28 Jun 2019
The idea behind a review into post-18 education was first launched by the Prime Minister, Theresa May MP, at the 2017 Conservative Party Conference, and by February of 2018 it had been set up, with Philip Augar as its Chair. MillionPlus had long called for a fundamental review of higher education funding, to establish a clearer picture of how best to fund a world class higher education sector, however we were disappointed by the rather more limited scope of the terms of reference given to the panel, and the fact all recommendations had to fit within existing budgetary constraints. This necessarily meant that a more holistic and rounded view of what is best for the sector was that much more difficult to achieve. The report itself was published on 30 May 2019 and the Secretary of State for Education, Damien Hinds MP, welcomed it and its broad analysis but has not yet announced any plans to implement any elements of it.