HE WHITE PAPER AND GUIDANCE ON ACCESS
Reforms will seek better access and allow institutions to respond better to demand, with more accountability
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.