5 February 2014

Parliamentary Briefing: Risk to Student Opportunity Funding and what UCAS figures mean

BIS Ministers have so far been unable to commit to retaining the Student Opportunity Allocation in full in 2014-15 or guarantee its future in 2015-16. Million+ is not alone in raising concerns. Mainly student unions have contacted MPs and parliamentary questions continue to be tabled. In addition to media coverage, a letter from Vice-Chancellors was also published in The Times. This funding makes a difference and we hope that MPs and Peers continue to seek assurances from Ministers in both BIS and the Treasury that its future in 2014-15 and 2015-16 will be secured.

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29 January 2014

Parliamentary briefing: Teacher qualification

England stands alone in deregulating teacher qualifications. In addition to the abolition of the requirement that teachers should have an academic and professional teaching qualification there has also been unprecedented deregulation of routes into initial teacher training in England.

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21 January 2014

Parliamentary briefing: Future of Student Opportunity Allocation

The future of the Student Opportunity Allocation in higher education hangs in the balance. The fund is distributed to universities in England from the grant provided to the Higher Education Funding Council for England by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills. The Allocation provides additional funding to universities to support students from disadvantaged backgrounds and those with disabilities. BIS is being asked to impose a 60% cut in the Allocation (worth £332m in 2013-14) in 2014-15 by the Treasury as a stepping stone to the abolition of the entire Allocation in 2015-16.

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17 January 2014

Parliamentary Briefing: Concerns about Student Opportunity funding - 13 January 2014

Amid growing concern that the Treasury and the Cabinet Office are targeting the Student Opportunity Allocation as an area of further ‘savings’, million+ issued a Parliamentary briefing to highlight the set-back this would represent for social mobility. It noted that this would mean that higher education opportunities were being promoted in aspiration by the removal of the student cap, at the same time as Treasury and BIS were abolishing the last remnant of direct HE funding from Government to support the success of students who enter education from more disadvantaged backgrounds.

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22 October 2013

Westminster Hall debate briefing: Teacher Education and teacher supply

MPs will today (22 October) debate teacher training and supply at 14.30 in Westminster Hall. The debate focuses on the future of teacher supply and retaining an academic and professional framework for initial teacher training provided by Universities.

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19 July 2013

Parliamentary briefing: Part-time higher education

The House of Lords will debate the value of part-time education and the potential for part-time study to enable more people to acquire qualifications on Wednesday 24th July. Following a 40% fall in enrolments between 2010-11 and 2012-13, part-time undergraduate education is facing a crisis so we and we welcome the opportunity provided by this debate to focus on this issue.

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6 June 2013

Parliamentary briefing: Student visa policy and migration numbers June2013

Both the House of Commons and House of Lords will today (6 June 2013) debate the value of international students to the UK, urging the government to remove international students from immigration targets. In 2011 we published International Higher Education: missing an opportunity?. We welcome the further opportunity provided by these debates to examine the Government’s approach to international students and the apparent reluctance of Ministers to take account of the views of five Select Committees that international student numbers should be removed from the migration numbers.


 

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31 January 2013

Parliamentary briefing for the House of Lords debate 'Impact of student visa policy on admissions to universities in the UK and Northern Ireland'

The House of Lords debate the impact of the student visa policy on 31 January 2013. In it we highlight that:

"There is an urgent need to review the Home Office approach to international students and to improve UKBA procedures and staff training. Equally important the Cabinet and Home Offices should jointly commission a review, backed at the highest level of government, to identify guiding principles to inform the treatment of international students. To be effective and meaningful, these principles should be adopted by all key stakeholders, including higher education, and used to inform the tone of private and public discourse." 

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6 December 2012

Parliamentary Briefing: UCAS applications for 2013-14

This parliamentary briefing outlines the current picture of university applications for 2013/14 academic year, which indicate a worrying fall in applications to date. Though early in the cycle, this data suggests that action is required by Government to stop a potential decline. 

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12 November 2012

Briefing Impact of HE reforms

Briefing prepared for the House of Lords debate on the impact of recent higher education reforms on university education and research in the arts, humanities and fundmental science.

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11 September 2012

Briefing Tuition Fees

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4 July 2012

million+ Briefing HE Reforms - BIS Select Committee 4 July 2012 FINAL

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25 January 2012

million+ PG Westminster Hall Briefing

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13 October 2011

House of Lords Impact of Government Policy on Universities Debate 13 10 11

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4 October 2011

million+ briefing - Education Bill HofL 4 Oct 2011 Committee

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12 July 2011

million+ Guide to OFFA decisions and figures

This is a guide to the decisions made on Access Agreements by the Office for Fair Access.

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16 June 2011

Westminster Hall Debate: Student Visa Regulations

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18 March 2011

Parliamentary Briefing: NHS & Social Care Bill - Implications for universities

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8 February 2011

Parliamentary Briefing: Education Bill Second Reading Debate

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14 December 2010

HoL briefing: Fees debate - 14 December 2010

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3 November 2010

Westminster Hall Debate: Increasing Participation in Higher Education

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28 October 2010

Parliamentary Briefing: Comprehensive Spending Review Debate

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12 October 2010

Parliamentary Briefing: Browne Review Recommendations

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10 October 2010

A Graduate Tax: Would it work? - Key Findings from the million+ report

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20 July 2010

Parliamentary Briefing: The Student Number Crunch 2010

A briefing on university places in 2010.

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1 July 2010

NHS Re-organisation – Implications of draft proposals for MPET funding

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4 May 2010

million+ 'Could Do Better: Scorecard for Higher Education'

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24 March 2010

Parliamentary Briefing: Priorities for the Budget

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16 March 2010

Opposition Day Debate: Access to Higher Education

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13 February 2010

Adjournment Debate: Allocation of places at universities in England

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1 December 2009

Future of HE Debate

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22 June 2009

Calls on Government to take a loan from Europe to tackle the crisis in funding of university places

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23 October 2008

Meeting the Economic Challenge: Building a broader research base for the UK

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5 December 2007

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Implications of DIUS decision to withdraw public funding for the teaching of ‘ELQ’ higher education students in England.

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