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Restarting Britain 1: Design Education and Growth

Restarting Britain 1: Design Education and Growth

This inaugural report from the Design Commission explores the link between the UK's national design capacity, and economic growth in the 21st century. In so doing, it describes and analyses the design skillset, assesses our current strengths in the field of design education, and compares those to the practices of other nations. The report makes four key recommendations:  
  • Government needs a National Design Strategy that it takes ownership of in a well-informed and proactive way. 
  • Whilst Government should oppose any move to remove design from the school curriculum, it also needs to think again about how design operates in schools.
  • Further Education routes into the sector need to be expanded and developed. 
  • Higher Education centres of excellence – resource-intensive high quality centres teaching tomorrow’s innovators and researching future practice – need protecting and funding. 
 The report was launched in Parliament in December 2011, with speeches from Will Hutton, Lord Bichard, and inquiry co-chairs Vicky Pryce CB and Baroness Whitaker. Speaking at the launch, Vicky Pryce commented: “At present, the UK has a problem with growth. We believe design is a lever for growth. Design skills are really relevant to the modern condition - they enable people to be both creative AND analytical. Design is an important contributor to technological innovation. But it also contributes significantly to businesses, governments, and societies beyond technological innovation (i.e. new product development). We feel the Government does not seem to fully appreciate this lever, or the significance of design as the spine that runs through industry, innovation, and social wellbeing.” Download the report via the link in the righthand column.