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Higher Education Commission seeks evidence from HEIs & sector partners

Higher Education Commission seeks evidence from HEIs & sector partners

1st February 2017

The Higher Education Commission is very pleased to officially call for evidence for its latest inquiry into innovation in alternative models of HE provision.

The inquiry acknowledges the diversity of higher education institutions which currently exist within the UK. In 2014-2015 the UK HE sector accommodated over two million students, who attended nearly 800 institutions, broadly categorised into three types of institution: universities, further education colleges, and alternative providers, (UUK, 2015).

With this in mind, this inquiry aims to examine ‘alternative models’ of higher education which operate outside of the ‘standard offer’ model of three-year undergraduate campus-based education. Innovative practice across the full spectrum of HE providers will be considered as the Commission seek to find what is distinct about the alternative models offered by alternative providers and traditional HEIs and FE colleges.

The inquiry will seek to scope the landscape and highlight barriers to innovation to offer recommendations for cross-sector learning.

The inquiry aims to capture, in detail, the best alternative models operating within HE and we hope to shape the debate around the future of higher education and influence policy and practice in the coming years.

Please use the questions provided in the attached document to frame your response to the call for evidence, but do not feel restricted by or compelled to answer every question. The Commission welcomes all types of evidence, from data including data analysis or internal studies your organisation has carried out, and personal or organisational views on these issues. Submissions of evidence will not be published and the Commission will seek your permission before quoting from evidence submissions in our final report.

The Commission’s secretariat will also be conducting informal interviews to inform the inquiry – please get in touch if you would like to discuss the topic in more detail.

Please see attached the call for evidence. The deadline for submission is Monday 3rd April. Evidence can be submitted to For more information about the Commission or the inquiry please contact Pooja Kumari on 020 7202 8583.

The inquiry is generously supported by BPP, ACCA, and Jisc.