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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

  • 11 April 2017

    What next for TEF 8 June 2017 Join Team Wonkhe and a host of expert speakers to explore TEF and the future of teaching excellence. Reflect on the ups and downs of TEF’s journey so far, and look ahead to the next steps for quality and excellence in UK higher education. More »

  • 11 April 2017

    Improving student retention in the changing higher education landscape 7 June 2017 This one-day conference will give delegates a full understanding of the policy landscape surrounding retention, as well as the knowledge you need to approach the challenge of student retention in your own institution. Delegates with strategic responsibility for student retention will hear from policy makers, experts in retention, and a range of best practice case studies. More »

  • 08 May 2017

    Accelerated degrees: understanding the opportunities June 1st A one day conference held by UUK to understand the policy landscape and how to implement accelerated degrees The national policy landscape , The future growth of accelerated degrees Demand from employers and students 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 »