Literature Review of Benefits of Higher Education

Literature Review of Benefits of Higher Education

Therefore, BIS is now looking to assess the current state of the evidence, how existing data can be used to further knowledge in this area and is also looking for suggestions for further work where appropriate.

Literature Review of the Wider Benefits, Social and Cultural Impacts of Higher Education

Reference number: BIS/RBU/026/2012

Deadline date:06/03/2013

This deadline is for… NOON on 6th March is deadline for submitting tenders

Contract value:£0 – £0

Location where the contract is to be carried out: United Kingdom

Is this suitable for smaller suppliers? Yes

Is this contract suitable for a voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations? No

Name of the buying organisation: Business, Innovation and Skills

 

Description of the contract

It has long been recognised that education confers a range of benefits beyond the immediate economic outcomes such as wages and economic growth. A wide variety of work has been undertaken to attempt to map these wider benefits and social and cultural impacts. Some recent examples include: • The Centre for Research on the Wider Benefits of Learning (WBL) was created in 1999 by the then Department for Education and Skills to investigate the benefits gained from learning across the life course. WBL’s research explored the multi-level, social benefits of learning in terms of the well-being and quality of life of individuals, their families and communities across local, national and international areas. The results across all education were summarised in:http://www.learningbenefits.net/Publications/FlagshipPubs/Final%20WBL%20Synthesis%20Report.pdf Research examined the effects of learning on outcomes other than the immediately economic outcomes such as wages that had previously dominated policy thinking. The work explored the effects of learning in terms of individual well-being, family dynamics and community cohesion. Aspects of this work have been used extensively within BIS, other HE stakeholders and internationally. • In 2001, HEFCE published a review of the wider benefits of HE, which was updated in 2003 http://webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.uk/20100202100434/http:/www.hefce.ac.uk/pubs/hefce/2001/01_46.htm http://www.hefce.ac.uk/Pubs/rdreports/2003/rd05_03/rd05_03.pdf • The Supporting Analysis for the HE White Paper (June 2011) included a chapter on the wider benefits of HE: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/32110/11-1007-supporting-analysis-for-higher-education-white-paper.pdf • OECD recently published an overview report Social Benefits of Learning (Jan 2013) which drew together a range of non-monetary benefits from different levels of education: http://www.oecd.org/edu/highereducationandadultlearning/EDIF%202013–N%C2%B010%20(eng)–v9%20FINAL%20bis.pdf BIS is interested in ensuring that the evidence base around the wider benefits and social and cultural impact of HE is maintained and updated. Therefore, BIS is now looking to assess the current state of the evidence, how existing data can be used to further knowledge in this area and is also looking for suggestions for further work where appropriate.

 

Classification of the contract

73000000 Research and development services and related consultancy services

 

Additional information

Contract type: Services – Unspecified

Is it a framework agreement? No

Is this contract related to a programme of funding? No

Contract will be awarded based on: Most economically advantageous tender in terms of: The criteria stated in the contract documents

Estimated length of contract: 08/03/2013 – 30/04/2013

 

Who to contact

Contact name Carole Hobson

Organisation name Business, Innovation and Skills

Address 2 St Pauls Place , 125 Norfolk Street, Sheffield, London, S1 2FJ

Telephone 0114 2075120

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How to apply

All queries shuld be directed to the Project Manager charles.ritchie@bis.gsi.gov.uk Tenders should be submitted to RBU@bis.gsi.gov.uk only.