiry is an opportunity to investigate the economic and social rationale for design education, both specialised and embedded in other disciplines. This is a fairly simple and logical argument but not one that has been fully articulated yet, or with which many people outside of the design ‘world’ will be familiar.
 
This will be done by examining:
1)    Whether design could be said to be strategically important to the UK – to the economy, to business, to society and the individual;
2)    Whether design education, and in what forms, could therefore be said to be strategically important to the UK – to the economy, to business, to society and the individual;
3)    Whether design education is in any way ‘vulnerable’, both in the narrow sense meant by HEFCE, at other points in the ‘design education pipeline’, and in comparison with international competitors.
 
The inquiry will therefore consider design in the whole education system, with a particular focus on areas where potential vulnerability has been identified.
 
Hypothesis: To improve public services and support economic growth in the UK, design education should have a role within the whole education system; both in relation to the STEM subjects, and embedded in a range of other disciplines and credentials.