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Parliamentary briefing: Response to the Higher Education Green Paper

Briefing front coverThis briefing summarises Universities UK's response to the consultation on the Higher Education Green Paper, 'Fulfilling our potential: teaching excellence, social mobility and student choice'. 

It draws the following conclusions: 

  • We have concerns as to whether proposed timetable for the second iteration of the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) is feasible. 

  • There should be a pilot phase for the TEF in order to gather evidence on teaching assessment and assessing student outcomes. 

  • We do not support a system that introduces multiple fee caps across multiple levels of the TEF. 

  • There needs to be a focus on providing students with the right and most relevant information that they need to make informed choices, and not overloading them. 

  • To protect the UK’s international reputation high barriers to entering the sector should remain. This includes for degree awarding powers and new providers applying for university title should pass a public interest test and should be included on a Register of Approved Higher Education Providers. 

  • The proposed Office for Students should hold a broad and coherent view of the sector as a whole, not just teaching, and should therefore be the Office for Students and Higher Education. 

  • There must be a clear commitment to maintaining the dual support funding system for science and research.

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