Announcement

Reforms to Higher Education sector announced

The response to the Higher Education White Paper is published today.

11 Jun 2012



Plans to put students at the heart of the system were announced by Ministers today, as they set out their response to the Higher Education White Paper.

Government response to ‘Students at the heart of the system’ and ‘A new regulatory framework for the HE sector’

Red-tape barring some smaller specialist institutions from being awarded the title of ‘university’ will be ditched. Previously, institutions needed 4,000 students to become a university, but from today this limit will drop to 1,000 - sweeping away an arbitrary piece of regulation that was preventing excellent institutions using the title.

The change will come into effect immediately.

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

Press notice: Reforms to higher education sector announced today

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