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Statement of Purpose

The Mixed Economy Group (MEG) of colleges represents those Further Education Colleges which have 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.

Statement of Aims

MEG is 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Seeking and implementing new markets with employers for the development of higher-level skills within the locality

  • Promoting higher-level employability skills

  • Widening participation amongst groups currently underrepresented in Higher Education

In seeking to achieve the above, MEG colleges have a focus on the delivery of higher level vocational skills. This is seen in the heavy 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.

  • 20 February 2018

    HEFCE introduces first ever measure of vocational degrees For the first time, it is possible to compare subjects based on how vocational they are, using a new measure called the occupations subject concentration ratio. HEFCE does not suggest that subjects should become more or less vocational. Less vocational subjects offer a broad range of options to graduates, while more vocational subjects restrict these options in a graduate’s early career. HEFCE believes this information can help potential students choose which degree subject to study. HEFCE states that this is an experimental measure and are keen to receive any comments, feedback or suggestions on it and its potential uses. More »

  • 13 February 2018

    Disappearing part-time and mature students: time for change Professor Julie Lydon Vice-Chancellor University of South Wales has written about the problem we are so acutely aware of and makes some useful suggestions for addressing this issue. More »

  • 31 January 2018

    Universities must revisit BTECs as a route to higher education Gabriel Huntley authored this University Alliance, Pearson and The Social Market Foundation report about vocational routes to higher education. 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 »