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Welcome to the Mixed Economy Group website

Welcome to the Mixed Economy Group website

A Message From Our Chair

Our formal title is usually abbreviated to MEG and we are referred to as the MEG colleges by Government departments, funding bodies and other membership groups. We are a group of 41 colleges which offer Higher Education in an FE setting and we can trace our origins back to a core group of members who began to discuss HE in FE matters back in the mid-1990s. Higher Education offered in Colleges of Further Education is achieving increased recognition as a growing and responsive part of the wider higher education landscape. Colleges offer value for money HE courses which are available locally and respond to the needs of employers.

They attract students who might otherwise be unable to study for higher level qualifications to progress not only in their studies but also in their careers.

MEG provides a focus for teachers and managers in HE in FE to share ideas, develop policy and work together to ensure that Colleges offer the highest quality courses for their students.

The MEG website contains key documents describing our work, the projects we undertake and the aspirations we have for the future for HE in FE.

John Widdowson

Chair, Mixed Economy Group

Contact us

  • 24 March 2017

    Facing the Future: Responding to Change in College Based Higher Education, This MEG survey, undertaken in February and March 2017, asked questions about college responses to the Higher Education and Research Bill, with additional questions on validation and Higher Apprenticeship More »

  • 22 March 2017

    Funding for universities and colleges for 2017-18: Board decisions The HEFCE circular letter sets out the decisions taken at the HEFCE Board meeting on 9 March on funding for 2017-18. This includes decisions on funding for undergraduate pre-registration courses in nursing, midwifery and allied health professions, which transfers to the higher education finance system from 2017-18 More »

  • 15 March 2017

    Improving student information Unistats 2017 and Guide to good practice The guide takes account of the Competition and Markets Authority’s advice on consumer law. The Key Information Set indicated should be made available in detail on providers’ websites and linked from Unistats, rather than collected and published centrally. The guide will help students access detailed and contextualised information, presented in a way that allows them to make appropriate course comparisons to inform their study choices More »

  • 23 November 2016

    JISC Digifest 14-15 March 2017 Digifest will be celebrating the power of digital, its potential to transform and its capacity to revolutionise learning and teaching. You will see and hear about best practice, share insights, investigate ideas and debate issues. Along with other managers from across FE and HE, and sector experts, you will explore the opportunities and prepare to take on the challenges More »

  • 19 December 2016

    AoC Annual College HE Conference and Exhibition 15 March 2017 An overview of the issues and agendas for the FE sector The funding context, HEFCE Learning Gain, Access agreements and WP statements Skills plan, higher technical skills and role of colleges CMA guidance, collaborative provision, Scholarship in college HE More »

  • 16 December 2013

    Wecome to MEG Thinkpiece 15 minutes to spare, cup of coffee close by? Then time to read, reflect and add to the Thinkpiece debate! Write to us with your views and your Thinkpiece may join others on our website. As a start, we publish three articles written by leading figures in college-based HE. John Widdowson, the Chair of the Mixed Economy Group of colleges, explores how we might fill the Polytechnic hole. Marina Parha, Vice Principal of The Manchester college, seeks a true calling for vocational HE and Sarah Shobrook, the Director of HE at Truro and Penwith suggests that the term Vocational HE has had its day! More »