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Why Design Should Be Rated Alongside Science

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Credit: Master New Media

Higher education has a responsibility to provide a workforce with the design capability and high-level technical design skills to generate growth in key industries with the potential to support the U.K.'s economic health.

The Higher Ambitions report from the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills states: "Britain must rebuild its economic growth and invest in the skills and competitive strengths that will underwrite a sustainable recovery and balanced future economy."

However, it specifically calls for "enhanced support for the STEM subjects — degrees in the sciences, technology, engineering and mathematics — and other skills that underwrite this country's competitive advantages." The exclusion of design subjects from STEM ignores the coterminous nature of these subjects, with science in the employment market and the strategic significance of design as a contributor to the economy.

From The Guardian
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