15 Jul 2016
The government’s proposals in the White Paper, Success as a Knowledge Economy: Teaching Excellence, Social Mobility and Student Choice, are significant in that they are seeking to alter fundamental structures in the higher education sector in England which have been in place since 1992 and to further introduce the rules of the market into higher education.
The accompanying Higher Education and Research Bill will allow new universities and the promotion of competition and choice in the HE sector. MillionPlus believes that the proposed means of achieving this could lead to a lowering of existing criteria for new providers seeking to hold degree-awarding powers and university title. The stated assumption in the HE White Paper is that UK universities will be allowed to fail. This new approach has the potential to impact adversely on student and taxpayer interests and the global reputation of the UK’s current universities.