Consultation outcome

Higher education White Paper - students at the heart of the system

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Detail of outcome

We’ve dropped the stipulation that institutions needed 4,000 students to become a university to 1,000. Smaller institutions can use the title of ‘university’ with immediate effect.

There will also be a review into how existing quality assurance arrangements affect alternative providers, including further education colleges offering higher education.

Alternative providers specific course designation: guidance for applicants’ explains the new specific course designation process, the criteria and conditions, and the new application process.

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Original consultation

This consultation ran from 28 June 2011 12:00am to
20 September 2011 11:45pm

Summary

We’re asking for views on the government's overall package of proposals for reforming higher education in England.

Documents

Consultation description

Sets out the government’s proposed reforms to the higher education sector to support funding reforms. It also seeks feedback on the overall strategy set out in this white paper to tackle 3 challenges - for the higher education sector to be:

  • sustainably funded
  • provide a better student experience
  • take more responsibility for increasing social mobility