HIGHER EDUCATION WHITE PAPER

HE WHITE PAPER AND GUIDANCE ON ACCESS

Reforms will seek better access and allow institutions to respond better to demand, with more accountability

Comment

The opposition has objected to decisions made on raising  tuition fees without   any  preceding   White Paper on HE. An HE White Paper  is due early next year. In the  forthcoming  WP   the Government intends to  discuss proposals to enable  universities to respond flexibly to demand. Two year degrees,  for example and other intensive forms of degree, offer  an attractive option for many students, as does flexibly delivered provision  that allows students to achieve Higher Education qualifications in the  workplace.  Universities will also want says the Government  to reflect on  the importance of  enhancing progression opportunities for learners within the FE sector, or in  employment as Apprentices or otherwise. New guidance  will also  be issued to the Director of Fair Access, setting out tough conditions for  institutions wishing to set graduate contribution charges above £6,000 from autumn 2012, including an agreed programme of progress each year  against a university’s access measures and benchmarks.  Most of the top universities will seek to raise their fees above the £6,000  marker.

 

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