24 January 2012

million+ comment on reports HE Bill to be delayed

The university think-tank million+ has responded to a report in the Daily Telegraph, that the Government is considering delaying the Higher Education Bill, which had been expected in the forthcoming parliamentary session.

Pam Tatlow, Chief Executive of million+, said: “Any delay to the HE Bill will be welcomed by many universities. The extension of university title to private providers and non-teaching organisations was always going to be contentious and risks undermining the reputation of UK higher education and our ability to trade internationally.

“In reality the Government has already introduced a number of measures which incentivise the market in higher education. Instead of getting into a row about the merits of privatisation it would be much better if Ministers concentrated on ensuring that the changes that they have made to student numbers and the fees regime do not impact adversely on social mobility and the funding available for students from less-advantaged backgrounds.”

Notes to editors:

  1. The report in the Daily Telegraph is here.