31 July 2013

million+ comments on new CBI report

The university think-tank million+ has welcomed the publication of Tomorrow’s growth, new routes to higher-level skills, a CBI report which calls for vocationally-focused university and business-led courses and qualifications to be better promoted.

Professor Michael Gunn, Chair of the university think-tank million+ and Vice-Chancellor of Staffordshire University, said: ‘Many university courses are focused on employability and direct engagement with businesses but too often the picture painted of university life is one focused on younger students living away from home.

‘In fact many graduates take degree courses for the first time when they are older and combine work and study.

‘Staffordshire University is one of several to have successfully run two-year degrees programmes but the CBI is right to say that the current fee system is based on a full-time model and should be adjusted to give universities and students more flexibility.

‘The CBI’s call to restore the part-time premium to universities which want to continue to offer flexible provision would help universities to weather the downturn in part-time participation caused by the recession and the increase in fees.

‘Britain needs to keep a competitive edge in high level skills. The Government must now step up to the plate and respond to the CBI’s challenge by funding and publicly supporting a campaign to promote part-time and employer-focused university courses’.

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Notes to Editors

  1. For further information or to arrange an interview please contact Pam Tatlow on 0207 717 1655 or 07795 645 241.
  2. million+ is a leading university think-tank. More information about million+ can be found at www.millionplus.ac.uk
  3. The CBI report can be found at http://www.cbi.org.uk/media/2178879/tomorrow_s_growth.pdf