Consultation outcome

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

This was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government
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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


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

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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


Higher Education: students at the heart of the system

Higher Education White Paper impact assessment

Published 28 June 2011