05 May 2022
MillionPlus, the Association for Modern Universities, has today (5 May), commented on three consultations closing tomorrow, focusing on a lifelong loan entitlement (LLE), the Future Research Assessment Programme and HE reform.
Rachel Hewitt, Chief Executive of MillionPlus, said:
“The policies under consideration in these consultations have profound and far-reaching implications for the higher education landscape in England.
“The LLE has the potential to be transformative, driving growth in areas that have been in decline, such as mature learners. However the number of questions within the LLE consultation demonstrates the level of complexity still to be resolved in delivering a modular funding successfully. As highlighted in our consultation response, MillionPlus is keen to work with government to make the LLE a success for learners and universities.
“MillionPlus has made repeated calls for the way research is funded to be made more equitable, so the opportunity to feed in about how the system could better reflect the diverse research landscape across the sector and avoid widening sector inequalities has been welcome.
“MillionPlus remains fundamentally opposed to minimum entry requirements, which are against the core principles of inclusion, aspiration and the power of education. Universities are best placed to make a determination as to the suitability of each candidate on their own merits. On a purely practical level, minimum requirements are likely to be unworkable, due to the number of exemptions that would need to be taken into account, for example for students with special educational needs.”
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