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HE Commission announces new inquiry

HE Commission announces new inquiry

2nd May 2016

The Higher Education Commission is very pleased to announce its fifth inquiry, investigating the growing diversity in higher education provision in the UK. Through this inquiry, the Commission will investigate whether the variety in the sector’s HE offer is effectively responding to the needs of students and offering the breadth of study options they need.

The inquiry will take a close look at higher education taking place outside the traditional, on-campus three-year undergraduate degree, with a particular focus on the types of provision listed below. It will also investigate the needs and motivations of the types of students who are more likely to utilise alternative forms of study – for example, mature-aged students, students with caring responsibilities, and students in full-time work who are studying to gain a new skill or to improve their qualifications. 

The inquiry will consider the following alternative types of higher education:• Part-time and evening study• Distance study• Online courses and MOOCs• Degree apprenticeships• Other types of work-based learning such as sandwich courses• Alternative providers and FE colleges

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