In 1973 Harris College became Preston Polytechnic. It followed extensive efforts to improve and expand the delivery of higher education courses at the institution. It was one of many institutions to achieve polytechnic status in the aftermath of the Government’s 1966 White Paper, “A Plan For Polytechnics and Other Colleges,” which outlined plans to meet expanding demands for higher education across the country. This was based on the principle in the earlier Robbins Report of 1963 that all those who were qualified by ability and attainment should be able to pursue higher education if they wished to do so.