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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

  • 18 August 2016

    Apprenticeship funding and the operation of the apprenticeship levy from May 2017 From next May, managing agents, intermediary bodies, consortium leads, brokerage organisations or ‘any other similar entity that does not itself deliver education and training to apprentices’ will no longer be eligible to be included on the Register of Apprenticeship Training Providers. This is an excellent detailed brief of the new Apprenticeship rules and regulations written by Alan Birks More »

  • 02 August 2016

    All change at the top- a resume’ The Department for Education has taken over responsibility for FE, skills and HE. The responsibility for FHE was previously under the remit of BIS.The new Secretary of State for Education is Justine Greening (a former comprehensive school pupil and college student), who replaces Nicky Morgan. Robert Halfon has been appointed as Minister of State with responsibility for FE, Skills and Apprenticeships in England, replacing Nick Boles. Mr Halfon is a career politician. In 2014 he became George Osborne’s Parliamentary Private Secretary and in 2015 David Cameron appointed him as ‘Minister without portfolio and also as Deputy Chairman of the Conservative Party. Jo Johnson (brother of Boris) retains his post as Minister for Universities and Science in England. Nick Gibb retains his responsibilities as Minister for Schools in England. BIS has now become the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and Greg Clarke has become the Secretary of State for the new department. The former Secretary of State for BIS, Sajid Javed, has become the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government.Damian Green has replaced Stephen Crabb as Minister for Work and Pensions.My thanks to Alan Birks for this information More »

  • 21 July 2016

    Brexit and EU students entitlement the government issued a statement reiterating that there has so far been no change to the rights and status of EU nationals in the UK and UK nationals in the EU 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 »