Government Green Paper on higher education published

The Green Paper - Fulfilling our Potential: Teaching Excellence, Social Mobility and Student Choice - has been published for consultation until 15 January 2016. We’ve listed some of the key proposals.

The Green Paper is focused on teaching standards and improving access to university education.  The following are some of the key proposals.

  • Introduction of a Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) , with TEF scores linked to an institution’s ability to set fees.  Key metrics for the TEF will include:
    • NSS scores on teaching and the learning environment
    • Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey results
    • HESA statistics on student retention
  • Establishment of a single ‘Office for Students’ to replace HEFCE and OFFA.
  • Continuation of quality-related research funding , although it is not clear who would distribute this once HEFCE has been replaced by the Office for Students.
  • Changes to the assessment methods used in the next REF.
  • Simplified procedures for creating new universities.

Read the Government’s summary of the Green Paper.

Download a full copy of the Green Paper.

Read the initial Russell Group and Universities UK responses.

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