The four year intercalated degree is once again a part of policy discussions. But why would undergraduates pay for an extra year of study? Colin Johnson explains one approach to broadening graduate horizons.
Institutes of Technology, first seen in the 2017 Conservative manifesto, could be a way to better link academic and vocational pathways. Stephen Martin of PublicCo, along with Ant Bagshaw, take us through the latest policy developments.
Beside their divergent views on the merits of tuition fees, there is a surprising amount that is similar across the political parties’ plans for education, with a particular focus on the FE and technical sectors, argues Ant Bagshaw.
Regulating degree apprenticeships and approving baseline standards is very different to the usual process of awarding degrees. Catherine Boyd asks whether the current processes blur the lines of university autonomy.
Technical education has hitherto been too complex to meet the needs of learners. Universities, schools and colleges should collaborate more actively to give students greater flexibility and support as they prepare for their careers.
The sector is excited about the possibility of expanded degree apprenticeships, but the regulatory hurdles involved are extensive and the policy landscape is as clear as mud. What’s going on with degree apprenticeships – everything you need to know.
Following the publication of the government’s new Industrial Strategy, Tony Strike looks at what it is trying to achieve and the arguments – old and new – that have shaped skills policy in recent years.
The apprenticeship levy has had a rough ride already, but universities willing to seize the day could play a vital role in upskilling the workforce and delivering new higher education in the workplace.
David Morris argues that not far in the future, the sector may not be able to rely on old assumptions about their role in driving skills and so need to start thinking now about how universities should to adapt to shifting economic trends.
Returning to his ‘unthinkable’ work from December 2014, Julian Gravatt compares the worst predictions to the realities of the Spending Review and finds a mixed bag, with things not being nearly bad as it might have been, but still with plenty of uncertainty and possible pain to come.
Continuing the debate started by their report published on Monday, Jonathan Simons responds to the critics – and argues universities do indeed have reserves which could be used if policy and funding is rebalanced to save FE.
Responding to the Policy Exchange report published today, Karmjit Kaur of UUK argues that the proposals to cut HE in favour of technical education would damage the economy and row back much of the progress made by universities in recent years.