About The Mixed Economy Group

Statement of Purpose
The Mixed Economy Group (MEG) of colleges represents those Further Education Colleges with a significant established, strategic and developmental role in the provision of Higher Education.

Member colleges focus on the complementary aims of widening participation amongst groups and individuals currently under-represented in Higher Education and working with employers to ensure that higher level skills are developed and recognised in the workplace..

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Our Membership

The Chair is elected by ballot of member colleges immediately after the summer term meeting. Candidates must be a serving Principal of a member college. The Chair holds office three years, commencing on 1 August.

Events

HEFCE introduces first ever measure of vocational degrees

We still play to our strengths in vocational and professional providers of HE and in parts of the country where university provision is not dominant, HE in FE is alive and well.

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Statement of Aims, we are committed to:

  • Promoting the value of vocational Higher Education in raising the aspirations of individuals and meeting the skills needs of the economy
  • Influencing the development of national policy with regards to HE delivered in FE
  • Supporting member colleges in the strategic development and delivery of HE in FE
  • Working in partnership with other organisations to develop and deliver high quality, innovative approaches to Higher Education
  • Sharing data and good practice
  • Promoting higher-level employability skills
  • Using Foundation Degree Awarding Powers (FDAP) as a vehicle to continue to raise the high standard of HE delivered in FE, through focused scholarly activity and organisational change
  • Working in partnership with other organisations to develop and deliver high quality, innovative approaches to Higher Education
  • Seeking and implementing new markets with employers for the development of higher-level skills within the locality
  • Widening participation amongst groups currently underrepresented in Higher Education

In seeking to achieve these aims, MEG colleges have a focus on the delivery of higher level vocational skills. This is seen as a commitment to qualifications which link the colleges with their local employers. The ability to gain FD Awarding Powers consolidates this focus, enabling greater control of the means to meet employer need.

Contact Us

If you want to discuss a particular matter please contact the MEG Chair, John Widdowson.