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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

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  • 22 May 2018

    More BTEC students progress to university The numbers of students starting university courses after studying BTECs is rising. However, these students are less likely to graduate with a top degree than their peers who took A levels, according to a new study. More »

  • 09 May 2018

    The government’s review of post-18 education funding in England UUK response In its submission to the review, Universities UK said that, while the system in England had not deterred young people from full-time study – and has provided sustained and stable funding for higher education – there is a lack of public confidence and understanding of how it delivers value for money for students. More »

  • 27 April 2018

    Higher Education in Further Education: Leading the Challenge -  MEG Publication John Widdowson and Madeleine King have written a monograph to discuss and illustrate some of the challenges facing leaders in CBHE and offer examples and suggestions for how tackle them. With the future shape of tertiary education in the UK up for debate and a substantial expansion of higher education in colleges expected to play an important role in the government’s post-18 funding review, this monograph could not be more relevant to the challenges the sector now faces 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 »