No sooner has the Higher Education and Research Act been passed, it is now time to turn our thoughts towards implementation. Sarah Stevens of the Russell Group sets out some priority matters for the new Office for Students.
The Higher Education and Research Bill has now been approved by both the Commons and Lords, and the Queen. Finally, we have a Higher Education and Research Act. We round up the major provisions and the best of Wonkhe’s coverage.
Like it or not, the higher education sector will soon have to deal with an active and well-armed regulator. Jonathan Nicholls looks at the challenges this might pose and the lessons that can be learned from other sectors’ experiences.
Alex Proudfoot makes the case for the Office for Students to be the ‘validator of last resort’ in the Higher Education and Research Bill, in order to ensure further high quality new entrants to the higher education market.
If an institution is not functioning properly or meeting regulatory requirements, why should an ancient charter exempt them from possible closure or intervention? Catherine Boyd looks a the furore over Royal Charters.
The Higher Education and Research Bill has been heralded by Jo Johnson as a game changer for the fortunes of alternative providers, but there are still many barriers to sector entry, as Catherine Boyd has found out.
The White Paper is proposing significant regulatory change. Unfortunately, the mythical level playing field now looks to be even further away than before. And the regulatory burden for universities is growing.
Will the TEF, OfS, and changes to regulation proposed by the government’s HE White paper put privatisation back on the agenda? It might make sense for some institutions may begin considering it once again.
With the Green Paper indicating that the Government is seeking to further break down barriers to entry for private providers, Mike Ratcliffe tries to compare apples and oranges. Or Byron and McDonalds. Or chalk and cheese. Pick your own analogy, wonks.
Following the Green Paper’s proposals to create an Office for Students, Jim Dickinson argues that the sector and the government will need to go much further if they intend to properly protect students, and give them a voice.