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Policy Connect & Higher Education Commission to launch report One Size Can’t Fit All: the Challenges Facing the Office for Students' with Shadow Minister, Gordon Marsden MP

Policy Connect & Higher Education Commission to launch report One Size Can’t Fit All: the Challenges Facing the Office for Students' with Shadow Minister, Gordon Marsden MP

24th August 2017

Lord Norton of Louth and Professor Joy Carter, the Co-Chairs of the Higher Education Commission, will be launching of the Commission’s fifth inquiry report, on Thursday 14th September 11:00-13:00 in the Macmillan Room, Portcullis House.

The Commission’s report One size can’t fit all: the challenges facing the Office for Students, examines diverse models of higher education provision across different types of English Higher Education Institutions. The report makes recommendations to the sector’s new regulator, the Office for Students.  

This is a critical time for the UK’s higher education (HE) system. The Government’s industrial strategy, the risk of skills shortages post-Brexit, the changes in the labour market away from the standard full-time ‘career’ and the burden to students of the debts they accumulate all demand greater public value from HE. 

Although there are record numbers of students enrolled on degree courses, there is a growing view that further diversity and innovation in the system is needed to deliver what employers require; to drive social mobility and widen participation; to overcome funding issues for providers; and to ensure the quality of both traditional and alternative providers. 

“There is a lack of innovation and an increasing predominance of the traditional three-year residential model. There is insufficient innovation, such as new provision of accelerated courses, two-year provision, part-time provision, degree apprenticeships that offer workplace experience”

Jo Johnson (2016) Higher Education and Research Bill, Third sitting.

We are looking forward to bringing this report to politicians and government alike, as well as presenting it to the sector and the Office for Students on 14th September. This report seeks to help the new Office for Students (OfS) deliver the Government’s agenda by examining and making recommendations about the range of provision in HE outside the ‘standard offer’ of the three year campus based degree aimed at 18 year olds. 

The report will be available to download on this website for free, from 11am on Thursday 14th September. Policy Connect will be available for comment - contact Communications Manager, Louise Young, on 0207 202 8587 or louise.young@policyconnect.org.uk.