New white paper on HE aimed at allowing universities to deliver choice and opportunity for students

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills has announced plans that are designed to allow more young people to have the opportunity to access a high-quality university education and secure a graduate job.

Following a consultation launched in November 2015, BIS has published Success as a Knowledge Economy: Teaching Excellence, Social Mobility and Student Choice – the White Paper on higher education.

The proposals include:

  • making it easier for high-quality new providers to start up, achieve degree awarding powers, and secure university title status
  • requiring all universities to publish detailed information about application, offer and progression rates, broken down by gender, ethnicity and disadvantage
  • publishing employment and graduate earnings data to provide prospective students with the best possible information
  • establishing the Office for Students (OFS) as the new regulator for all higher education providers
    implementing the Teaching Excellence Framework which, for the first time, will link teaching funding to quality and not just quantity.

Read the white paper in full and find out more in the government’s press release.

BIS has also launched a consultation to gauge demand from students for more switching between universities and degree courses. They also want to know more about demand for accelerated degrees and get a better understanding of the barriers that currently prevent both types of more flexible approach from working effectively.

Responses are invited online and should be made by 19 July 2016.