The Government has unveiled a new framework for the future success of higher education, setting out the important role universities will play in securing the country’s economic recovery and long term prosperity.
The higher education framework, Higher Ambitions, sets out a strategy for universities to remain world class, providing the nation with the high level skills needed to remain competitive, while continuing to attract the brightest students and researchers.
Key measures set out in the framework include:
- More competition between universities, giving greater priority to programmes that meet the need for high level skills
- Business to be more engaged in the funding and design of programmes, sponsorship of students, and work placements
- Creating more part-time, work-based and foundation degrees to make it easier for adults to go to universities, with routes from apprenticeships through to Foundation Degrees and other vocational programmes
- Encouraging universities to consider contextual data in admissions, as one way of ensuring that higher education is available to all young people who have the ability to benefit
- Universities setting out clearly what students can expect in terms of the nature and quality of courses offered
Sustaining our world class research base by continuing to focus on excellence, concentrating research funding where needed to secure critical mass and impact
- Encouraging collaboration between universities on world class research, especially in high cost science
Further information including the full report, executive summary and Lord Mandelson’s oral statement to the House of Lords can be accessed here: http://www.bis.gov.uk/policies/higher-ambitions
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