The changes will undoubtedly compel our universities to put even greater attention on supporting their students. The imminent Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF), end of maintenance grants and changes to student visa applications look likely to transform the current sector as we know it.
The government’s recent Green Paper proposes to make it easier for private providers to award their own degrees and become universities, thereby creating a more diverse sector and increasing student choice. Creating more options for undergraduates will make the competition between universities even more fierce than it currently is. Some will certainly have to up their game.
We kick-off our first issue of 2016 by looking closer at what lies ahead for HE over the coming months (p.12). As Paul Feldman, new chief exec at Jisc, says: “While 2015 may have been the year in which UK government set its stall for the biggest transformation of the sector since 1992, the enormous task we now face is delivering its vision.”
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